15
Apr
2013-04-15_19-12-06

Don't drink and drive. Ever. Now that we've got that out of the way, Breathometer, the smartphone-powered breathalyzer, has reached its Indiegogo goal about six times over. What does that mean for you? Cheap BAC tests for everyone! The $20 device aims to make it inexpensive and easy to know when you're too intoxicated to drive. This will, naturally, replace the more commonplace test of "Have I had any alcohol? Yes? Okay, then I shouldn't drive."

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The keychain-sized device plugs in to your smartphone's 3.5mm headphone jack, so it's almost universally compatible with every smartphone on the market. It will also support Android devices 2.3 and up. The interface is as simple as getting booed off stage at the Apollo: all you have to do is blow. Your blood-alcohol level will then show up on the screen.

The group behind the Breathometer say they want to "create a sleek product that blends seamlessly into your everyday life." Of course, if you need a blood alcohol test as part of your "everyday life," it's possible that a $20 accessory will not solve your problems. However, the price is low enough that even if it's used for little more than a novelty, you're not wasting too much cash to pick one up.

As yet another reminder, however: do not drink and drive. And, regardless of how accurate this device may be or how cool it may be that you can get one, please never, ever, ever drive after getting intoxicated solely because a number on your smartphone said it's okay. If you drink, get alternative transportation. It's that simple.

Source: Indiegogo

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Moonrakerone Jean-Luc Tendler

    If you feel you need to test, don't drive. :|

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      This. As chris said below, it's likely that some people don't realize how easy it is to get to the legal point of intoxication, so for that reason I'd be happy to see a lot of these on the street (may even pick one up myself). However, IMHO, they should never seriously be used to verify that "I'm good to drive."

      • Eric Jones

        Hopefully, more often than not, these devices will be saying people are NOT good to drive. Too many people say they are fine when they probably aren't.

    • Jason Lock

      True, but certainly in France it's a legal requirement to have such a device in the vehicle at all times. Something like this would be a good solution.

      (Legal requirement even for someone who doesn't drink ever, like me /:)

      • Matthew Fry

        Really? Legal requirement? Wow. It's probably a good thing but, wow.

        • Johan Vestlin-Kajne

          Funny thing is that you need one in your car, so you can't use it 'cause then you're breaking the law again..haha..

      • Dan

        LMAO @ France

        again

  • chris

    I think a lot of people would be surprised how quickly they are over the limit

    • Matthew Fry

      I, on the other hand, am surprised at how tipsy I can become and still be under the limit :-P That is to say, I feel like I'm affected before I reach the limit. I usually use my own brain as a breathalizer. I'm apparently pretty paranoid as I've checked on a breathalizer before and I was much lower than I expected.

  • sam danna

    I hope it supports openfeint. I think I can make the leaderboard of this game. S/ really just kidding. Don't lynch me.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Go Babel yourself.

  • umataro42

    I could see this being a fun party trick if you're sitting around the house drinking with friends. But yeah, if you feel the need to check, then don't drive.

  • Sootie

    I can see this turning into a messy and fun (or dangerous) drinking game. Already happens in Aus where we have brethalizers in pubs for the same reason

  • Kenneth Porter

    Finally! No more DUI's for this guy!!! (Does Harlem Shake)

  • fixxmyhead

    I'm actually a better driver when I'm buzzed cuz I'm more alert and aware cuz I don't want to get pulled over by the cops. Buzzed not drunk I know my limits

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      Hahahaha... you forgot to use the /s tag.

      Right?

      Please tell me that was a joke.

      • fixxmyhead

        Nope but I always look for stop signs and always look out ahead just to be safe cuz I gotta be extra aware. I don't do very often though

        • Marc Edwards

          a bit like the logic of "if all airbags were replaced by large spikes everyone would be a far better driver".

          just in a bad way.

  • Slighter

    might help make a decision if you're on the bubble to switch to water, but stay away from the one the officers offer

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      When do officers offer you water?

      • Slighter

        let me get the crayons out and draw you a map

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    Should I be disturbed that my Audi keyfob is used in the second pic? What are they trying to say?

  • http://twitter.com/zk0sn1 Nee Austin

    You can already buy cheap breathalyzers that don't require a smart phone to display the result.

    I'd only be impressed if they were to legally guarantee the accuracy of their model. (won't happen)

  • Franky

    Can it be connected to automaticly post the result on twitter?
    :P

  • RevolveR

    This gadget is a waste of money. The only devices anyone should be using are those that the police use and those cost in the thousands. Other devices are simply not accurate and reliable enough to be used. I don't see the point of buying this as the only thing it would do is tell if I drank or not. It won't tell me accurately how intoxicated I am and that is the whole purpose of a device like this. This is worse than a watch that tells you if it is day or night but doesn't tell you the time.

  • someone755

    As if the <$5 ones at the post office aren't enough for laughs. No, kids. Take 20 dollars so you can drag a big pile of nothing that you'd actually use around all while connected to your phone.

  • johnny

    has an internal limit of .20

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