Seattle-based X2Impact is developing concussion sensing mouthguards and headbands for contact sport athletes. The sensors transmit impact data to a base station which can then send immediate alerts to smartphones. The X2Impact sensors are due to be released in early 2012.
The information gathered by the X2 sensor modules is transmitted by our proprietary wireless protocol to the X2 access point located at the sideline, then via GSM up to our secure internet database. Then we provide access to the player information to authorized mobile phones at the field of play or anywhere in the world. The X2 system notifies athletic trainers, coaches, parents and team physicians in real time about impacts to players heads, and provides a suite of tools supporting athlete assessment in bench vs. play decisions, recovery and safe return to play protocols.
photo by Norbert von der Groeben / Stanford School of Medicine