One of the winners at the AT&T Hackathon, PilotAngel, made interesting use of an interesting wearable: the Neurosky Mindwave sensor.
It just looks like a little-bit-heavyweight headset:
Most of the applications available on the actual web-site appear to be self-experimental: attempting to get yourself into the meditation zone, or something like that.
But at the Hackathon, several real-world applications of interest were seen. One of these was Pilot Angel.
The idea is, that if the operator of a vehicle starts entering into sleep brain-wave patterns then an alert goes out, which if unresponded to, gets escalated to a supervisor. It's kind of amazing that such things are rapidly leaving science-fiction and entering the realm of actual technology.
From their presentation:
It's time to stop the catastrophes seen in the news with ships, airlines, trains. Often this is not negligence but loss of focus and “Highway Hypnosis”.Team "Pilot Angel"createda functioning proof of concept at the AT&T DevSummit hackathonfor CES 2014 using
- Neurosky Mindwave sensors,
- a Nokia Windows Phone app,
- a pebble smart watch
Read more about this and a few other wearables here. And you can see the demo here:they monitored and analyzed pilot’s brain waves in real-time, detectingloss offocus and triggering awareness-boosting lighting using Philips Hue lights and text-messaging & Pebble watch alerts to the pilot and their supervisors along with GPS location data. PilotAngel is looking to make the proof of concept a realityand create a start up.Pilot Angelis open to team up with various partners and angel investors.
I hope that Pilot Angel -- a team that had my vote -- goes forward with their idea. I think it's important for hackathon winners to take their ideas as far as they can.