The following is a description of the alcohol biosensor news video (see the NIH news release: NIAAA selects winners of its Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge). 

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Text: In March 2015, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism announced the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge

Image of hand with blue circuitry to the left of text that reads “Are you up to the challenge? Create a wearable alcohol biosensor that can monitor blood alcohol levels in real time. First prize: $200,000. Second prize: $100,000. Submit prototypes by December 1, 2015. To learn more visit federalregister.gov and search for wearable alcohol biosensor.” Below the hand image is the logo for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

The challenge was to design a discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in near real-time.

A woman’s arm wearing a black alcohol-sensing bracelet is shown pressing a silver metal sensor that dispenses alcohol to the subject. The text reads: “Protoypes were tested in the lab.”

A computer screen is shown with the message “the bar is now open; order another drink at your discretion.”   

The camera pans across bags of alcohol that would be infused intravenously during a testing session.

A laptop is shown with two line charts in red and blue that are tracking blood alcohol levels

The BACtrack Skyn prototype has won the $200,000 first prize. Image of BACtrack Skyn prototype being worn on male arm.

Second prize ($100,000): Milo; Honorable mentions: BioInk and TAMS (transdermal alcohol monitoring system)

A woman’s arm wearing a black alcohol-sensing bracelet is shown pressing a silver metal sensor that dispenses alcohol to the subject. The text reads: “Protoypes were tested in the lab.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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