A bike-helmet that knows what you think – MindReader

MindReader - Protect your head the stress free way

MindReader – Protect your head the stress free way

Biking is fun, until you almost get rammed by a Maruti Swift or an overloaded tempo doesn’t hit you in the rear. First things first, wearing a helmet is a necessity while riding a bike/bicycle. Hitting the pavement head first without any safety gear is something only Salman Khan can brush off, you my dear friend are not Salman Khan.

Kickstarter project MindRider looks like an ordinary bicycle helmet at first glance, but it’s got more than a few tricks up its sleeve. The kickstarter description of the project reads something like this : “The MindRider helmet translates your mind’s engagement levels through a comfortable soft sensor embedded in the helmet’s foam. This forehead sensor is part of a BCI (brain-computer interface) that uses EEG (electroencephalography) to measure signals from your brain and translate them into a level of engagement” , the page further goes on to explain “Your engagement is then color-coded on a gradient ranging from green (relaxed) to red (sharply focused), and displayed on  a small color-changing light. MindRider uses BLE (Bluetooth low energy) to connect with your compatible mobile device. The MindRider app adds your data to an interactive map.”

MindRider app adds your data to an interactive map

MindRider app adds your data to an interactive map

To put it in simpler terms, the helmet tracks your movements, whether on a bicycle, skateboard or hoverboard (one can hope). It then looks at your route and creates a map, presenting you the locations where you ran into high stress situations while riding and other locations where you were more relaxed. The basic functionality is to process all these maps and use the data to create better city bike routes and paths. But it can also just give you a better idea of which parts of your route you should avoid and provide you with alternative routes where there is a scarcity of congestion and other stress inducing factors.

You can share your maps with friends/acquaintances and warn them of stressful routes , or you can share them with the rest of the community, thereby helping in making the city more safe and accessible for people with alternate sources of transport.


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