You know that feeling of exhaustion? Being jet-lagged, stretched thin, overworked or underpaid? Your eyes might be burning; your bones feel like lead and nobody will give you a break. But now on the market comes a new fatigue sensor— the handy little gadget, created by the Japanese electronics manufacturing firm Murata, which tells you when you need rest, pronto.
Now the “I’m too tired” excuse can be used to your full advantage when dealing with prying relatives…or the lustful partner. The device has a photoplethysmographic (yes, that’s a real word) sensor to measure pulse and blood oxygen saturation levels, and electrodes to measure electrocardiogram. Fatigue is measured on a scale of 1 to 100, 100 presumably meaning you’re pretty close to death.
Murata wants to install the gadget in devices like cell phones and video game consoles to inform people when they’ve been plugged in for too long. Considering the amount of time kids spend using such technology, the fatigue sensor might actually have positive health effects.
Of course, pair the sensor with Sony’s combination cup-holder and iPod dock and you’ll never worry about being tired again!
Murata makes no mention of releasing the counteractive Laziness Detector in the immediate future, but employers are waiting eagerly.