The CoolMe™ vest: idea to application

Deakin, Glen B., Ennis-Thomas, Robert, and Armstrong, William (2014) The CoolMe™ vest: idea to application. In: Edwards, Andrew, and Leicht, Anthony, (eds.) Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics. Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance and Psychology . Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY, USA, pp. 103-110.

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Undertaking physical activity in hot and/or humid conditions can lead to heat stress issues and even illness or death, particularly if protective clothing has to be worn whilst performing such activities, a scenario that is repeatedly experienced by fire fighters, industrial workers and other similar occupations in Australia. Whilst there are various cooling products available to help deal with heat stress related issues, many are not appropriate for occupations or environments in the tropics when access to refrigeration devices is not available. A new cooling garment, the CoolMe™ vest was invented by staff from James Cook University and developed to counteract the issues related to heat stress whilst delivering a cost effective technology to overcome the limitations of existing solutions. The CoolMe™ vest is equally effective working in a sea1ed (humid) environment (e.g., under protective clothing) or exposed environment. It can be activated quickly without access to refrigeration or a connection to external equipment as it only requires water to be added. Outlined below are the steps and issues related to taking a product like the CoolMe™ vest from an initial idea, to proof of concept trials, through to manufacture, marketing and on to application in the workplace.

Item ID: 33826
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-63117-737-8
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 05:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1505 Marketing > 150501 Consumer-Oriented Product or Service Development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910403 Marketing @ 50%
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