Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in thousands of road accidents each year. Tired drivers pose a risk to both themselves and their surroundings, this is why this new EEG headband wants to be your personal guardian on the road.
According to The National Highway Safety Administration, annually in the U.S., driver fatigue contributes to 100,000 accidents, 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $1.25 Billion in financial losses.
Horrifying statistics that influenced the developer of the headband to create a device that alerts drivers in advance when they’re experiencing fatigue.
Impecca, the company behind the headband claims that the device was created by conducting years of testing with hundreds of participants using a simulator for an over 90% accuracy rate. They also say that the Alert Band is light enough to be worn comfortably for long periods of time, and communicates with an Android or iOS app via Bluetooth.
Using its embedded EEG sensors, the headband monitors the electrical activity in the driver’s brain and will trigger a warning about 3 – 5 minutes before the user begins to fall asleep—giving the driver time to pull over and rest. For added security, when the fatigue level is high, the Alert Band can also send real-time notifications to the user’s social network or alert the driver’s family or friends to call or talk to him/her to help stay awake.
The Alert Band uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to connect to the driver’s iOS or Android smartphone, transferring raw data collected by The Alert Band’s forehead sensors and transmitting the data to its app on the smartphone. The Alert Band features a smartphone App that uses a numbering system, from 0 to 100 to indicate the user’s fatigue level, sending out an alert when the driver’s fatigue level is too high. 0 indicates fully awake and 100 means you should not be driving, a score of 80 or higher is considered dangerous – and the driver should stop driving and take a rest immediately.
The Alert Band should be available from May 2015, priced at $249.99.
For more information, see the official product page here: