Smartphone accessory and app will help drivers make responsible decisions.
When iPhones were created, we never thought that they would save us from a DUI or possibly even save our lives. But Alcohoot, a smartphone accessory and app, looks to do just that by being the first iPhone law enforcement-grade breathalyzer.
Unveiled at the annual Kairos Society summit, a meeting of like-minded young, socially conscious entrepreneurs, the product is a bluetooth device that plugs into the phone’s audio jack. When you test your breath, the app automatically opens to read your blood alcohol content based on using information you’ve entered such as height, weight and gender.
The best part about the app is the sleek interface and social integration. You can post to Twitter and Facebook, and while we hope it is not to boast how much you’ve had to drink, it will encourage more sobriety awareness, which is needed in a nation where there are more than 10,000 drunk-driving related deaths a year.
Alcohoot is helpful because it not only tells you how much you’ve had to drink, but also gives alternatives to driving. The company uses GPS to find local cab companies and hopes to partner with car service sites such as Uber, to provide discounted rides home. It is also has a phone-a-friend option or lists nearby restaurants should you decide that you need to wait before you drive.
Currently, Alcohoot is a prototype and still in the product development stage, but the company hopes to release it soon with a relatively low price point of $99.
See Alcohoot explained in the video below: