— Across the Alps —
Field Testing an Automated Light Perception System (ALPS)
Over the past half century, it has become widely appreciated that fatigue of the peripheral and central nervous system are not the same. Therefore, when one fails to perform a voluntary movement, it raises the question, was it due to the body or the brain?
Mental acuity is an important aspect of remaining performant in extreme environments. Assessing central nervous system function before and during exposure may help pace subjects while reducing the likelihood of accidents due to reduced cognition. Attempts to make such measurements in the field have been futile, as they either require prohibitively elaborate equipment, or rely on subjective assessments that are not easily adapted for daily use. To address this need, I developed an Automated Light Perception System (ALPS) that aims to deliver quantified, objective, real-time feedback regarding central nervous system fatigue. Here is the travelogue detailing the journey.