Football helmet sensor sends concussion warnings to your iPhone

By , Feb 3, 2013

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This is pretty interesting, and fairly relevant considering the Super Bowl is later today. The folks over at Impakt Protective have come up with a g-force sensor that fits inside a helmet, and measures the impact a player sustains from a tackle or collision.

If a player is hit too hard, the sensor, which is appropriately named the Shockbox, will send a color-coded alert to a designated iPhone or other mobile device. Impakt is hoping that this will help curb the growing rate of sports-related head injuries…

This is actually a major hot button issue in the NFL right now. Over 160 players went down with head injuries this past season, and research is showing more and more links between concussions and long-term brain damage, depression and even violence.

That brings us back to the Shockbox. The sensor can fit into any helmet, as long as there’s space within the interior padding, so that it’s right up against the frame. And it can be used in football, hockey, lacrosse, and other sports like snow and skateboarding.

As aforementioned, the sensor will send data to an iPhone (there’s also Android and BlackBerry apps as well) over Bluetooth, each time the player takes a hit. An orange alert will be sent for hits that measure over 50 G, and a red alert for all hits over 90 G.

Up to 128 Shockboxes can be paired to a single phone, so a coach or team manager could actually monitor an entire team. And believe it or not, there’s already a bunch of junior hockey teams, and even an NHL team, using the sensors to gather hit data.

All in all, I think Impakt Protective has a pretty interesting product here. It’s obvious that the head injury problem is only going to continue to grow worse as players get both bigger and stronger. So I imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more about this tech in the future.

If you’re interested in it now, though, you can find the Shockbox on Impakt Protective’s website for $149.

[CNET]

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  • SVN

    oh i’ve just refreshed this blog, i thought this article is about JB, but it’s not.. it’s reality.

    • gex

      same

    • Falk M.

      Yeah… where are the Justin Bieber articles ffs?

      • tggt00

        You mean Jelly Bean right?..

      • Falk M.

        No flipping article on this site without a fanboy war, huh?
        Keep the hating to yourself. *sigh*

      • tggt00

        WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?? what fanboy war?? because I said jelly bean? WTF? I mean Jelly Bean is JB which is also Justin Bieber which is also JailBreak.. this is supposed to be funny..

      • Falk M.

        JB = Jelly Bean

        I get that.

        You replied to me though and I said “Justin Bieber” which is commonly used as a slam against something.

        Also, please calm down. No need to get so wound up.
        Apparently it was a misunderstanding so no need to get all ragey good Lord.

      • smtp25

        “No flipping article on this site without a fanboy war, huh?
        Keep the hating to yourself. *sigh*”

        Sounds like you need to calm down instead of flying off the handle

      • Falk M.

        Still pushing it huh?
        Try your own medicine.

      • smtp25

        lol Pushing it. 1st post so no not pushing it. You were being a douche so I called you on it. Douche.

      • Falk M.

        Sorry, it’s easy to get overly sensitive about fanboys on this blog’s comments section.

        We already (not you, but the original poster) talked about me calling him a fanboy and I realized it was a misunderstanding, yet you still call me on that.

        Any more takers who want to call me on it?

  • http://twitter.com/rickz97 Ricky

    Wow i see ionic is selling jailbreak+installous is that real or fake?

    • Guest

      on twitter?

    • http://twitter.com/Oscar_Surfer Oscar Diaz

      fake, he’s jokin!!

  • asdfasdf

    Just give me the Jailbreak!

  • Falk M.

    Release another article that’s not about the jailbreak download links?

    I also like to live dangerously.

    • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

      hahah, epic.

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    Lol just ignore the article.

  • http://twitter.com/wolfer_r Wolfer

    Wow I did not know about this tech… I wish I had know about it before so I dont be in the position I am now!!! Im an Army Cpt. , study Physics in the university, but because I never get to know how much impact and gfirce I was getting on my body and head; now Im just an instructor, no more field for me…sad but living the reality for thinking this was never going to happen to me!!! 13 titanium screws in my head, 8 metal plates!!! And soon a new metal and plastic knee!!! But Im alive and living!!! Please….I need the jailbreak so Im not so bored!!! Good luch team!! Enjoy live and live it , its only one!!!! Godspeed!!!

  • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

    Bunch of demanding little pricks….”give me my jailbreak! Whaaaa whaaaa whaaaa”. STFU!

    • Falk M.

      Keep your cool, man.

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        People act like they are entitled to a FREE JAILBREAK. Be respectful to these Devs that provide such a great tool for us end users at NO CHARGE. People need to chill out and keep their “cool” about the jailbreak, it will be out when it’s out.

      • Falk M.

        I see nobody hating them.
        Most of those who show their impatience do so in good spirit and not in disrespect.

        What kind of view on people do you have?
        I know faith in humanity is broken these days, with me as well, but I’m under the impression we all just like to poke a little fun at ourselves being so impatient and I read a lot about honorable donations to the developers the past couple of days.

        There are many asshats on here, I agree, but again, I think most of those who moan do so in good spirit and I as dev would be proud to see my work is anticipated to such degrees. That’s of course if I can take a little humorous nagging.

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        Its the same story every time there is a jailbreak, believe me I am excited for a jailbreak too, I have the iPhone 5 and this is the longest I have had an iPhone that is not jailbroken.

        The problem I see is people come onto an article that has nothing to do with jailbreaking, and bitch about this article not being about the jailbreak. Thats the problem. Nothing wrong with being excited about a jailbreak. But to say oh lets ignore this article cuz its not about a jailbreak is disrespectful to this site and the writers who take their time to post these articles for people who may be interested in whatever the article contains. And lots of people do donate, not saying they dont, I myself donate to these great hackers but I am not about to say WHERES THE JAILBREAK AT WHAAA WHAAA cuz thats what they are doing, bitching and moaning, it will be out when its out. Sheesh i dont understand what you dont get about that.

      • Falk M.

        I totally get your opinion, dude.
        I just happen to disagree with the being pissed so much part…

        Being pissed about others whining is pretty off topic, too. You could always report off topic posts.

        I do agree with the notion that going off topic is annoying, but it’s ONE off.

        On Sunday (today) I think it’s perfectly fine to poke a little whining, the days before when it was clear no article with download links would get released, it was indeed freaking annoying.

        Accept that there will be ONE day of annoyance. :)

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        Whatever tired of arguing with u. Can’t change the Dbags of the world so I thought I would just point them out….

      • http://twitter.com/mrmyco Myco Chen

        I love your attitude.
        Rock on,

    • smtp25

      Already JB’d on 4S and iPad3 (5.1.1) so I can wait :)

  • Ahmadjoon

    Where aru u eva3rds im just cuonting secs for the jb
    Sry for bad English im from Iran

  • Jonathan

    OMFG, I’m just waiting for this jailbreak. Where is it already?

  • http://twitter.com/ghodagadi Ghodagadi

    The problem is its more violent that the most violent shake of the iOS API, so Apple will not approve the app. On top of that since the app alerts a doctor and because they might provide a service to the person wearing the helmet, Apple has to be paid 30% of the fees. There is a line item on their balance sheet under iTunes for concussed fees. I never understood this before, these are temporary harmful fees from a blow to the API. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688987242 Freddy Succar Martelo

    Whet is the hour in USA am in uae

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge
  • :-)

    come on anything about jailbreak…..im sick of this FOOTBALL HELLMET

  • ra1n

    Jeff! You should do an artical on streaming this years Super Bowl on iOS devices! It’s Verizon only which sucks but I got called into work early like a lot of other people I’m sure and I won’t be around a tv. Great quality and oy 20 seconds lag!

  • Trillest

    Jailbreak might come out tomorrow