Alcohol breathalyzers are the favorite tool of peace officers stalking the highways and byways in search of drunk drivers. Yet, to really prevent auto accidents and save lives it’s best that the buzzed don’t get behind the wheel in the first place. Most responsible folks drink in moderation, essentially estimating their blood alcohol content and trying to stay below that. They use rules of thumbs like “one beer an hour,” but what if you’re drinking imperial pints of high gravity IPAs?
To put all the guessing to rest, a new smartphone-based breathalyzer is coming to market that promises to keep you aware of your real intoxication. The Alcohoot plugs into the audio jack of your Android or iOS device, and used pretty much just like traditional alcohol breath testing devices. The readings show up on your smartphone or tablet, and the accompanying app can even point you to the nearest 24 hour taqueria or help you call for a taxi. It does seem best to program smart features into an app that’s designed for use when your mental acuity is somewhere below prime.
Here’s a promo video for the product that’s expected to be available for shipping in September of this year:
Product page: Alcohoot…