Intel to place Atom chip in football helmets to assess impac

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Old 15-Jan-2011
Intel to place Atom chip in football helmets to assess impac

Back in March, we reported on a system by Hothead Technologies that uses an RFID tag along with a thermometer and transmitter placed inside a football playerís helmet to help detect early stages of heat stroke. Concerns around football players and heat stroke arose after Korey Stringer, a player with the Minnesota Vikings, died due to complications from heat stroke in 2001 while he was attending the teamís training camp. Now the latest concern for players and the NFL is concussions and head injury as demonstrated by a rule change in 2009 around how teams should manage a player with a significant sign of concussion during practice and on game day.
In the same way technology is now available to manage signs of heat stroke in players, Intel is helping to implement technology to better protect players from head injuries. The chip maker has worked with Riddell, a football helmet manufacturer, and university researchers to create computer simulations which can be used for improving helmet designs. Those simulations utilized on-field data from impacts recorded thanks to the Riddell Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) which is fitted inside a playerís helmet. During the SC10 conference in New Orleans, Intel demonstrated how Intel Xeon Processor-based workstations and clusters could be utilized to quickly process data around an impact to assess risk for a head injury in real-time.
In the future, Intel hopes to make this technology available to players on game day by embedding Intel Atom processors into helmets. The helmets would wirelessly feed data about impacts to servers and cloud networks. Using this information, medical personnel could respond to an injury faster and have information about the extent of the injury before they even reach a player on the field.

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