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i1 Biometrics acquired by Start It Labs

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i1 Biometrics has been acquired by Start It Labs, a Seattle-based investment firm.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“The awareness surrounding youth sports concussions has become a national conversation. It is clear that the President, and the public and private sectors are taking greater steps towards protecting our young athletes. With the acquisition of i1 Biometrics, we’re looking to further the conversation and apply our research, metrics, and technology to address the head injury epidemic,” Start It Labs founder, Gary Rubens said.

i1 Biometrics has a focus on sports and detecting and preventing brain injuries. Their first product, the Impact Intelligence System, is a moldable mouthguard with an accelerometer and gyropscope, intended to detect impacts to the head, as well as other real-time data about an athlete’s performance.

The term biometrics is increasingly being used to describe other applications of taking measurements from the human body, besides identification and authentication. i1 Biometrics fits into this category, though its technology still develops somewhat of a profile of the athlete using its impact intelligence system.

“We can measure the location and level of each hit an athlete has absorbed and we can create a real-time assessment of the athlete’s exposure to impacts sustained on the field,” i1’s President and CEO, Jesse Harper said. “We’re moving beyond the peak linear acceleration data that is captured in many of today’s sensor systems.”

According to the company, future products include additional form factors that will collect additional data.


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