Posted 05/29/2013 at 10:09 AM
Posted 4 years ago
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about the dangers of drink driving; but while the risks and consequences of getting behind the wheel under the influence are well known, it remains a problem across the world. Enter 2045Tech, an Italian-based company looking to ensure that one drink doesn’t turn into one too many.
The Floome is a personal breathalyzer that fits snuggly into the palm of your hand. It can be attached instantly to any smartphone, telling you within just a few seconds whether your blood alcohol level exceeds that of the legal limit. Located in Venice, Italy, 2045Tech promises that their breathalyzer will be the first truly reliable device of its kind for smartphones, allowing users to drive safely after partying.
“The benefit of portable breathalyzers is obvious, but there has been an unfortunate trend among the devices now on the market,” says 2045Tech CEO Fabio Penzo. “The cheap ones aren’t accurate, and the accurate ones are very expensive and extremely ugly. Our goal with Floome was to combine accuracy, affordability, and great looks.
The company are currently running an IndieGoGo campaign and are hoping to raise $135,000 by June 8. At the time of writing, $4,130 has been raised with 11 days to go.
Sporting a “sleek Italian design,” the Floome works in communicating with an app on your smartphone that provides an accurate reading of blood alcohol content (BAC) and offers the clever feature of letting you call one of the nearest cabs should your BAC show you are unable to drive.
2045Tech claim to have combined high-tech engineering with low-coast manufacturing to provide a truly universal product that, while technical, works by plugging in to the headphone jack of your phone, measuring the total volume of gas that passes through a fuel sensor after you blow through a vortex whistle. Results are then instantly displayed on your screen.
There is a lot to like about this gadget, not least the fact it could actually save lives. 2045Tech has also made the clever move of making it available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, giving the Floome a wider audience. Whether or not it takes off though, will ultimately depend on the generosity of the public and interest from investors.
To see the Floome in action, 2045Tech has produced this video, comparing their device with a professional breathalyzer.