BlackBox Biometrics – Entrepreneur of the Week

November 26, 2014

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Real-time Feedback on Possible Concussion-Causing Impacts


With a pedigree of developing blast-force sensors used in military and law enforcement settings, BlackBox Biometrics brings its proven expertise in measuring the unseen impact of concussive forces from the battlefield to the playing field with the introduction of the Linx Impact Assessment System (IAS). Born from combat-tested technology, the company’s latest product will make its debut in January at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015.

Up to 3.8 million people per year are affected by a sports- or recreation-related brain injury, according to a 2013 Institute of Medicine report. The Linx IAS technology comes at a time when that number is rising, especially among young adults and children, as evidenced by a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which found that between 2001 and 2009, the number of Americans younger than 19 treated each year for sports concussions rose to 250,000 from 150,000.

The Linx IAS concussion management system combines wearable technology with a mobile application to provide athletes, parents and coaches with real-time data and analysis of potential impact-related head injuries. The wearable technology weighs about the same as a nickel, is the size of a stick of gum, and fits easily into a custom skull cap or headband, allowing it to be worn in any sports environment. The companion mobile app, which will be available for Apple and Android devices, allows for impact monitoring and sideline testing, giving the user the ability to detect head impacts across sports and over time. Linx IAS will be available for purchase by the end of Q1 2015.

BlackBox Biometrics is the industry leader in sensor technology to measure concussive forces. The company’s Blast Gauge System is currently used by the U.S. Military, law enforcement tactical officers, and international military and research organizations. BlackBox Biometrics specializes in developing innovative technology that measures the unseen impact of concussive injuries, guiding triage and aiding in treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). For more information about Linx IAS visit: www.linxias.com

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Who is BlackBox Biometrics, Inc.?

David Borkholder, PHD Founder & Chief Technology Officer

David Borkholder, PHD

David is the Founder of BlackBox Biometrics, Inc., and the Bausch and Lomb Associate Professor of Microsystems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. With over 16 years of R&D experience, David is an experienced entrepreneur who has successfully executed rapid-turn electronic development efforts in Silicon Valley startups, and has served in Director of Engineering roles at Cepheid and ZONARE Medical Systems.

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