SHelmet is a smart system, which can sense and take actions to improve driving personal safety. Thereby enhancing cooperation between man and machine in an automatic and smart way. Low power design and self-sustainability is key, to avoid continuously recharging the batteries. Hidden in the helmet structure, the designed system is equipped with a dense sensor network including accelerometer, temperature, light, and alcohol gas level, in addition, a Bluetooth low energy module interfaces the device with an on-vehicle IR camera, and eventually the user’s smart phone. To keep the driver focused, the user interface consists of a small non-invasive display combined with a speech recognition system. In addition, the system is designed with low power in mind, by including a low-power architecture that optimizes energy consumption, as well as providing ultra-low power wake-up radio, and software enabled isolating supply lines. Finally, a multi-source energy harvesting module (solar and kinetic) performs high-efficiency power recovery, improving battery management and achieving self-sustainability. SHelmet performs rich context awareness applications; breath alcohol control; real time vehicle data; sleep and fall detection; data display; wireless communication with the vehicle without any need of external power supply; and daily recharging.


Shelmet is designed, first of all, for safety. The rich set of sensors and the graphical interface enhance human awarness of the environment while the audio system provides reactive alarms and allows the driver to interface the device with just the voice.


Incoming calls? Text messages? Directions? Forget all your devices while you’re on board, Shelmet lets you interact with them with no need of your hands! Plus, several sensors data are logged during the drive so that you can enrich your knowledge about your guiding performances and style.


Tired of battery charging and devices leaving you alone in the wrong moment? Shelmet’s lifetime is outstanding! Thanks to its design, environmental energy (solar, eolic) is exploited to keep the device always on at your services. Plus, Shelmet powers on and off all on its own saving energy


Wearable devices such as SHelmet are a good example of the Internet of Things, since "things" such as electronics, software, sensors and connectivity are effectors that enable objects to exchange data through internet with a manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices, without requiring human intervention.


The IoT allows objects to be sensed and/or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention.


The required automation technology is improved by the introduction of methods of self-optimization, self-configuration, self-diagnosis, cognition and intelligent support of workers in their increasingly complex work. There are three design principles: Interoperability, Information transparency, Decentralized decisions


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Meet the people that are going to develop the next generation of smart helmets
Tommaso Polonelli
Tommaso Polonelli


I have always had a passion for electronics and mechanics, therefore I decided to orient my studies towards a technical field since high school. Believing that it is important to support theory with practical experience, I have had solid and extended experiences during my years of study in the automotive sector, where I examined in depth my knowledges about mechanics and connections between electronics and mechanics, and finally in research.

Angelo D'Aloia
Angelo D'Aloia


Driven by curiosity and passion for technology, my interests and study field concern all-around electronics, focusing on both hardware and software. More generally, I’m truly in love with science because it represents humans pushing human race forward. Moreover, I believe that putting hands on things is crucial in engineering and that’s why I enriched my studies with in-field experiences, mainly in automotive.



Michele Magno received the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from the University of Bologna. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and a Research Fellow with the University of Bologna. The most important themes of his research are on wireless sensor networks, power management techniques, and extension of lifetime of batteries-operating devices and embedded video surveillance.

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