An Arduino-powered smart helmet for soldiers has won a Thales competition

Arduino-based battlefield helmet wins Thales competition

A 3D printed helmet for soldiers monitoring their heartbeat, temperature and body position developed by the University of Southampton students has won the Thales-run Project Arduino competition.

Participating teams were tasked with building a piece of equipment related to Thales’ fields of expertise including transport, aerospace, defence and security, using the Thales Arduino open-source electronic microprocessor platform.

"We were asked to come up with an idea that reflected Thales work. The company is a big defence contractor so we thought a multi-purpose helmet would be worth developing," said Erik Kovalan, a mechanical engineering student and a member of the winning team who designed the casing for the helmet.

The team had only two weeks to develop the technology and produce a video showcasing the invention.

"This is a fantastic achievement and says a great deal about the calibre of the students and the innovative research being produced at Southampton," said Professor Neil White, Head of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

Teams from six UK universities including Brunel, Manchester, Surrey, Sussex and the University College London took part with the competition. The winner was chosen by a public vote.

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