Alcohol bender leads to breakthrough for MIT grad student

01/13/2013 | Popular Science

After a bad night of drinking landed him in the hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student Dhairya Dand decided the best way to prevent a repeat performance wasn't to give up alcohol but to learn how to drink it more responsibly by inventing a trio of floating "ice cubes" that tell a drinker when he or she needs to slow down. The pulsating, multi-colored cubes are embedded with circuitry that monitors the movement of a beverage to calculate how much a person has consumed, along with a transceiver that sends a text message warning friends to be on guard.

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