How will you know if you are too drunk to drive after a party? Now your watch can tell you if you can drive or not. Japanese watchmaker Tokyoflash has recently developed a smartwatch with a built-in breathalyzer that alerts you when you go out of control. The Kisai Intoxicated’s sensor is made from stainless steel and comes with LCD display. This sensor will read the alcohol level in your breath and reminds you if you are too drunk to drive.
All you need to do is to unscrew the watch dial and wait till its alcohol sensor gets heated up. You can then simply blow into the outlet from a distance of just 2cm. The screen will turn red if you exceed the limit. The breathalyser that is hidden beneath the watch dial will rate the wearer’s blood alcohol level from .001 per cent to as high as .2 per cent depending on the place’s legal driving limit.
TokyoFlash, the Japanese marketer of this smartwatch says, “The display on the right of the screen shows 10 different levels of blood alcohol content. A green display showing 0.00 percent means you’re sober. A yellow display showing between 0.41 and 0.60 percent means you’re buzzing. A red display showing 0.61 percent or above means you’re drunk,”
This smart watch also features a “sobriety game” for those who want a second opinion, asking wearers to press a button to align a moving column with the centre of the screen. The price of this gadget will come around 65 pounds. It uses a rechargeable battery which takes 3 hours to charge.
Depending on the average use of the breathalyser, the battery will last for around month for a single charge and has a lifetime of over 300 charges. Apart from the breathalyzer, the watch even comes with date, time and an alarm mode. Though this watch can potentially rate the alcohol consumption for safe driving, still its makers don’t advise to rely on its judgment alone.
Tokyoflash is a pioneer in making smartwatches and other wearable gadgets. This year alone itself it has generated around $US800 million and it is expected to cross $1.5 billion in 2014. Smartwatches have revolutionized the wearable technology. Smartwatches released this year include the Pebble that generated around $10 million on Kickstarter, MetaWatch and I’m Watch. Companies like Samsung, Apple, Google and LG are also shifting towards the production of smartwatches.