When we were teenagers, we were busy ranting on our Xangas. But when a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old create a 3D printed wearable in today’s STEM society, what you get is a wearable that goes hand-in-hand with TV lovers who just can’t seem to stay awake. Luckily for all you sleepyheads, KipstR can help.


Teenagers Ryan Oliver and Jonathan Kingsley have created KipstR — a wearable that records your TV shows when it senses you’ve fallen asleep. The duo are working with Virgin Media, a television provider that is currently inviting TiVo users to try out KipstR. The wearable works as an extension of your hand. The pulse oximeter will be able to gauge how awake you are. Once you’re in dreamland, KipstR will hit record for you. It has a built-in spark core chip and a push button so if you want to press record for yourself, you have the option to do so.

Virgin Media wearable technology. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Virgin Media sees other daily conveniences that KipstR can potentially help out with — such as detecting your emotional engagement with a TV show so that it can better recommend other shows you’ll enjoy. Imagine all the possibilities with Netflix. Now if only we were so productive when we were teenagers…


Do you always fall asleep while watching TV? What are some of your favorite shows that you wouldn’t want to miss? Tell us in the comments!