The Breathometer A01 Smartphone Breathalyzer for IOS and Android is getting a mixed reception, according to reviews at Amazon.
The Breathometer is a device that attaches to a smart phone or tablet, and measures a user’s breath alcohol content. A free app processes this information. It got its start after seeking financing from crowd-funding sites.
It currently has more than 40 customer reviews at Amazon, but with an average rating of just three stars.
Here is a five-star review:
I couldn’t be happier! I have learned a great deal using this product with my iPhone 5 over the last couple of weeks. The results it has given me have even caused me to not drive on one occasion. It is small and compact, well built, and can easily be shared since you make no actual contact with it (simply exhale into the device from an inch or so away). While it’s great to get my BAC estimates, the best part of the product is the additional in app features it has. Once it gives my BAC, it also estimates how long it will take for me to get back to 0.00, stores my activity, and also has a call a cab feature that locates nearby cab companies for a safe alternative to driving home.
I highly recommend for those who consume purely based on the education it gave me. That, in addition to its cool factor, I will likely give as a gift to others in the future.
And a two-star review:
I have tried on several occasions to use this device. I tried using it after one drink, blew a .02. Then I had a second drink, blew a .02 again. Hmm… After three drinks, I blew a 0.09, then tried again quickly after and it gave me a .04. I followed the directions properly, I even had a friend try it for me. Same thing happened with him. Perhaps I’m doing something wrong, but the app on the iPhone is pretty straightforward, so I can’t imagine what.
It retails for $49.99, but you should find it cheaper at Amazon.
And check out a review at Mashable for a similar device, the Alcohoot. The summary:
Conversation-starter • Sleek design • Easily accessible.
An investment (more than $100) • Questionable utility • May require you to remove your phone from its case.
The Bottom Line
The Alcohoot was fun, intuitive and certainly enlightening for people interested in making the most of their own personal data.