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Wear This Headband Whenever You Drive, And Save Lives

Stay awake, stay alive! Don’t drive drowsy

How many times did you drive home with just one eye open? How many times were you almost in a car accident because of your sleepiness? Driving while sleep deprived can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Research shows drowsy driving is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08, the legal limit for intoxication.

The U-Wake’s creators say it prevents drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. A slight problem is that you have to wear it on your forehead when you drive

2111b81a8f31aa8a42826aa9330c764a_largeU-Wake is a wear-band designed to sense your brain waves, using electroencephalography (EEG). Since the brainwaves of a sleeping person are very different than someone who is awake, the sensor can calculate a person’s level of fatigue. The signals will then be gathered and sent to the smartphone app via Bluetooth connection, which uses a special algorithm to determine a fatigue score based on a 0 to 100 scale. If the level is at 80 or higher, which means you are falling asleep, the app will make your phone vibrate and then sound an alarm. In case the driver ignores the warning and keeps driving, the app will then send an alert to your friends, whose numbers you have preprogrammed into the app.

“Physically, it resembles a posh schoolgirl’s headband,” said Sam Wu, Founder of U-Wake, whose friend was hit by a driver who was falling asleep behind the wheel. “The idea of U-Wake was conceived when we noticed that there weren’t enough devices that alert users they are experiencing driving fatigue before it takes place. Therefore, we set out to create something that will do exactly that to help users understand their alertness and take necessary actions when experiencing fatigue,” said Wu.

In this video, the U-Wake team demonstrates their experiment to find the area of the brain in charge of detecting fatigue:

“Taxi drivers and those who have to drive commercially for a long time — truck drivers, for example — would get the most benefit from this device,” said a U-Wake’s Developer. In the future, the company hopes to expand the sensor’s applications beyond the driver’s seat. These developments are still a long way away, but your donations on Kickstarter will definitely help them to be closer to their work.

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