When we talk about ‘wearables’ we think of smart bracelets, but the concept covers much more. Now from Silicon Labs they have presented a new chip for a sector with a lot of room for innovation: that of dentures.
The xG27 is a small ARM processor focused on energy efficiency, so you don’t have to constantly recharge it. The chip is developed to be added in a space as small as inside a tooth or inside the denture. In fact, the most interesting thing is that it is already being used in real products.
The new processor falls into two categories. A first model BG27 focused on Bluetooth and a second MG27 compatible with the Zigbee protocol. They are not the smallest chips in the world, but they do have a very small size, between 2 and 5 millimeters.
Teeth connected with mobile
The company that has opted for this chip is Lura Health, a manufacturer of medical devices, including connected dentures. As they explain, from their mobile phones users can verify diagnostic information and receive health alerts in real time.
The Silicon Labs chip is used in his case to manage the saliva diagnostic sensor. A saliva from which they can monitor more than 1,000 health parametersas explained from Lura Health.
From Lura Health they point out that saliva is “like the new blood in health diagnoses.” However, analyzing it is complex. That is why they propose their saliva sensors, integrated not only in dentures, also in orthodontic appliances, tooth caps or brackets.
The next step is, as is usual in health devices, to receive FDA approval. Lura Health has completed clinical trials with UConn Orthodontics and is preparing to begin the approval process. This consists of about a year or a year and a half. Once passed, the device can be put up for sale.
Via | TheVerge
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