This paper describes a new solution for an articulated low-cost artificial neck with sensors to assess the effects of head impacts. This prototype is designed as a new solution to evaluate the neck’s response after suffering the head impact. An overview of existing solutions is reported to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each one briefly. Problems and requirements for prototype design are outlined to guide to a solution with commercial components. A prototype is developed, and its operating performance is evaluated through a lab test. Several tests are worked out considering the biomechanics involved in the most common accidents of head-neck impacts. Results show a response on the prototype similar to an actual human neck. Future improvements are also outlined for better accurate responses considering the results from the lab test.
José Luis Rueda-Arreguín, M. Ceccarelli, C. R. Torres-SanMiguel