Smart Helmet Provides Injury Awareness on the Slopes

The only thing worse than embarrassing yourself while skiing or snowboarding is messing up your cranium in the process. Enter the Head Impact Detection and Alert System, a sophisticated helmet that both detects and signals brain injuries as they occur.

Developed by a team of students at Northeastern University, the helmet combines an array of sensors that measure acceleration and impact, displaying a corresponding color-coded alert on an integrated LCD screen. When an impact is detected, a green light indicates a mild injury, while a red light would alert individuals and anyone around them to a serious and potentially fatal spill.

But don't let the green light fool you, because even a modest tumble can lead to potentially dire complications: "Our research found that there are a lot of less severe head injuries that, when untreated, can actually be worse than really bad concussions," explained one of the students. With that in mind, riders involved in a seemingly unimportant accident might check their helmets and head to the hospital instead of back to the chalet.

The HIDA helmet is currently still a prototype, albeit a fully functional one, with uses the team thinks could extend beyond Aspen, into a range of athletic and even military applications.
[Inhabitat via PhysOrg]
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