Breathometer is the world’s first smartphone breathalyzer. The device plugs into your smartphone and measures your blood alcohol concentration when you breathe into it. Unlike other breathalyzers, Breathometer fits easily into your pocket or pocket or on your keyring.
The device works with iPhones and Android devices. And the app makes it easy for you to connect to local transportation if you are impaired. The device will be available via Breathometer.com, the Apple iTunes App Store, and Google Play.
Breathometer is currently awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration, and the company has applied for patents. It will be available this summer for $20.
Breathometer and SodaHead.com conducted a survey and found that 64 percent of respondents indicated they have either driven while intoxicated or been in a car with a driver under the influence. About 67 percent of respondents know someone who has been involved in an accident involving someone under the influence. And 80 percent of respondents know someone who has been arrested for driving under the influence.
“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 is the first step,” said Charles Michael Yim, founder and chief executive of Breathometer.
“Breathometer is as much for a parent as it is for someone who ‘parties.’ Both want an easier way to be smart and safe — for themselves, as well as the people they care about,” Yim said.