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While most vehicle safety features are hardwired into the

console, Push’s and Coleman’s creation has made the leap to the body, giving owners a high-tech wearable that not only expands their capabilities—it also goes wherever they go. The benefi ts are liberating. Motorcyclists can enjoy hands-

free communication with others in their group, thanks to Bluetooth technology that connects a rider’s cell phone to an earpiece and a microphone embedded in the insulation. “Riders can use this system to speak with others, listen to audio fi les, and more,” says Push. Users can be assured of reaching their destination, thanks to

GPS navigation that includes verbal assistance from emergency services, similar to what General Motors drivers do with OnStar. “Also, if your cell phone is connected to your helmet via Bluetooth, you can utilize the cell phone’s navigation system and hear directions through the headset,” says Push. If wearers are immobilized by an accident, sensors will

automatically measure the level of impact and alert fi rst responders to the level of trauma as well as giving location coordinates, says Coleman.

Innovation Born of Tragedy The concept of an automatic response feature was triggered

by a tragedy in November 2008, when a high school friend and an acquaintance of Push’s died in a motorcycle accident in Shelby Township. The exact location of the pair, who were not wearing helmets, was unknown until a hunter discovered their bodies the next day, according to news reports. The accident prompted several questions for Push. Would

both riders be alive today if they had helmets that alerted emergency response services to their location? What would it take to market such a product? “Their deaths were tragedies that inspired many of the safety

features in the helmet, features that can save lives through technology,” says Push, who expects to receive his bachelor’s degree this year. Coleman, an electrical engineering technology major, has an associate’s degree in automotive technology from Wayne Community College and certifi cates in automotive paint, refi nishing and collision repair from Oakland County Community College. Push and Coleman brainstormed about additional safety features for the helmet following the accident, but their ideas

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