Imagine having a bracelet that could detect your blood alcohol level in real time and send alerts to your phone when you start to drink a little too much. Then, imagine how many fewer people would climb into the driver’s seat drunk, and in turn, how many fewer alcohol-related deaths there would be each year. Stop imagining, because there’s now a device that does just that.
After issuing a “Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge” in March of 2015, the National Institutes of Health finally picked the winner. BACtrack Skyn is the name of the winning bracelet that can monitor your alcohol blood level through special chemical sensors and send your results straight to your smartphone via Bluetooth. So if you wore the bracelet while drinking, it could make your phone vibrate when your blood alcohol level approaches 0.04 per cent or could even send an alert to your family.
This product wasn’t chosen in a biased way either. The winner was selected based on accuracy, reliability and how often the product tests your blood alcohol level. So basically, BACtrack Skyn’s a pretty big deal.
The bracelet will first be available to researchers, and will eventually be released worldwide for public use. Although the product isn’t yet available to the public, you can sign up here to be notified when pre-ordering begins.
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