Transdermal Biosensor

­Alcohol intoxication causes tens of thousands of fatalities in the US annually. Research suggests that social measures have been the most effective means to date of decreasing the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. Stephen Lewis, Jenny Filipetti, and Andrew Henderson have created the RXN Wristband—a battery-free biosensor wristband that glows when a user’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limit to drive. Existing health tracking devices are based on electronics, making them expensive and limited to tracking only the small range of data that can be measured electronically. Instead of electronic sensors, the RXN Wristband uses natural biological enzymes that detect when molecules, such as alcohol, are released from the skin. The wristbands have the potential to detect a large number of compounds while being biodegradable and easily scalable to produce at low cost.
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Doreen Molk
University of Colorado
Stephen Lewis
Jenny Filipetti
Andrew Henderson
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