This Kickstarter Project Turns Your Phone Into a Breathalyzer
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This Kickstarter Project Turns Your Phone Into a Breathalyzer

It’s no secret how much we love new tech here at Brit HQ. Heck, y’all have heard about Re:Make, right?! We’re constantly demoing new apps and searching the web for the scoop on new releases. It’s pretty obvi, then, that we love Kickstarter. It’s been the the birthplace of some of very interesting projects — and the DrinkMate is the latest. It’s a breathalyzer that plugs into your phone, so you can monitor your intake and its effects throughout the night. Yes, we know, we’ve seen these types of breathalyzers before, from the Alcohoot to the BACtrack. There’s even a wearable for that. But DrinkMate is different.

It’s been trending for a while now, but bringing a breathalyzer to the party still earns you major points. They’re fun and they help you drink and travel more safely, so what’s not to be into? DrinkMate is inspired by earlier tech, but launches a whole new (mini) design. The Kickstarter campaign creators boast that it’s the tiniest (and lightest) breathlyzer in the world. But don’t let its size fool you, this baby packs power. By relying on a next-to-nil amount of your phone’s battery, DrinkMate is as small and light as a AA battery.

DrinkMate uses an advanced stability semiconductor-based sensor for its readings. The innovative air inlet can slow your breath down, enabling a greater range of breath speeds, while still guaranteeing results that are precise and repeatable. And we mean precise — to an accuracy of +/- .01% BAC, as verified by Lifeloc Technologies, the industry leader in breathalyzer tech and calibration. It does have a max BAC of .20%, but at that point you’re probs too drunk to use it properly anyway.

Plug DrinkMate into your Android’s micro-USB port, and it takes only a fraction of a second to display your BAC on the accompanying app.

Fund the Kickstarter now, and get your DrinkMate for only $25. Comparable tech is in the $100+ range, just to give you some perspective. Unfortunately for iPhone aficionados, the app is currently only available for Androids, but an iOS version will be in the works if the current Android campaign is successful.

The funding just started a few days ago and runs through September 24, with devices shipping in early December. Yep, that means right in time for the holidays.

Are you ready to back this baby or do you think the BYObreathalyzer trend is already passé? Let us know in the comments below!