College students have created a "smart pacifier"

“Binkys” are about to be more useful that to just calm a child.

Some Texas A&M students are out with a high-tech pacifier that checks whether a child is dehydrated. Four students created the pacifier that measures the dehydration level in the baby's saliva.

The "Dehydratect" pacifier was introduced during annual Aggies Invent competition at SXSW and the design team won a $5000 first prize. The sensor is inside a stuffed animal now, but the students plan on making the device smaller and even creating an app for parents to monitor their child.

A patent for the device is pending. 

 
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