October 12, 2012 3:49 pm
The next time you’re down in a ditch after being run off the road by some crazy dude driving a minivan full of screaming children… help might already be on its way. That’s because your helmet, registering the impact of said mini-van’s passenger door on your body, has sent out a signal for medical assistance.
ICEdot, the company that makes the smartest helmet out there, says that its little helper will only send out a signal if you’ve been hit hard enough to have to replace the helmet. So every time you come to a skidding stop or clumsily dismount or fall on your face, the paramedics won’t show up. You can fund this little device at Indiegogo.
There is one big catch to this potentially life-saving device: Should you be in a location with no cellphone service, it doesn’t work. So don’t go around crashing into fir trees just because you think somebody will carry you to the hospital.
More from Smithsonian.com:
Sign up for our free email newsletter and receive the best stories from Smithsonian.com each week.