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SMRT Mouth lets coaches know when players need to hydrate

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The SMRT Mouth protects teeth and guards against dehydration
The SMRT Mouth protects teeth and guards against dehydration
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The SMRT Mouth app can report on numerous mouthguards simultaneously
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The SMRT Mouth app can report on numerous mouthguards simultaneously
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The SMRT Mouth protects teeth and guards against dehydration

While it's important for all of us to stay hydrated, it's particularly important for athletes. If they don't, their performance may suffer, plus they could collapse or even die. That's why a Virginia-based startup has created SMRT Mouth. It's a protective mouthguard that measures the wearer's hydration levels, and wirelessly alerts coaches if they're getting too low.

Along with providing tooth protection, SMRT (Sports Monitoring Responsive Technology) Mouth contains sensors that measure the osmolality of the user's saliva – osmolality is essentially the number of dissolved particles per unit of water in serum. The higher the number of particles per unit, the less water is present, as the particles are becoming more concentrated.

Should those readings reach a predetermined threshold, SMRT Mouth uses its Bluetooth module to send an alert to an app on a coach or parent's mobile device. They can then call the player in, and get them to rehydrate.

The SMRT Mouth app can report on numerous mouthguards simultaneously
The SMRT Mouth app can report on numerous mouthguards simultaneously

The device additionally contains a heart-rate monitor and an accelerometer, allowing it to also track pulse and exertion. These parameters are likewise sent to the app, letting users monitor the athlete's performance over time. The app can report on numerous mouthguards simultaneously.

SMRT Mouth is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, where a pledge of US$99 will get you one, when and if they reach production. That's half of the estimated retail price.

And should you be interested in an athletic mouthguard that wirelessly provides concussion alerts – well, that would be the FITGuard.

Sources: SMRT Mouth, Indiegogo

1 comment
AGO
I guess we are devolving with technology.... We are all descended of survivors. We all have the ability to survive extended periods of time without food or water. When in ketosis, a person can perform prodigious amounts of work even after not eating for days. As far as hydration is concerned, we have evolved a selective dehydration mechanism to perform optimally for an entire day without water ( so long as we can rehydrate at some point within one or two days). We all have an advanced hydration alert system which is more accurate than any computer. It's called "THIRST"!!! Many of the reported "collapses" of athletes have been related to critically low sodium levels in the blood which occurs when over hydration is not controlled. Ref: "Water Logged" by Prof. Tim Noakes.... Once again, we got it all backwards.....