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Gadget Freak Case #207: Android Breathalyzer in an Altoids Box
3/2/2012

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Al
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Re: Bluetooth Gadgets
Al   3/5/2012 3:02:39 AM
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Hi Mydesign, after each alcohol result, a screen pops up on the Droidalyzer mobile app with a number of options: call a taxi, call a friend, facebook and twitter posts, etc. If you've got an Android phone, you can get the app from http://droidalyzer.com, there is a simulation mode and you'll get the gist on how it works. If you can wait about a month, the product version will be out and will cost $50

Mydesign
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Re: Bluetooth Gadgets
Mydesign   3/5/2012 12:00:52 AM
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AI, very interesting funny project. It's unbelievable that we can make a breathalyzer for less than $80. Am planning to have a try for this and next time onwards before driving I can make sure that am within the limit of allowed alcohol level. The video shows some other call feature, is it from the breathalyzer screen or from mobile.

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Android Breathalyzer in an Altoids Box
vimalkumarp   3/3/2012 7:26:14 AM
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This is really useful and handy device. This can be used effectively to monitor the status by oneself rather than by the authorities. it is like improving point of care for  a medical device

Al
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Bluetooth Gadgets
Al   3/2/2012 11:01:31 PM
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With the latest batch of open source software and hardware, doing a Bluetooth smart phone accessory is actually pretty easy. I did a lot of research on the various options (Arduino, etc.) before starting this project, IOIO is the most mature one out there right now for interfacing with smart phones and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, it's Android only for now as Apple does not allow access to the iOS Bluetooth stack without special approval. Although it seems that has changed with the iPhone 4S, I've seen a few folks doing Bluetooth accessories for the 4S, that's encouraging.

If anyone is interested, the product version of this project will be out in about a month, it'll be called the Droidalyzer. Here's some pics of the production board and case.

Charles Murray
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Re: Great for Safety
Charles Murray   3/2/2012 5:59:40 PM
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There was a time I would have said that a device like this wouldn't get used by the people (i.e. slightly drunk people) who need it most. But attitudes about drunk driving have changed dramatically in the past decade, and I do think this device could now play a valuable role. This inventor may have developed a potentially succssful app.

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I really like this concept!
Nancy Golden   3/2/2012 4:46:17 PM
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WOW! Cool project - The IOIO board is very exciting to read about! To be able to have your phone receive data from external sensors and utilize that data through an app opens up a whole new world of applications, limited only by the imagination! And the price for the board at only $50 is amazing. I am already looking to see where I can clear my schedule so that I can check this out in detail and maybe start playing with it myself. The Build Instructions provide a great link to the board designer with lots more detail at

IOIO Wiki

http://bit.ly/wJRPqv

 and that link tells you where to buy it. Now, let's see, what would be a good app...

 

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Great for Safety
Rob Spiegel   3/2/2012 2:54:57 PM
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One of the things we're seeing with recent gadgets is the use of smartphone, particularly Androids. It's understandable, since the Android offers computing power in a much more portable manner than a desktop or a laptop. Yet one more use for a smartphone. 

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Great for Safety
naperlou   3/2/2012 9:35:42 AM
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This is a very useful device.  You can, in privacy, ascertain your state and act accordingly.  I looked up the board, and it seems to be a great way to extend the functionality of an Android device.  The use of Bluetooth and the Altoids can makes it easy, quick and discrete. It seems that with the latest Bluetooth standards that is quickly becoming the way to go.

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