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i1 Biometrics To Provide Vector MouthGuards To Further Research On Head Impacts
KIRKLAND, Wa., Aug. 8, 2016 – Can a mouthguard keep football players safe and reduce the amount of impact to their heads? The University of Washington is about to find out, with a little help from a nearby tech startup.
i1 Biometrics is a 20-person company headquartered in Kirkland, Wash., that has developed a sensor-infused mouthguard that can monitor linear and rotational impacts to the head in real-time.
The Huskies are testing the device this season during practice with 10 players from a variety of positions. GeekWire spent some time at Husky Stadium this week in Seattle and met with Rob Scheidegger, UW’s head football athletic trainer, to learn why the team is using the mouthguards.
“These sensors give us data on about what the actual skull is experiencing inside the helmet,” he said. “Research has shown it’s a little more accurate than a helmet sensor.”
Since the mouthguard is connected to a player’s upper teeth, it provides a more accurate assessment of head impacts, explained i1 Biometrics sales manager Andrew Golden.
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