Stress Vest, an electrifying training system!
The StressX belt at the base of the Stress vest system which contains the batteries, the electronics and the electrodes with vibration to deliver the electric shocks.
The Canadian company SetCan has been offering the Stress Vest strength-on-strength training system for a few years, based on a set of non-invasive laser-sensitive panels that can be assembled and configured in different ways, such as a vest and a laser – garments with sensors, such as hats; when one of the panels is hit by the laser, it sends a signal to the StressX belt, which delivers a vibration and/or an electric shock to the skin of the user, who will know unequivocally that he has been “bumped”.
The system can be worn over standard tactical gear and gear in a manner that does not hinder or restrict its use by the operator.
The StressX system uses the concept of “pain penalty” motivate and stress armed personnel in combat situations; it is an extremely effective, yet safe method of training. Electric shocks can be adjusted to give only slight discomfort up to physical pain, but always with maximum safety.
The idea is to “teach” the operator’s body to function under the same physiological stress as in a life-threatening combat scenario and to improve its response over time, learn to control problems such as tunnel vision, shock, freezing, hearing break, etc.
The weapons used may be laser training replicas (such as Laser Ammo’s recoil activated weapons) or service weapons temporarily converted to use laser cartridges like the SureStrike, also from Laser Ammo or the WLB 15 Wespe system that we recently tested here.
The lasers used are in any case safe for sight.
The trainer can also adjust the intensity of the shock in real time or decide to “warn” the operator with a vibration or a shock if he notices that he is making a mistake: it is essential that the operator feels the effect of the StressX belt at the start of the workout.
A moment of a Force on Force training with the Stress Vest system, performed by Italian LE operators.
In the same way, an injury can be simulated: instead of a strong momentary shock, after the operator has been hit, it is possible to deliver constant discomfort with occasional painful “thrills” to make it look like they have only been hurt in the exchange of fire and that he must continue the simulated action with a disadvantage.
The effects of an explosion (like an IED, which can also be simulated with a small pyrotechnic effect) can be simulated by delivering the shock to all operators within the predefined diameter of the destruction zone.
Given the actual pain administered by the system, the stress induced in the operator can become much more realistic in any training scenario, as the negative reinforcement given by being hit is perceived as predominant. For the operator, training is no longer a game.
The StressX system is highly scalable, with as few as two to dozens of operators trained simultaneously in very large spaces. Some items are mandatory as a base configuration, and the system can also be integrated with the UTM Ultimate Training ammo system. Compared to other premium training solutions, the Stress Vest avoids wearing specific protective clothing and masks, which should be shared with the team and which may pose a health hazard (i.e. sweat and perspiration in masks) and difficulties in tracing the actual hit mark under diapers and nappies dye used in most projectile based systems, such as Paintball.
At the moment, and also taking into account the technology used, the Stress Vest system is only available for law enforcement, military and security professionals.