Shockbox sensor | Impact Sensor | Helmet Sensor

This page describes basic working of Shockbox sensor or Impact sensor or helmet sensor. Shockbox sensor is used as Impact sensor in helmet design.

As we know sport games like football and hockey often leads to concussions to the players. As per US centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 55K players have concussions annually in the football game. Moreover repeated brain injuries within short period of time can be fatal as reported by US CDC.

Shockbox Impact Sensor

This has lead to the development of Shockbox sensor which analyzes impact of the blow. This impact sensor is placed in the Helmet design and does not have any effect to normal functioning of the players on the field.

This shockbox sensor is connected with the smartphone wirelessly and provides feedback to the parents or coach. The placement of impact sensor is shown in the figure-1.

Shockbox sensor records the directions and magnitudes of heats to the head. It analyzes concussion and identify symptoms (if any). It does memory test and basic bounce test and provide feedback to smartphone.

This development will help in taking decisions whether players need to return or they are fit to engage in the game without any risk. This will also help to take action without stopping the game.

It is also used by helmet borne army soldiers in the fields and will prevent them from bombs from both the sides. It has become popular in football and hockey sport games.

Working of Shockbox sensor as impact sensor in Helmet design

Shockbox sensor

Following are technical aspects of Shockbox sensor.
• Total length of sensor is about 5 inch.
• It provides feedback to smartphone at the coverage range of 300 feet.
• Operates on bluetooth wireless technology.
• It consists of micro USB port for charging battery
• It LED for status indications.
• It has button for pairing with remote devices.
• It costs about $179.


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