It’s quite a time for alcoholic technology. From a wine dispenser that learns your palate to drinks that can help make you look younger, it seems like everything we’re drinking comes with a special high-tech twist. The latest: a wristband that can help keep you from going overboard when drinking.
Instead of keeping track of how much you’ve had to drink during a night out on the town (or while watching reruns of The Bachelor on the couch—no judgment here), you can just strap on BACtrack Skyn and let it do all the work for you.
The slim bracelet contains an electrochemical sensor to track ethanol molecules, which are released from your skin when you drink, and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to give you real-time updates of your BAC. You can even set phone reminders for when your alcohol levels hits certain thresholds so you always stay in control.
The bracelet won the National Institute of Health’s Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge, which prompted innovators to create a device that could inconspicuously measure blood alcohol levels in real time.
“We want to do for wearable alcohol monitors what we did for breath alcohol testers,” said Keith Nothacker, the president and CEO of BACtrack, in a press release. “Early on, breathalyzers were big and bulky and only available for law enforcement. BACtrack made breathalyzers … a safety product that anyone can and should use. We have the same vision for BACtrack Skyn.”
BACtrack Skyn isn’t for sale yet, but you can sign up for the waiting list to be notified when it’s put on presale.