The federal government is investing in technology to “continuously monitor” how much Americans are drinking if they have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

The National Science Foundation awarded $50,000 to Florida International University to develop a watch-like device linked to a smartphone that police departments could use to monitor the blood alcohol content of DUI offenders.

“The proposed technology aims to provide law enforcement and judiciary agencies the real-time blood alcohol content data of the driving under influence offenders,” according to a grant for the project. “It can be used as a blood-alcohol-content alert system by the user while they indulge themselves in social drinking.”

“This award was funded through the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, the primary goal of which is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technologies based on NSF-funded fundamental research,” a representative from the National Science Foundation said. “The I-Corps program is an entrepreneurship education program where participants attempt to validate the commercial opportunity of their ideas through customer discovery and business model development. Programs such as I-Corps are great examples of how NSF supports research that enhances our nation’s security, drives the U.S. economy, and advances our knowledge to sustain global leadership.”

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