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Floome: a Breathalyzer for your Smartphone

If all the articles we post about whiskey, rum, wine, and beer didn’t already tip you off, we’re huge fans of booze here at The Manual. We love to get our drink on, but we also know that part of being a grown-ass man is knowing when you’ve had too many pickleback shots to get behind the wheel. The only problem is that it’s damn near impossible to make an educated guess about your own sobriety once you’ve got some alcohol in your system, so rather than playing a drunken guessing game and taking a huge risk, we suggest you pick yourself up a Floome.

We’re sure you’re seen this kind of thing before. Personal breathalyzers definitely aren’t anything new, but if you’ve ever looked into getting one, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a problem: the cheap ones aren’t accurate, and the accurate one are expensive and ugly. Floome is something different. Italian startup 2045Tech designed it with the goal of making a breathalyzer that’s stylish, accurate, and affordable – and they nailed it.

The design is super slick – it straddles the line between minimalism and functionality. Without sharp edges, Floome slides easily in and out of your pocket, and since it plugs into your smartphone it doesn’t require any batteries or recharging of any kind. 2045Tech also outfitted the device with a removable cap so you can pop it off and wash it every so often to keep it clean, making it a much more hygenic choice than other breathalyzers on the market. And the best part? It all works through your smartphone.

Floome plugs into your smartphone (or dumbphone, or anything with an audio input really) via a foldable headphone jack, and thanks to the accompanying app, it can do a bunch of nifty tricks. If your blood alcohol level is too high, it’ll give you an estimate on how long it’ll be before you can get behind the wheel and automatically set up a reminder for you to blow again after that period of time passes. Don’t feel like waiting around to sober up? The app can also hook you up with local cab services in your area at the touch of a button. And of course, if you feel like sharing just how wasted you got last night, you can also post your breathalyzer results on various social media accounts.

2045Tech recently wrapped up a successful crowdfunding campaign for this badboy, and they expect to launch the product sometime this fall. Find out more or place a pre-order here.

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