samsung looks to facilitate real-time concussion stats with connective sports headband
samsung looks to facilitate real-time concussion stats with connective sports headband samsung looks to facilitate real-time concussion stats with connective sports headband
mar 25, 2016

samsung looks to facilitate real-time concussion stats with connective sports headband

samsung looks to facilitate real-time concussion stats with connective sports headband
all images courtesy of samsung




samsung looks to facilitate research aimed at high risk concussion circumstances with a wearable device called the ‘brainBAND’. neuroscientist dr. alan pearce teams up with industrial designer braden wilson to create a wearable prototype that can track impacts to the head in contact sports in real-time, with the aim to use this data to better understand concussions and the ongoing impact on the brain. 


video courtesy samsung




a specially designed headband houses sensors at the back of the head that measure the force of an impact and relays real-time all the information via an app to medics, referees and coaches. a series of LED lights indicate the level of impact of a hit: yellow, orange and red for high alert, meaning a player should be taken off the field for assessment. 

samsung’s ‘brainBAND’ connects directly to personnel on the field in real-time




‘we had a number of design challenges for this project,’ explains designer braden wilson. ‘our initial target audience, footballers, are generally not early adopters so we needed to create something that wouldn’t be seen as a gimmick or a sign of weakness. we had to create a wearable that was seen as a crown, not a bandage, something that would be worn with pride would be seen as a symbol of strength. the headband form is a design language already understood and accepted in rugby and contact sport so it seemed like a logical form to adopt to house the technology. it also addressed the functional need to hold the tech pack securely to the head to ensure accurate sensor readings.’

rugby player israel folau with the samsung ‘brainBAND’




the prototype has been developed through samsung’s ‘launching people’ program – an initiative that beings together experts from different backgrounds to demonstrate how technology can investigate and help solve real challenges facing society. 

an entire team can be outfitted with the band to ensure thorough concussion detection  samsung-brainBAND-concussion-detector-designboom-05
fitted according to the size of the athlete, the ‘brainBAND’ stays secure during a hitsamsung-brainBAND-concussion-detector-designboom-06
LEDs change color depending on the impact

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    technology news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    503,120 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine