This New Fitbit-Like Device Can Tell How Much You’ve Had To Drink
Isn’t technology wonderful? Not only does it allow us to find the answer to any question that crops up and to communicate face-to-face with someone on the other side of the world—if this new device comes to market, it could also track how much you’ve imbibed.
The device—called Skyn—is worn on the wrist like a Fitbit, measures alcohol levels in the wearer’s sweat. While we can think of many recreational uses for this nifty device (“Really, honey, you’re not tipsy? Skyn says otherwise!”), it was developed to help doctors or law enforcement measure how much someone has been drinking.
The company that created the wristwatch-like unit also makes breathalyzers and has used its devices in the past to determine important things like which NFL teams have the drunkest fans:
In case you are looking to buy a Skyn, you will have to wait a bit longer. The device, still just a prototype, was the $200,000 top prize winner in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s “Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge,” which was launched in March 2015 in the hopes of finding a “discreet, non-evasive wearable device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in near real-time” and intended “to improve upon existing alcohol biosensor technology used in the criminal justice system and create an alternative for the alcohol research community.”
H/T Food & Wine