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Just What We Need: This Seatbelt Jolts Drowsy Drivers to Their Senses

Smart Seatbelt

Numerous car accidents are caused by having a sleepy driver at the wheel. Whether they had a particularly long day or are driving long-distance, the risks remain the same. Driving while drowsy endangers those inside the vehicle as well as those outside of it. With this in mind, the Biomechanics Institute in Valencia, Spain have developed a system called Harken to address driver fatigue and sleepiness.

Harken is basically a smart seatbelt made from “smart” textiles with built-in sensors that can measure a person’s heartbeat and respiration. When it detects that the driver is starting to nod off based on the stats, the system triggers an alarm to jolt the driver awake.

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Biosensor Tattoo Lets Athletes Know When They’ve Reached Their Limits

Biosensor tattoo

Some athletes push themselves so hard that they end up hitting “the wall”, which is when their energy level suddenly dips and they just collapse, exhausted and completely spent. So why does this happen? Well, when a person performs vigorous activity for extended periods, lactate builds up and causes fatigue.

If you’re the type who’s keen on pushing yourself physically, then you might find a lot of use with this lactate-monitoring biosensor tattoo.

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How Hot Is Your Coffee? This Mug Will Tell You

Coffee Mug Temperature

How many times have you burnt your tongue when you took a sip of coffee that was still too hot to consume? In my case, I’d say it’s one too many. I hate the sandpaper-like feeling of a burnt tongue that makes eating and drinking uncomfortable for a couple of days. Of course, you can avoid this simply by checking the beverage’s temperature before taking a sip. Or you can just get one of these temperature-sensing mugs from Brando.

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Sensor Bracelet Lets You “Touch” People, Even When You’re Far Away

Sensor Bracelet

Sometimes, all it takes to brighten up your day is a reassuring touch from someone who matters. But we can’t all be close to our loved ones 24/7, and it’s during times like these that devices like the Tactilu really come through as lifesavers.

The Tactilu is a device that’s meant to be worn around your wrist like a bracelet. It’s powered by an Arduino Pro mini microcontroller with a custom pcb and a Bluetooth module, and it communicates to partner devices through haptic feedback via Bluetooth or through the Internet.

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