Watch This:  Reebok has created the CHECKLIGHT, an impact sensor to help assess head contact and injury.

CHECKLIGHT di Reebok non sarebbe stato possibile senza la stampa 3D

CHECKLIGHT di Reebok non sarebbe stato possibile senza la stampa 3D

Il responsabile del laboratorio di Reebok, Gary Rabinovitz ama la stampa 3D. E’ uno dei primi membri del gruppo “Additive Manufacturing”. Un esempio della sua passione per questa tecnologia lo si è avuto al “TCT show + Personalize” (evento che si tiene ogni anno in Inghilterra), in cui ha presentato il sistema di sicurezza CHECKLIGHT di Reebok e tutto il processo di prototipazione rapida che ha…

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Head trauma in sports has always been a major concern in impact sports. In 2012 we saw the NFL take a lot of heat over its current and former players experiencing multiple concussions. Verizon, Intel and Ridell are all building systems to help identify concussed players. Reebok and mc10 have collaborated to create CheckLight, a head impact indicator meant to make it easy to see when an athlete has taken a dangerous blow to the head. The CheckLight itself is comprised of two parts: a sensor device built by mc10 and skull-cap made by Reebok.

The sensor itself is a strip of plastic filled with flexible sensors connected to a small microcontroller module with three indicator LEDs and a micro-USB port. One LED serves as a battery level indicator, one flashes yellow after moderate impacts and a third flashes red for severe blows. mc10 wasn’t willing to share the exact hardware inside, but we know that it’s got a rechargeable battery and has rotational acceleration, multi-directional acceleration, impact location and impact duration. Data from those sensors is then run through the company’s proprietary algorithm to determine when to fire the LEDs.