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ICEdot: Helmet Crash Sensor

Upon impact, this wearable sends location data via SMS to emergency contacts

by Hans Aschim in Tech on 13 August 2014

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The unfortunate truth about cycling is that, at some point, you're going to crash. Try as you might with bike handling skills, heightened road awareness or just plain defensive riding, it's unfortunately bound to happen. And when it does, you'll want to have the ICEdot on your helmet. Mountable on any helmet in minutes, the poker chip-sized sensor pairs with the rider's smartphone via a free iOS and Android-compatible app. When you hit the ground—the internal sensor sends a message to the app, triggering an alarm. The rider then has between 15 seconds and two minutes (users can adjust these settings for their preferences) to deactivate the alarm in the event of minor incidents or false alarms like a dropped helmet. If the fall is serious and the alarm times out, the app automatically notifies pre-set emergency contacts and sends GPS location data for the site of the crash. Which means you can roam, ride and adventure with freedom knowing your friends and family have your back if things go pear-shaped.

Though first developed for cyclists, ICEdot can be mounted onto any helmet, making it an investment perfect for backcountry skiers and snowboarders as well. The only crash sensor and notification system endorsed by the American Ambulance Association, the ICEdot starts at $150.

Images courtesy of ICEdot and POC

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