Football-helmet sensor warns of concussion risk via phone app

The Shockbox sensor won’t diagnose a concussion, but it will send alerts for hits over 50 G.

(Credit: Impakt Protective)

As the Ravens take on the 49ers in New Orleans this weekend during the 47th Super Bowl, physicians will be on the lookout for more head injuries. There were over 160 in the 2012-13 NFL season, and it’s become a larger problem as players get bigger and stronger.

The problem is that many concussions go undetected. Impakt Protective’s Shockbox is a helmet g-force sensor that measures the impact a player sustains and gauges whether a medical assessment is in order.

The device can fit into any helmet with space amid the interior padding so that it’s right up against the hard shell. It can be used in football, hockey, lacrosse, and snow sports like skiing and snowboarding.

As seen in the ad below, if you’ve been hit too hard, the sensor will send a color-coded alert to your mobile device via Bluetooth; an orange alert will be sent for hits over 50 G, and a red alert is sent for hits over 90 G. A free app for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry interprets the Shockbox data.

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