U.S. Military Funding Wearable Covid-19 Detector for Use by Service Members

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2Q 2020 | IN-5829


Wearables and COVID-19


Wearables are being increasingly utilized to help track the progression of COVID-19 and monitor the vitals of patients with the disease, with many companies utilizing consumer and enterprise devices that had already been deployed. On top of this, there is also a call to develop new wearable devices, designed specifically for COVID-19 tracking and monitoring functions, rather than repurposing current devices for the task. In particular, the U.S. Military is looking for a new wearable device that will be able to inform service members as early as possible if they have contracted COVID-19. As of May 5, 2020, 5,000 have already been infected.

U.S. Military COVID-19 Wearable


The U.S. Military is offering a US$25 million grant to the company that can come up with a proposal for a new, unobtrusive, Fitbit-style Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved wearable device that can detect whether or not the wearer has been infected with COVID-19 as early as possible. It is not yet clear what connectivity the wearable will feature, but it is likel…

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