iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer – Powered by your iPhone

By | November 1, 2009

How do you know whether it’s safe to get behind the wheel of a car after a little dose of alcohol. If you have an iBreathalyzer, the answer is just a puff of air away. The iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer is a handy small device that you can plug into the base of an iPhone or an iPod. It features an LED screen, six simple buttons, and a flip-out tube. After activating the Breathalyzer function, you have to blow a steady stream of air into the tube and the device will give out a reading indicating the amount of alcohol in your blood. The device also has an FM transmitter as an added advantage.

The device does not send any data to your iPhone or iPod so you need not be concerned. The connection between the Breathalyzer and the iPod or the iPhone serves two purposes. First, it provides power to the iBreath analyzer and second, the transmitter function may be used to transmit power from your iPhone or iPod to a nearby radio.

The Breathalyzer estimates your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) by detecting and measuring the amount of ethanol vapor in your breath. There is a relationship between the amount of ethanol vapor in a person’s breath and that found in his blood. Since alcohol impairs your ability to think rationally and operate vehicles safely, national law says that driving with more than 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood is prohibited. The accepted ratio between breath alcohol and blood alcohol is around 2100:1.

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