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MIT student invents high-tech ice cubes that can prevent an alcohol-induced blackout

Posted by Your Town  January 18, 2013 02:35 PM

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An MIT student says he has created high-tech, colorful ice cubes that can prevent an alcohol-induced blackout.

This past November, Dhairya Dand, a student who works in the MIT Media Lab, blacked out after drinking too much, and woke up in a hospital. The incident inspired him to create glowing ice cubes that flash like a strobe light.

He says in the video that the ice cubes can detect how much someone drinks, and respond with a change in color. If a person drinks in excess, a text message is sent to his or her close friends.

The ice cubes contain an LED light, accelerometer, infrared transceivers, and a battery, which form a circuit. The circuit has the ability to measure time and number of sips a person takes.

“The accelerometer motion data is used to calculate the sips,” Dand says in the video. “Along with the timer chip, the cubes can reliably guess how drunk you are.”

Watch the video:

Cheers - alcohol-aware glowing ice-cubes that beat to ambient music from Dhairya Dand on Vimeo.

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