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LED Ice Cubes Track Alcohol Consumption

By January 15, 2013

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A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is trying to turn his alcohol blackout experience and trip to the emergency department into an invention that will warn other drinkers when they have had too much. Dhairya Dand hopes his electronic "ice cubes" will keep others from going over their limit.

Dand calls his new invention "Cheers," an ice-cube looking unit containing a LED light.

Last year, Dand attended a party at MIT and several hours later woke up in a hospital after experiencing an alcohol-induced blackout. He left the hospital and immediately began working on his new invention.

The product he came up with looks like a ice cube but it glows in different colors and blinks to the beat of any surrounding music. When the unit is first activated it glows green signaling the first drink of the evening.

Warning for Drinking Too Much

By detecting how many times the glass has been lifted and how much time has elapsed, the ice cube turns yellow as a warning that the drinker's alcohol level is getting high, Dand told reporters. When you go over the limit, the waterproof cube begins to blink red.

If the drinker continues to drink after the cube turns red, it can be set up to send a text message to the user's friends that he or she needs help, by sending an infrared signal to a removable IR receiver in their smartphone's audio jack.

Dand said he's getting orders for dozens of the devices which just might help some of his college drinking buddies stay out of trouble.

But the true alcoholics among his peers will simply remove the cube from the glass and keep on drinking.

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