KipstR: Wearable That Records Your Shows When You Fall Asleep Watching TV

December 22, 2014

8:00 pm

Who hasn’t fallen asleep on their couch watching their favorite TV show? Wouldn’t it be nice to have your TV automatically record it the moment you dozed off, so you can pick up where you left off the next day? That’s the idea behind KipstR, a wristband that will automatically set a TiVo box to record whenever the wearer falls asleep in front of the box.

Virgin Media have teamed up with two students at Manchester Creative Studio, as part of their Switched on Futures initiative. Ryan Oliver, 15, and Jonathan Kingsley, 14  developed the 3D printed wristband which uses a pulse-oximeter to sense if the wearer is asleep or awake and then mimics the users’ TiVo remote control to pause, record, or resume a show appropriately.


According to research, 18% of people are expected to fall asleep on the sofa on Christmas Day. Turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative in i­t, an amino acid called tryptophan. So you can already see how this can be very useful during the holiday.

“Building KipstR with Virgin Media was a brilliant challenge for us but we’ve learnt so much and are really pleased with the end result,” Ryan said. “And to top it off I now know what to get my dad for Christmas as he is always nodding off in front of the TV!”

For now, you may have to wait for next Christmas to get your dad this gift, but you can sign up for the trial.



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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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