Arlington Innovation Center receives U.S. Army contract to develop smartphone for military medics

The Arlington Innovation Center for Health Research has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to develop the MedicPhone, a field smartphone for military medics.

This project was supported through the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center Convergence and Innovation grants program. The new project is in part the result of several years of combat casualty care research by Seong K. Mun, director of the center, and Kenneth Wong, associate dean of the Graduate School for the National Capital Region.

The $2.2 million three-year research and development venture has two partners including Seoul National University of South Korea for Android expertise, and Starix Technology of Irvine, Calif., for ultra-wideband communications interfaces between the phone and field medical devices. The project expects to attract additional partners in the near future.

“We’ll be starting with state-of-the-art off-the-shelf components because there is just so much tech in the mobile phone market now there’s no reason to duplicate that effort,” explained Wong, the principal investigator of MedicPhone Project.  “We will be responsible for the overall project with primary focus on requirement driven systems integration and testing with special emphasis on user interface to make sure the product is responsive and built around medical needs in the most demanding environment.”

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