First there was theÂ HAPIfork, a smart fork that tells users when they may be overeating. Now, alcohol drinkers have their own resource that tracks when they may have had one too many.
An MIT grad student is turning a bad party night into a product with potential.
Last fall, graduate student Dhairya Dand drank too much at a campus party and woke up seven hours later in the emergency room after blacking out.
But, the 23-year-old is studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – one of the nation’s great centers of engineering and ingenuity. Instead he used it as motivation to invent high-tech ice cubes to measure how drunk he is, reports the Daily News.
The ice cubes â which groove to ambient music as youâre dancing the night away â turn green, yellow or red depending on how much youâve had to drink. Yellow is a warning, while red is a clear sign to put the cup down.
The cubes rely on an accelerometer and a timer to detect a personâs level of intoxication, and come encasedÂ in a food-safe, jellylike cube. The cubes can also connect with a drinkerâs cell phone to alert a friend that the user has had too much to drink.
The student described his experience at the college party as: âI ârememberâ having three drinks, I actually later found out that I had many more.
But since I blacked out I do not have any memory of what happened later that night. It seems that I mixed hard drinks and had them on an empty stomach.â
The Huff Post says, Dand devised the concept after he got into some trouble with MIT’s administration following his night of drinking.
Though Dand said it was a misunderstanding, he was asked to write a research paper on alcohol consumption during an administrative hearing. Instead, he conceived the idea to create a tool that could actually help monitor intoxication.
When he presented the idea to his friends, they werenât soÂ coolÂ on the idea.
âThey joked around when I told them I was going to make these ice cubes in reflection to what I went through at the party,â said Dand. âThatâs normal. With every new thing there is resistance.â
A video Mr Dand created to describe his experience and his quirky invention had garnered thousand of views since its release last week.
Basing the appropriate number of drinks on his own experience, Dand demonstrates how the LED ice cubes change from green to orange to red using three drinks in the video.
However, he explained that the color levels are unique to each situation depending on the total time spent drinking and the alcoholic strength of the drink.
Although Dand did not plan to market the ice cubes when he first devised the concept, he said he’s received such a positive response from his video that he’s considering a Kickstarter campaignÂ .
The whole device only cost Dand about $50 to create. His friends, at first hesitant toward the idea, now are more enthusiastic about the cubes. Said Dand, âEveryone wants a dozen now.â