Performance-Tracking Helmet Can Detect Accidents And Send For Help
PhiPal is transforming the piece of safety equipment so that it can help to save lives, automatically
Carlo Ciaramelletti, co-founder of SaPHIBeat Technologies, a wearable safety device startup, nearly lost his life while skiing in Italy. The day after his accident, another skier crashed in the same area and lost his life because he wasn’t able to signal for help. The story and experience prompted Ciaramelletti to create PhiPal, a helmet add-on that can call for help if necessary, with the ability to track and improve the wearer’s performance.
PhiPAL is a small device that can be mounted to most standard sports helmets and is packed with an array of motion and altimetric sensors that are able to monitor acceleration, position, orientation and altitude. When any drastic changes to any of the metrics are detected it signals to the device that an accident might have occurred. If the device believes that the wearer is unconscious it initiates the alarm procedure.
A GPS in the device is able to send out the wearer’s altimetric data to pinpoint your exact location. The distress call can be pre-programmed to go to emergency contacts and local authorities.
PhiPAL is also able to track an athlete’s performance, doubling as an activity monitor. There are two models: a basic version features cellular support for sending out emergency distress messages and the Pro model includes satellite communications when cellular coverage is not available.
The PhiPAL Kickstarter campaign has received over $20,000 with a goal of $50,000. A pledge of $99 will get you the basic model, while $199 will get you the Pro model with an estimated delivery date of September 2017.