Brain-Reading Bike Helmet Displays Your Stress Level

Brain-Reading Bike Helmet Displays Your Stress LevelSpencer Lowell

MindRider is the brain-reading bicycle helmet that slightly closes the gap between motorists and cyclists.

The high-tech helmet was designed by MIT computer programmer and digital animator Arlene Ducao. Cyclists connect to MindRider with a single EEG sensor—the NeuroSky Mindset—which is installed into the bicycle helmet. The sensors scan the mental state of the rider and their current state is expressed in three simple ways. 

Ducao explained how the MindRider works to Wired

“It indicates your mental state by flashing a visual vocabulary of traffic light. Green is low stress, red is high stress and blinking lights indicate panic.”

The MindRider was not developed to let the public know you are having a bad day while riding a bike. Actually, it is another safety measure to help protect cyclists. With MindReader, it can "support safety by adding visibility and increased awareness to the cyclist/motorist interaction process."

Do you think the MindRider is a great safety measure for cyclists or would a mobile light show seem annoying?

[via Wired]

Tags: bike-helmet, brain-reading, eeg-sensor
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