Responsible drinking is often seen as an oxymoron. Once you’ve had one too many drinks, you’re often not responsible enough to know when to stop. A student over at MIT is trying to solve this not-so-little problem by creating smart ice cubes that warn you when you’ve had one too many and will even notify a friend if you go past the point of no return.
Gizmag reports that Dhairya Dand, the MIT student who invented these light-up cubes, got the idea after experiencing a bad night of his own. During a party at MIT one night, he remembers having three drinks around midnight. Seven hours later, Dand woke up in a hospital without any memory of how he got there or what happened to him. While others would have simply vowed to never let that happen to them again, this young student did something about it by creating smart ice cubes to indicate when he needs to slow down.
Each cube comes equipped with an LED light, an accelerometer, an IR transceiver, and a battery. As you tilt back your cup for a drink, these little devices incased in a watertight and non-toxic jelly keep track of your sips and how long you go between each sip. The lights move from green to red as you drink throughout the night. If you don’t stop after the red light turns on, the cube will send a signal to your mobile device to text a friend to come pick you up. Nothing that small has ever been so responsible.
As an added features, the lights dance to the ambient music in the background. Imagine moving around a room with your own techno beat in a cup.
Right now, the prototypes only turn to red after you have three drinks within a 30-minute period. If this idea ever hits the market, the cubes would need to be smart enough to program in such factors as the weight of the person drinking or their particular tolerance. Until then, you can check out a video to see the cubes in action.
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