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U.s. Intelligence Wants High-Tech Access to the Most Prodigious Sensor of All: Humans

By Network World

December 8, 2014

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The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has issued a Request For Information for its Future Applications of Sense Technology for Fidelitous Wearable Devices program, which will investigate how wearable devices that offer "direct and persistent sensing of an individual and their social and physical environment" can be used to better monitor a wide variety of personal factors.

"Of specific interest are potential advancements in sensing capabilities that enable accurate, continuous measurement with devices that are relatively imperceptible to the user and seamlessly integrated with their daily activities," according to IARPA.

Researchers responding to the request should address the signatures measured by the sensor, the purpose of measuring the proposed signatures, how the testing and validation would be conducted, and what are the theoretical or practical limitations.

"By developing these pockets of promising research and development into valid, accurate sensing capabilities, the benefits of novel wearable devices are potentially far-reaching for a variety of personal, professional, and scientific uses," IARPA says. "Rapid development of this pipeline may yield innovative, and potentially disruptive, sensing capabilities for future wearable devices."

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