How To Get A Caffeine Hit Without A Cup Of Coffee
The Debrief: And it's not a wind-up. We think.
I am probably a tiny bit addicted to coffee. It’s not even just the caffeine part – although that is imperative – but the ritual of having a cup. As well as that, I basically became a grown-up when I started drinking coffee. That is, if grown-ups iron their clothes with straighteners and still rely on their parents for everything.
But imagine if you could get a caffeine hit without even having to make a cup of coffee? Well, the Joule bracelet does just that. It's a silicone bracelet with a space where you slot in a transdermal caffeine patch. Apparently it works in a similar way to a nicotine patch: via transdermal administration. This means caffeine passes through the skin as body heat ‘melts away the thing layers of formulation embedded in the adhesive patch’ and gives you the caffeine fix. Apparently it's actually more effective than drinking caffeine too, as it doesn’t have to go through the digestive process.
The bracelet, which is currenty being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, claims to avoid the usual side effects associated with caffeine like energy spikes and crashes, elevated heart rate and mood swings and each patch or ‘dose’ lasts around four hours and is the equivalent of one cup of coffee. You can still consume caffeine when you're wearing it, and it may even help drinkers avoid the usual crashes because the bracelet will carry on realeasing small amounts, reports Business Insider.
You would be forgiven for thinking this is one big hoax – I’m still not entirely convinced – but if it is an actual real life thing, omg how cool is that? Plus, it could save us all a lot of money in the long run.
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