Sometimes we get carried away with our drinking. We may think we’re okay, but at the end of the night, we realize we probably should have said no to that last drink. Some of us use different methods to keep track of how many drinks we’ve had, whether it’s keeping tabs from your cans in your pocket, or just trying to mentally tally how many you’ve had. Although we may do our best to keep our heads while drinking, it’s not always enough. Even breathalyzers, while helpful, only give an indication of the level of alcohol on your breath, not in your blood stream.
Enter scientists at the University of California with an amazing solution. A new temporary tattoo that tracks your blood alcohol level, and sends updates directly to your smart phone, or smart watch. Ah-mazing. It’s as simple to use as it sounds. You peel off the backing, just like a child’s temporary tattoo, apply water and place it on your body. From there, a small chip sends information to your phone.
This way you don’t have to try to keep track of your number of drinks, or how much alcohol was in each of them. Within a few minutes, you’ll have an alert on your phone, telling you you’re at your limit.
Although this tattoo sounds absolutely amazing, you won’t find it in stores just yet. The people behind the device say it could be a few years before the tattoos are officially available–it’s still being tested to work out all of the final kinks. But when they are, they could have more applications than just personal use. The tattoo’s could be used by law enforcement, or even in rehab centers.
This tattoo sounds pretty fantastic. We can’t wait until it’s out to help us keep drinking responsibly. For more information, check out the video above!