Wired Baseball Caps Can Save Your Life

1333 Minna Ball cap - The Que BarbaridadGizModo (The Gadget Blog) has got an interesting post about a hat that can actually save your life — especially for those of you who drive long distance for a living.

It’s about a product called the SmartCap, and the title says it all: A Truck Driver’s Baseball Cap Could Be The Difference Between Life and Death.

Originally designed for miners, the specially wired hat monitors a driver’s brain waves for signs of fatigue. If the sensors (fitted into the ball cap) see that the driver is getting sleepy, a message is sent to a computer screen in the driver’s cab, which flashes a warning alert. Apparently cell phones will also be enabled to receive the warning signal.

Trials are promising, says the Australian-based research organization (CRC Mining) that invented the SmartCap, reducing driver fatalities by over 30 percent. The cap is to be worn by all its heavy vehicle operators at its mines in Australia beginning in December, and it’ll be interesting to monitor the stats in another six months time.

I’d like to see airline pilots have this fatigue-detection technology installed in their caps; however, this wouldn’t be of value unless pilots actually wore their hats while flying.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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