Vigo is a wearable device in the form of a Bluetooth headset that uses infrared to look at your eyes in order to determine signs of drowsiness, and nudges you when you are dozing off. It does so in one of three ways: a flashing light, a pulsing vibration in the ear, or a sound/alarm or pump-up song. It also shows your alertness levels throughout the day to help you understand your drowsiness patterns better and help you manage your routine. The device also gives recommendations on how to improve, like when to take a coffee break or when you’re most productive.

“We envision the technology to be used in applications ranging from driving (such as people who go on long road trips or people who get drowsy while driving), to students who tend to get drowsy in class, to office professionals. We are also exploring B2B opportunities such as professional drivers (such as truck and taxi drivers), security guards, machinery operators and night shift workers,” says Vigo co-founder Jason Gui, who is from Shenzhen. 

Vigo was born out of a senior capstone project while the team members were engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania. The team worked on it as their capstone project, and received extremely positive feedback from professors and fellow students who had experienced similar problems. This led the team to pursue Vigo full-time and turn it into a commercially available product.

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