Breathometer iOS dongle reads how drunk you are

By , Mar 13, 2013

Breathometer, Inc. today launched “the world’s first smartphone breathalyzer,” an Indiegogo project. It’s tiny enought to fit into your pocket and connects to your iPhone or iPad running iOS 5 or above or Android 4.x device via the audio jack. Just blow into the dongle and it will take real-time alcohol readings so you could check out just how drunk (or sober) you are, handy for determining whether you should drive or not. It’s available for pre-order now and is scheduled to begin shipping in the summer of 2013…

According to the project’s Indiegogo description, the accessory works in tandem with a free iOS or Android app which takes readings of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) detected in your breath.

Breathometer founder and CEO Charles Michael Yim says 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.”

Real time BAC measurement, he says, is just the first step.

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The page reads:

Breathometer securely tracks your activity to make sure your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is heading in the right direction.

It tracks your past results so you can be sure to allow for the proper amount of time to pass before you think about getting behind the wheel.

By providing an overview of your past readings, the app allows users to better plan their drinking activities. The team will add new features in the future, including a useful option to call a cab from within the app.

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The company has submitted the Breathometer dongle for approval to the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Early adopters who supported the project on Indiegogo with at least $20 will get their Breathometer at the latest by January 2014.

Those pledging from $50 to $500 will get their unit by summer and will also receive bonus gifts.

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  • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

    and than you may post your blood alcohol level to facebook and twitter…

    • jjsoulry

      Yes … but you probably post a random number! This kind of device are absolutely not RELIABLE! Awful!!!

      • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

        i know but imagine the fun when they post their level togehter with a foto in their car and GPS Position :-)

      • jjsoulry

        bah…you think!

    • Guest

      “The Alcohol Level in my Blood is 2.3 Promille. How high is yours? Find out by using #Breathometer!”

  • Bob

    How does it work?

    How does the square card payment thing work.

    How is this information passed through the headphone jack?

    • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

      The Same way as Apple uses the headphone Jack to sync the iPod shuffle, there is an API for that

      • Bob

        That’s awesome, didn’t know that, thanks! :)

      • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

        That was a different headphone jack!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    thats cool as hell

  • himynameisBLiNK

    nah, i’ll take my chances with law enforcement like the good old days

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    While I doubt this is completely accurate, it is still worth the buy as a party conversation. It will probably give a “ballpark” reading.

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    So fucking lame… honestly who’s gonna be the tool popping a Breathalyzer in the middle of the bar? And i bet that your date won’t blowing a fucking toy on the first date. its just pathetic marketing and not a bad product.