In an effort to better protect the heads of soldiers from injury, BAE Systems of Phoenix, Ariz., has developed a sensor that measures helmet acceleration and environmental pressures. Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division will receive 5,500 of the head borne energy analysis and diagnostic systems (HEADS).
HEADS has a twofold function. First, data received will lead to the development of better protective gear. The systems will also facilitate research into the diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, according to BAE Systems.
The unobtrusive devices will be attached to the inside of helmet shells and will not interfere with goggles and other sensors.