Oak Park, Calif.
Force Impact Technologies was started by friends Anthony Gonzales and Bob Merriman with the goal of improving the safety of athletes in a meaningful and cost-effective manner. The FIT Guard™ aims to solve the problem of athletes returning to play when they have a high probability of having a concussion.
The innovative mouthguard uses standard ethylene-vinyl acetate "boil and bite" plastic that is an industry standard. However, it also contains electronic components—an accelerometer and gyroscope—and proprietary software that measures the force and rotational acceleration of an impact. The software runs data through an algorithm and illuminates colors to indicate risk. Green indicates little to no risk, while red indicates the likelihood of concussion for the user.