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Breathometer and iPhone Give You the First Smartphone Breathalyzer

It wasn’t until just recently that owning an iPhone got really, really exciting thanks to an impressive variety of apps and accessories that are actually making life easier for users. Take for instance, the following iPhone 5 accessory. It might actually save you a DUI charge.

This is the kind of device and app that can easily save a life, money and time away from jail. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that one out of every three people will be involved in a car crash caused by alcohol intoxication in their lifetime. So, if you’ve got friends that commonly drink and drive, paying $50 for a Breathometer is much cheaper and less traumatic than a DUI charge.

Breathometer is an iPhone accessory that will keep you and others safe, well, if you’re using it. Developers say the Breathometer is the “world’s first smartphone breathalyzer” and it is the kind of device you need “to help you drink responsibly and make safer decisions”. Basically, you can test the alcohol concentration in your blood by simply blowing into the device.

“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” explained developer Michael Yim. “Real-time BAC measurements is the first step” he added.

Breathometer isn’t the first consumer breathalyzer on the market, but it is one of the easiest to carry around. It fits in your pockets just as easy as it fits in a bag or purse and you can even put it on a keychain. It uses the headphone jack on iPhone to connect to your device and launch the app that registers and then displays the data.

If you’re drunker than the legal limit, the display will turn red or green if you’re OK to go. The app will keep a record of the alcohol level in your blood “so you can be sure to allow for the proper amount of time to pass before you think about getting behind the wheel”.

The device+app are currently available in pre-order and shipping is expected to start this summer. It runs on iPhone, iPod running iOS 5 and above and Android devices running OS 2.3 or more recent.

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