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.
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.
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.