Smart helmet can send SOS signals from the slopes

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A helmet can offer much more than protection when it comes to extreme sports. We’ve previously seen a helmet for motorcyclists that gives 360 degree vision and an innovative solution to facilitate hands-free group communication. However, now, skiers and snowboarders are getting the smart helmet service.

The Snowtide helmet from Swagtron, provides assistive communication technology to users. Communication is tricky in extreme sports, when users are wearing a lot of bulky kit in harsh environments. The helmet functions as a bluetooth-enabled and immersive sound headset that connects to a user’s smartphone. This enables a range of features, including listening to music and podcasts, and receiving phone calls. A connected app lets users add friends for group communications. These group chats can be accessed by the push of a button on the helmet, therefore functioning like a walkie talkie. However, through mobile data, users can communicate over greater distances and even contact other users anywhere in the world.

Additionally, Snowtide also features smart impact detection. If a user suffers a serious fall, the helmet will autonomously emit a time-delayed SOS signal. Presumably so users can cancel the alert if triggered as a false alarm. It is feasible to set up multiple emergency contacts through the Snowtide smartphone app. The helmet also acts as a tracking wearable. It collects data on the slopes of the user’s performance, allowing users to track their progress over time.

The Snowtide helmet is available now for USD 165.

Takeaway: Extreme sports are a fun, challenging way to stay active. However, the isolation and risk of injury puts a lot of potential users off. There are now many technologies we regularly cover that could be applied to extreme sport situations to make them safer (low-energy batteries and communication, wearable tech in clothing fibres, more durable materials; the list goes on). Could your business offer tech solutions in the extreme sports industry?

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Spotted by Pamela Brown, written by Springwise.
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