A wireless device designed to fit into the air vent on the top of a helmet is used in combination with sensors in the fabric of the helmet. Specific data analysis algorithms process injury information from the sensors to quantify clinically significant impacts. Then the wireless device transmits a signal to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth technology. The phone is programmed to alert medical services. The SenseTech hardware will also use data from personal information on the phone or other personal IDs to provide emergency contact information and medical information. This is particularly useful when a cyclist is riding alone.
Another innovative idea to help with helmet safety is to build in a motivator for cyclists to realize when they need to buy a new helmet. Helmets often get damaged when they prevent impacts which can continuously reduce the effectiveness of the helmet in protecting against head injury. There’s almost no point of wearing a helmet if its structural integrity is too compromised. Therefore, a way to motivate cyclists to replace their helmets and let them know when the equipment is too compromised, is to make it stink by inserting chemical capsules into the foam of a helmet. When the foam cracks or moves too much, the capsules will rupture and release an odor around the cyclist’s head. Each time the structure is compromised it will stink and remind the cyclist that they should buy a new helmet.