DRINK+ was created with the goal of preventing oesophageal cancer in people around the world. The lifetime risk of getting oesophageal cancer in a man is 1 in 55, meaning that for every 550 men, 10 would get oesophageal cancer anyway. The new research suggests that this increases to 20.6 out of 550 for men who drink very hot beverages, a doubling of the risk. According to the The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the WHO, said very hot drinks of 65 degrees C and over double the risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus (food pipe).
What it does
DRINK+ uses a temperature sensor to determine the temperature of the drink. The associated app is then used to determine if the drink can potentially cause oesophageal cancer.
How we built it
We built it using an Arduino Uno, Arduino IDE, a solderless breadboard, a temperature sensor, jumper wires, and Android Studio.
Challenges we ran into
Initially, the temperature sensor was not waterproofed and was giving inaccurate temperature readings. To solve this, we waterproofed the temperature sensor by coating it in Krazy Glue and masking it with electrical tape. Also, we fixed the calculations in our code to yield accurate results.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of integrating an Android application that is associated with our mechanism.
What we learned
Through this hack, we strengthened our knowledge of Arduino IDE and Android Studio.
What's next for DRINK+
In the future, DRINK+ envisions to create more compact devices that can be easily used and directly connected to the app.