To better outfit women in combat, Army researchers will receive sophisticated tools and guidance from an NYC tech firm

New York start-up Body Labs announced today that it will soon begin work for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) as part of a two-year contract. As Body Labs explained in a press release, their team will provide “extensive data and analytics related to human body shape and movement” to the army, as well as work to develop a number of design tools to assist in the manufacturing of body armor and equipment for female soldiers.

The collaboration, spokespersons noted, has the goal of allowing NSRDEC to “produce life-saving improvements in protective combat gear and meet its mission of maximizing each warrior’s mobility, survivability, and combat effectiveness.” Among other things, Body Labs — which has its own database of tens of thousands of body scans — will analyze the Army's collected data on body shapes, and assist product designers and CAD engineers by converting this data into pose-able, fit-ready 3D body models.

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