No assignee for patent application serial number 879549 has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a protective ensemble, more specifically to a protective ensemble including a protective ensemble hydration monitor.
"Typically, soldiers become dehydrated easily when they are in a protective gear, such as a mission oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear, because the soldiers do not breathe and the soldiers tend to sweat a lot. There are provisions to take in water for drinking while in the protective gear and the soldiers are trained to hydrate continuously, however, the soldiers tend to get busy and get distracted, therefore, dehydration is a big problem when the soldiers are in such protective gear.
"There have been many studies conducted on effectiveness of the soldiers when they get dehydrated, in addition to health risks and lost time due to treatment, they tend to start losing command and control as they can get disoriented and unable to make decisions. Therefore, keeping the soldiers hydrated when they are wearing such protective gear is of great importance.
"It can be envisioned that similar dehydration problem exist with fighter pilots wearing oxygen masks and underwater scuba divers wearing a scuba gear/suit."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A protective ensemble hydration monitor is disclosed. According to one aspect of the present subject matter, a protective ensemble for protecting a user from harmful environmental substances includes a face mask and the protective ensemble hydration monitor designed to be disposed within the face mask and configured to detect humidity of the user's breath and notify the user based on a pre-determined humidity threshold value.
"According to another aspect of the present subject matter, the protective ensemble hydration monitor includes a humidity sensor, a microprocessor coupled to the humidity sensor, a power source coupled to the humidity sensor, and a pressure sensor, a vibrator and memory coupled to the micro processor. Further, the protective ensemble hydration monitor includes a communication link coupled to the microprocessor.
"In operation, the pressure sensor provides a pressure control signal to activate the protective ensemble hydration monitor upon detecting a predetermined over pressure within the face mask. Further, the humidity sensor detects the user's breath within the face mask and output a breath signal based on the detected user's breath. Furthermore, the microprocessor receives the breath signal and outputs a control signal, via the communication link, based on the pre-determined humidity threshold value stored in the memory. In addition, the vibrator provides a tactile feedback to the user upon receiving the control signal from the microprocessor.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The advantages and features of the present disclosure will become better understood with reference to the following detailed, description and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein like elements are identified with like symbols, and in which:
"FIG. 1 illustrates a protective ensemble including a protective ensemble hydration monitor, according to an embodiment of the present subject matter;
"FIG. 2 illustrates the protective ensemble hydration monitor, such as shown in FIG. 1, including major components suitable for implementing some aspects of the present subject matter; and
"FIG. 3 illustrates a block diagram of the protective ensemble hydration monitor, such as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, providing monitoring signals to a medical service facility, according to an embodiment of the present subject matter."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Dec,
Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Electronics, Microprocessors.
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