Drunk Driving and The Pre-History of Breathalyzers

Drunk driving combines two of America's favorite pastimes: getting absolutely hammered and driving an automobile. But before the invention of the modern breathalyzer in the 1950s, determining if someone was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle was incredibly subjective. It took decades for law enforcement… »9/25/15 5:45pm9/25/15 5:45pm


​You're Not Paranoid, A Pot-Detecting Breathalyzer Is Coming

Driving while stoned isn't just stupid, it's also against the law. And in the four states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use, there's a growing concern that loaded drivers running to 7-11 for another pint of Americone Dream is becoming an issue. Enter the weed-detecting breathalyzer.
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20 Fun Facts About the Way We Drink, As Told By a Breathalyzer

Do you remember that handy little breathalyzer we reviewed last year that synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth? The BACtrack Mobile, as it's called, turns out to not just be a means of trying to outdo (or under-do) your friends' drunkenness, but it's also been gathering a whole lot of anonymous data over the last… »6/13/14 5:00pm6/13/14 5:00pm

DuiPhone Breathalyzer Hack for the iPhone Tells You What You Already Knew

I never got the whole carry-your-own-breathalyzer thing. If you are going to drive, just don't drink. And if you are not going to drive, who cares. I measure my alcohol levels by the next morning's hangover and/or the distance from the bed I wake up in to my house. But since some people have »11/24/08 9:27am11/24/08 9:27am to drink and drive, the…

Breathalyzer Microphone Knows You're Wasted, and Not Just Because You're Singing Abba

While this might look like your standard, old-school tape recorder and microphone, it's actually a breathalyzer. As I see it, it can be used in two ways. The first, is to trick drunks into getting a breathalyzer by telling them you want to hear them sing. The problem with this method is that if someone is willing to… »8/08/08 1:45pm8/08/08 1:45pm

Alc-Mobile Keeps Alchies from Getting Behind the Wheel

KDDI Corp has developed a breathalyzer/cellphone combo that prevents inebriated taxi and bus drivers in Japan from getting behind the wheel. Companies that buy the phone will require their employees to blow into the breathalyzer before getting behind the wheel. The phone then measures how drunk (or sober) you are and… »12/28/06 10:10am12/28/06 10:10am

Black Diamond Switchback Rugged UMPC has a Breathalyzer—Drink On!

I thought the Black Diamond Switchback was just an average run-of-the-mill UMPC that came in a rugged case, until I learned of the module system that they are using. This UMPC has well over 20 modules that can be easily swapped onto the UMPC, including a breathalyzer. Some of the other modules include terrestrial… »9/26/06 3:34pm9/26/06 3:34pm

Toyota and Nissan Make Drinking and Driving a Little Harder (It's Already Pretty Hard)

Both Toyota and Nissan are trying to come up with a technology in their cars to make drinking and driving impossible. Nissan is thinking of requiring a really long PIN for drivers to enter before their car starts, and Toyota is thinking of placing breathalyzers somewhere in the cabin. Both are interesting, but may not… »9/15/06 9:31pm9/15/06 9:31pm

Best iPod Accessory Ever: Combination Breathalyzer, FM Transmitter

I've been writing about iPod accessories since the beginning of time, and this is no doubt the best one I've ever seen. Call me an alcoholic, but having a breathalyzer is pretty damn important. A breathalyzer is the perfect device to determine how ugly of a girl you can take home that night and still be considered… »9/12/06 6:00pm9/12/06 6:00pm