Honestly Officer My SmartPhone App Told Me Not To Drive And Get A Taxi!
Just when you thought your smartphone had an app for everything, someone just has to surprise you. Alcohoot have created the world’s first smartphone breathalyser app. We’ve all been in that situation before – just popped out for one drink, but you’re having such a good time, and you end up having a couple. You’re unsure whether you can legally drive or not and this is where Alcohoot comes in. You simply plug a device into your smartphone and it will then read your blood alcohol concentration, thus informing you whether or not you are over the legal limit.
Breathalyzers are something that consumers have sought for many years and there are even a number of bars and clubs that employ their own in-house machines, but surely nothing can be any easier than having a device connected to your smartphone. The founder of the app has speculated that a standard breathalyser could cost as much as AUS$1,000 whereas this app will be available for US$75, so a hefty saving. The app will be released to the general public in September 2013.
The app uses the exact same technology as that found in law enforcement breathalysers, referred to as “platinum grade fuel cell sensors”. It also encompasses an air pressure sensor to ensure that the readings given are as reliable and accurate as possible
Track Your Readings Throughout the Night
The app will track your readings throughout the night and will indicate whether your alcohol level has decreased to a safe driving level. This is actually a brilliant idea in general, as it will get you used to understanding exactly how your body typically reacts to alcohol.
Get Me Something to Eat and Call Me a Taxi
An ingenious idea – the Alcohoot app can help you to order a taxi or find a local restaurant (to help you soak up some of that alcohol). There’s is nothing worse than being in an area that you’re not particularly familiar with, knowing that you may be over the limit, but letting temptation take over and driving home… don’t do it – and with this feature you won’t have to!
Calibration Service that has Thought of Everything
Alcohoot will always notify users when it requires calibration. They will send you a calibrated version of the Alcohoot and a prepaid label to return your current device. That’s it, nothing else to it. You have the ability to order calibration online or directly through the app itself.
As mentioned, Alcohoot will be available from September 2013, but you can pre-order. It will be compatible with Android devices, as well as iPhone and iPad. For those of you who use a Windows phone, although there won’t be anything available immediately, plans are being made for the near future. The Alcohoot device/app is also available for international shipping. Finally the device can currently handle up to 150 tests on a fully charged battery, although you will receive a notification informing you when the battery is running low.
Nancy Baker is a freelance blogger who writes for an established firm of criminal defense and traffic lawyers. During her time off from work, she likes to read a good book and spend time with her family. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.