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Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 05:51 am PT (08:51 am ET)

Breathometer combines breathalyzer with Apple's iPhone

Breathometer, Inc. today kicked off the crowdfunding campaign for the Breathometer, an accessory that plugs into Apple's iPhone and lets users know if they or someone else has had one too many to drink.



The Breathometer, which is the size of a typical car key, plugs into the headphone jack of a smartphone and, in combination with a mobile app, measures a user's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when they breath into it. The device fits into a user's pocket or attaches to a keychain, making it easily portable for regular use.

The Breathometer app will also allow users to track their activity in order to ensure their BAC is going down. Also, it will track past results in order to allow for the proper amount of time before getting behind the wheel. The Breathometer will get additional features as time goes on, including the option to call a cab by pushing a button.

"Breathometer wasn’t created just to address the risks associated with drinking and driving, but to help people, their friends and family, all to make smart and safer choices when consuming alcohol," said Charles Michael Yim, Breathometer's founder and CEO. "Real time BAC measurement is the first step."

In addition to an iPhone application available on Apple's App Store, Breathometer will also be compatible with Android devices via corresponding Google Play software. The accessory is expected by the company to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it is patent pending.

Breathometer, Inc., has launched an Indiegogo campaign for the device, with 32 days left in its funding. Supporters donating $20 or above will get a Breathometer unit at the latest by January 2014, with delivery time improving as the donation scales up. The device is scheduled to begin shipping in the summer of 2013.