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SmartCap Detects Fatigue

The SmartCap is outfitted with sophisticated sensors able to measure the brain-waves of the wearer; it can determine the fatigue level of that person and report on it to supervisory personnel. Invented by Australian mining engineer Dr. Daniel Bongers, this smart baseball cap doesn't even need conductive gel (or any other gel or mousse); it can figure you out right through your hair.


(SmartCap Operator Fatigue Detection and Countermeasure Development )

Two field trials of the Smart Cap fatigue detection system took place at surface coal mining operations in central Queensland during 2008. In total, 53 operators were involved in these trials for one or more shifts. Both day and night shifts were incorporated for operators of haul trucks, excavators, water trucks, dozers and graders. Infrared video footage of some operators was captured for comparison with the real-time EEG and fatigue information collected by the Smart Cap system. In particular, this footage allowed the calculation of the percentage of eye closure (PERCLOS) of eleven operators. Comparison of the PERCLOS measurements with operator fatigue levels shows good correlation in line with similar published research, providing some reassurance of the system's accuracy.

The robustness of the electronics in terms of noise rejection and connectivity were also tested. In all aspects, the Smart Cap system performed according to its design parameters. Specifically, we show that the sophisticated sensor array is capable of eliminating ambient electrical noise in the mine environment, and that the Bluetooth connectivity is secure in the event of intentional mismatching of equipment or close vehicle interactions.

Philip K. Dick was (as far as I know) the first to describe brain wave detection equipment as consumer electronics; see his cephalochromoscope (or cephscope) for an example.

Consumer electronics in your clothing is a fashion that is happening now; which of the following will be available in a clothing store near you?

From ACARP via Talk2myshirt.

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