Breathometer, a California start-up, has developed a smartphone blood-alcohol tester. It is a small device, similar to the latest new trend of credit card swipers, that plugs into a smartphone’s headphone jack and works with an application that you would download that runs the device.
The company launched a campaign in hopes of raising money to produce and market the device. They are also allowing anyone interested to order it. Pledge levels have ranged from $20 for a Breathometer device to $500 for a lifetime upgrade to all Breathometer products.
The device will work with all iPhone and Android smartphones. In addition, to informing all users that they could be too impaired to drive, the smartphone app will also include information on local transportation such as cab/taxi companies. The company is currently seeking FDA approval for the Breathometer, with a patent pending. They hope to make the product available to the public by the summer.
There are also other products on the market currently, some of which sell for as little as $30 and can fit onto your keychain. Non-electronic crystal-based breath analyzers are available for less than $3.
We strongly recommend that if you want to be truly safe, it is best not to drink and drive at all.
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