BACtrack Skyn Is Wristband Detecting Your Alcohol Level

Posted: May 23 2016, 3:27am CDT | by , Updated: May 23 2016, 3:29am CDT, in Technology News


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BACtrack Skyn Is Wristband Detecting Your Alcohol Level
BACTrack Skyn

"Skyn - the Fitbit for Drinkers." The Skyn smart bracelet invented by BACtrack is the first convenient continuous alcohol level test.

BACtrack, an established maker of personal and professional breathalyzers, invented Skyn, a bracelet measuring your alcohol level. The BACtrack Skyn prototype won the $200,000 first prize in the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) “Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge.”

Skyn is worn on the wrist and offers continuous, real­time, and non­invasive monitoring of a user’s TAC (Transdermal Alcohol Content). Alcohol is detected and measured with transdermal monitoring, which tracks the ethanol molecules escaping through the skin. BACtrack's algorithms calculate the wearer’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content).

“We are thrilled to win the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. We’re excited to bring BACtrack Skyn to market to aid researchers and treatment providers in collecting more reliable data and ultimately, make advances in healthcare treatment. At the same time, we want to do for wearable alcohol monitors what we did for breath alcohol testers. Early on, breathalyzers were big and bulky and only available for law enforcement. ” said Keith Nothacker, President and CEO of BACtrack.

In addition to improving reliable data collection for researchers and clinicians, a wearable alcohol sensor can offer tremendous value to individuals tracking their own drinking habits.

With BACtrack Skyn, a user can passively track alcohol consumption in real­time. There’s no need for a user to take a breath alcohol test – their estimated BAC result is on their wrist, continuously. By syncing with an app on a smartphone or smartwatch, a user can get powerful and actionable data.

For instance, a user’s phone could vibrate to notify them that they're approaching 0.04 %BAC and remind them to slow down their drinking, or in the case of sobriety monitoring, a family member could receive a notification when a user’s BAC has gone above 0.00 %BAC.

BACtrack Skyn will be available in limited quantities in Q4 2016. You can sign-up on the BACTrack site to get notified once the wearable alcohol monitoring wristband is available. The company has not disclosed a price of Skyn yet.

San Francisco‐based BACtrack is the #1 selling breathalyzer in North America, offering a full range of innovative products for both personal and professional use. Founded in 2001, BACtrack helps people monitor their blood alcohol content and make informed decisions about alcohol consumption.

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