This Caffeine Bracelet Will Spare You the Side Effects of Actually Drinking Coffee

February 12, 2016 | Elizabeth Knowles

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No more yellow teeth or constantly having to run to the bathroom

Many of us enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, or maybe even more than one, but despite the enjoyable ritualistic nature of sipping a warm beverage, there are many less desirable side effects. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could still get your jolt of caffeine, but avoid the yellow teeth, the calories, and the constant trips to the bathroom caused by coffee’s diuretic nature?

Enter Joule: a caffeine bracelet.

Joule is a bracelet that functions much like a nicotine patch, where a small patch on the inside of the bracelet offers transdermal — through your skin — caffeine. How does this work? As your body heat melts the chemicals on the patch, molecules that are small enough to pass through your skin enter your bloodstream. This works best in regions of the body where you have only small amounts of fatty tissue — like the bottom of your wrist.

The Joule Caffeine Bracelet

Image credit: Courtesy of Joule

The company’s Indiegogo campaign promises: “Convenient, Consistent, All-Day Energy with No Crashes, No Long Lines at the Coffee Shop, No Stained Teeth and No Calories!”

According to their crowdfunding webpage, the fact that the caffeine is administered gradually — the equivalent of one cup of coffee over four hours — rather than all at once through a speedily drunk cup, means that you get a more constant supply of caffeine, which helps eliminate crashes and jitters.

SEE ALSO: Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

The start-up chose to call their bracelet joule because a joule is a unit of energy, which the caffeine in the bracelets will provide. Also, they thought it “sounded cool.”

Since they are made of silicon, the bracelets are durable and don’t have to be replaced after each use. Instead, the company sells caffeine patches in batches of 30, which means that you can use a new one every day for a month.

If you enjoy your morning cup of Joe too much to eliminate it just yet, you can also use these bracelets to supplement your daily caffeine intake. It’s a lot easier than standing in line at a coffee shop! Plus, apparently the world may soon be experiencing a coffee shortage. You wouldn’t want to be unprepared!

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