Steer Wearable Literally Shocks Drowsy Drivers

Sep 1, 2019 yvfrzeti

first_img Drowsy driving kills.Which is why Latvian design studio Creative Mode invented Steer, a wearable device aimed at keeping motorists awake and alert.The bracelet, worn on the upper forearm, analyzes heart rate and skin conductance. If either drops below a certain level, Steer shocks you back into consciousness.Dazed, lethargic drivers claimed more than 840 lives in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which estimated 83,000 drowsy driving-related crashes between 2005 and 2009.Most people have experienced bouts of “micro-sleep”—drooping eyes, head nodding, even unconsciousness that can last up to 30 seconds, during which you fail to respond to environmental sensors.via Creative ModeBut while it’s one thing to doze off at your desk or in a dark movie theater, until fully autonomous vehicles start chauffeuring folks around, there is no time for a catnap behind the wheel.Steer, however, helps curb micro-sleep.Strap on the accessory to verify resting heart rate and skin conductance, then wear it while driving to determine potentially harmful changes.If your pulse decreases by ten units, for example, Steer sends out a strong vibration and shines a yellow light. Drop another three units, and you’ll receive a “gentle” electric shock.via Creative ModeThe stimulation, according to Creative Mode, boosts neurotransmitters serotonin, noradrenaline, and cortisol, and decreases the “sleeping hormone” melatonin.“These changes will make you feel fresher and less drowsy and will return your heart rate to normal,” the firm’s Kickstarter campaign said.Promising a safer, more effective, and more reliable remedy than traditional quick fixes like energy drinks, coffee, loud music, or smoking, Steer—made from durable and hypoallergenic plastic—has “no negative effect on your health.”Pre-order the bracelet now for an early-bird price of €99 ($116); snag extra for friends or family with the twin pack (€198/$231), trio pack (€299/$349), or four-device family pack (€380/$444).Production is expected in September and October, ahead of a November rollout to backers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on targetlast_img

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