After a huge turkey with all the trimmings, a couple of
sherries and a mountain of chocolates, it's no wonder one in five
of us are expected to fall asleep on the sofa this Christmas day.
While a quick nap might be just the ticket to help digest all those
pigs in blankets, it can often mean missing out on some of the best
festive TV broadcast on the big day.
Luckily, two tech savvy teens have
come up with an innovative solution. Ryan Oliver, 15, and Jonathan
Kingsley, 14, have teamed up with Virgin Media to create KipstR.
The pair were commissioned by the network to help develop the 3D
printed wristband, which reads the users pulse to sense if the
wearer is asleep or awake. The device will then mimic a TiVo remote
control to pause, record or resume a show depending on your state,
meaning you won't have to miss a thing should your eyelids get a
Virgin Media is now exploring a number of other uses for
the smart wristband. In the future similar devices could be used to
help control everything in the home, turning on and off electronics
as necessary or even altering the central heating once you fall
asleep. It's possible the network could also use the device to work
out which shows evoke the strongest responses from the wearer,
allowing TiVo to learn the programmes you really love and suggest
others you might also like.
Neil Illingworth, head of advanced technology and
innovation at Virgin Media, said:
We have been exploring the possibilities of connected
entertainment for some time and are very excited to unveil KipstR.
With emerging new technologies, it is possible to create almost
anything, such as emotionally intelligent entertainment systems
that can suggest shows based on your moods, or even harnessing
brainwaves to control your television.
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