High-tech helmet sensor knows when you crash and then calls for help

high tech helmet sensor knows when you crash and then calls for helpLast week Anthony Margrave took his new motorbike out for a spin near his home in Yorkshire, England. But he didn’t come home.

His girlfriend raised the alarm and the emergency services went out looking for him, but after two long days of searching they failed to locate either Margrave or his bike.

Then, three days after going missing, a small amount of motorbike debris was found on a country road. After a thorough search of the nearby area, police discovered Margrave at the bottom of a 180cm-deep roadside ditch. Incredibly, the 40-year-old Brit was still alive, though badly injured. Unable to reach his phone due to his injuries, he had only been able to call out, but being in such a remote area, nobody heard him.high tech helmet sensor knows when you crash and then calls for help icedot app

Margrave is currently recovering in hospital, surrounded by family and friends who’d been starting to wonder if they’d ever see him again.

This miracle story ties in nicely with news of the creation of a helmet-based crash sensor – something which Margrave may well consider getting, should he ever climb back on a bike.

Made by a company based in Oklahoma, the small ICEdot device, which attaches to any helmet, is capable of detecting an impact suffered by its wearer. Communicating with the ICEdot app on the user’s smartphone, a message is then sent out to a family member or friend informing them of the incident, together with GPS data pinpointing their location. Such a device would be ideal for cyclists, motorcyclists, horse riders, skiers….you get the idea.

A countdown clock starts upon impact, giving the user time to cancel sending the message should the incident not require an emergency response.

ICEdot partnered with Colorado-based SenseTech LLC to create the product. Dr. Tim Bauer of SenseTech built an early version of the sensor following a cycling accident where he banged his head. “ICEdot goes into action when an individual cannot,” he said.

The device is making its debut this week at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas and is expected to cost around $200 when it hits the market next year.

[GearJunkie via Tecca]

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I.-powered cat toys, wallets, food containers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in October, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Black Panther’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, subdued humor, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Emerging Tech

Here are the best (and least likely to explode) hoverboards you can buy

With widespread reports of cheap, knock-off Chinese hoverboards exploding, these self-balancing scooters may be getting a rough reputation. They're not all bad, though. Ride in style with our picks for the best -- and safest -- hoverboards
Product Review

Parrot Anafi drone review

It’s definitely not perfect, and there are a few little things that could be improved, but even so, Anafi is unquestionably the best drone that Parrot has ever made.
Emerging Tech

From electron microscopes to X-rays, high-tech tools expose low-tech art forgery

At the Indianapolis Museum of Art, conservation scientist Greg Smith and Glennis Rayermann, then a Ph.D student, used high-tech equipment to determine if a painting was made by master forger Icilio Federico Joni.
Emerging Tech

Looking for a good read? Here are the best, most eye-opening books about tech

Sometimes it's sensible to put down the gadgets and pick up a good old-fashioned book -- to read about the latest gadgets, of course. Here are the tech books you need to check out.
Emerging Tech

SpaceX Starlink: Here’s everything you need to know

SpaceX Starlink is the name of Elon Musk's ambitious plan to blanket the globe with high speed broadband internet via a network of satellites. Here's everything you need to know about it
Emerging Tech

Flying food: Uber has set a target date to use drones for meal delivery

Uber is better known for transporting people around town, but it also has a growing meal-delivery business called UberEats. It currently uses drivers and cyclists to deliver the food, but also has plans to use drones.
Wearables

NYPD pulls thousands of body cams after one explodes

The NYPD has recalled thousands of body cameras after one of them exploded during an officer's shift on Sunday, October 21. No one was injured in the incident, which is thought to have been caused by the device's battery.
Emerging Tech

There’s finally a way to trace ‘untraceable’ 3D printed guns

To help track 3D-printed guns, researchers have developed a new algorithm which is able to identify which 3D printer was used to print an object, based on its unique fingerprint. Here's how.
Emerging Tech

These solar-powered water purifiers can produce 30,000 gallons of water per day

Problems with contaminated water? Quench Water & Solar's water purifiers can purify up to 30,000 gallons of fresh water per day and it's offering the technology to whoever wants it.
Smart Home

Silo A.I. vacuum storage system tells you when your leftovers are going bad

"Alexa, is the chicken still OK to eat?" Newly launched on Kickstarter, Silo is a neat vacuum storage container that will extend your food's shelf life -- and add in a useful dose of A.I., too.