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A wristband that automatically pauses or records your show when you fall asleep

A wristband that automatically pauses or records your show when you fall asleep
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It happens all the time. You're on the couch watching TV after a hard day of work, taking care of your kids and the house, and you think you'll just close your eyes for a second.

Suddenly you wake up, hours later, and the TV is off and that show you were watching is gone. Or, that movie you were watching is over, and you have no idea when you fell asleep. There's never been a way to find your place again or record that show - until now, that is.

Two teenagers from England have created a wristband that can pause your movie or record your show for you, and it doesn't require manual activation. It's called the KipstR, it uses sensors in the band to detect when you start dozing off and then saves your movie or show for you. It resumes them when you wake up.

KipstR works by detecting blood pressure and the amount of oxygen in the blood to determine when you're asleep or awake.

"The KipstR is powered by a lithium-polymer battery, and it comes with a push button, a sleep mode indicator, and a spark core chip to process all the data from the pulse-oximeter. The outside of the prototype was 3D printed using an Objet Connex 3D printer, which was able to turn out a resin called Polyjet that’s stronger than most rigid plastics created by 3D printers."

Sadly, though, the KipstR isn't available yet for commercial use. The teens are planning on giving it a trial run around Christmas, but it's unknown yet when it will go to market. Even then, it will only be available for Virgin Media customers in the UK.

It's still a pretty slick gadget, even for a prototype. Take a look at the image below.

Image courtesy of Virgin Media, BusinessInsider.

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