Impact-sensing sports cap measures head injury

Reebok-CCM Hockey, which makes hockey equipment and apparel, will sell the electronic skullcap, but it’s not just for hockey players.

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True story. A few years ago, I got a concussion at a baseball game — and not because a ball hit me in the head. When my friend and I simultaneously turned and leaned in to talk, her head hit mine with such force I thought I had broken my nose. My doctor, however, said all signs pointed toward a concussion. Did I mention it was a Giants game? Go, Giants!

World Series aside, had I been wearing a new impact-sensing skullcap from Reebok and start-up MC10, I might have immediately known whether I needed medical treatment or rest before before resuming play, which in my case involved sitting on a bench trying to explain baseball to CNET’s Swedish summer interns.

The sensor-laden mesh cap provides LED readouts according to the level of impact, thus providing instant information on the gravity of the blow. It should be commercially available to consumers early next year, “essentially serving as an extra set of eyes on the ice — or any other playing field,” MC10 says.

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