According to the stats, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime and one person will die in a drunk driving accident every 48 minutes. Unfortunately, most of us don’t even know how drunk we are until one of our friends takes our keys away from us. And because blacking out and drunk dialing your mother still isn’t enough of an indicator of how drunk you are, there are products like Alcahoot, the world’s first alcohol breathalyzer that works with your smartphone.
The Israeli based startup’s breathalyzer connects to your iPhone via bluetooth and opens up the Alcahoot app automatically so you can get an instant and accurate reading of your blood alcohol level. And because everybody metabolizes alcohol according their own body dimensions, the app gives personalized results based on age, gender, weight and height.
Based on the final results and your GPS location, the app will suggest a few different options, like calling a cab, getting a bite at a local restaurant, or calling your friends. It can even blast out your information to your Twitter and Facebook so the whole world can know you are lost outside of some club and wasted. Everyone knows that only time can really sober you up.
The Alcahoot is a unique device, in theory. Are people who get overly smashed actually going whip out the breathalyzer to see if they are alright to drive? Most of the time these people don’t even remember going home, so no, they probably won’t. However, I could see many people, like myself, who have possibly only had a few glasses wine or beer at dinner, check my BAC before I jump in the car to head home – especially if there are going to be passengers.
I don’t want to risk getting a DUI and I definitely don’t want to put anyone’s life in danger. Contrary to popular belief, there are responsible people in the world.
The device will also tell you when you have reached a certain blood alcohol level that is safe to drive, according to your local laws. You can also put the Alcohoot on “tired mode” so that an alarm will go off every 30 minutes so you don’t fall asleep at the wheel. For most people that abhor drunk drivers, you could only hope that some of these schmendricks (Yiddish for a stupid person) would use this device.
The Alcahoot is still in prototype phase, and there is no word on an official release date, but when it does get released it will have a very attractive price point of around $100. And I can only assume they’ll have a corner on the college student novelty market in no time – for kids who want to check their stats, just for kicks. You could only hope that they’ll use the Alcohoot for the benefit of mankind, but for the meantime we’ll thank the product itself for that.