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iPod accessory keeps tabs on sobriety

Dec. 19, 2008 at 1:26 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A California retailer has created the iBreath --an iPod accessory designed to help keep drunken teens and 20-somethings off the road.

The iBreath plugs into an iPod and acts as a breath test. A reading of 0.08 or above sets off an alarm, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Don Bassler, founder of David Steele Enterprises Inc. in Newport Beach, Calif., said he designed the iBreath with the hope the iPod's "cool factor will take away some of the stigma of acting responsibly," the newspaper said.

The device is one of several new iPod and iPhone devices designed to combat drunken driving. Last Call works with the iPhone to estimate blood-alcohol content, Drunk Dial prevents people from making calls they may later regret and Taxi Magic hails a cab in 25 cities across the United States, the report said.

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