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Big Brother, Big Mouth!

 

•  The Smart Tooth device, which looks like a tooth, also monitors coughing and chewing.

•  It could be used by doctors and dentists to assess a patient's habits.

•  It works by monitoring the way in which the jaw is moving.

•  A computer then analyses the data to work out what a person is doing.

•  The gadget can be used as a removable fake tooth or it can be inserted into a crown.

 

Smart tooth’ that works out how much time someone spends chewing, drinking, eating, coughing and smoking.

They say it could be used by doctors to monitor respiratory problems or to check if dieters are telling the through about why they can’t lose weight.

Dentists might also find the device, which looks like a normal tooth, useful.

The ‘smart tooth’ capitalises on the fact that activities from chewing to tooth-grinding, all lead to the jaw moving in different ways.

A computer programme can crunch the information and work out what someone is doing from what their mouth is doing.

Key to the ‘smart tooth’ is a tiny motion sensor the size of a finger nail.

Eight volunteers had a sensor attached to their teeth, together with thin wires that were used to carry the information gathered out to a computer.

The men and women then coughed for half a minute, drank a bottle of water, chewed gum and read a story aloud.

When the computer programme was adjusted to take into account each person’s quirks, it proved to be 94 per cent accurate in working out which of the activities they were doing.

The gadget’s inventors, from the National Taiwan University, have also created a removable artificial tooth that contains a sensor.

They hope to be able to wirelessly transmit the information gathered to a computer or smartphone – dispensing with the need for wires.

To read the full article visit Daily Mail Health > HERE