Riddell, a manufacturer of football helmets, has created a helmet that can monitor how hard a player’s head is hit during an impact.
The helmets, called Riddle InSite, includes a system that allows coaches to monitor players with a handheld device. The helmets that players wear contain a system that shows points of impact and how hard the impacts were. If the system deems that the impact was too hard, it will send a message back to the handheld device that the coach has. This will allow coaches and team doctors to keep better track of what is happening to players on the field. The handheld device can store up to 150 players and uses almost 2 million points of data that have been collected since 2003 to determine the severity of an impact. Riddell has warned that InSite is not a diagnostic tool and that it is instead an “extra set of eyes” that can help to reduce risk to players. A Riddell InSite helmet cost $150 per player and the handheld unit cost $200, reports Engadget.
Below is a video that shows off Riddell’s InSite system.