Share Your Blood Alcohol Level With This Breathalyzer That Plugs Into Your Phone

Drinking, texting, and driving were a cocktail recipe for disaster until someone figured out how to plug a breathalyzer into a smartphone. If it reaches its $135,000 funding goal on Indiegogo by June 8, the Floome breathalyzer promises "professional-grade accuracy" and a "sleek Italian design."

Drinking, texting, and driving were a cocktail recipe for disaster until someone figured out how to plug a breathalyzer into a smartphone.

If it reaches its $135,000 funding goal on Indiegogo by June 8, the Floome breathalyzer promises “professional-grade accuracy” and a “sleek Italian design.”

Drivers will be able to breathe into the portable device to find out how long they will have to wait until they can drive (or at least take the test again) based on their height, weight, and gender.

Venice-based startup 2045Tech built the Floome with a patent-pending breath sampling technology called a vortex whistle and the same fuel cell sensors that police officers use in sobriety tests. It plugs into any iPhone, Android, or Windows smartphone through a standard headphone jack.

The accompanying app offers tips on how to get a cab and an alarm for reminding drivers who were over the legal limit the first time they checked when it’s time for them take the test again. Drivers can also use the app to warn their friends about how drunk they are by sending them photos and graphs of their results.

The Floome creators say they need the funding to produce the first batch of breathalyzers and to support the certification requirements. To pre-order or make a donation, visit their campaign page here.