Monday, May 16, 2005

Breathalyzer Cellphones

Engadget has news that LG just launched the LG 410 series whose form factor is modeled after a sports car design AND includes a built-in alcohol sensor. Which is more compelling? I do not know.

The University of Washington in collaboration with Intel Research, Seattle has been working with multi-sensor microboards for a while (e.g. 2x1x2 device that contains a temp gauge, barometer, microphone, light detector, infrared detector, accelerometers, etc.). I wonder what contextual information could be derived from the addition of an ambient alcohol sensor? How much alcohol vapor is resident in that local pub down the street anyway?


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