When the Alert Band determines that you are too sleepy to drive, it sends an alarm to your smartphone to alert you. It also notifies family, friends and social networks so they can help keep you awake. The system’s smartphone app uses a numbering system to measure the fatigue level, with zero indicating the driver is wide awake and 80 and above indicating a time when driving is dangerous. The alarm system is designed to notify the driver three to five minutes before there is any danger of dozing off.
Impecca, which designs and makes consumer electronics, said the system has been tested with hundreds of people and has a 90 percent accuracy rate. The company says it was able to design a band that is comfortable to wear for long periods.
The Alert Band was demonstrated at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and will go on sale at retailers and at Impecca.com in May with a price of $249.99.