It’s not a fitness tracker like the one we showed you here. Instead, this is a temporary tattoo that can identify your blood alcohol content level simply from analyzing the sweat on your skin! That information is then sent either to your smartphone or your car wirelessly.
Invented by researchers at the Center for Wearable Sensors at the University of California, San Diego- this new technology will help bartenders know when to cut off patrons at the bar and help consumers stay safe while drinking, hopefully making you think twice before getting behind the wheel.
The wearable tech market is expected to be worth $34 billion by 2020. As the Wall Street Journal puts it, the wearables market is part of the boom that comes from the rise of smartphone usage—since they are the best way of tracking the data that the sensors in wearables produce.
Alcohol wearables such as the temporary tattoo are incredibly useful since breathalyzers often don’t allow you to consistently monitor BAC levels. Not to mention, outside factors such as mouthwash or even saliva can affect readings. Even better news is that this wearable is not alone: BACtrack is a wearable alcohol biosensor in bracelet form.
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