February 3, 2015 >
Vector MouthGuards with ESP Chip Technology Relay Accurate, Real-Time, Objective Head Impact Data to the Sideline and Provide Robust Information for Post-Event Analysis
KIRKLAND, Washington – i1 Biometrics, a leading sports wearable technology company that has developed the Vector MouthGuard with ESP Chip Technology, announced today it has signed an agreement with the University of Kansas. Members of the Kansas football team will wear the Vector MouthGuard as the instrument of telemetry to measure the brain’s linear and rotational accelerations from impacts experienced in practices and games in 2015.
According to Harvard University and Boston University researchers, NCAA football players report having six suspected concussions and twenty-one “dings” for every diagnosed concussion. Several NCAA Division-I football teams are leveraging the Vector MouthGuard from i1 Biometrics as a way to accurately and consistently collect a detailed amount of individual data about head impacts sustained during practices and games. The University of Kansas is the latest major NCAA football program to adopt the Vector MouthGuard and the Impact Intelligence System from i1 Biometrics.
“We’re continuously looking for the latest technology to better understand head impacts, as well as apply sports science to detect when a player has been concussed,” said Murphy Grant, Head Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Kansas. “We’re excited about building a new relationship with i1 Biometrics and we believe this technology will reinforce Kansas as an innovative institution that offers the latest technology to help with player safety and overall performance.”
The Vector MouthGuard uses a carefully developed and tested algorithm to measure, translate and transfer data to a handheld, mobile device used by trainers on the sidelines. The data can show the magnitude, location and direction of the impact, which can assist the athletic training staff with not only real-time awareness of forces for further medical evaluation of players, but also for post-event understanding of how those forces affect individual athletes over time. There is more and more evidence showing that the mechanisms of brain injuries sustained in sports are highly individualized.
“Concussion management is an area football and other sports programs at all levels are trying to improve in an effort to elevate player safety,” said Jesse Harper, CEO of i1 Biometrics. “The Vector MouthGuard with ESP Chip Technology leverages a highly sensitive and accurate micro electronic technology to relay critical head impact information back to the sideline in real-time, reducing some of the guesswork for trainers and coaches. It is our hope that this technology is seen as a very positive move in the right direction for all who participate, coach or care for athletes in contact sports.”
About i1 Biometrics:
Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, i1 Biometrics is a leading information and sports technology company that has developed the world’s first mouth guard to accurately measure the linear and rotational accelerations the brain experiences from head impacts during sports and training activities. i1 Biometrics’ Vector MouthGuard utilizes ESP Chip Technology to provide highly accurate and reliable, real-time data about not only the number of hits but also the exact magnitude, direction, location and time of such impacts. Leveraging three years of R&D and scientific validation, the Vector and the complete Impact Intelligence System helps athletic trainers and sports concussion specialists realize measurable results from objective performance analytics to better provide individualized athlete care. For more information visit www.i1biometrics.com