Students invent sensor which could save firefighters' lives

By Anna Carrera

Published 01/27 2014 05:44PM

Updated 01/27 2014 06:42PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- New technology developed by UI students could help save firefighters in the future. Three engineering students -- Andri Teneqexhi, Lauren White and Hyun Yi -- developed a device to warn first responders when temperatures get too high. Students started working on it as a research project last semester.

Firefighters' gear is made to withstand heat, but it does have a limit. Sensors would let them know when it's getting dangerous. The sensors are set to warn firefighters when it gets close to 270-degrees Fahrenheit, then again at 420-degrees.

The device fits inside the helmet. It only costs about $35 to make, so it would be an affordable for departments. The students hope to make it a little smaller before putting it into production.

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