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Pentagon to track soldiers using tattoos


Posted on Saturday, 30 March, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments


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Scientists at the Pentagon are looking to use a special tattoo to track the vital signs of US soldiers.

The unobtrusive and durable bio-statistic device would monitor a soldier's condition in the field and track their stress levels in an effort to tackle combat fatigue and other problems. DARPA has initiated a request for research proposals designed to provide a solution using advanced materials that can be attached to the skin like a tattoo.

The technology is known as epidermal electronic systems ( EES ), capable of making sensors from lightweight and unobtrusive materials that are flexible and can be stretched without damaging the device. "This innovative design contains all of the necessary components in an ultrathin layer about the thickness of a human hair," said electrical engineer Zhenqiang Ma.

"In its ongoing quest to measure every aspect of US troops’ physiology, the Pentagon’s esoteric research enclave wants to develop a durable, unobtrusive device that can track the body’s physical response to stress."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam on 30 March, 2013, 13:06
Another experiment on the soldiers, wonder if this will be able to tell if the soldiers have syphilis...........oh wait!
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then on 30 March, 2013, 14:03
Another experiment on the soldiers, wonder if this will be able to tell if the soldiers have syphilis...........oh wait! Referring to the Tuskegee experiment? Because those weren't soldiers...making even worse....
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam on 30 March, 2013, 14:08
Referring to the Tuskegee experiment? Because those weren't soldiers...making even worse.... The syphilis experiments in Guatemala were United States-led human experiments conducted in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948, during the administration of President Truman and President Juan José Arévalo with the cooperation of some Guatemalan health ministries and officials.[1] Doctors infected soldiers, prostitutes, prisoners and mental patients with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases, without the informed consent of the subjects, and treated most subjects with antibiotics. This resulted in ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by minera on 30 March, 2013, 17:04
All those who want to use others as guinea pigs should test the stuff on themselves and their families first. Inhumane and cruel and immoral to use others willing or unwilling in such a way. Who knows what the governments are testing on the unwitting public.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 30 March, 2013, 17:05
boring news they are not the only ones with tats.what makes them so them so special take away their gun and equipment and what they are just like us a normal civilian
Comment icon #6 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 30 March, 2013, 17:42
wow these soldiers are test subjects.not only that since it's a electronic device that measures well almost everything about them i could only imagine the radiation and health risk in the device.not only i would hate being tracked down by anybody especially the government no matter from any nation.
Comment icon #7 Posted by mfluder on 31 March, 2013, 19:46
DARPA would never put our men and women at risk with faulty equipment. Just look at the F-22 Raptor oxygen system...wait, bad example. All kidding aside, this is a bit too Orwellian for my liking. So..do they take those things off of you when you're no longer active duty? What happens when they just wanna find someone who maybe legally has a right not to be found? The plot from Commando. That's what.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lava_Lady on 4 April, 2013, 22:26
What happens to the Tattoo after they are done with their tour?


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