This is really simple. I own a $120,000 research grade thermal imaging camera. Let's thermally benchmark today's hazmat suits, then let's make sure tomorrow's suit is better.
Idea No 1. Let's thermally benchmark existing hazmat suits. Where does heat build up? How fast? At what distribution of temperatures do workers experience heat stress? Let's publish benchmarks openly. Then anyone developing the next generation of hazmat suit will have references to beat. After all what's the point of research if we don't know exactly what basic thermal performance references are?
Idea No 2. Instead of 10 projects launched in 10 silos, let's launch 9 projects and use this tool as a common resource. In other words the 10th project will be an "infrastructure resource" flying out to help the other 9 projects, especially if those projects are new hazmat designs to reduce heat stress. Fly-to design validation.
If anyone is developing a 'cool or cooler hazmat suit' for USAID and wants help validating their design, please contact me. ELASTICDESIGN.BIZ for more contact information.
3D Thermography. High-Speed, High-Resolution Thermal Scans of the Entire Body, or the Entire PPE Suit That Some of YOU Want to develop. Collaborate with me and you'll get a clearer picture of what your suit is doing. Human skin is not a great conductor of heat: I can help you understand where to best extract heat.
thermal camera used to evaluate new non-surgical medical product
You would be amazed at how many well-marketed ideas for taking heat out of the body and putting heat into the body
don't work .
Medicine has been exploring therapeutic hypothermia and hyperthermia for years. Multi-million dollar startups have done bankrupt. Let's use this camera to help the Open Ideo/USAID developers make the best cooling gear possible. Lots of stuff that looks good on paper won't work. But it will seem promising.
Any philanthropists out there? Let's get something going by the end of this week! Call me and let's get thermal benchmarking for current hazmat suits completed and shared with all new PPE designers by mid-November 2014. Understanding (in 3D) exactly how the current suit causes overheating will help all who seek to design better suits.
This is not an expensive study - let's get it done.
If you are not fond of the ideas above, how would you improve them? What would you do differently?
How will you at USAID, DOD, or OpenIdeo evaulate different suit designs against each other? What functional test methods are you planning? Please write in below as I'm curious to learn from you. Thanks.