Central Indiana start-up creates smartphone app to detect concussions

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- It’s no secret that today’s smartphones are more than personal communication devices.

Smartphones can act as your phone, your computer and even your wallet. But now a new startup says they’ve found a way for those same phones to detect concussions

The founders of tech startup Brightlamp, say an app they’re developing called “Collide” can diagnose whether the user has a concussion.

The app works by taking a picture of your eye and measures how your pupil dilates and re-constricts, a key test for detecting concussions.

“We’re in a time where technology is taking the front seat on just about everything we do, and we felt it was time that our smartphones,  which are with is everywhere that we go,  are now a very relevant tool to be used for personalized medicine,” Chief Marketing Officer James Waggoner said.

Through the app, Brightlamp says they believe concussions can be detected with 98% accuracy rate.

They say they’ve been working alongside concussion experts to help perfect it.

The technology behind Collide has been known to medical professionals for years.  Brightlamp says it’s their goal to take that technology from the doctor’s office and make it available for everyone to use wherever they are.

“We hope to revolutionize this area of medicine and basically change how concussions and diagnosis of concussions can change in the future—and make it more personal fast, easy, and simple,” Waggoner said.

The company says they are still developing the app, but added that it should be available sometime next year. For more information on Brightlamp and Collide, click here.