Soon, wearable 'alertness tracker' to save drivers from dozing off

New York, Dec 19 : Researchers have developed a new gadget that could help keep drivers from dozing off.

The makers of the new wearable device, Vigo, have claimed that it will be able to put an end to untimely sleepiness by measuring alertness and nudging the user awake if necessary, the New York Daily News reported.

Vigo, a headset, uses an infrared sensor to track blinking patterns and eye movement to determine how awake the user is.

The device, designed by three students at the University of Pennsylvania, starts vibrating softly, flashing a light or playing a pre-selected music track if it senses the wearer is falling asleep.

It monitors data constantly by taking into account blink rate, blink duration and the ratio of time an eye is open versus closed.

Vigo, which weighs around 20 grams, is activated through Bluetooth 4.0 and it works with any iOS or Android device, including phones and tablets.

The team behind Vigo hopes to ship the device in mid-2014.

--ANI (Posted on 19-12-2013)

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