What is the SmartShoulder?
The SmartShoulder is a wearable that helps keep service engineers safe, even in remote areas. It features:
- A panic button and man-down alarm, which trigger calls for assistance from HQ in the event of emergencies.
- Integrated LED lights automatically activate when the wearer enters a low light environment, so they have both hands available for the job at hand.
SmartShoulder: How it works
A smart vest with integrated panic button, sensors and LED lights, all waterproof
From original idea to pilot samples
With their experience in quickly developing concepts into market-ready wearables, Elitac Wearables was the logical and proven product development partner for the SmartShoulder project.
John Vlaming, Teijin Smart Safety
Controlled user tests with service engineers in the field
The project is currently in Phase 3 (Pilot Samples): Functional product samples have been constructed for controlled user tests. The field tests took place in the summer of 2020, with a range of service engineers wearing the smart vests during a regular working day.
The feedback was very positive: Engineers said the SmartShoulder made work easier because their workspace was properly illuminated, with both hands free for other tasks. They also commented that the light was bright enough to do their work, without much shadow.
The next step is to construct more durable Prototypes, for uncontrolled user testing and validation.
A range of additional functions could be integrated in the future, including health sensors (posture tracking & correction), location sharing, camera assistance (e.g. for educational purposes), communication with HQ and colleagues, power banks, data logging/onsite reporting etc.