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Wearable buzz: the caffeine bracelet

The Joule caffeine bracelet delivers caffeine transdermally.

For some, caffeinated drinks might just be too difficult, what with the raising of the cup and the swallowing and all, not to mention those people who actually suffer through the labors of brewing a cup of coffee. Fear not. There’s an easier energy option for you—the caffeine bracelet. No need to twist the cap off an energy drink or interact with a barista, simply slip on this zippy accessory and off you go.
“The Joule caffeine bracelet provides convenient, consistent, all-day energy with no crashes, no long lines at the coffee shop, no stained teeth and no calories!” according to the company’s Indiegogo project. The company’s founders have raised about $70,000, about half their goal.
How does it work? The plastic bracelet holds a transdermal patch that deliver 65 mg of caffeine, about as much as in a cup of joe. “The transdermal patch releases the caffeine into the skin gradually because it has an adhesive property that only lets the chemicals into the system as it is dissolved by the body's heat,” co-found Adam Paulin told Nutritional Outlook. “This keeps the administration gradual, and thus the energy supply is also gradual and consistent until all the caffeine is administered,” he said.
It’s faster, and easier, than drinking your energy boost. Plus, the website reminds you, it’s hard to run and drink at the same time.
“Joule starts absorption as soon as it’s placed on the wrist, whereas you won't be able to enjoy your morning coffee until you get to the front of the cafe line or, at earliest, until you brew it,” Paulin says. “The difference is getting your jolt started as soon as you wake up to, earliest, 20-30 minutes afterwards or even up to an hour.”
The bracelet gets its caffeine from guarana. Paulin told Nutritional Outlook that the company plans on “registering Joule as a natural health product because it contains natural extracts with clinical potency.”
Paulin hopes to begin delivering the bracelets in July and hasn’t ruled out exploring the bracelet as a delivery mechanism for other compounds beside caffeine, like vitamins and minerals.

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