Remember that last time you carb-loaded, got together with the gals, knocked back a couple bottles of wine and headed out to the bar? And then later on you found yourself running for the bathroom, attempting to throw up as gracefully (and quietly!) as possible while the attendant stood patiently by the sink? Or headed home early knowing that you were gonna be sick, only to be wrapped around your toilet for a few unpleasant hours, wondering when the floor got so dirty? You swore never to do it again, and yet…here we are.
Even if you haven’t been in that particular “white girl wasted” situation since your university days — when limits were still being tested — it’s sometimes hard to tell just when you’ve had enough. There are so many factors at play: how much H2O you’ve chugged that day, what you ate, how much booze you actually consumed, how your immune system is holding up, how much fun you’re having, and the list goes on. Turns out, you never have to actually worry about all of those things again, because there’s a bracelet that will not only do that for you, but hypothetically keep you safe as well.
The Vive is a new technology bracelet that was created by students at the University of Washington and presented at the annual Design Expo at the Microsoft Research Facility Summit this summer. It monitors your dehydration levels and drunk levels through your skin, and stops responding to a small squeeze when you’ve had too much. So what if you just forget to squeeze it and keep on chugging those fruity beers with that cute boy?
The real genius behind the bracelet isn’t just that it monitors you, but it also connects with all of those aforementioned friends you’re hanging out with. If you imbibe too much, the bracelet alerts your friend who can then find you in the crowded bar with the GPS function and potentially save you from a) doing something you regret, or b) putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
Having a great, safe time with the gals and you meet someone you want to actually chat with the next day? The bracelet also doubles as a social media device, and allows you to tap wrists together to exchange contact info. Say farewell to the days of fake number, ladies. Or at least prepare for them: the bracelet is still just a prototype, so you might have to figure out another Christmas present for all your gal pals.