A company named Breathometer has introduced the world’s first smartphone breathalyzer, that works with a dedicated mobile app and transforms any iPhone or Android phone into a breathalyser. The device, that will plug into a smartphone headphone jack, will be available this summer and consumers can start pre-ordering today for only $20.
According to the company’s survey regarding drinking and driving, 64 percent of respondents indicated that either they have driven while intoxicated or have been in a car with a driver under the influence. Breathometer plans to provide options beyond informing users of their impaired state and plans to connect to local transportation services to quickly connect with a cab or taxi.
“Breathometer wasn’t created just to address the risks associated with drinking and driving,” said Charles Michael Yim, Founder & CEO of Breathometer. “but to help people, their friends and family, all to make smart and safer choices when consuming alcohol. Real time BAC measurement is the first step.”
Breathometer will be FDA approved and is patent pending. It is ideal for anyone who enjoys even a casual drink, as just one drink can affect judgment or the ability to drive safely. The company will make Breathometer available in Summer 2013, anticipating that the affordable price combined with a quality equivalent to current consumer breathalyzers will encourage widespread use and help grow the market for such devices.
The company has also launched an Indiegogo campaign, featuring a variety of pledge levels from $20 (for a Breathometer device) up to $500 (for a lifetime upgrade of all Breathometer products). Details on the Indiegogo campaign can be found here.