It’s easy to lie to ourselves about how much we’ve had to drink. Now we can look to our ice cubes to tell us the truth.
MIT student Dhairya Dand has developed a clear, glowing ‘ice cube’ that flashes different colors as alcohol consumption increases. The cubes contain a colored LED, sensors and a battery, all of which are encased in a substance that won’t dissolve and won’t change the taste of your drink. An accelerometer keeps up with the number of sips a person takes and calculates the level of intoxication. The cubes turn from green to red when it’s time to turn off the tap.
Dand came up with the idea after a rough night of imbibing—he thought he’d only had a couple of drinks until he woke up in a hospital and learned he’d blacked out after far more. To save others from a similar experience he figured a bright, visual cue would get the message across that it’s time to slow down. If one keeps drinking the cube goes a step further and texts a designated friend to step in for a little extra convincing. To up the fun factor, the cubes flash in time to ambient party music.
Dand told ABC News he only spent $50 on the prototype, and as a believer in open sourcing he’s willing to share the technology with other inventors.
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Marketing communications company JWT Singapore teamed up with global fragrance company Givaudan to create “Smell a Memory,’ kits that are designed to bring out emotional memories in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through different scents.
Each Smell a Memory kit is personalized for individual patients based on their age, ethnicity, family history, and personal stories. Givaudan worked closely with rehabilitation experts and therapists to customize unique scents such as ‘Mom’s Cooking,’ ’Freshly Cut Grass,’ ‘Prayer,’ and ‘School Days.’ The scent kits are meant to evoke memories in patients and help families engage their loved ones who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The group worked with medical staff at Singapore’s Soo’s Nursing Home and another care facility, and tested the scents during therapy sessions. The Smell a Memory kits were able to trigger emotions and reactions among the patients.
Due to the success of the kits in Singapore, Givaudan plans to extend the project to other areas as part of its sustainability initiatives. JWT and Gaudan also plan to do trials in two of Singapore’s largest hospitals.
PSFK has a beutiful article of a robot hand that could be printed. For patients who suffer traumatic injury resulting in the loss of a limb, or for children born with conditions such as Amniotic band syndrome (which often results in children being born without one or more fingers), a new prosthetic limb has the potential to quite literally change their day-to-day lives. However, current prosthetic technology is highly complicated and expensive, and can cost up to $10,000 for a basic prosthetic finger. Imagine if instead of having to rely on complex and costly products and equipment, we could simply print out a full prosthetic device from the convenience of home.
Robohand is a mechanical 3D-printed hand that can be created using a MakerBot 3D printer. Richard Van As, a South Africa-based woodworker, originally conceived the idea in 2011 after losing four of his fingers in an accident. Van As soon began collaborating with Seattle-based prop designer Ivan Owen to create a design for inexpensive prosthetics that could work as effectively as real hands and fingers. Based on the duo’s concept, MakerBot donated a Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer to each of the team,which sped up the process of creating working prototypes, while at the same time lowering production costs.
All told, the Robohand parts fabricated using the MakerBot 3D Printer add up to only $2.50 USD in material costs, with the total cost of a working prosthetic including unprintable materials coming in around $150. In addition to the significant savings, Van As realized how quickly this process enabled him to refine his designs based on the specific needs of individuals. After posting his own story, he received emails and Facebook messages from parents whose children had Amniotic band syndrome and wanted to explore the potential of the 3D printed designs. This technology is especially impactful for children given their high growth rates, which can require multiple protheses as they age. As a result of these conversations over social media, at least three children have been fitted for and received their new hands.