Ice Gone Wrong: LED Ice Cubes Detect Overdrinking

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Everyone knows I love a good piece of ice in my Bourbon on occasion but these LED ice cubes are playing on an entirely different level. Developed by an MIT researcher who appears to have some issues with his drinking, they are programmed to help you pace your drinking to a more physically acceptable level. Here’s a quote from the story on Ubergizmo:

 “MIT Media Lab researcher Dhairya Dand created the LED ice cubes after a night of alcoholic drinks resulted in a blackout that put him in the hospital. The LED ice cubes detect alcohol and flashes colors based on the amount of drinks you’ve had. They track the number of sips you take and total time spent drinking in order to predict when the user may be intoxicated.”

I applaud the creativity of his solution but if I were to use these the damn things would be blinking red all night. If there’s Bourbon in the glass I drink it. It’s aged all it’s going to while in the barrel so I see no reason to let it sit in my glass all night. If I’ve had too much I don’t refill the glass. I know my method of control doesn’t work for everyone so I’m curious to hear if others would consider something like this if it was further refined and made commercially available. Sound off in the comments.

Cheers – alcohol-aware glowing ice-cubes that beat to ambient music from Dhairya Dand on Vimeo.





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Patrick "Pops" Garrett

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.

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