Jolt wearable sensor can detect head injuries in young athletes
Jolt Sensor is a smart concussion detection device for youth athletes. Developed by MIT graduates Ben Harvatine and Seth Berg, the wearable sensor allows parents and coaches to track and evaluate their children’s head impacts in real-time. The sensor vibrates to alert the athlete when his/her head accelerates in a potentially dangerous way. Jolt was an engineering lab project at MIT that was encouraged by Harvatine’s concussion that he suffered during a wrestling practice. Not immediately detected by doctors, Ben’s condition became worse as his brain was exposed to additional impacts.
The tiny 1.37in smart wearable clip can easily be attached to any piece of head-worn athletic equipment. It is designed to work perfectly with a helmet, a headband, goggles or headgear. To prevent the wearer from injury, the enclosure of the sensor comes with a soft rounded silicone rubber exterior. The fully waterproofed Jolt Sensor comes with a multi-week battery life and is rechargeable via a standard micro USB port. Besides alerting the wearer through vibration, the wearable sensor also connects wirelessly to the smartphones of parents and coaches on the sideline using low-energy Bluetooth technology. Jolt Sensor has been launched on Kickstarter and is hoping to achieve the $60,000 goal to make it to production. The device is expected to ship in April 2015.