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New Ice Cubes Change Color to Track Alcohol Use


A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented ice cubes that can warn drinkers when they’ve consumed too much alcohol, ABC News reports.

Dhairya Dand came up with the idea after he suffered an alcohol-induced blackout. The incident inspired him to invent ice cubes that change colors in response to the amount of alcohol a person consumes. An instrument called an accelerometer tracks how often the glass is raised to someone’s lips, while a timer helps estimate how intoxicated the person is, according to the news report.

A light encased in the waterproof ice cube will flash green to signal a first drink. When the ice cube flashes yellow, it indicates a person’s alcohol level is rising. A red flashing ice cube is a warning to stop drinking. The ice cube can send a text message to someone to let them know the person needs assistance.

3 Responses to this article

  1. John / January 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    At least someone is trying to make an effort to help the “non-addicts”. An honest person had too much to drink that didn’t intend to get wasted. I applaud the effort to help the honest folk be responsible.

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    Jim / January 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    What a waste of one’s time. Dhairya, one piece of advice from someone in the field: people drink fast and to an excess overwhelmingly because they want to. And seriously, who will get a text message, from an ice cube, saying your friend is partying and think anything else but “right on, dude”? I don’t know if I should laugh or cry about this ‘break through’ in alcohol abuse prevention.

  3. John / January 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    at least someone is trying something. May not work for the hardcore drinker, but what about all the folk that want to drink responsibly? I applaud the effort to keep honest people, honest.

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