January 31, 2014 AT 9:00 am

S.A.M. (The Safety Attention Monitor) will help you be a better driver @raspberry_pi #piday #raspberrypi

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A team at Chico State University designed The Safety Attention Monitor (SAM) using a raspberry pi, leds, and more to help drivers to stay focused behind the wheel, via hackaday:

The team designed SAM using OpenCV to track your face in order to recognize when you aren’t watching the road. It alerts you through a variety of audible beeps and LED lights, and is programmed to only alert you after set time values — i.e. it’s not going to go off when you’re checking your blind spot, unless you’ve been checking it for over a certain length of time. It also has a silence button you can press for situations like looking around while you are parked.

The proof of concept device was built using a Raspberry Pi, the PiCam, and a breadboard to accommodate some manual controls, the buzzer, and LEDs. It also continuously records video of you on a 30 second loop, and in the event of an accident, it saves all the video — perhaps proving it was your fault. Can you imagine if all cars had this installed? On the plus side you wouldn’t have to argue with insurance companies — but if it really was your fault, well then you’re straight out of luck.

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