Car Headrest Monitors Brainwaves To Prevent Drivers From Falling Asleep At The Wheel
This experimental headrest uses EEG technology to keep people awake
Presented at this year’s CES by Changhong Research Labs and Freer Logic, the car headrest of the future will read driver’s brain waves to identify when they are falling asleep. Using the electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, which is widely spread in the medical world to diagnose seizures and head injuries, the sensors monitor in real-time when a person is paying attention and when they are distracted.
The “non-contact neuro bio monitor headrest,” as the makers call it, uses wireless technology which can read the brain activity while being six to eight inches away, while special attention algorithms calibrate to the user's brain to optimize the reading. Right now the companies are working on integrating haptic feedback to wake the driver up once the sensors detect first symptoms of drowsiness.