An interesting, innovative new device unveiled at Interbike last week might just save your life if you ever have a serious accident.
ICEdot is a new safety product that attaches to cycling helmets and works by measuring the G-forces experienced to determine severity of an impact. Following a bad crash, the system automatically sends an alert via a Bluetooth enabled device to emergency workers, along with the last registered GPS location and impact force. A simple solution would be to always ride with somebody else, but this isn’t that simple. It happens fairly often that I’m out riding by myself, either on a training ride, or to and from a group-training ride.
ICEdot have teamed up with SenseTech to create these small sensors. The sensor is controlled with a smartphone app that allows you to set the G-force limit at which emergency services are notified. Once an impact has been detected, the user can cancel the notification before it is sent. This time lag can also be set via the app. If the countdown is not cancelled, your smartphone sends out an alert and emergency services are notified of your accident.
The best feature about this device is that its not limited to cycling. You could use this with any other sport requiring a helmet, such as skiing, motorbike riding etc.
Before you mother runs off to buy you one for your birthday, you will have to wait until early next year before their official debut. The sensors will cost $200 and an annual subscription to the ICE dot notification service is $10 per year. No word whether this system will be made available outside the United States.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Useful safety feature if you ever get into an accident with nobody around you
Cons: Requires a smartphone to work.