A Chip on the Old Block – Can it Track Brain Injury?

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 10.04.07 AMThe gridiron meets the silicon chip. This sensor device, developed by Seattle company X2 Biosystems is getting national media attention. Along with the University of Washington Huskies football team, The Seattle Times reports that the University of Michigan and Stanford University players will be testing the head impact measurement system as well.

This means the college kids are a few yards ahead of the pros – the NFL having been focused on concussion liability among retired players. But, earlier this week, NBC Sports’ Mike Florio reported that,

“After months of delay, the NFL could soon be putting sensors in helmets… The NFL had previously been chasing its tail regarding helmet sensors…

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 9.54.09 AMFor a video look at how the sensors work to transmit data on head impacts to the sidelines and then mobile devices of authorized users, check out this segment produced by Seattle’s Q13 Fox affiliate.


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