Breathometer claims to be the first smartphone breathalyzer (more on that below), which is a device that estimates the alcohol level in your blood by looking at its concentration in your breath. As you can see, this is a rather small device that you could leave in your car, or take with you in your pocket, and it is clearly much smaller than typical stand-alone devices that I have seen before. Of course, the device is meant to be used with an associated app that receives the data by the audio port, and interprets it for you.

The idea of a portable and affordable breathalyzer isn’t really new, and we’ve seen a Breathalyzer Watch, a Breathalyzer GPS or even cell-phone based versions from LG, and many other designs. The creators of Breathometer have worked with to compile data about drinking and driving. According to their research, 64% of respondents have driven while being intoxicated, or driven around by someone who was.

Breathometer works on Android and iOS, and can do a little more than telling you that you may want to avoid driving: it can also search for an alternative such as taxis or public transportations. The company is seeking funding through Indiegogo with pledges starting at $20. Is this something that you would use?

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