High-tech mouthguard that can detect concussions
Detecting a concussion is difficult, and unknowingly allowing athletes to play with one can cause a lifetime of brain damage.
Mamori which is Japanese for "protect", is a mouthguard with built-in sensors that can send alerts to coaches that when a collision is intense enough to cause a concussion and also tell someone on the sidelines when a player has received a serious – yet invisible – injury. If the force absorbed by a player is large enough, that information can be received with the corresponding Mamori app on a computer instantaneously. This will allow for coaches and trainers to provide treatment quicker to the injured player, because they were able to recognize the concussion at an earlier period of time. Because concussions are so easily undetectable, sometimes players can just shake it off as a headache and not think anything about it; if they get hit again though, the consequences can be much more dire. Mamori will help prevent players from playing with undetected concussion - Read more
Mark Dillon, an Irish inventor, was inspired to make Manori because of the concussion problem with Gaelic football in Ireland, along with the increasing problem of players playing with concussions and getting hit again. Mamori is a finalist for the James Dyson Award, in which hundreds of university-level design and engineering students compete for cash and recognition.