Saturday 29 April 2017

Bright idea sees beam of light spot if drinks are spiked

Aisling Nolan, DJ Cahill and Wiktoria Biedron (all 17) have developed an innovative way of detecting drugs added to liquids. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Aisling Nolan, DJ Cahill and Wiktoria Biedron (all 17) have developed an innovative way of detecting drugs added to liquids. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A complex 'absorption spectrometer' could hold the key to identifying spiked drinks, according to a group of Cork students.

Aisling Nolan, DJ Cahill and Wiktoria Biedron (all 17) have developed an innovative way of detecting drugs added to liquids.

The machine passes a beam of light through a drink, and the white light is split into the colours of the rainbow. Any missing colours indicate what drug is in the drink.

"A lot of us are affected by drugs involuntarily and voluntarily. We wanted to prevent the involuntary cases," said Aisling. "Our judges said that it's well-needed, especially at our age."

The group hope to develop an app called Spyked that will allow people to check drinks on nights out.

Irish Independent

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