KALAMAZOO, Mich.—In a time when concussions in football continue to make headlines, students at Western Michigan University have created a device to help detect head injuries.
SafeSense is installed in a football helmet to monitor hits to the head. Student engineers designed the pressure sensor using printed electronics on a flexible organic plastic material that covers the inside of a helmet. The sensor collects data on when, where and severity of a hit. The information is then sent to a smartphone. The helmet’s impact history can then be stored on a cloud-based server.