Courtesy WearSens
March 07, 2015 02:45 PM

Want to rid your life of bad habits? There’s a collar for that.

WearSens, a new wearable device developed by UCLA engineers, can monitor food, liquid and smoke that moves down the throat by tracking throat vibrations.

According to Popular Science, the data is then transmitted to a smartphone app to record a person’s daily intake, similar to popular weight loss apps like MyFitnessPal, except without having to manually enter each item. Plus, the app then gives recommendations on how to achieve your wellness goal.

“Many nutrition methods are based on writing down what you eat,” the WearSens co-founder Majid Sarrafzadeh tells PEOPLE. “But this method has low compliance so we wanted to overcome these issues and wanted to do something that a pedometer does for activity.”

The device is 90% accurate when differentiating between hot and cold drinks and 75% accurate when distinguishing between hard and soft foods, he says.

Buzzing signals can also be programed if the wearer misses a meal or becomes dehydrated. And for smokers trying to quit, it also has the capability to send alerts to family members or doctors if the wearer takes a puff.

Though WearSens is only available as a prototype, it is expected to become available to the public later this year.

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