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Ukrainian startup develops ‘anti-sleep’ smart watch for preventing road accidents
22:03, 30 May 2016
Ukrainian startup develops ‘anti-sleep’ smart watch for preventing road accidents

Kharkiv company is raising money to make a watch aimed at reducing drowsiness

22:03, 30 May 2016

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A Kharkiv startup has raised more than $13,000 on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to start producing a watch aimed at reducing drowsiness. That’s according to Ukrainian news portal liga.business.

Jan Rybalchenko came up with an idea of creating such smart watch after his friends had been severely injured in the car crash, when the driver fell asleep. He started to work on the gadget that will prevent people from falling asleep in critical situations.

NOZzER is equipped with electrodes that constantly send electric impulses to the brain. As a result neural activity stays stable. One can adjust the strength and frequency according to his or her preferences.

They have already tested the smart watch on thirty people under a special program at the psychophysiology laboratory of the Vasyl Karazin Kharkiv National University. The drowsiness has reduced by 70% during the experiment.

The prototype uses a battery with 160mAh. After optimization of the gadget it can operate without recharging for up to 3 months, and about 18-30 hours in the active phase. Startup team has experience of cooperation with Chinese partners. This will speed up the process of preparation for production of the smart watch.

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