“On the rocks” now means that you can drink safely, thanks to one MIT student and this gadget.
A twenty-three year old student named Dhairya Dand has come up with a gadget that can tell how much you have had to drink, and you don’t even have to take a breathalyzer test.
Introducing “Cheers”, the set of LED ice cubes that change color after a certain amount of alcohol. The technical jargon goes something like this:
Concealed in a jelly ice cube are an accelerometer, a battery, IR (Infra-Red) transceivers, and an LED (light-emitting diode). As you drink, the accelerometer senses motion and calculates not only the drink’s alcohol content, but how fast and how much you are drinking. It then works with the timer cube to estimate how – um -drunk you are.
Dand explains that that idea came to him after he was rushed to a hospital because he had had way too much to drink, so much that he blacked out. The gadget (named “Cheers”) can tell how much you have to drink because of – get this – the ice cubes in your drink. The ice cubes turn from green to yellow to red – red being the color that says that you’ve had enough. If you’ve gotten to the red stage, the ice cubes send a text to a designated friend via your smart phone.
Oh, and they “beat to the ambient music”, says Dand.
You can take a look at the video for a live demonstration here.
Pretty great gadget. Now not only will you get home safely after drinking “just enough”, it’s safe to say that you won’t have much of a hangover in the morning, either.
Lori Cline, Phoenix Gadget Examiner
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