Thailand’s Life Saving Smart-Helmet
It’s a common belief that motorbike riding is a risky method of transport and a far riskier hobby. Tie that in with the crazy driving that occurs in Thailand and the long stretches of rural, unattended roads, and you have an unlimited number of bad situations waiting to happen.
That’s probably why the people down at BBDO Bangkok have joined forces with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and, together, produced the Helpmet.
It’s a genius idea – one that should have occurred long ago. Essentially the idea is simple. When the helmet registers a crash, it sends out an SMS to the National Emergency Center with all the rider’s details, including health information like blood type and previous medical issues, emergency contact information, and more importantly, the exact GSP coordinates of the injured rider.
The team behind the life saving design hope it will reduce the high number of motorbike related fatalities in Thailand, where it is estimated that 80% of deadly accidents involve people riding motorcycles.
Often, a motorcycle accident results in a rider who is unconscious, and it can take an unknown amount of time before someone passing by alerts the authorities. The Helpmet does this automatically when the sensors register a dangerous level of force, over 95g.
A spokesperson for the team says, “If an accident is not reported or the location is not informed accurately, this often leads to fatality.” They say the Helpmet is still in the testing phase and is expected to be released later this year.
The team behind the Helpmet has been tackling Thai Health issues for some while, and also produced the AbsorbPlate, a dinner plate which has been designed to absorb the fat and oils from your meal. Now that’s an invention we can all benefit from!