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(Apple Insider)   Introducing Breathometer®, the world's first smart-phone breathalyzer. That blows   (appleinsider.com) divider line 29
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2013-03-13 08:05:46 PM
A little more than a decade ago, a local bar I used to spend some time at had the inspired idea of having onsite breathalyzers available to its patrons. The thinking was that people would use the breathalyzers to self-monitor their drinking and adjust their intake so that their chances of being arrested for a DUI would be drastically reduced. Or, if someone had actually consumed too much, they could verify that fact with a self-test and then either have someone drive them home or call a cab. What actually happened, of course, is that playing Breathalyzer became a favorite game of bar patrons, with whoever scored highest in any one match-up having his or her next round picked up by the loser. The program didn't last very long.

I suspect this will all unroll on a similar trajectory.
 
2013-03-13 08:19:48 PM
The guys at Apple must have been testing this when they were working on the maps program.
 
2013-03-13 08:26:18 PM
They've had 39.99 Breathlyzers for a long time now. But there's a reason that the ones that LEOs use, which hold up in court, cost hundreds of dollars compared to it.
 
2013-03-13 09:59:45 PM

Pocket Ninja: A little more than a decade ago, a local bar I used to spend some time at had the inspired idea of having onsite breathalyzers available to its patrons. The thinking was that people would use the breathalyzers to self-monitor their drinking and adjust their intake so that their chances of being arrested for a DUI would be drastically reduced. Or, if someone had actually consumed too much, they could verify that fact with a self-test and then either have someone drive them home or call a cab. What actually happened, of course, is that playing Breathalyzer became a favorite game of bar patrons, with whoever scored highest in any one match-up having his or her next round picked up by the loser. The program didn't last very long.

I suspect this will all unroll on a similar trajectory.


Why hello, Tucker Max.
 
2013-03-13 10:13:41 PM
iDranktoomuch
 
2013-03-13 10:14:05 PM
I would imagine there would also liability suits. 'The app said I was okay to drive...'
 
2013-03-13 10:19:20 PM
You might want to spend a few minutes on Google before putting out your "world's first" press release. For example:

http://www.smartphones-guru.com/2008/12/gadget-turns-ipod-iphone-int o. html
 
2013-03-13 10:19:42 PM
anything that gives people a reason to avoid driving after drinking is a good thing.

under the current system we rely on people to give reliable self-reports about their level of intoxication. this simply bypasses that flawed system.
 
2013-03-13 10:21:50 PM
expect a flood of people posting about their superhuman drinking abilities after getting this device. They'll brag about how they blew a 0.7 and were just fine, but fail to realize that they tested right after taking a shot.
 
2013-03-13 10:24:28 PM
How is this better than the $25 breathalyzer that I picked up off amazon a while back?
 
2013-03-13 10:27:53 PM

hardinparamedic: They've had 39.99 Breathlyzers for a long time now. But there's a reason that the ones that LEOs use, which hold up in court, cost hundreds of dollars compared to it.


Theyre hundreds of dollars because police depts will pay it because they get kickbacks from the manufacturers. And they arent admissible in court, its probable cause to arrest you and take you down to the station for the admissible breathalyzer or blood draw. The handheld units are generally considered crap weather theyre $50 or $500.
 
2013-03-13 10:28:11 PM
This app will be awesome if it prohibits access to facebook and other social media sites, as well as keeping you from sending a text message to anybody.
 
2013-03-13 10:29:46 PM

buzzcut73: This app will be awesome if it prohibits access to facebook and other social media sites, as well as keeping you from sending a text message to anybody.


Hmm. an interlock device for drunk dialing...

Are they looking for investors?
 
2013-03-13 10:30:16 PM
Who cares about all the other stuff..

Will it stop drunk dialing?
 
2013-03-13 10:34:25 PM

Cyno01: buzzcut73: This app will be awesome if it prohibits access to facebook and other social media sites, as well as keeping you from sending a text message to anybody.

Hmm. an interlock device for drunk dialing...

Are they looking for investors?


Mcavity: Who cares about all the other stuff..

Will it stop drunk dialing?


I've really considered patenting such a thing, but have no programming skills :(
That and I have no knowledge of the patent system.
 
2013-03-13 10:41:53 PM

jaylectricity: Pocket Ninja: A little more than a decade ago, a local bar I used to spend some time at had the inspired idea of having onsite breathalyzers available to its patrons. The thinking was that people would use the breathalyzers to self-monitor their drinking and adjust their intake so that their chances of being arrested for a DUI would be drastically reduced. Or, if someone had actually consumed too much, they could verify that fact with a self-test and then either have someone drive them home or call a cab. What actually happened, of course, is that playing Breathalyzer became a favorite game of bar patrons, with whoever scored highest in any one match-up having his or her next round picked up by the loser. The program didn't last very long.

I suspect this will all unroll on a similar trajectory.

Why hello, Tucker Max.


Yup.

Pocket Ninja, I am disappoint.
 
2013-03-13 10:46:14 PM

buzzcut73: This app will be awesome if it prohibits access to facebook and other social media sites, as well as keeping you from sending a text message to anybody.


I am guessing it will do just the opposite and make these updates automatically.
 
2013-03-13 10:53:51 PM
If an officer of the lou tries to convict you based on just a handheld unit? Educate the Judge on how the units can be flawed due to various environmental issues(hot, cold, moist, expired service life).
The officer will then state that you were slurring and staggering, but you may just get a quick slap and tickle instead of a major fine.
And if you were driving? Well reduced punishment from flawed evidence gathering(as in: there is this nice environmentally controlled unit at the station but the officer relied on only one short breath to convict.

/Breathalyzers only test for components of alcohol(fermentation) and if you burp, you will go over the limit easily, so those burped tests are to be thrown out.
//Acid reflux is also an automatic fail as those gases rise and you don't notice and you will be convicted on flawed evidence.
///ensure your Breathalyzer unit has numbers on it and not just pretty lights that are based on preprogrammed numbers of an unknown setting(your legal .04 may show as a yellow or red light which is a .06).
 
2013-03-13 11:14:48 PM

sheep snorter: If an officer of the lou tries to convict you based on just a handheld unit? Educate the Judge on how the units can be flawed due to various environmental issues(hot, cold, moist, expired service life).
The officer will then state that you were slurring and staggering, but you may just get a quick slap and tickle instead of a major fine.
And if you were driving? Well reduced punishment from flawed evidence gathering(as in: there is this nice environmentally controlled unit at the station but the officer relied on only one short breath to convict.

/Breathalyzers only test for components of alcohol(fermentation) and if you burp, you will go over the limit easily, so those burped tests are to be thrown out.
//Acid reflux is also an automatic fail as those gases rise and you don't notice and you will be convicted on flawed evidence.
///ensure your Breathalyzer unit has numbers on it and not just pretty lights that are based on preprogrammed numbers of an unknown setting(your legal .04 may show as a yellow or red light which is a .06).


Although I believe everything you are saying, I'm guessing that "educate the judge" doesn't actually work in real life.

/I'm interested in future smart-phone tests for diabetics where this breathalyzer is used to pick up keytones
 
2013-03-13 11:14:51 PM
someone is going to be thrilled when they vomit all over their phone.
 
2013-03-13 11:26:11 PM

KrispyKritter: someone is going to be thrilled when they vomit all over their phone.


My drinking age kids seem to lose their phone completely when drunk so covered in vomit will be a step up.
 
2013-03-13 11:34:20 PM
The next version will call the Police, send them your personal info and GPS location, dye your face orange, and launch flares.

But it's OK! IT"S ALL IN THE NAME OF SAFETY!
 
2013-03-13 11:45:53 PM
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Also get 20% of all your meals for prioritizing the protection of your regular meal spot during the night shift.
 
2013-03-13 11:49:01 PM
If I'm going to drive, I want to do it stone sober, so that I can appreciate the car's handling, the curves of the road and the shifting of gears properly. If I'm going to drink, I want to do it in a friendly, appropriate drinking place with free peanuts and comfy chairs, where I can stay until I am sober again or where my friends can take me home (if it is their turn.) Drinking is good. Driving is fun. To try and mix the two would be like trying to blend bacon and caramel. They're both good separately, but to blend them is to have a greasy, sticky mess that ruins both experiences.

So I have a kegerator, wine cellar and decently-stocked home bar in my house with comfy couches and enough spare beds for six friends to stay overnight, friends with a good grasp of the DD system and a willingness to stay sober and enjoy driving when it is not my turn to drink. I also have carefully-Scotchgarded upholstery in my car and my home, in case a friend has had a bit too much, and I've made the conscious decision to befriend a few police officers, who have had alcohol at my home and respect me as a responsible server of same.

You can be a more or less complete hedonist without being a dipshiat drunk-driver. It just takes planning and appreciation of one good thing at a time.
 
2013-03-14 12:11:53 AM
SpiderQueenDemon: If I'm going to drive, I want to do it stone sober, so that I can appreciate the car's handling, the curves of the road and the shifting of gears properly. If I'm going to drink, I want to do it in a friendly, appropriate drinking place with free peanuts and comfy chairs, where I can stay until I am sober again or where my friends can take me home (if it is their turn.) Drinking is good. Driving is fun. To try and mix the two would be like trying to blend bacon and caramel. They're both good separately, but to blend them is to have a greasy, sticky mess that ruins both experiences.

So I have a kegerator, wine cellar and decently-stocked home bar in my house with comfy couches and enough spare beds for six friends to stay overnight, friends with a good grasp of the DD system and a willingness to stay sober and enjoy driving when it is not my turn to drink. I also have carefully-Scotchgarded upholstery in my car and my home, in case a friend has had a bit too much, and I've made the conscious decision to befriend a few police officers, who have had alcohol at my home and respect me as a responsible server of same.

You can be a more or less complete hedonist without being a dipshiat drunk-driver. It just takes planning and appreciation of one good thing at a time.


Shhhhh! You had me at Scotchguard...
 
2013-03-14 02:15:45 AM
naw if they cun jest make one fer keybroads, to stopp drunk postng.
 
2013-03-14 06:25:40 AM

gregscott: naw if they cun jest make one fer keybroads, to stopp drunk postng.


It really wouldn't be hard to adapt one of those "cat on keyboard" programs. whose resume function requires a level of coordination and real time typing of displayed phrases that would be excessively tricky plastered.
 
2013-03-14 07:03:18 AM
Because you have to drink to drown the shame of owning an iPhone?
 
2013-03-14 03:08:05 PM

december: anything that gives people a reason to avoid driving after drinking is a good thing.

under the current system we rely on people to give reliable self-reports about their level of intoxication. this simply bypasses that flawed system.


Is this supposed to be irony?

You do realize that BAC as a measure of "drunkeness" in the lower levels <.1 (ability to drive) is completely arbitrary, right?
 
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