Breathalyzer For Your iPhone
March 15, 2013

Breathalyzer For Your iPhone

It’s happened to anyone who likes to imbibe in a touch of the bubbly. You’re out with a few friends, responsibly enjoying a delicious adult beverage or three, and when the time comes to head home, you’re not sure if you’re legally allowed to drive.

Sure, you feel fine, but if something were to happen on your way home, would the cops hit you with a DUI?

Pocket breathalyzers have been on the market for some time now, giving drivers the information they need when deciding if they should drive home.

The Breathometer, on the other hand, is the first pocket breathalyzer that works with Android and iPhone. This handy little device is keychain-able and connects to your smartphone’s headphone jack. Simply plug into the jack, launch the app, tap a button and start blowing. The app will then display your Blood Alcohol Level (or BAC) and let you know if you’re currently over or under the legal limit. The company also says they plan to build in a feature where users can call a cab with the push of a button in case they are unable to drive.

“Breathometer wasn’t created just to address the risks associated with drinking and driving, but to help people, their friends and family, all to make smart and safer choices when consuming alcohol,” says Breathometer’s founder and CEO.

“Real time BAC measurement is the first step.” The Breathometer exists only as an Indiegogo campaign right now and is about $7,000 shy of their $25,000 goal. The campaign will be officially over on April 13, 2013.

You can get in on the ground floor of Breathometer for just $25. A contribution at this level will earn you a Breathometer device, but it won’t arrive until January 2014. For $25 more, your Breathometer will arrive a few months sooner, around November 2013.

Contributions at the $75 level gives you a choice in colors for your Breathometer, in case plain black is plain boring. Buyers will have the choice between black, blue, pink or white. These colorful, $75 pocket breathalyzers will arrive even earlier, around September 2013.

If you’ve got $100 burning a hole in your pocket, you can get yourself a colorful Breathometer which will arrive as soon as this July. You’ll also get a T-shirt letting everyone know just how responsible you are.

Donors at the $250 and $500 level will also get their colorful devices as soon as July and tickets to meet Mr. Yim at an exclusive LMFAO concert in San Francisco, because nothing says drinking responsibly like a band called “LMFAO.”

Other pocket breathalyzers run between $15 and $30, though the company has not yet said how much these things will cost once they begin selling them to the public.

As is the custom of today’s Internet culture, the comment feeds on stories about the Breathometer are filled with plenty of snarky cynicism and attitude. Suffice to say there’s a point one reaches when they’re drinking where a breathalyzer becomes unnecessary; it’s clear that you have no business driving home. However, there’s also something to be said for having the information for yourself and being extra careful. Without a gamut of tests, we don’t know if this is an acceptable alternative to a full blown, police issued breathalyzer, but for $25, it at least gives you an idea of your BAC. Again, if you have a pretty good idea about your BAC, then hand over the keys. But information is something we should all have access to, and this device makes that information pretty easy to come by.

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