ICEdot (In Case of Emergency) partnered with SenseTech LLC to develop a helmet-mounted impact sensor. The innovative wireless sensor — which looks like a plain, yellow sticker — can detect motion, changes in forces, and impacts that occur when the rider has fallen. It then communicates with the ICEdot app on the user’s smartphone using Bluetooth and automatically alerts their emergency contact with a GPS coordinate of the fall and how severe it was.
This data is sent after a countdown clock reaches zero, so if you dropped the helmet accidentally, you can avert the emergency notification being sent using the app. The ICEdot sensor will initially be targeted towards action sports athletes, cyclists, and those who take part in snow sports, skateboarding, motocross, and BMX.
ICEdot CEO, Chris Zenthoefer, commented:
The ICEdot- SenseTech relationship is an important partnership that will help cut down the time between injury and effective medical treatment, specifically as it may relate to those who sustain head injuries. As an active cyclist, I know of accidents where people should not have continued on or were left unresponsive without help. This sensor, now coupled with the ICEdot service, assures individuals that in the event of serious head impact, they are aware of the types of forces that they have experienced, and if they are not responsive, emergency contacts can be immediately notified.