Never Miss Whodunnit Again With Kipstr

Wearable tech is a huge thing lately, with fitness trackers, sleep trackers, location trackers, stuff trackers, communication devices, and all manner of bracelets, bands, ear buds, and whatnot hitting the market. For the most part, I’m not that interested. I’m enough of a Luddite that while I love some aspects of new tech, some aspects quite frankly creep me out. There is, however, a new wearable being tested that I find intriguing.

Kipstr is a band you wear on your wrist that monitors if you’re awake or asleep. This doesn’t make it unique. What does make it unique is that if you fall asleep, it automatically starts recording whatever show you sat down to watch so you don’t miss any of it. Kipstr uses a pulse-oximeter to monitor your breathing and heart rate, and when they fall below a certain level it connects with TiVo and tells it to start recording whatever channel is on. In addition, if Kipstr senses you’ve awakened again, it’ll tell TiVo to resume playing the program where you left off.

You know what I find neat? Kipstr was designed by a couple of kids. Ryan Oliver (15) and Jonathan Kingsley (14) are students at Manchester Creative Studio, and they were taking part in Virgin Media’s Switched on Futures when they created Kipstr. Virgin Media is supposed to have already begun testing on the device, with an eye toward making it commercially available soon.

Source: Gizmag

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