It should be no surprise that this week's video roundup is all about Mobile World Congress. All eyes were on Samsung this year as they announced an assortment of new goodies, including the Gear 2, new Gear Fit as well as the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5. Senior Editor Jessica Dolcourt runs down the key specs and features of the new superphone from Samsung in our First Take. With its fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, and a whole roster of muscular specs loaded with features Apple Byte wonders, should Apple be worried? Would the rumored iPhone 6 be able to top … Read more
I had always thought of Austin, Texas, as the sort of place where the deer and antelope aren't merely free to roam, but also have their own tables at a fine organic coffee bar.
Recent events have sent a shudder into my belief.
First, there was the tale of the jogger who was aggressively arrested for allegedly jaywalking by policemen far larger than her.
Now comes the tale of a man who blew a 0.00 into a breathalyzer, passed a blood test, and was still arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Those who believe technology to be infallible -- … Read more
"It makes good sense."
Normally these words, when spoken by a politician, deserve to be treated with asbestos ears.
However, a proposal by Utah Republican Rep. Greg Hughes might make more than one person consider its merit. Especially those who like a drink and those who own bars.
As the Associated Press reports, Hughes believes that bars should help customers who want to drive home by installing breathalyzer machines.
Bars across America have been experimenting with various devices. For example, as ABC News reported, in Toledo OH, some have installed a machine charmingly called the Boozelator. You insert $… Read more
In this episode:We revisit the Bugatti Veyron in California's wine country. Tour many of the same roads where we shot the Veyron video. Top 5 high tech cars of 2013, according to CNET review scores. Another look at alcohol interlock technology to prevent drunk driving.
After you watch our Car Tech 101 on hemi engines, you may wonder why Chrysler is using them in modern cars where high RPM, compactness, and fuel efficiency are so important. The simple answer … Read more
Let's face it: If you've thrown back a few, relying on your own inner sobriety ticker to determine whether you're sober enough to drive isn't exactly advisable.
Enter Alcohoot, a cute little breathalyzer -- available as of this week for $119 -- that plugs directly into the audio port of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Given the potential messiness involved, extra mouthpieces and replacement power cords are available for $7.99 and $9.99, respectively. And I'll go out on a little owl's Alcolimb and suggest also insuring your smartphone if you plan to be drinking and blowing in its liquid-intolerant vicinity.… Read more
Driving while intoxicated is, quite literally, a life-and-death issue: according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, every 2 hours three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes. Compounding the tragedy is the fact that these deaths are preventable. Keeping intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel can save lives. And that's where the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer aims to make a difference.
While keychain-size Breathalyzers have been around for years, the $150 BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer brings the technology into the smartphone age. The pocketable unit syncs wirelessly over Bluetooth, allowing you to view your blood alcohol level on the … Read more
Nowadays breathalyzers are being used to detect far more than just how much alcohol one has imbibed. Researchers in Sweden are working on one that can spot marijuana and cocaine. Scientists in Germany are exploring one that can sniff out heart failure. And researchers in the U.S. are hard at work on one that can detect diseases such as diabetes.
And now, a group of chemists at the University of Pittsburgh is unveiling new sensor technology that could lead to a breathalyzer for not just the detection of diabetes, but the ongoing monitoring of it as well.… Read more
We've all been there. We're out on the town, had a few drinks, and just wish Siri could tell us if we're over the legal blood alcohol limit for driving.
Of course, given her requisite levels of snark, it might be better to hear it from a voice other than Siri.
A company with offices in Italy and America is launching a product today called Floome that it hopes will bridge that dangerous gap between trying to guess if you're safe to drive and finding out later from the professional breathalyzer operated by a police officer that it turns out you weren't.… Read more
Everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving. An unfortunate few choose to ignore them, often with tragic results. A good friend recently lost his nephew to a drunk driver. A member of my temple congregation lost his wife and children to a drunk driver. That same temple later lost its rabbi to a drunk driver. Shall I go on?
Obviously I'd rather not, which is why I fully support any technology that can help prevent such tragedies. Here's a gizmo that might: Indiegogo project Breathometer adds a breathalyzer to your smartphone.
Reminiscent of the Square credit-card reader, … Read more