From WROC Website:
BlackBox Biometrics CEO Rick Spotts discussed his company’s sensor based technology in our Why ROC interview Wednesday on News 8 at Sunrise.
Spotts displayed the company’s Linx Impact Assessment System (IAS) and explained how it works. He said the technology was originally developed as blast force sensors for the military. Linx IAS allows data related to the unseen impact of concussive forces to be collected and shared in real time. It will makes its debut in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The wearable technology is combined with a mobile application to provide athletes, parents and coaches with real-time data and analysis of potential impact-related head injuries. The Linx IAS weighs about the same as a nickel and is the size of a stick of gum. It can fit easily into a skull cap or headband, allowing it to be worn in any sports environment.
According to a 2013 Institute of Medicine report, up to 3.8 million people a year suffer a sports or recreation related brain injury.
Spotts said BlackBox Biometrics has benefitted from being located in Rochester. The company was formed out of a research project at RIT’s Venture Creations Incubator. Access to the academic and research labs was essential. In addition, the company has drawn top talent from the local college campuses.