In a bid to help monitor and prevent concussion, Samsung Australia has created brainBAND, a prototype headgear device, to be worn while playing contact sports.
brainBAND was created by industrial designer Braden Wilson, who has a background in wearable technology, and neuroscientist Alan Pearce as part of the Samsung Mixed Talents, an initiative in which two people from different fields come together to create a working prototype.
The BrainBand is a rubber strap headband which has a sensor at the head that measures the force of an impact. This information can be synced in real-time via an app to medics, referees and coaches.
The band also features LED lights that light up when a player takes a hit, showing yellow, orange or red depending on how serious the hit was.
Every single piece of impact data will be recorded and logged, so players, coaches and medical staff can see the force a player’s brain has been put under.
Alan Pearce, said: “The ultimate goal is that by understanding the dangers of repeated concussions, brainBAND may help prevent life changing injuries at every level of the game, and protect the next generation of players.
“We want to build up a database of “player passports”, so we can have a history of the impacts a player has received. It’s useful for doctors, and even for players changing clubs. And of course, for researchers to access with voluntary consent and players remaining anonymous.”
Matthew is a Content Editor at Future Sport, specialising in sports business, marketing and emerging technologies.