How Cyclists’ Brain Data Can Improve Urban Planning
The new version of the MindRider helmet is GPS-equipped to log geo-located brain data.
Previously covered on PSFK, the MindRider helmet is a bicycle helmet that is fitted with EEG sensors which detect the wearer’s brain waves and the helmet broadcasts the wearer’s stress levels via LED lights.
The latest version of the helmet is equipped with GPS to log geo-located brain data. The upgraded helmet is being used for a study called “Social Cycling: Quantifying the Level of Perceived Safety when Biking in Pairs” by Sandra Richter. The resulting data is used to create maps that can reveal the relationships between cyclists and their environment.
The maps can potentially reveal which areas or streets are stressful for cyclists compared to other areas. The information can be applied to programs or initiatives related to personal fitness, safety, urban planning, and more.
The MindRider is not available on the market at the moment, but interested cyclists can sign up on the website and get a chance to win one when it is released to the public this year.