How We Got Started
When Maddox wanted to sign up for the 2015 football season, our mother was worried that he would get a head injury because of news articles she had recently read. Eventually, we made a deal with her where we would build something to monitor head hit impacts. In exchange, our mother would allow Maddox to play football. With the help of Arduino classes and meet-ups at San Jose TechShop, we designed our prototype and quickly realized that many players like Maddox could benefit from this.
We spent most of 2015 and 2016 developing our design. In 2006, we did a Kickstarter campaign for our 1st generation of the design. We fine-tuned the design in 2017 for 2nd generation design, and have made first batch of initial production.
Feel free to watch the HD version of the video below (on Youtube).
What is the Aegis of Soteria Product
Based on research done by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Rochester, the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University, and the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at University of Chicago (see this research paper here), an evolution of g-force from hit impacts happens in milliseconds and the threshold of a concussion happens around 200g (see figure below from above quoted paper):
The AoS400 sensor is a specially designed sensor module that can be easily attached to the helmet, with a customized accelerometer chip that can measure +/- 400g.
When a player absorbs an impact in a potentially dangerous way (currently set at 50% of concussion threshold, using both Severity index and Head Injury Criterion), the sensor lights up to alert the player.
The Mobile Application
The impact data can be downloaded to smartphones on the sideline, using Bluetooth Low Energy, so coaches and parents can monitor the behavior.
Coaches and parents can add players to their smartphone app (with permission granted), so they can monitor any given player's situation. Each player also has a designated guardian with whom he/she share such information and alarms.
The Cloud-Based Data Storage and More
The data is also uploaded to the database on AWS cloud. Not only can parents remotely monitor players' situation, records of their hit impact can be used by medical staff to diagnose the players' symptoms.
If we collect enough players' data over a long enough period of time, with enough volunteers' permission, we hope to collaborate with engineering and medical schools from universities to build a model that can better predict how hit impacts will lead to long-term brain damage. With such a prediction model, we will be able to perform real-time predictions and preventions.
We have filed US patent earlier this year regarding our cloud-based approach
Where We Are
We have manufactured the first batch of initial production (see this link on where all those components are coming from).
This is our production site:
And here is our products:
We have built the Android version of the app, and plan to port to iSO down the road.
How You Can Help
We are young entrepreneurs, but we have big dreams and we are growing our skills to make it happen. We need your help to transfer our prototype into production.
We pledge to keep you updated on our progress on our website. If you are in the bay area, we are happy to meet you to get your advice and help.
We have authorized adults with thorough experience in semiconductor industries to help us make sure everything is running along smoothly with no complications.