Photo: Alessandro Coiro Mas
Good news for the accident prone. Engineering student Brycen Spencer from UMass Amherst has decided that helmets should do more than just protect our heads from mortal blows. They should call 911 and tell them our GPS locations as well. The Wireless Impact Guardian (WIG), connected to a GPS location device that tracks a rider's movement, is activated when the helmet is buckled. If the accelerometer registers an impact that exceeds a predetermined safety level, the rider has a minute to turn off the device before his GPS location is sent to the nearest emergency team.
For those who prefer to ride long distances alone, whether back-country or cross country, this device could be a life-saver if a nasty accident happens. Spencer is still filing patents, but we hope to see this in dealerships sooner rather than later.