There's an interesting article over at a somewhat gay sounding site called FitBuff about a new Riddell helmet that's recently come out. The helmet costs an unreal $1000 but has some major advantages over current helmets.
Well, helmet may be the wrong term. It's being called a high-tech, concussion-sensing, skull encapsulator. Great. Anyway, the football helmet can monitor the precise location and severity of a hit to the player wearing it. Every time a player takes a hit, the helmet uses sensors, similar to those used in airbags, to register the impact, then wirelessly send the data to a computer on the sideline. If the computer determines that a certain player has received enough damage to potentially cause brain injury, it sends an alert to the coach or team trainer instantly.
What's pretty funny is that there will also be a consumer version of the helmet that will work a bit differently. The helmet will need to be hooked up to a computer after the game to upload the data. Once uploaded, you'll be able to officially determine that your illegitimate kid is in a coma from the hit he took on field.
Apparently eight college football teams are already using the new Riddell football helmets.
I'd have to this think this would be great for the pros to use considering how commonplace concussions are. But then I remember Gene "Neck Snapper" Upshaw is in charge of the players union. He'd prefer that players simply go braindead.