In Time for Holidays, an iPod Breathalyzer

iBreath taps into growing industry around excessive boozing
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2008 5:18 PM CST
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(Newser) – A new accessory for the iPod aims to cut down on drunk driving, the Los Angeles Times reports. No, not an app that lists lawyers, or one that calls a cab—a breathalyzer. The iBreath plugs into the iPod and, in 5 seconds, gives a blood-alcohol reading. The creator said the device was partly aimed at teens. “They don’t listen to their parents,” he said, “but they listen to their iPods.”

Of course, it wouldn’t work without an incentive, and the iBreath also has a built-in FM transmitter. “We figured, OK, if it's only a breathalyzer, the chances are this thing is coming off the iPod and sitting in the drawer,” the creator said. Opponents question the device’s accuracy and think it provides “a false sense of security.”