A new smart tooth sensor knows when you’ve been eating or talking too much. Researchers at National Taiwan University in Taipei designed a tooth-sized “wearable oral sensory system” that can recognize when you’re chewing, drinking, speaking and coughing. Their findings concluded that the system was accurate 93.8% of the time.
The system places the mouth sensor inside an artificial tooth. A small accelerometer detects mouth movement and small wires send that information to the researchers. The tested design was only a prototype: The research team hopes its next tooth design will involve wireless communication (perhaps Bluetooth) and a rechargeable battery.
“Because the mouth is an opening into human health, this oral sensory system has the potential to enhance exiting (sic) oral-related healthcare monitoring applications such as dietary tracking,” the researchers wrote.
The Taipei team will present its findings at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers in September.
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