Headband to spot fatigue and wake up drivers

A wearable headband has been designed to detect fatigue at the wheel and send real-time alerts to mobile devices to wake drivers, announced a portable-device company.

The Alert Band, created by Impecca, monitors and analyses brainwaves via Bluetooth, which sends real-time notifications and alarms to the driver’s smartphone, family and friends, approximately three minutes before the driver begins to doze off. The notifications work as an alarm intended to get rid of tiredness and make the driver alert, acting as a “life saver”.

The raw data collected by the forehead sensors is sent to iOS or Android smartphones using Bluetooth 4.0 technology. The application that supports the Alert Band has a numbering system that registers the user’s fatigue level, from 0 to 100, and sends out an alert whenever the score is too high – above 80.   

According to Impecca tests were conducted over the past few years with hundreds of participants using a simulator for a 90 per cent accuracy rate.  

The company targeted the headband at long-distance drivers, including truck, taxi, subway and bus drivers, sales people, vacationers, commuters, and anyone else that operates a vehicle, boat or plane for long periods of time including pilots, boaters and people who have sleep-deficiency related problems.

According to The National Highway Safety Administration, annually in the US driver fatigue contributes to 100,000 accidents, 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $1.25bn in financial losses. 

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