Blast Gauge
  • NTOA 2014 Member Tested and Recommended

  • Measuring exposure to explosive blasts

  • Shock wave pressure and head acceleration

  • Complete solution - triage to treatment

  • High Volume Production


The soldier worn device logs pressure and acceleration from exposure to explosive blast. Status LEDs provide instant triage data at the press of a button. A micro-USB connection allows full time-based data to be later analyzed by medical personnel. Weighing less than one ounce, this compact device unobtrusively mounts on the helmet, gear, and vehicles.

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Device aids triage for blast injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been recognized as the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and has emerged as a significant challenge for the Department of Defense. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, more than 200,000 service members have suffered a TBI since the year 2000. The extent of injury is very often hard to discern, making field diagnosis and medical treatment problematic.

To address this challenge BlackBox Biometrics (B3) has delivered a soldier worn technology, the Blast Gauge™, that captures pressure and acceleration experienced in an explosive blast. The device automatically categorizes the exposure providing immediate severity triage capability, with full storage of the exposure for detailed post-event analysis. This technology and the data gathered will help identify brain injuries long before physical and cognitive symptoms arise. Read more


According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, "America's armed forces are sustaining attacks from explosions or blast by rocket-propelled grenades, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and land mines almost daily in deployed settings. Civilian workers and military personnel working in these combat zones are at increased risk of blast-related trauma, particularly blast-related traumatic brain injury (TBI)." Read more

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