Crowd-funded breathalyzer for smartphones predicts when you can legally drive again

Crowd-funded breathalyzer for smartphones predicts when you can legally drive again
Here's a nifty little accessory for smartphone users who like to imbibe. The Floome is a pocket-sized breathalyzer that works by plugging into the  headphone jack of your Apple iPhone, Android or Windows Phone flavored device. The Floome integrates with an app that can be downloaded from the appropriate applications store and uses the same technology that you will find in professional models.

Not only will the Floome display your blood alcohol level, it will also take your weight and gender into account and tell you what time your blood alcohol level should drop back to legal driving levels. The device will also remind you to retest yourself. According to the Indiegogo page for the device, the readings are within 10% of the readings obtained by the cops.

The Floome (not to be confused with the Flowbee hair cutting system) will be available in 5 colors if Italian company 2045Tech can get the funding that the company is looking for. The firm hopes to raise $135,000 by June 8th, but with only $7248 collected and just 9 days left, it doesn't look good. That's despite some positive words from the inventor of the accelerometer.

The device is expected to be priced at $80 if it goes on sale, but those who send in $65 will get a voucher for a black Floome although shipping will cost you $10. The product is supposedly going to ship in October. Bottom's up.





source: Floome via Tom'sHardware, WMPoweruser

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7 Comments

1. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

how can it accurately predict when your legal to drive again? Everybody's metabolism is different

3. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Probably through averages, it also probably uses technology the Police Force use for their breathalysers, but good point!

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Lung enriches your blood with oxygen also lungs ventilate alcohol. This device as all other such type devices measure alcohol concentration in your breath. Metabolism has nothing to do, quick metabolism may just help to get sober faster.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Also I suggest to not trust such not professional tool, it may get you into the trouble, such type professional tools cost big money and has better accuracy!

2. anupam.chopra

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Whats up with the accent

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This might prevent some drunk driving but mostly going to lead to alcoholism with people competing for highest blood alcohol level. I've seen many of breathalyzer machines taken out of bars for this same exact reason.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

With an $80 sell price, the technology of the breathalyzer is not going to be as accurate as what the police will use if you get pulled over. The Floome could give a false sense of not being drunk when in fact the user is drunk. In CA, a DUI is about a $10K experience (legal fees for defense, insurance surcharges, not being able to drive, and, and, and). That might explain the lack of funding interest.

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