Problem: Athletes, amateur through professional wear helmets and still regularly receive head injuries small and large. Not having knowledge or recollection of how hard they were hit causes athletes to not see doctors when they should and leaves doctors in the dark as to the real data behind the traumatic impact which has occurred.
Solution: A small sensor placed in the helmet allows monitoring of the magnitude and direction of the hit. This system can instantly convey information to the severity of the collision and whether medical attention is necessary via a mobile app. Doctors can use the information about direction and force of the collision to assist in proper treatment.
Competitive Landscape: Athletic head injuries are a very serious issue and are acknowledged not only by large associations such as the NFL but also by youth sport associations. As reported by the CDC sports and recreation caused concussions in children and adolescents increased by 60% in the last decade making a tool to help diagnose these injuries necessary. According to Euromonitor sportswear in US experienced a 4% or higher growth each year since 2010. In 2014, the performance sportswear market was valued at $7.6 billion as reported by TeOnline. Competition for this market would be other helmet sensors such as ShockBox, Brain Sentry, and Icedot. Platform: Impact was devloped on custom DFM (Design For Manufacturing) hardware platform called PicklesPi I designed based on the Broadcom BCM20737S SoC. The board can be seen here: https://www.tindie.com/products/boxunfolded/picklespi-/ and during the presentation. The board is inside the blue enclosure inside the helmet (picture attached).