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Smart Ice Cubes Tell When You've Had Enough Alcohol

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the slow-down dept.

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dstates writes "In just 6 weeks an MIT researcher created smart ice cubes that monitor your drinking. After an alcohol induced blackout motivated a bit of introspection (video), Dhairya Dand pulled together a coin cell battery, an ATtiny microcontroller, and an IR transceiver molded into gelatin to create self-aware glowing ice-cubes. The cubes glow and beat to the ambient music, but more importantly, they know how fast and how much you are drinking, and they change color from green to orange to finally red as you reach your safe limit. If things go too far, the ice cubes can connect to your smartphone and send a text message for a friend come get you. Of course, you have to remember not to swallow them."

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They better keep their pieholes shut (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42575987)

If they know what's good for them!

What happens ... (1, Offtopic)

Dark$ide (732508) | about a year and a half ago | (#42575993)

... When some drunk pillock swallows one? How soon does it take before the lawsuit?

Re:What happens ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576077)

Can we please get over the "we can't do anything if there's a chance we might get sued" mentality? It seems to be the reason (or excuse) for why all sorts interesting things don't get done.

Re:What happens ... (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576157)

"It seems to be the reason (or excuse) for why all sorts interesting things don't get done."

When it comes to drinking there ARE all sorts of excuses!

Re:What happens ... (4, Funny)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576325)

When it comes to drinking there ARE all sorts of excuses!

My favorite was always:
"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

Re:What happens ... (2)

ZombieThoughts (1735956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576463)

"There's nothing like a depressant to chase the blues away."

--Homer J. Simpson

Re:What happens ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576171)

I think its a valid point, putting toxic materials in a drink that also contains sharp bits of metal

Re:What happens ... (2)

Eightbitgnosis (1571875) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576193)

Yes we can get over it, but only in the same way we might get over the "We can't dance in the middle of the busy freeway if there's a chance we might get hit" mentality.

Both choices lead to messy results

Re:What happens ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576291)

I would argue that the system that creates a chance for getting sued for doing anything is the reason for why all sorts of interesting things don't get done.

Re:What happens ... (2)

dogsbreath (730413) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576369)

Sure but you will have to emigrate from litigation happy US. [JOKE not TROLL]

Seriously, consumer safety and potential litigation issues should always be part of an assessment before product release. It is part of what makes it costly to bring new products to market.

In the best case lawsuits are a form of extreme market feedback that the product was not a good idea/implementation.

Re:What happens ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576177)

... When some drunk pillock swallows one?

How soon does it take before the lawsuit?

Great.... Another pro-lawyer shill "banning" anything even remotely interesting. You must be a liberal from California, where everything is "banned".

Re:What happens ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576745)

WARNING: This post contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Re:What happens ... (2)

Phelony (2628303) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576191)

Let me guess, you're an attorney in California?

Re:What happens ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576223)

I'm thinking they'd wait at least until Monday.

Re:What happens ... (5, Insightful)

backslashdot (95548) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576319)

Maybe they should have designed these features into the cup rather than something that drops in the alcohol. THe cup can probably do more sensory related stuff.

We shall call swallowed ice cubes ... (1)

dogsbreath (730413) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576329)

_FLUBBER_ !

sorry . . . just watched the movie with my kids

Re:What happens ... (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576543)

Seems like a number of things could be done to reduce the likelihood of accidental ingestion. For example, he could have the functional bits encased in a smaller solid piece, then have that inside a plastic ice cube shaped object with a mesh structure along the sides so water can penetrate and freeze inside, and melt outside. Then it should be safe enough. Assuming the cube is large enough without being too unwieldy, that danger should be reduced.

There needs to be a point in which you can say you did what you could for safety but there's some inherent danger if the person is negligent enough. I mean a drunk guy could decide to swallow a lime slice and choke. Should the bartender or establishment be sued for giving them a lime to choke on?

I'd probably drink, too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576013)

...if my name was Diarrhea.

Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (4, Insightful)

mumblestheclown (569987) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576047)

and no marketability.

"Ice Cubes that connect to your smartphone." This is not the brave new future that I want.

Honestly, this should be an early contender for the 2013 ig-Nobels (though I'm guessing / hoping this is just an overhyped undergraduate project). What's particularly bad is that the basic idea is flawed - it uses readings from accelerometers as a proxy for how many sips are being taken per unit time and then this as a proxy for rate and appropriateness of alcohol consumption. While I fully will admit that there is certainly a market for some device, perhaps built into a glass, that would allow a commercial bartender somehow detect whether a patron has had too many (though even that would have lots of legal and practical vulnerabilities), this isn't it and isn't even close.

Still, kudos for the inventor for trying compared to playing xbox or going out and having a social life or something.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (-1, Flamebait)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576123)

If you don't understand how something works, probably best not to criticize how you think it won't work without explaining why it's a bad idea. Given a decent accelerometer and an intelligent algorithm (I can already see it, you however, can not) you can have accurate readings for practical use.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576151)

Well, what has accelerometer data to do with quantity of alcohol? I've happened to dance with my glass, does that count as "drinking fast"? It's stupid, no matter how you look at it. Sometimes you let somebody else drink, or you drink stuff with different alcohol grading. It's so stupid you can't be a programer if you can't think of even at least one common case which makes the device useless. Yet this guy is in MIT and makes hardware. I can see how the robot rebellion will happen now... due to fucking, stupid, humans.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576455)

Well, what has accelerometer data to do with quantity of alcohol? I've happened to dance with my glass, does that count as "drinking fast"? It's stupid, no matter how you look at it.

Accelerometers and IR transceivers. It has to do with the number of sips.

And if you go "dancing with your glass"; you've definitely had too many.

These are valid ways to count the number of sips. Now, as for how the number and rate/frequency of sips relates to the rate of alcohol consumption; it should be approximately proportional to thus.

Assuming the unit is programmed with the appropriate estimates for average sip size, and strength of the drink.

If the guy switches from Beer to shots of everclear in one night, without the unit measuring alcohol concentration or being reprogrammed, the unit would become useless, due to how dramatic the difference.

If it were just accelerometer, the functionality could be put in a wristwatch, without risk of ingesting the electronics.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1)

7-Vodka (195504) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576887)

the unit would become useless

Sir, I propose the "unit" is already useless.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576279)

Since you can see it, did you account for drinking with a straw (accelerometer that!), different sized/shape glasses (most shots glasses won't fit an ice cube), and varying alcohol strength (3% beer -- 40% vodka)?

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576483)

How about you say, the cubes are not for every conceivable situation. But only for drinking beer out of a mug; fairly consistent levels of alcohol between beers. No straws.

Who the hell drinks beer from a mug out of a straw?

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (5, Insightful)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576761)

How about you say, the cubes are not for every conceivable situation. But only for drinking beer out of a mug; fairly consistent levels of alcohol between beers. No straws.

Who the hell drinks beer from a mug out of a straw?

Who the hell drinks beer with ice cubes?

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1)

sodul (833177) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576813)

It takes a lot more american lagger to get drunk than if you drink a good belgian ale. It always pains me to see someone with a cart full of Bud/Coors light, you can get better for cheaper, or much much better for little more.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42577279)

Now that you've taken this opportunity to bash "American lagers" and thrust "Belgian ales" forward as superior, do you feel better inside? First, if your goal is to get drunk, then your choice of any beer for this task is a poor one. You could simply purchase 190 proof everclear and do a few shots and be on your merry way...to the hospital (or just "to hospital", if you're a Brit). Second, the idea that Belgian ales by their nature somehow have more alcohol content than American lagers by nature is a fallacy. The ones you cited most likely do have a lower ALC for the simple fact that they are light beers and typically have half the ALC of their non-light brethren. Third, a lager and an ale are not even the same kind of beer. They have different characteristic taste, body, etc., so it is preposterous to assert that one is somehow better than another (I actually do prefer Belgian ales to most beers, but that's here nor there). Finally, if you do insist on getting drunk on beer, then most German eisbocks will put nearly any other beer on the planet to shame.

Impractical and pointless (1)

sjbe (173966) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576365)

accurate readings for practical use.

"Accurate readings"? Remotely possible. "Practical use"? Highly doubtful.

Without correlation with a breathalyzer there is no real way for the cubes to be calibrated to your blood alcohol level even if the algorithm is accurate. (which is a HUGE if) Are you really going to go to the trouble to do that? Didn't think so.

As far as practical use, I don't see one. If you need something like that to tell you that you've had too much to drink then you probably aren't a responsible drinker. The logistics don't make sense for a bar - too hard to keep track of which glass goes with which customer AND the customers have to pair their phone AND the equipment will have to be cleaned AND the electronics will get stolen. And if you are drinking at home, what is the point? You're home so who cares? If you are drinking that much, getting drunk is likely to be the entire point.

Re:Impractical and pointless (2)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576419)

Personally, for my use, I think it's useless. However there exists a vast majority of individuals who cannot accurately assess their intelligence, skills, talents, etc... let alone their alcohol consumption.

The logistics don't make sense for a bar, but who said they would? The clearly clueless sometimes can tell that they're clueless. These people would buy their own and have it calibrated to their sips and their individual consumption limits. Simple. I really can't understand why people constantly say something is useless by extrapolating it out into something that is clearly useless.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1)

mumblestheclown (569987) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576691)

what about HAVING TO PUT A BATTERY CONTAINING ICE CUBE IN YOUR DRINK, genius? It's not hard to imagine a crap, highly generic algorithm that would be effectively useless *even if you knew the alcohol concentration*, but you still have to *PUT A BATTERY CONTAINING ICE CUBE INTO EACH GLASS YOU DRINK.*

I'm sorry, but the basic idea is fatally flawed. I know, it's easy to criticize, but this one, as I said, is "ig-Nobel" quality flawed.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576247)

perhaps built into a glass

Accelerometer to do "something" when thrown onto the ball game field by the drunk fan. Presumably seeing an enormous short term acceleration, correcting for any rotational accelerations, some camera interface could snap pick of perp. I believe drunks throwing bottles at ball game players was why stadia only sell (weak) beer in plastic cups now.

More likely both sides will try to hack the uC into some manner of proximity fuse for molotov cocktails.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (2)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576263)

this isn't it and isn't even close.

For under two months of work, it sure as shit is a step in the right direction. Accelerometer isn't perfect but it's a good way of getting around the "constantly sampling your drink" problem that provides a good estimate. It's cool, he was creative, we need more of this.

Re:Nerd creates solution in search of a problem... (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576603)

Is he trying to market it? Seems to me he took a bad situation and turned it into a project for himself. Not sure he had making big bucks anywhere on the project checklist.

Considering the subject matter though and how it all began, I find it kind of silly that you bring up a social life as one of the things he has sacrificed. To think that someone would work on a personal project at any point in their life instead of non-stop partying -- that sure sounds like antisocial behavior to me!

A better way to tell when you're too drunk (2)

theRunicBard (2662581) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576063)

When you do drink them.

I don't need ice cubes! (4, Insightful)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576067)

As Dean Martin once explained, you're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without hanging on for dear life. That seems like a good test to me.

Re:I don't need ice cubes! (2)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | about a year and a half ago | (#42577111)

On the other hand, if your ice cubes are sending you text messages, one way or another it's time to call it a night.

Not going to work (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576069)

People already have lots of warnings that they have too much to drink. First, if you drink six drinks in one bar, you probably had too much. If you are slurring your words, you probably had to much. If your friends say you had too much, you probably had too much. These smart ice-cubes will not help because it is a problem of impaired judgement, not a problem of impaired measuring ability. After a few drinks I bet most people will just put the cubes in their pocket and ignore them.

Re:Not going to work (5, Interesting)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576293)

I had the exact opposite thought - I could see people buying these and having competitions for who could get their cubes to turn red the fastest.

For the inventor's intended purpose, though, I can't see a market nor much practical utility. Drinking too much isn't usually due to ignorance. People generally know they're drinking too much - it's either an intentional choice or behavior being driven by addiction.

Re:Not going to work (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42577165)

No, they don't. Not everyone is a hardened drinker. Just like the inventor, it takes a while and quite a few blunders before you catch on.

Re:Not going to work (5, Funny)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576297)

First of all people are looking at this negatively. Given 3 women roughly all of the same 1-10 scale, you try to pick up the drunk one by finding the one with flashing red alert ice cubes first. Or going the other way, an ugly woman can find a cute guy with the highest intensity beer googles by looking for the ice cubes flashing red alert. Lastly college students are going to use "alerting ice cubes" for drinking games, not a preventative measure, like whom ever's ice cubes flash red first, wins!

Secondly, if you're feeling sober-ish and drinking at a bar and then suddenly pass out and wake up in some weirdo's bed or minus one kidney, the problem is not booze and the solution is not wiimotes in icecubes, the problem is someone paid the bartender to slip a pill in ur drink. I was hoping for an embedded EtOH sensor and/or a whole "GC on a chip" sensor unit, not a lame accelerometer.

Re:Not going to work (2)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576893)

First of all people are looking at this negatively. Given 3 women roughly all of the same 1-10 scale, you try to pick up the drunk one by finding the one with flashing red alert ice cubes first. Or going the other way, an ugly woman can find a cute guy with the highest intensity beer googles by looking for the ice cubes flashing red alert.

The first one seems plausible. The second one doesn't. The guys with flashing red cubes are least likely to get it up.

Re:Not going to work (1)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576849)

People already have lots of warnings that they have too much to drink. First, if you drink six drinks in one bar, you probably had too much.

Pub crawling to the rescue. Only drink a few drinks at each place. By the time you hit the third place, you're having fun, and you won't exceed six drinks in one bar.

If you are slurring your words, you probably had to much.

"Are we here to talk, or are we here to drink?"
Most bartenders understand ASL (Alcohol Sign Language) anyhow.

If your friends say you had too much, you probably had too much.

Your friends won't tell you you've had enough if you don't go out with your friends. Friends just means trouble anyhow. You try to chat up a dame, and a friend says "Hey, Theobald, I saw you and your two youngest kids at the thrift store the other day. You drive a Lada now?"
Not to mention the risk of your wife getting report backs through their wives.

Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (5, Insightful)

CodeheadUK (2717911) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576085)

Seriously, is it that hard to drink and have a good time without pouring crap down your neck till you're shitfaced, grand slam the bed and wake up next to something that needs to be kept wet until it can be rolled back into the ocean?

Spend hours building a smart ice cube, or thinking, "Hmm the room is spinning, I feel a bit grim and that -2 over there is looking like a 10, I'll ease up a bit". Which is the 'Smart' idea?

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (2)

jimshatt (1002452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576141)

The funniest is when you see yourself in the mirror (after taking a piss or something) and you say to yourself "Am I drunk?". The pinnacle of a rethorical question.

grand slam the bed and wake up next to something that needs to be kept wet until it can be rolled back into the ocean

The little mermaid?

But seriously, there's obviously a market for such a device, since there are a lot of people that don't intend to drink too much, but still do because they don't know when to stop, or the drunkness comes very sudden, or just need some exterior motivation. This just isn't it, because it only works when you put those same cubes into the same type of drink every time. And for beers this is just plain stupid.

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576215)

The funniest is when you see yourself in the mirror (after taking a piss or something) and you say to yourself "Am I drunk?".

"Lookin' good Barry."
"Why don't we get you out those wet clothes, and into a dry martini?"

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (3, Funny)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576307)

The funniest is when you see yourself in the mirror (after taking a piss

Naw the funniest is when you're looking at a mirror after taking a piss and you suddenly realize you're not in a bathroom. You probably don't want to go into a bar/club where that won't get you thrown out.

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576451)

The little mermaid?

How exactly does one fuck a mermaid? I mean, where are the genitals?

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576609)

Hidden with Disney Magic(tm).

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (1)

cffrost (885375) | about a year and a half ago | (#42577153)

How exactly does one fuck a mermaid? I mean, where are the genitals?

I believe there's a multifunction (piss/shit/fuck) hole called a "vent."

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576253)

By the time I'm drunk enough to know to "ease off" it's already too late. It doesn't take a whole lot for me to get drunk and even less now that I've lost about 30 lbs of muscle (former body builder). And once I am drunk, I may not realize how much I'm drinking.

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576459)

Stereotype of bodybuilders' intellectual capacity: confirmed

Re:Or, you could not drink yourself into Oblivion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576927)

I've never been so drunk that I boffed a mermaid.

Doubt it works (2)

Odonian (730378) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576121)

Seems like if you are unable to monitor/regulate your drinking, you are probably also unable to get your act together enough to use smart ice cubes.

Re:Doubt it works (5, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576315)

I tried them and it works. Halfway through my first drink, the bartender saw them, dragged me outside, and beat the shit out of me. I had to go to the hospital, but at least it wasn't due to alcohol poisoning!

Idea is flawed... (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576129)

...unplug the freezer.

Better implimentation (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576139)

While I feel it is still a flawed solution, I think it would be improved by installing the device in a cup rather than a cube. You could more easily replace the battery and there would be no danger of swallowing the device.

So, when the ice cubes talk to you... (5, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576143)

...you've had enough. I don't think this is exactly news.

As a drinker... (1, Insightful)

cosm (1072588) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576147)

...you should know when you've had enough by your own standards. If you do not know when you've had enough, then smart ice cubes will not help you any more than my smart rock.

You know what's going to derease its effectiveness (1)

Eightbitgnosis (1571875) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576153)

The use of alcohol

Re:You know what's going to derease its effectiven (2)

Thiez (1281866) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576195)

If the cubes count the number of sips, how much must you drink for the number to overflow and the lights to turn green again? Challenge accepted, anyone?

Re:You know what's going to derease its effectiven (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576353)

Hope he used char instead of bigint

I suppose the /. equivalent of drinking a century (locally, that means 100 shots of beer in X length of time, where a weekend is not very impressive and an hour is pretty insane) is drinking a 0xFF hexadecimal.

What is enough? (2)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576179)

I find that the same amount of alcohol has very different effect in different times. Sometimes two beers are enough, other times I simply can't get drunk.

Re:What is enough? (1)

Nolas (942934) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576797)

probably because it matters how much you drink over how much time. 2 beers in 10 minutes will get you a nice buzz, 2 beers over an hour you may not feel very much.

Re:What is enough? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576845)

There are quite a few factors in play, my point was that knowing amount isn't enough to tell how drunk you are.

Makes sense (2)

drankr (2796221) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576187)

People who dilute good alcohol with water deserve to have ice cubes bitch about their drinking.

Your solving the wrong problem (5, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576199)

What this summary misses is that the blackout sent the dude to the hospital, and not even 3 weeks later he is drinking it up at a party again. Thats a problem blinky ice cubes wont solve

http://hackaday.com/2013/01/09/led-ice-cubes-prevent-alcohol-induced-blackouts/ [hackaday.com]

Re:Your solving the wrong problem (1)

Loosifur (954968) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576697)

Man! The competition is over, ladies and gentlemen, and we have a winner!

People seem to have totally glossed over that part. In my younger days, and even some of my less younger days, there were a few times when I drank so much that I didn't remember the entire night the next morning, or at least not until later in the day after a hamburger and a nap. According to TFA, this guy blacked out after three (3) drinks, so either he was drugged, or he has some sort of severe allergy.

Re:Your solving the wrong problem (1)

houghi (78078) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576767)

It is you basic solving of a social problem by a technical solution.

Re:Your solving the wrong problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42577069)

"You're"

Re:Your solving the wrong problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42577209)

a douche

Back in the day... (1)

Ramley (1168049) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576201)

We would have used these for "How-fast-can-you-get-those-cubes-to-turn-red" parties.

Wouldn't work for me (2)

willoughby (1367773) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576205)

I drink whisky neat.

Re:Wouldn't work for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42577197)

Neat.

Wasn't sure (1, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576225)

I wasn't sure if I like this until I used my Jump to Conclusions mat. I landed on GO WILD. Now I love it! What will they think of next?

why an ice cube? (1)

LSDelirious (1569065) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576267)

And not the cup itself, then no one can swallow it... Also you wont have to look like a weirdo putting ice in your beer or wine

Re:why an ice cube? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576335)

And since you have much more room in a cup, you'll be able to add voice synthesis to it.

I want a cup that can talk back to me with the voice of GLaDOS.

But drinks vary too much in strength (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576271)

If it's just counting the number of sips, it's not distinguishing between a long drink or a short drink. Twenty sips of a Long Island Iced Tea is much more potent than twenty sips of a glass of wine or a beer. And shots are tossing back an ounce or more of alcohol in one giant "sip" - when they've been diluted into a mixed drink, that one sip easily turns into ten.

Re:But drinks vary too much in strength (2)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576535)

Yeah... a better idea is a 'smart glass' that knows how much is left in it, via IR/liquid/weight sensors, recognizes your fingerprints when you pick up the glass, and wireless transmits the data about how much sipped, to a computer maintained by the bar, that keeps track of each customer's rate of consumption.

When you're drinking too fast, the bar computer makes your glass glow red. And if it gets really extreme, the bartender receives an alert to call your friends.

So anyways, you can't swallow the glass.

Smart ice cubes? (4, Insightful)

Georules (655379) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576295)

How about YOU be smart? Be aware of your own alcohol tolerances.

Co3k (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576309)

metadisccusions

Kickstart this immediately. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576371)

Please.

Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576373)

Just stupid.

Let the drinking games commence.

You have had enough. (2)

bartoku (922448) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576403)

You have had enough alcohol when ice cubes start telling you things.

Las Vegas (1)

mbstone (457308) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576495)

The Las Vegas casinos already have indicator cubes.

When the dice repeatedly come up craps, this is a signal that you've gambled too much.

Identification by color considered bad (1)

jgotts (2785) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576499)

Another idea that doesn't take into account the fact that a huge population of people are colorblind, similar to the heat-colored shower attachment.

Whoa. Dude. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576589)

The most interesting part of this story, to me, is the part about the invention being inspired by an "alcohol induced blackout". Come on. Spill. What do your friends tell you that you did during this blackout? Apparently, the worst thing I ever did during a blackout was to try to encourage my twelve-year-old grandson to use some cuss words in front of his mother. He wouldn't do it, but I stand behind my attempt to enlighten him. Oh, and I may have peed my pants.

self monitoring vs bartending (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576655)

when it comes to monitoring yourself this is useless since alcohol lowers your ihibition and blocks clear thinking. A better solution would be for bars to use these glasses to assist in monitoring the amount of alcohol a patron has consumed. As it is now they just have guess based on your behaviour, but some people get depressed dwhen the are drunk which I imagine is much harder to spot compared to someone yelling and screaming and tripping over there own feet. When a bar is heavily packed bartenders are moving fast and pay little attention to customers. If the glasses could be outfitted with an RFID chip this would allow a bar to track exactly what drink a patron had and how fast they drank it. If a bartender sees your glass is red (or invisibly to you, it shows a warning to the bartender on screen) the bartender knows to keep an eye on you or to refuse to serve you if your sobriety is questionable. Sure, there is nothing stopping someone from stealing there friends empty glass and getting another drink, but if you steal your friends glass then THEY can't get another drink until the glass changes color and you have someone who is more clear-headed in the group to keep an eye on the others

College student invents cross-room drunk girl ID (1)

Fencepost (107992) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576709)

Next, marketing to alcohol manufacturers.

Issues (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576739)

Here are some issues;

1. No alcohol sensor. The cube will react the same way if one is drinking water or Everclear. All it is doing is counting the number of times the drinks are taken not the strength of the drink.
2. No idea how much volume is consumed. All it does is count tips and not how fast the liquid is consumed. I have taken 40 sips to drink a pint or one when in a drinking competition.
3. Not useful for beer drinkers. Few people will put ice in a can of beer.
4. Does not work with a straw. No tipping no ice movement no consumption recorded.

And in other news, on SVU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42576901)

Smart Ice-T tells when you have had enough under-age sex.

doink-doink

Rubbers (1)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576905)

Next they'll be using this technology in condoms to warn me about STDs or possible men or even pregnancy! Like that's going to stop me.

Real alchoholics (1)

Alien7 (310889) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576917)

don't use ice, it's beer or straight bourbon for this guy

Technological solution to biological problem (1)

HisMother (413313) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576935)

This was dumb when I saw it on Hackaday, and it's still dumb. This dude needs therapy and willpower, not electronics.

Re:Technological solution to biological problem (1)

cffrost (885375) | about a year and a half ago | (#42577221)

This dude needs therapy and willpower, not electronics.

Who are you, his mother?

Failed idea out of the gate (1)

SilverJets (131916) | about a year and a half ago | (#42576981)

Switch glasses. Idea fails.

The Wife (5, Funny)

dohzer (867770) | about a year and a half ago | (#42577059)

Finally an automated version of my wife at parties: cold and keeping track of my drinking.

when you have had enough... lithium (1)

ajdub (520241) | about a year and a half ago | (#42577177)

and you know when too much lithium from the battery has leeched out when you're overtaken by tremors, seizures, coma and cardiovascular collapse.
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