Wearable technology can already measure health statistics like heart rate, exercise, and amount of calories burned. Now the company BACTrack is expanding it into the field of alcohol-monitoring. The BACTrack Skyn is a wearable, alcohol-monitoring bracelet that acts like a breathalyser, tracking blood alcohol levels through the skin. The device warns the wearer when they’re approaching certain alcohol levels: when it becomes unsafe to drive or alerting friends or family to a lapse in sobriety.
This new product is an interesting addition to the wide range of wearables, and focuses on a key risk factor in disability-adjusted life years (DALY): a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death. This innovation shows that many things can be measured with innovative sensors. It is becoming increasingly important to integrate the vast range of sensors in an IoT ecosystem in order to provide coherent behaviour change programs.
30-05-2016 – Sander