At some point in our lives, most of us have breathed into cupped hands over our mouth and nose, desperately trying to figure out whether or not we have bad breath. Well, those days are over, because this handy little device will be able to tell you for certain whether your breath needs freshening or not. The device, called Mint, will be used in conjunction with a smartphone app, and is being developed by a company who created one of the world’s first smartphone breathalyzers. They’re currently funding the project on Indiegogo, but they’ve already raised almost double their target of $25,000 so production will definitely go ahead. Backers should get their Mint devices in August this year, and its likely that they’ll hit the mass market shortly after.
The device works in a similar way to smartphone breathalyzers. The user breathes into the device, which contains a sensor. This sensor then checks for a number of compounds which are known to cause bad-breath, including hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and hydrogen disulfide. The device also measures the amount of moisture in the mucus membrane.
The data is then fed via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet, so you can see your results. The app that goes with the device will tell you whether your breath is stinky and you’re in need of a mint, as well as whether or not you’re adequately hydrated.
To find out more about the Mint Breathometer, check out this video from their Indiegogo campaign.