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For Drivers and Students, This Headband Measures Your Brain Activity and Wakes You Up via Call or Tweet - Jason O Gilbert/Yahoo

Jason O. Gilbert

Nodding off at work? All of your friends and family are about to be notified.

The U-Wake is a headband worn over the forehead that can measure fatigue by reading your brainwave activity. If it senses that you’re nodding, or about to fall asleep, the headband can play a sound on your phone to wake you up, or, if you’re intense enough, it can text all of your family and friends, or post a status to your Facebook or Twitter account. (No, it doesn’t shock you. “Too distracting,” a U-Wake representative told me.)

I tried the U-Wake here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The band fits snugly on the forehead and includes a clip for the earlobe, which is quite uncomfortable and reminds me of wearing a particularly strong clip-on earring. (Don’t ask). It also clips onto your shirt in a second place so that the sensor remains in place and can get an accurate reading. 


A big display on the connected app gives you a fatigue score between 0 and 100, with 100 being the top-level of fatigue. ...more

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