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Friday, December 19, 2008


Posted by Alison Hallett on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 3:16 PM


If only I'd had one of these on that fateful night at Porky's in 2004...

Now the iPod can answer the question: Am iDrunk?

A new product called the iBreath turns Apple Inc.'s iPod into an alcohol breathalyzer.

The $79 accessory plugs into the base of the iPod and functions like a field sobriety test. The person using the iBreath exhales into a retractable "blow wand" and the internal sensor measures the blood-alcohol content. Within two seconds, it displays the results on an LED screen. A reading of 0.08 or above sets off an alarm, signaling a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit in all 50 states.

The subhead is sort of tragic: "The accessory's maker hopes the iPod's cool factor will overcome any stigma of being responsible and using a breathalyzer." Not to get all MADD about it, but after getting a DUII a few years ago, I'm hyper-aware of the fact that people drive drunk all the freaking time, and at least in some cases I think it's 'cause they aren't aware of how easy it is to put yourself over the legal limit. This li'l gadget could provide a reality check, if nothing else.

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