December 6, 2005
A while ago, we told you about the Alcohawk Micro-Digital, a keychain breathalyzer designed to fit in your purse or pocket. There was some discussion after we posted our original story about whether getting breathalyzers was a good idea...some readers thought they would simply convince people to drink more, competing for the highest "score" for blood alcohol content. We like to think people will use them for more noble causes, like convincing friends not to drink and drive, but we can see how both might happen.
We've finally gotten our hands on a few more Alcohawk models, so we can do a full review of some individual breathalyzers and let you know about the features and options of each. The models we've got are the Alcohawk ABI, Precision and Elite models, and you can expect to see reviews up ASAP. As soon as we're done with our breathalyzer races.
October 27, 2005
Apparently cell phone maker LG has introduced a breathalyzer cell phone in Korea, which is flying off the shelves, and it sounds like a pretty sweet packags. Beyond the breathalyzer function, these cell phones include "an advanced remote control for your TV, DVD and karaoke machine, etc." Lucky Koreans.
Not that we have a lot of electronics we need a remote for...or ever sing karaoke...but we can barely get our cell phones to stay connected through an entire call, much less do anything extra. Here's what the article we found had to say about the LG breathalyzer cell phone and its usefulness.
Having an alcohol measurement device attached to something like a cell phone is nothing but brilliant, especially among younger crowds who regularly drink after work or school and like to party. To use the sensor an intoxicated individual simply opens the phone and blows on the sensor, the LCD will tell you whether your level of alcohol in your blood is safe to drive.
We're not sure how sensitive or accurate the sensor in a cell phone might be...or what a sports car phone is... but think of the other possibilities. Making sure you're OK to drive isn't the only application...locking your cell phone so you can't drunk dial is another. Actually, that's the most important thing we can think of. We'd really like you to stop drunk dialing us late at night. We need our beauty sleep.
Read the full article at MobileMag.
September 29, 2005
As strange as it sounds, it can be tough to find someone willing to be the designated driver. Sure, at the beginning of the night, it's easy vow that you'll sit around and drink soda while your friends get progressively plowed, but when push comes to shove not everyone has the willpower.
"C'mon, I'm fine to drive." You've heard it before, and maybe you've even said it, when the blood alcohol told a different story. Yeah, you feel fine to drive, but are you legal? The last thing you need is to see those blue lights spinning in your rear view. At the end of the night it's important to be safe, and now you can let people prove they're sober (or prove it to yourself) before getting behind the wheel.
We found the Alcohawk keychain breathalyzer at Amazon for just such a situation. Get your own Alcohawk keychain breathalyzerand always have a blood alcohol tester nearby when you're deciding whether a cab is in order.