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Helmet Sensors Alert Users Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

By Kaustubh Katdare in 'Genetic | BioTech | BioMedical', Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Kaustubh Katdare


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    Gasoline powered tools used at construction site emit carbon monoxide, and in enclosed construction setups, they may cause poisoning. In order to solve this problem, students at Virginia Tech have developed a sensor that can alert the users of the increased blood gas saturation levels so that corrective actions can be taken. The sensor mounts on the helmet and does not interfere in the operations or movements of the user. The students who've developed the sensors explained how they integrated a pulse oximetry sensor into a helmet.


    In their demonstration, which was performed without exposing the workers to dangerous CO levels, the researchers monitored blood oxygen saturation. Monitoring oxygen levels and CO levels differs only in the number of wavelengths of light employed. The researchers are confident that their sensors can accurately measure required parameters and alert the users well in time.

    The team says that mounting the sensors on the helmet is just the first step in realising a long-term vision of creating a network of wearable and environmental sensors & protective gear at the construction sites. The approach is designed to improve the safety of the workers. The details of the research are available on the source link.

    Source: IEEE
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Discussion in 'Genetic | BioTech | BioMedical' started by Kaustubh Katdare, Aug 19, 2013.

    1. Nayan Goenka

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      this sensor can be reformed into a complete health monitoring feature of all the workers. Also do you think this is feasible in India and cost effective?
    2. Kaustubh Katdare


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      Why India? I think we are already heading towards wearable computing. Arrival of electronics majors in this domain will redefine a lot of things.
    3. Nayan Goenka

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      The only places here which could target these devices are in metro cities. They actually care for the workers there. But what about smaller towns. They don't even own a helmet in maximum cases.
    4. SarathKumar Chandrasekaran

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      Its not the mistake of government that workers does not wear a helmet but it was the mistake of employer who has to take care on employee working under him.
    5. Jeffrey Samuel

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      Well my principal chased out all the labourers from the construction site for not wearing helmets

      She is one tough Civilian I am sure about that and I am of the opinion that detectors are making life easier and this is one really needed innovation
    6. kanagasundaram.k

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      Computer Science
      This helmate definatively save the human life in endanger zone.first government must strictly announched the safety rules for company & private sector.who are follow uped or not.then monitoring the special team,if the helmate are not provide or not wearable at danger zone then punishable to cancel factory license.