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Smart helmet

Two students developed an intelligent helmet that measures the force of impact in the event of its user sustaining a fall and issues an emergency alert message.

Smart Helm

Two students developed an intelligent helmet that measures the force of  impact in the event of its user sustaining a fall and issues an emergency alert message.

According to the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention, around 800 cyclists incur severe injuries and over 30 incur fatal injuries in road traffic every year. Wearing a helmet reduces the likelihood of head injuries by up to 40%.

Severe head injuries that can result in a physical disability or death are usually caused by impact, which cannot always be avoided by wearing a helmet. The idea behind the smart helmet is to detect and analyse  these impacts and to raise the alarm if necessary. Impacts are localised using pressure hoses in the helmet and the force of impact is determined. Using the location and force information provided, it is possible to work out whether an injury has been sustained . If this is the case, the smart helmet alerts the user and determines whether the user is still conscious. If the user has lost consciousness, the smart helmet is able to send a message to the emergency call centre; this message specifies the location of the accident as well as the point and  force of  impact.

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