Pressure Sensor Designed by Western Michigan University Engineers

A pressure sensor used in football helmets designed by student engineers at the Western Michigan University has the capability of monitoring the severity and location of hits to a player’s head.

The sensor was developed using printed electronics on a flexible organic plastic substrate that covers the inside of a helmet. Data from the sensor is transmitted via Bluetooth to a smartphone, where it can be reviewed instantly to know the severity of a hit. The data could also be stored on a cloud-based server to provide a complete history of hits to a player’s head. This impact-sensing technology has applications beyond the football field including military, automotive supply, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food packaging and clothing.

Read more about how the team of engineers is working to take this technology from the lab to the marketplace.