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Sunday 30 April 2017

Alcohol tracking gadget monitors how drunk you are on a night out

The alcohol-sensing gadget is currently being showcased at CES 2017 in Las Vegas
The alcohol-sensing gadget is currently being showcased at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

Mark Molloy

"Do you want another drink?” a friend asks at the bar.

“Hang on a minute, let me just check my blood alcohol level (BAL) tracker,” comes the reply.

Similar conversations could soon be happening at pubs everywhere thanks to a prototype gadget hoping to “revolutionise” alcohol consumption.

Proof is a wearable being developed by California-based tech firm Milo Sensors. The alcohol-sensing gadget is currently being showcased at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the world's biggest tech show.

So how does it work?

Proof has been billed as “a premium wearable for happy hours, wine tastings, and more”, with users receiving real-time, customisable notifications via a smartphone app.

It will allow wearers to pre-set alcohol consumption limits, with the smart bracelet monitoring BAL through perspiration in real-time.

“Milo's wrist-worn biometric sensor was developed to provide an accurate and affordable means for continuously tracking blood alcohol level without needing to blow into a breathalyser or take a blood test,” the company explains.

Bob Lansdorp, who co-founded the company, told WearableZone: “The alcohol that’s in your bloodstream diffuses through your skin, and we pick up those trace amounts that would naturally just go off into the air.

“We capture those and turn them into a signal that relates to the alcohol content in your blood.”

He added: “With our device, you put it on at the beginning of the night, forget about it, and throughout the night it tracks your BAL continuously.”

Last year, the company secured second prize in the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s challenge to create a Wearable Alcohol Biosensor.

Milo Sensors told Mashable they hope to fund the project through a crowdfunding campaign later this year.

Telegraph.co.uk

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