The people have spoken: Breathometer, the smartphone breathalyzer designed to stop drunk driving, is almost here. With 19 days left to go, developer Charles Michael Yim has more than tripled his funding goal of $25,000 on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The product is expected to ship this summer, but Yim is not done raising money — he has a few new features in mind.
For the most part, drivers are getting distracted by smartphones, but developers of Breathometer wants to reverse this trend by using smartphones to prevent DUI incidents.
The Breathometer costs $20 and connects to your phone’s headphone jack. Just breath into the attachment and the mobile device connects to an accompanying app that reads your blood alcohol content (BAC) to warn you of potentially violating legal BAC levels. If you are dangerously intoxicated, the app encourages you to use alternative transportation by connecting you to local taxis and public buses.
Breathometer’s Indiegogo campagne has been extremely successful with nearly two thousand funders willing to use the device. Incentivizing drivers with insurance discounts also helps to encourage the use of breathalyzers. A recent survey by CarInsurance.com shows that 65% of drivers are willing to install breathalyzers in their vehicles in exchange for cheaper insurance rates. Read more