Formula 1: Biometric gloves are ready

Biometric Gloves

During 2018, F1 will use on the field, the new biometric gloves that can detect blood oxygenation

Hi-tech gloves are coming into Formula 1. The data will be available to teams, almost like a telemetry about the pilot health status.

In addition, they must be built light and very resistant, something acquired long time ago. The next frontier is the integration of an optical sensor that can measure the amount of oxygen in pilot’s blood and his heart rate.

Biometrical gloves that will debut in 2018, with a technology developed by Signal Biometrics, a company created by the FIA medical delegate: Doctor Ian Roberts.

In just 3 millimeters thick, the sensor in the glove includes a rechargeable battery using an induction principle and a Bluetooth transmitter will be able to send data within 500 meters. It will record the values of oxygenation of the blood and it will allow the medical team to get a first picture of the state of health of a pilot in the event of an accident. It will soon be employed in other fields and other sports categories.

The data collected by this sensor can be downloaded from teams, once the car is back to its box. In short, as if it was a pilot health telemetry. All data will be encrypted. The evolution will be about the availability of data recorded by the sensor, in addition to the other additional possibilities. For example, there is already the plan to allocate frequency analysis about breathing and body temperature to analyze the stress and health of a pilot.

Ian Roberts commented in this way the possibilities of this technology:

We know how much tracking people is essential in protecting health. It is no different in the case of accident occurring to a pilot.

We would like to begin monitoring and evaluate them as soon as possible, but the equipment that has been used is too bulky and can be applied only after the accident took place.

Also, there are times when the pilot is not immediately accessible. In those moments, we have limited information. Especially, if we are unable to bring them closer. We have conducted much of the work directly because there was no company that realized sensors intended to be subjected to continuous wear and use in an environment like that of Formula 1.

This is an environment where there is a risk of fire and there are also a lot of radio interference

The first phase of integration of biometric gloves will follow the installation of a transponder on the car. In this way, the system will send in real time, the data recorded by the sensor. The gloves have passed strength tests laid down by the FIA. It will be published soon a standard to which all manufacturers of gloves must align to provide their biometric template approved by FIA…

Another interesting news, it was the sale of motorhome of Schumacher. He accompanied the team in the circuits between 2001 and 2005. It was a deal expected by many fans.

Of course, it will not have the charm of Senna’s McLaren Mp4/8A. However, even this motorhome is part of the history of F1. Meetings of Michael Schumacher and Ruben Barrichello with engineers, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt took place aboard this motorhome. In addition to strategical meetings, it also took physiotherapy sessions with a dedicated space. This was the private area of historic masseur of Schumi: Balbir Singh.

If the outside of the motorhome is not changed, the previous owner had decided to turn it into a luxurious space. For this reason, he had radically changed the interiors.

If you see a motorhome with Ferrari brand in any camping area, it might be this one was where Schumacher was resting after another world championship…

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