Triax Technologies, a Connecticut-based company founded in 2013, has decided to meet the challenge of decreasing the incidence of concussions and other similar head traumas in sports head on.
Perhaps that is an unfortunate choice of words, but the message is clear: Triax is committed to curb the occurrence of concussions in sports, particularly among our youth. As the company’s Rebecca Toback says in an email to Techgage:
We decided to launch Triax because we saw a rising problem in athlete safety based on the number of concussions that occur each day… Beyond that, we saw parents… who no longer wanted their children to continue playing contact sports for fear of concussion-related injuries. Our mission is to stop this from happening.
Accordingly, the company is introducing its first product, the SIM-P.
The SIM-P is, in Triax’s own words, “a sports head impact monitor that helps to increase concussion safety and alertness for athletes.” The SIM-P is basically a cluster of sensors which are placed in a headband or a skullcap (for sports where the athletes wear a helmet). The sensors monitor the physical forces imposed on the athlete whenever there is contact or collisions on the field of play. The SIM-P is basically a real-time monitor that acts in conjunction with a proprietary Triax app (presently already deployed for iOS, with an Android version almost ready). Connected via Bluetooth, the SIM-P sensors send data to an iDevice, where the app sends alerts to the sidelines whenever a player suffers a head impact. The team can then remove a player immediately for examination and treatment as necessary.
The SIM-P is already in use at several universities, according to Triax, with positive results.
The Triax SIM-P is available for pre-order now, with examples shipping soon. The company is pricing its SIM-P at $149.