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Device Created at Wichita State Could Detect Driver Drowsiness, Make Roads Safer

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The Bluetooth headset that detects driver drowsiness.

Researchers at Wichita State University have developed a device, and an app, that can detect driver drowsiness.

Credit: Wichita State News

Researchers at Wichita State University (WSU) are working with Vigo Technologies to develop a device that can detect drowsiness and warn drivers.

The device is a Bluetooth headset that sits on one ear and points an infrared sensor toward the eye. The sensor is designed to detect blinking and also monitor head movements, and the data is transmitted to a smartphone. If drowsiness is detected, the headset will vibrate, flash, and beep to alert the driver.

The team also has developed a mobile app that enables users to track their alertness level and customize the settings, such as the level of device sensitivity. "This will provide a new and cost-effective approach to monitor driver drowsiness and help improve driving safety," says WSU professor Jibo He. He notes the wearable technology is nonintrusive, and his group has conducted a simulated driving study.

"A nonintrusive, cost-effective wearable technology that is capable of reliably detecting drowsiness in drivers could help to prevent accidents and lower fatalities related to drowsy driving, making roadways safer," He says.

From Wichita State News
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