DermaTec’s alcohol-detection patch is $1,500 closer to commercial launch, thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign that the Albuquerque startup launched just before Thanksgiving.
The company, which created a skin patch that rapidly detects alcohol consumption, is seeking $50,000 to start manufacturing. DermaTec’s founders, about half of whom are University of New Mexico students, believe the patch can promote more responsible drinking by allowing friends, family and others to stop people from driving drunk, said co-founder and business development manager Matt Aaron.
“It offers a quick, visual indication of alcohol consumption that could encourage friends or family to not let someone drive just because they say they’re okay,” Aaron said. “We want it to promote social responsibility.”
The patch could potentially be used as well by law enforcement, employers, bars and ride-sharing companies. DermaTec is in initial discussions with Uber to possibly include the company logo on the patch and offer discounted service when drinkers call for a ride, Aaron said.
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