Monday, June 4, 2012

The Connected Helmet

So for the past few months I have been working on a project we call Safe Social Cycling which takes connectedness beyond just the car. What we have been looking into is how bicycle helmets can be made more attractive by adding functionality beyond just plain old protection. We looked at it from a persuasive technology perspective and came up with a prototype based on the new Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy protocol which is just starting to establish itself in more and more devices. Coupled with accelerometers and a heart rate sensor a lot of neat features can be implemented. Take a look at the video below to see some examples of what a connected helmet might be used for!