Researchers found out that 18 percent of all people fall asleep on the sofa on Christmas Day. Virgin Media and two tech savvy teens therefore created a 3D printed wristband, with which you can record television programs in case you fall asleep. The idea behind it is that Virgin thinks dads are often the ones to decide which program to watch on December 25. Studies, however, show that dads are most likely to fall asleep on the sofa as well. Virgin now wants them to wear a wristband which notices when someone falls asleep and automatically records the program someone was watching, so the rest of the family can turn on another channel.
Of course, this is a bit an old-fashioned approach to the concept of gender, but let’s not focus on that part, but on the hilarious product Virgin Media wants to create. The wristband is called KipstR and Virgin Media designed it together with Ryan Oliver (15) and Jonathan Kingsley (14), students at the Manchester Creative Studio. The wristband comes with a so-called TiVo box – Virgin’s media box – and it uses a pulse-oximeter to sense if the wearer is asleep or awake. If the person is asleep, the box starts recording.
With pulse oximetry, scientists can measure oxygen levels or saturation in the blood. With this technique, they can determine how much oxygen is being delivered to the part of the body where a sensor is placed. When someone breathes, the oxygen first goes into the lungs and then finds its way into the blood. If someone is asleep, the flow of blood changes and these changes can be measured by a pulse-oximeter in order to find out whether some is asleep or not.
The prototype of the product was made on an Objet Connex 3D printer and was made of Polyjet resin, which is more durable than PLA or ABS. The remarkable product has not yet been added to the market and Virgin Media currently runs a trail for the product. If you would like to take part in this trial, then you could click on this link and become one of the first people in the world with a television wristband.
Image credits: Virgin Media.