Usually, we’d be skeptical about any spit-powered invention. But when spit can save a human life, we’re more than ready to sacrifice some of our saliva for the greater good. There’s now a new invention in Canada–one that aims to save human life through a drop of your saliva.
SpitStrips are reusable pocket blood alcohol level testers that could (and probably will) change drinking as we know it. The strips have a reactive pad, so dab it on your tongue, then reseal them in the packaging. A chemical reaction will change the colour of the strip to correspond with your blood alcohol level. Right now, the blood alcohol concentration will be coloured by groupings, but the company’s also working on an app to give you an exact measure of blood alcohol concentration.
And just guess who invented this lifesaving tool… 16-year-old high schoolers! Yep, we’re impressed too. They were initially inspired to create SpitStrips after seeing the effect of a university student being hit by a drunk driver. If young Canadian teenagers invested so much time on this project, there’s still some hope for the future.
According to their website, these strips are “small, disposable, and easy-to-use,” so they’ll be perfect for carrying in your pocket–just in case you think you could drive after having a drink (but honestly, if you’re going to drive, just stay away from the booze).
“The pad on the strip will change colour based on your blood alcohol content and you can match this with our packaging, which has all of the BACs on it,” said the head of SpitStrips, Harsh Shah.
Unfortunately, these SpitStrips aren’t available just yet. They’re currently being developed with some help from Ryerson University, so we’ve still got a bit of a wait. In the meantime, you can contribute to their IndieGoGo page here.
Check out the video above to learn more about SpitStrips.