Smart Bike Helmet Is a Black Box for Your Brain Case

You're down, bleeding. The jackass in the Saab that blew through the light and smeared you across his windshield is showing no sign of slowing. Not a good situation unless you've got a "smart" bike helmet strapped to your noggin.


One of five winners from Toyota's recent Ideas For Good competition, the smart helmet consists of a small circuit board, two accelerometers and three gyroscopes that measure the head's impact force, movement and tilt during a crash. The data is recorded to an SD card for retrieval and playback (say, during a lawsuit). According to one of the helmet's designers, "We can record what's going on with the head as its moving, and see how is it moving up to 400 times per second." Eventually, the team wants to incorporate wireless technology into the rig for hands free ambulance auto-dialing.

The technology won't be available for a while (the custom circuit boards alone still cost $800 a piece) but it sure beats the hell out of trying to remember a seven-digit license plate while concussed. [via Fast Company]

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Good going, Stu. With all the crash testing being done for autos, it makes sense to gather data in crashes involving cyclists. As gas gets more expensive, the public will turn to the most efficient transportation available. Many of those new riders will lack the skills or the experience to ride safely. Lack of experience is the number one factor in accidents where the cyclist is at fault. We need more data in order to make cycling safer for the most vulnerable members of our society.