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Helmet Sensor Sends Concussion Alerts To Coach’s Phone

Shockbox is a sensor that can be attached to a helmet to measure g-force when the wearer suffers a head impact.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on February 5, 2013.

Shockbox is a g-force sensor that can be attached to a helmet and aims to improve safety in sports. It sends an immediate alert to a smartphone if a player has experienced a head impact that could result in a concussion, so they can be told to stop playing and seek medical advice.

It is similar to Reebok’s concussion-detecting helmet, but the small rubber strip can fit into any helmet and could be used in football, hockey, lacrosse, and snow sports.

Helmet Sensor Sends Concussion Alerts To Coach’s Phone

The sensor, which is priced at $149, measures g-force when a player is hit and sends a color-coded alert via Bluetooth. Hits over 50G generate an orange alert, while hits over 90G will send out a red alert.

CNET notes that an accompanying Android, iOS, and BlackBerry app interprets the data, and up to 128 Shockbox devices can be paired to a single phone. This would enable coaches to use the app to look out for their whole team and be alerted when a player has been hit too hard. You can check out a commercial for Shockbox below:

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