#CEATEC2018 – How do you tell if you have bad breath? Most of the time people around us tend to be too polite to say anything, and given that we’re probably used to our own smells, it’s hard for us to tell either. However Japan’s Lion Corp thinks that they might have the solution in the form of an app.

Now you might think that measuring bad breath might require a swab of the person’s saliva or get them to breathe into a device, but apparently this app is more than capable of measuring bad breath just by photos. All the user has to do is take a photo of their tongue and the AI in the app will be able to analyze the image to determine whether the person has bad breath.

How will they do that based on a photo? One of the causes of bad breath is a build up of bacteria on your tongue which can be caused by poor oral hygiene habits. The AI will scan the photo of your tongue to see if there might be any kind of build up which in turn could have caused the bad breath.

Now there are other causes behind bad breath which might not necessarily be detectable by looking at an image of the tongue, so this isn’t necessarily the end-all solution for detection. However it will be a handy way of checking just in case you’re curious.

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