6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Pack the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer for more-responsible drinking

About Video Transcript

First Look: Pack the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer for more-responsible drinking

2:36 /

The $149.99 BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer syncs to iPhones via wireless Bluetooth connection, measures your blood alcohol level in seconds, and estimates how long it'll take to be sober again.

Hi. This is Brian Bennett for CNET.com. And right now, we're taking a first look at the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer. Okay. I know what you're thinking. You're probably asking, "Why would I want to buy a personal breathalyzer, especially one that talks to my smartphone?" I admit, I was skeptical at first, as well, and the BACtrack's high $149.99 sticker price doesn't help. What this gadget promises to offer, however, is a law enforcement caliber breath alcohol sensor squeezed into a high-tech and compact package. The BACtrack also connects to iOS devices wirelessly over Bluetooth connection. Through its companion iPhone app, you can view breathalyzer results in the traditional value of blood alcohol content percentage, commonly referred to as BAC. The app also spells out BAC readings in detailed explanations of how specific values typically affect behavior, plus, mental and physical acuity. Another neat trick that BACtrack does is project the time it will take until you will likely be sober based on your last reading. You could store your readings on your phone, in the cloud, or remain completely anonymous by discarding results after each measurements. The BACtrack even lets you share readings over social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. If you don't find that notion particularly disturbing, how about pushing your location, BAC level, and time stamp data to other BACtrack app users? Well, the BACtrack does that, too. The BACtrack unit itself is lightweight and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It comes with its own handy protective case as well. The device just has one button for powering it up and initiating pairing mode. Sexy blue LEDs glow and flash to indicate power and connection status. Once paired, just tap the screen to begin the measurement process. Blowing to the mouthpiece for a few seconds, then wait a few more for the results. To check BAC levels of friends, the BACtrack comes equipped with plastic tips so others won't feel grossed out by your cooties. As a New York native and one who doesn't drive often, owning a product like this probably isn't worth it. If you're addicted to your car or live in more suburban or rural regions, and aren't a T totaler, then the BACtrack is worth a look. It could help you avoid over-indulging and drink more responsibly. Or at least, wisely call a cab if that's what needs to happen. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com, and this has been a first look at the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer. Be sure to check back soon for a full review.

New releases

Apple looks to Virtual Reality
4:55 November 26, 2014
Apple is pursuing virtual reality harder than it ever has before. The iPhone 6 can play 4K video, and the best Black Friday deals for...
Play video
Olympus E-PL7's mainstream appeal
2:24 November 26, 2014
A good interchangeable-lens series for budding enthusiasts gets better.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot security guards and more
23:17 November 26, 2014
On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite...
Play video
Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch
2:56 November 26, 2014
Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers...
Play video
Tablet tips for traveling with kids
2:47 November 26, 2014
Learn how to use the tech you already have to entertain your kids during a long trip.
Play video
Razor scooters drive electric
1:54 November 26, 2014
Razor's small E100 and larger E300 electric scooters make for a fun ride, but don't expect much in the way of features.
Play video
A time machine for your kitchen? We take it for a test drive
1:57 November 26, 2014
The "Tim3 Machin3" makes one-pot meals a cinch -- no flux capacitor necessary.
Play video
Wii U is a good game system for kids, thanks to its games
2:00 November 26, 2014
A collection of fantastic Nintendo games make the Wii U game console better than it was two years ago, and if you can buy the right...
Play video