Driving and working under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea. Everyone knows drinking alcoholic drinks above moderation can cause a person to lose concentration and balance. Alcohol can also impair judgement and most often lead to road accidents or incidents at work. This is the reason why it is essential to monitor alcohol consumption. Detecting alcohol consumption over the legal limit can help you make a better decision about not continuing to drive or working and when to stop drinking. The best monitoring device would be the breathalysers and wearable alcohol monitor from BACtrack. Such wearable alcohol monitor is the “Skyn BACtrack”.
Skyn BACtrack can be worn as a standalone outfit or in conjunction with an Apple watch band on the wrist. The device-connected app provides actionable and reliable data. When a user’s alcohol level rises, they will slow down or stop drinking. However, Skyn is only available in the US as it is still in its Beta phase. BACtrack is already in the works for releasing this device for public use. Once BACtrack launches Skyn Backtrack, Breathalysers Australia will bring them to the market. Not only that, continuous development for breathalysers and wearable alcohol monitoring devices would give a more convenient monitoring method for everyone to use.
How does Skyn BACtrack Works?
BACtrack Skyn detects minute amounts of alcohol or ethanol molecules in perspiration that are released via the skin. Transdermal Alcohol Content (TAC) is the name given to this measuring method. The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of a breathalyser test tracks the amount of alcohol inhaled in the blood at a given time. The measurement of Transdermal Alcohol Content (TAC) is a continuous technique that allows people to trace alcohol consumption on their wrists. Skyn is a Bluetooth-connected device that monitors Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) through skin sweat. Users can track their alcohol intake and receive an alarm via smartphone notification if their alcohol intake surpasses a certain amount. BACtrack is developing an algorithm to transform measured Transdermal Alcohol Content (TAC) into a blood alcohol content estimate (BAC).
Types of Skyn BACtrack
There are two prototypes of Skyn BACtrack that BACtrack is currently developing. More developments are already in place by BACtrack for this device and will be available once launched publicly. The prototypes of Skyn are as follows:
- An Apple Watch Band can be quickly glanced at to monitor the user’s approximate alcohol level in real-time. As a result, the design was created to make the BACtrack Skyn Alcohol Monitor more comfortable to wear and integrate into users’ daily lives.
- A standalone wearable device is worn on a user’s wrist and syncs with the BACtrack Skyn app on that user’s smartphone.
Skyn BACtrack is not yet available to sync or connect on android devices currently. However, BACtrack is still developing Skyn to cater to both IOS and android users. Once BACtrack releases this first-ever wearable alcohol monitoring device to the public, it might already have this option.
Breathalysers and Skyn BACtrack
While Skyn BACtrack is in the process of its development, monitoring alcohol consumption is still our first concern. Breathalysers from BACtrack provide perfect monitoring for personal and workplace use. If Skyn uses a person’s sweat to check for an estimate of alcohol content in the body, a breathalyser uses breath samples to check for alcohol content in the body. Since TAC only estimates your actual BAC, it is still best to have a breathalyser that provides accurate BAC. Furthermore, Skyn is still developing. A program is still under development to directly convert TAC into BAC with high accuracy. Eventually, giving results as accurate as a breathalyser can.
Breathalysers provide accurate BAC results in 10 – 15 seconds. Anyone can use a breathalyser for personal monitoring. Also, most employers rely on workplace breathalysers for workplace monitoring. Breathalyser devices can do multiple testing. Since Skyn BACtrack needs to be worn, it is more likely for personal rather than workplace use. However, more developments might lead to workplace testing using this device. That is a feature to watch for in the coming years of Skyn BACtrack development.
BACtrack is expanding and will continue to develop new, more user-friendly, and affordable alcohol testing devices in the future. When BACtrack releases these new products globally, just like Skyn, Breathalysers Australia will bring them to the Australian market.
While we are waiting for the global launch of Skyn BACtrack, you should try out breathalysers from Breathalysers Australia. Breathalysers Australia is a wholly-owned and operated Australian company with offices in New South Wales and Queensland. They are Australia’s only breathalyser specialists. Also, Breathalysers Australia has the expertise to provide you with the best advice and product applications for your specific breath alcohol testing needs. Since early 2012, they have specialised in breathalyser sales and service. Furthermore, Breathalysers Australia offers a wide range of breathalysers from BACtrack. Such BACtrack breathalysers are as follows:
- Personal breathalysers – these breathalysers are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Small compact keychain models, such as the BACtrack C6 or C8, are helpful when on the go. Larger, more robust models are ideal for the workplace, glove box, or home use.
- Smartphone breathalyser – this smartphone-connected breathalyser has been one of the most significant advances in alcohol breath testing in the last decade. This breathalyser uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone. They function in the same way as a standard handheld or keychain breathalyser. You blow into a mouthpiece, which wirelessly transmits data to another device, such as a phone, where you can read your BAC result.
- Workplace breathalysers – Australian workplaces widely use the Pro Series Workplace Range. Providing timely and accurate BAC results on which your company can rely. These pro-grade breathalysers can handle a volume of back-to-back tests that provides accurate results for over a thousand uses.
As soon as you start taking in alcoholic drinks, you should also begin to monitor yourself. It does not matter what monitoring device you utilise or when you use it. You can use a wearable device to monitor alcohol content through sweat or use breathalysers to monitor alcohol content through breath as long as you can monitor your alcohol level and provide the best judgment to continue drinking or not. Alcohol monitoring can also help in alcohol consumption behaviours that might lead to alcohol use disorder. With technology and the development of ways to reduce the risks that misusing alcohol provides, BACtrack gives the best breathalysers on the market. They are also doing their best for the development of the first-ever wearable alcohol monitoring, the Skyn BACtrack. Thus, this will undoubtedly lead to safer driving or a safer workplace, not just for you but for all the people around you.