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Head Impact Tracking Sensor

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There is a large number of undiagnosed concussions occurring in athletics. Given this concern, the team initially sought to develop a sensor system capable of detecting impacts to the head. As the team started the research and development process they identified groups of end users and their needs. These include athletes, coaches, and training staff that wanted accurate measurement in a discrete form factor for a reasonable price. Although safety was the primary goal of the project, performance metrics were identified as a desirable and easily implemented feature. Ultimately, the final project goal is to develop a sensing system that is affordable, improves safety, and gives the performance metrics desired by athletes. The design goal is a wireless sensor system that can be easily fit into a headband worn by players. The current prototype features accelerometers and gyroscopes as the method to track player movement and a Bluetooth module to transmit the data wirelessly to a computer, where algorithms are being made to analyze this data. A printed circuit board (PCB) design has even been created and tested at this stage. Finally, some preliminary calculations have also been made in regard to wireless communication and data storage. Moving forward, the team continues to work on smaller designs for the product and to incorporate more features. A mobile application is in development and a test stand is being considered to validate the measurements from the sensor. The presentation will highlight the project’s progress including research, prototyping, and testing

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Head Impact Tracking Sensor

There is a large number of undiagnosed concussions occurring in athletics. Given this concern, the team initially sought to develop a sensor system capable of detecting impacts to the head. As the team started the research and development process they identified groups of end users and their needs. These include athletes, coaches, and training staff that wanted accurate measurement in a discrete form factor for a reasonable price. Although safety was the primary goal of the project, performance metrics were identified as a desirable and easily implemented feature. Ultimately, the final project goal is to develop a sensing system that is affordable, improves safety, and gives the performance metrics desired by athletes. The design goal is a wireless sensor system that can be easily fit into a headband worn by players. The current prototype features accelerometers and gyroscopes as the method to track player movement and a Bluetooth module to transmit the data wirelessly to a computer, where algorithms are being made to analyze this data. A printed circuit board (PCB) design has even been created and tested at this stage. Finally, some preliminary calculations have also been made in regard to wireless communication and data storage. Moving forward, the team continues to work on smaller designs for the product and to incorporate more features. A mobile application is in development and a test stand is being considered to validate the measurements from the sensor. The presentation will highlight the project’s progress including research, prototyping, and testing