EB14: Prototype ICE. Emergency Trigger Calls For Help with Single Click

IMG_2933.JPGSometimes your rides don’t always go as planned. That exact reason is why ICE. first took on their ICEdot Crash Sensor design. The quarter sized device detects the g-force of a crash and alerts your emergency contacts if you don’t disable the alarm.

While the crash sensor is designed to work when you are unconscious, their newest product will allow you to call for help even if you haven’t crashed. Called the Emergency Trigger, the new device is about the size of a nickel and will clip to helmet straps, bracelets, etc. Able to be used for keeping your family up to date on your whereabouts or a full on about for help, ICE. continues to make cycling a little safer any way possible…

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Powered by a CR1225 watch battery, the Emergency Trigger is essentially just a button. Push it once and it will send out your location with GPS coordinates to the contacts in your emergency network. This could be used as a “hey, I’m on this side of town and I’m fine,” sort of thing, or a “hey, things are getting sketchy around here, if I don’t get back to you, send help,” scenario. Either way it’s mostly to be used in non-emergencies.

However, hold the button down and it will send out the emergency signal to all of your contacts to let them know that you are in trouble and need help immediately. This would be used in situations like a badly broken leg that is preventing you from riding home. Again, your emergency contacts will get a message with your exact GPS location so they can send help.

Designed to work off the existing ICE. App, the Emergency Trigger can be used in addition to the crash sensor for additional safety. The Bluetooth LE sensor will require a cell phone signal to work so it won’t be a solution for back country epics, but should be beneficial in many riding situations. The Trigger will offer an average battery life of 300 hours which could be longer but the Trigger uses a vibration feature to let you know that you have successfully activated the device even if you can’t see it. When you can see it, there is also an LED to show it’s working.
IMG_2932.JPGICE. Plans to ship the Triggers in March with their own version. They are also continuing their partnership with POC which will result in a special POC edition Emergency Trigger sold through the protection and apparel brand. Shown as a rough 3D printed working prototype, the final versions will have similar design language as the Crash Sensor.

Comments

macros - 08/29/14 - 11:55am

Is there a possible way to add a picture of the device next to a nickel?

Xris - 08/29/14 - 1:03pm

A nickel is not allotted in the budget.

steve - 08/29/14 - 1:36pm

cost info is always appreciated

J - 08/29/14 - 1:54pm

Works off what network?

Jake - 08/29/14 - 2:09pm

Where I ride, pavement ends so does cell service. If this connected to my SPOT plb I might be interested, otherwise it is worthless in the mountains.

Aar - 08/29/14 - 2:10pm

@J – The ICEdot Crash Sensor pairs with smartphones via Bluetooth LE.It sounds like this Trigger pairs with the Crash Sensor also through BLE. So, the network would be the user’s mobile network.

Jake - 08/29/14 - 2:20pm

@Aar-My SPOT pairs with my cell phone and lets me text from my phone through my plb via satellite, no cell service needed.

Chris (ICEDot) - 08/29/14 - 2:52pm

Spot is great for back country but not super useful in more urban situations and frankly, a great number of mountain settings that are now covered with cell service. We’ve explored connecting to a sat service but those devices don’t maintain a constant connection, which our crash sensor requires since you’d be unconscious. So, in our opinion, there is usefulness and room for both products as they fill a great need, generally under different settings.

James S - 08/29/14 - 4:15pm

I can’t really figure out what the point of this gadget is. The original with the crash sensor made sense, since you could crash off the road into the bushes and the device would signal for you while you laid there unconscious. But if you are able to push a button, then you could just use your phone and call somebody. That way you could actually say what the problem is instead of just sending your coordinates. What is your contact person supposed to do? Guess that you need an ambulance? Jump in their car and rush over to your side? Call 911?

Well, I wouldn’t buy either device anyway so I guess it doesn’t matter much to me. Sure seems like people are getting more and more paranoid these days. Maybe all the scaredy cats should just stay home (wear your helmet though in case you fall in the bathtub or the ceiling collapses).

Ken D - 08/30/14 - 12:38am

How about, “always ride with someone” if you’re that far out on your own, you’re an idiot.

Robert S - 08/30/14 - 1:14am

Wow listen to all you negative people out there.. The trigger is a nice idea. I have been using the crash sensor since last year and I am really impressed with all the testing I have done with it. It is a well thought out device and the app that goes with it works well. Having used a spot in the past as well, I prefer this device to the spot. With your spot, you still have to activate the call. With the crash sensor, it does it for you.. I had recommended to spot to add this feature with either a g force sensor or tether system so it can be activated if you are thrown from your vehicle and can’t push the button.. they had no interest.. When ICEDOT came about it was exactly what we should use to get help when we can’t call. The trigger adds to this function by allowing you to activate a call when you can’t get to your phone that is buried deep in your backpack or camelback. Perfect just what I need. I hate digging my phone out activate the manual button on the phone app.. Sign me up once they are out.. (deleted)

Tom - 08/30/14 - 10:17am

@Robert, (deleted) This gagdget is a cool idea. I would pay a high price indeed for a version that did not need to be paired with a cell phone or require cell service. We just have to wait for technology to march along a bit further (in the meantime, I’ll stick with my slightly less elegant PLB from ResQ Link).

Mike B - 08/30/14 - 4:49pm

I love the idea of the trigger as it will be a great alternative for those of us with an iPhone 4 since the dot requires 4s Bluetooth technology.

anonymous - 09/01/14 - 1:12am

Since some phones have accelerometers, I wonder if they can just make it into an app without extra hardware.

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