By August 9, 2009

iBreath: the iPhone Breathalyzer


Another fine example of iPhone peripheral ingenuity over at Cnet. This, must have, will help you work out if you have drunk over one pint at the pub. Or if you were plastered the night before and what time you can get in your car in the morning.

Innovation in the App Store has been rampant, but worthwhile development in third-party devices (save a few battery backups/boosters) has been sparse. iBreath, a Breathalyzer and FM Transmitter for the iPod (and unofficially for the iPhone), is a new and notable exception

The device, sold by David Steele Enterprises, is priced at $79. Originally circa 2006 the device sold with the FM Transmitter and in two colors for about $50. The latest iteration of the device has evolved to be bit more modern with better controls for the FM Transmitter. It’s compact and fits on the bottom of an iPod and displays the "Made for iPod" logo. While the device is attached, you can transmit your music via FM transmitter to your car stereo or other FM receiver.

The iBreath is charged by your iPod battery and lets you perform your own breath test to determine whether or not you can safely drive home after drinking. You simply grab your iPod with the attached iBreath and fold out the "blow wand" and exhale into it for a minimum of five seconds. Within two seconds after the test, the device will display the results of your breath test. Accordingly you’ll know your blood alcohol content (BAC) level within the range of 0.0000 – 0.100% and whether or not you are at the legal limit restricting your ability to drive. Laws vary from state to state, so you’ll have to consult local laws to determine your BAC limits. Texas’ limit, for example, is .08%. A built in timer can be used to remind you to test yourself again within one minute to up to eight hours.

According to the vendors website:

"Hollywood’s A-listers have been among the first to purchase the newly available gadget to insure that their mug shot is not the next one to grace the tabloids and news reports. Not only can this cool gizmo save you from career-ending embarrassment, it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in legal fees and jail time."

The readings from the device would not stand up in court, so use it with caution. A real Intoxilyzer 1000 or 5000, used in law enforcement, is calibrated frequently throughout its lifetime. Use of this device will provide a ballbark BAC, but cannot be relied upon for exact accuracy.

The other point we should make: with an iPhone in your hand you have a variety of apps (many of them are free) that can help you locate Taxi services. Our favorites include YPMobile (iTunes link) and AroundMe (iTunes link).

We’d like to remind you that always using a designated driver after drinking alcohol is a good idea and pleaseDon’t Drink and Drive!

[from Cnet]

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