They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and while I have no idea what a pound of cure can accomplish (a dosage chart would be handy, right?), the ICEdot Crash Sensor is quite literally an ounce of prevention. Well, just under an ounce, actually.
Affixed to your helmet, the ICEdot is a bluetooth-enabled sensor that uses a built-in accelerometer to discern when a rider suffers a collision, and then communicates with the rider’s smartphone via a dedicated app to send a notification to a predetermined emergency contact that contains the rider’s exact GPS location. If the rider is too dazed or unable to call for help, the app will do that as well.
When the sensor goes off, a countdown clock is initiated on your phone before it notifies your emergency contact so you can turn it off if you don’t need help. This feature comes in handy say, when, you accidentally drop your helmet down the stairs on your way out the door.
Step One for setting up a new ICEdot sensor involves hitting the World Wide Web to set up an emergency health profile on icedot.org. Information submitted on this profile will be available to any first responders, who can access it by simply texting the eight-digit pin found on the ICEdot sticker that accompanies each sensor, or on an ICEdot Wristband to ICEdot.
Step Two is to download the accompanying ICEdot app for your smartphone. Using the sensor’s bluetooth capabilities, the app works in concert with the sensor to alert your emergency contacts in the event of a crash. Therefore, it’s important to make sure the app is running before you begin your ride, and that the bluetooth connection is active.
Step Three is easier said than done in some case, but it’s a step that is good to follow…DON’T CRASH!. While if you must crash, it’s a good idea to be wearing an ICEdot, not crashing is always better than crashing. But you knew that already didn’t you.
The moral of the story? Stuff happens, and it pays to be prepared. ICEdot takes care of that.