IREX 2011: Bone Conduction Safety Helmet
It may not seem particularly exciting or 'robotic' but this bone conduction safety helmet developed by the Japan Expressway Company was one of the most immediately practical technology applications I saw at IREX 2011. The basic problem is that workers, human workers that is, in hazardous environments often have to wear earplugs or acoustic protection. The helmet includes built-in bone conduction transducers that transmit voice and warning signals to the workers.
NEXCO has combined the new safety helmet with an automated intrusion monitoring system that scans highway construction zones and alerts workers when an unexpected vehicle, truck, or other intruder suddenly enters the area.
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