A breathalyzer makes a very practical and desirable Christmas gift. The newest work with smartphones. Here are a couple of suggestions:
* The Alcohoot personal breathalyzer is another in the new wave of alcohol monitors that work with smartphones. According to a review at the Android Guys website.
The Alcohoot was pretty accurate for such a small device, but more importantly it was consistent. The Alcohoot almost always gave readings within a few points of the more expensive, professional unit. For example, a friend blew a 0.023 on the police unit, then seconds later blew a 0.030 on the Alcohoot. While the Alcohoot read higher, it always gave a consistently higher reading. It never gave a higher reading than the professional unit, then a lower reading the next go around. This consistency is one of the best parts of the Alcohoot.
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* For the drunk on the move comes the new BACtrack Vio keychain breathalyzer. Like just about everything else these days, it comes with Bluetooth connectivity and its own app thaty allows you to process alcohol readings on your computer or mobile device.
A lengthy article in Fast Company describes the Vio:
Inside the Vio breathalyzer is a sensor attached to a circuit board that measures the change in resistance, based on the number of alcohol particles that hit the sensor when the user blows. About half the size of BACtrack Mobile, the new Vio model uses a fold-out channel the user blows through (with the option to use a mouthpiece accessory) and is powered by a AAA battery. The battery door was flimsy in the early media unit I received, but the company says it addressed the design flaw by mass production time.
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