The Wireless Head Impact system is a senior design project for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine.
Most people are familiar with the need for head protection during sports such bicycling, skateboarding, skiing, or a myriad of other physical activities where the head is particularly susceptible to injury. Many of these activities have a standard that the helmet must meet before it can be sold to the general public. For example, many people have heard of Snell and DOT with regards to motorcycle helmets.
As people age or become disabled, the body is unable to balance as well during day to day activities. As a result, there is a need for a type of head wear that is inconspicuous enough for someone to wear in public (like a baseball cap) while still retaining its shock absorbing capability so it can protect the wearer during a fall.
The scope of this project is to design, manufacture, and test a wireless head impact system that is capable of meeting these developing standards. For more information, please visit the About The Project section.