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The perfect storm of innovation, support and tragedy converged in the life of Eastern Michigan University student Zach Push to produce a revolutionary helmet prototype that can do more than save lives. It can locate them.


by Linda Hass


otorcycle enthusiasts are about to access the same high-tech safety system that their auto-loving cousins already enjoy. But their system won’t be built into their dashboards—it will be worn on their heads.


“Charles Coleman and I developed a helmet that will give motorcycle


riders the equivalent of OnStar, plus additional safety features,” says Zach Push, a product design and development student in EMU’s School of Engineering Technology. Coleman, Push’s business partner, describes the helmet as “wearable technology.” Features include global positioning capabilities, sensors that measure


impact in case of an accident, automatic emergency response services and rider-to-rider communication, to name a few. The co-inventors expect to fi nish testing their prototype and place it on the market around the end of 2015, says Push, 25, of Allen Park. Their creation, a “universal motorsport helmet,” also can be used for snowmobiling, off -road vehicle driving and other extreme sports that require helmets, adds Coleman, 33, of Detroit. “I’m not aware of a similar product on the market that has the combination of high-tech features that ours has,” says Push, adding that the prototype uses an elaborate network of sensors, microprocessors and a camera.


photos by Jakob Skogheim Eastern | SPRING 2015 21


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