Would you wear a smart tampon? A company called my.Flow thinks you should. The startup has created a product that will designed to “provide a solution to period anxiety, leakage, and TSS [Toxic Shock Syndrome] risk.”
According to Gizmodo, the “smart tampon” has an extra long (6 to 12 inch) string that connects to a Bluetooth module that you wear on your waistband. Sound awkward? The original version included a Bluetooth module inside the tampon. An app on your phone charts how full the tampon is and reminds you when to change it.
“Women need this, because we can’t check how full our tampons are, so we err on the side of taking them out prematurely — which is not only wasteful, but also quite physically uncomfortable,” my.Flow cofounder and CEO Amanda Brief told Refinery29.
“Some women know their flow well, which is awesome,” she added. “Our product is for those that do not, or would like to learn and track more.”
Although most adult women interviewed for stories about the “smart tampon” seemed opposed to the idea, some pointed out that it may be useful for young girls who are learning how to use tampons.
My.Flow is seeking funding now, and the finished product is expected to retail for $50 for the Bluetooth waistband module and $13 for a month’s supply of regular flow tampons.
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