Is wearable technology the next step forward in responsible drinking? Quite possibly.
BACtrack, a developer of personal and professional breathalyzers, has developed BACtrack Skyn, which monitors the wearer’s transdermal alcohol content (TAC, the alcohol eliminated through the skin). An algorithm converts TAC to an estimated blood alcohol content, the metric with which most people are already familiar (0.08% BAC is the legal driving limit). The device can be integrated into an Apple Watch band or worn alone, and an app connects to a smartphone to deliver readings continuously and in near real-time. The information can be used to monitor an individual’s intake — either personally or as part of a sobriety-monitoring program. BACtrack Skyn will be available in 2017.