These China-Made Smart Tampons Can Track Menstrual Flow

By Cathy Wu, May 24, 2016

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A new China-made smart tampon can save women from the menstrual mortification that is leaking.

The tampon was developed by a team of Americans in HAX Accelerator (formerly HAXLR8R), a seed accelerator focused on hardware startups based in Shenzhen, China.

The purple gadget does not have electric wires, but it is connected to a sensor that you can pin on your waistband. The sensor can then send data directly to a smartphone using the "My.flow" app. Users can customize the settings on their phones so that when the saturation hits a certain percentage, they can get alerts. But the alerts won't be embarassing, and if others happen to see your screen when one pops up, the message can say simple phrases like "picking up coffee."

Over time, the app can also predict when exactly your period will come and for how long it will last.


According to Engadget, smart tampons can be a blessing for women. Using the technology, they will be less likely to use tampons for too long. Overusing tampons can lead to toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which can be life threatening. 

My.flow is expected to launch in 2017, first in the United States and then in Europe. The retail price for the Bluetooth waistband module is USD50 and USD13 for a month's supply of tampons, according to Gizmodo. Traditional tampons usually cost between USD9 and USD10 a month.

Still, some people think the gadget will not be met with warm reaction. Writing on the gadget's promotional Youtube video page, a commenter named Gairuntee said: “Want to avoid bleeding through your pants? It's called a pantyliner."

Watch the promotion video below (VPN on):  

[Images via GuardianSCMP]

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