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This High-Tech Chip Can Help Monitor Alcohol Consumption Levels

 - Apr 15, 2018
References: jacobsschool.ucsd.edu & newatlas
A group of scientists and engineers led by professor Drew Hall at the University of California San Diego have developed a high-tech implantable chip that is designed to be able to assess the amount of alcohol that the wearer is consumed.

This implantable chip comprises a trio of sensors, one of which is coated with a special enzyme that interacts only with alcohol in order to produce a distinct electrochemical signal that can then be detected by the other sensors, which also work to mitigate noise signals in order to offer a precise alcohol reading. The alcohol reading data can then be displayed on a smartwatch.

What's great about this implantable chip is that it consumes very little energy, and can be seamlessly injected under the skin. This technology has great potential to improve abstinence rates among recovering alcoholics in addiction treatment programs.