As the crowds gathered at the annual 2019 Consumer Electronics Show there was a lot on offer to see. Among the new electronics on show, a brand new SISU Sense mouthguard/app was released by Akervall Technologies. This smart technology mouthguard is said to measure the force of hits to the head by sending the information to the app on your mobile device. This means no matter how hard you’re hit while wearing the mouthguard it will be able to relay the information to the app.
This technology is crucial for athletes as it can help coaches and managers determine whether a player is fit to continue in a game or if he could be suffering from a concussion. It may also help to change the rules of certain sports where concussions may be recurring. Speaking at CES the company behind the mouthguard and app stated:
“We’ve combined the safest mouthguard on the market with a sensor that measures the force of hits to the head,” said Sassa Akervall, Akervall Technologies CEO. “The information provided by the SISU Sense will assist coaches, parents and athletes understand the impact of a hit and decide if an athlete should be taken out of the game.”
The ultra thin design of the mouthguard is only slightly thicker than a 50 cent coin and has a glove like fit as it is customized to each athlete using hot water to soften the flat sheet of material, then sucking in air to create a vacuum for a snug, comfortable fit. It can be remoulded up to 20 times and can even be used by those with braces. The microchip sensor is so small it cannot be felt within the mould and allows users to talk properly.
Marketing at under $100 and set to launch this month, this easy to use app and mouthguard could really change the way we look at how much contact sport can affect athletes and the rates of concussion within each sport, as many of them go undetected.