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Virgin Media has jumped aboard the wearables bandwagon and launched a wristband that monitors when you doze off in front of the telly. While you catch some z's, it'll set the TiVo box recording so you don't miss out.

It can also pause it when you fall asleep, and start it playing again when you wake up.

It could also monitor your vital signs to see how you react to what's on screen. If 'TOWIE' makes your blood boil, and 'Strictly' sets your pulse going, it'll know and tell your TiVo box which will learn which programmes provoke the strongest reactions.

The KipstR was designed by two teenagers: Ryan Oliver, 15, and Jonathan Kingsley, 14. Both are students at Manchester Creative Studio. It's part of Virgin Media's Switched on Futures initiative.

It was 3D printed, and features a pulse-oximeter to sense if you've dozed off.

"We jumped at the chance to work with the Virgin Media team on this project, it was a brilliant challenge for us but we've learnt so much and are really pleased with the end result," said Oliver.

Kingsley added: "We have really enjoyed working alongside the innovation team at Virgin Media. It's given us a taster for what we would like to do when we leave school. We're excited to see what the next project with Virgin Media will bring."

Virgin Media will trial the device this Christmas.

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