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The United States Air Force will soon roll out a unique communications system that will be implanted on soldiers' back teeth.
Sonitus Technologies recently announced their $10million contract with the Department of Defense, which will allow them to continue through their second phase of developing the 'Molar Mic' for the Air Force.
'The innovative two-way, personal communication system fits a miniaturized traditional headset into a device that clips to a user's back teeth,' according to the California-based company.
'The innovative two-way, personal communication system fits a miniaturized traditional headset into a device that clips to a user's back teeth,' according to the California-based company
According to the company's website, the Air Force is the first branch of the US military to leverage an audio interface system that enables clear communication in the harshest conditions.
Those conditions can include performing underwater, in free-fall, and when using full-face life support masks
'Sonitus Technologies is honored to bring this game changing technology to our country's elite military, making them safer and more effective by enabling them to communicate clearly – even in the most extreme situations,' said Peter Hadrovic, CEO of Sonitus Technologies.
'The voice interface sustains communications in dangerous and challenging environments. The Molar Mic is the first in our family of solutions that conventional approaches are unable to address.'
Each soldier will receive a mouthpiece that is custom-fit. The mouthpiece connects to its transmitter via near-field magnetic induction.
The mouthpiece contains a bone conduction speaker, an embedded waterproof microphone, and a wirelessly rechargeable battery.
'The Mouthpiece clips on using a 'snap fit' that tightly, but comfortably, attaches to the upper back molars,' according to the Sonitus website.
In order for the user to hear incoming communications, the mouthpiece uses bone conduction.
Bone conduction is the transmission of sound to the inner-ear through the bones of the skull or teeth.
The Mouthpiece translates sound into vibration on the teeth, which is translated back into sound by the inner-ear. Sound will appear to come from 'inside the head' instead of from the outer-ear as one would be used to.
Users will be able to hear simultaneously through the outer-ear as they normally would.
The mouthpiece also has a waterproof microphone that allows the users to speak normally or in whispers.