Smartphones have succeeded where a lot of electronic devices before them have failed. We think, as you can probably imagine, of the PDAs and other personal assistants that have littered the path of the evolution of mobile devices. What if from now on apart from the regal functions which are specific to it, the smartphone was tomorrow able to measure drunkenness? This is what we are heading for thanks to the work of a group of individuals well ahead of their time.
Towards alcohol-testing smartphones?
Based in the United States, a team of American researchers is working on what will undoubtedly be the next big smartphone revolution. Indeed, they are thinking of making the smartphone a tool able to assess the state of intoxication of man.
With the same purpose asbreathalyzer, this new technique would be quite different from this one.
While thebreathalyzer measures the intoxication of a person directly in the oral vapors according to the concentration of certain particles in the mouth, the smartphone breathalyzer would be functional thanks to an application coupled to an accelerometer.
However, as you already know, the smartphone has an accelerometer as standard. At least the most recent (after 2010). From a simple operation, the technique consists in testing the gait of an alcoholic person, in order to evaluate his summer of intoxication.
The smartphone is placed at the bottom of the user’s back. Depending on his approach and the collection of data from it on 3 axes, the Phyphox application establishes his state of intoxication.
The smartphone as a pan of tomorrow
Nowadays the smartphone replaces the clock, the watch, the notepad, and even the calendar. It somewhat replaces our memory, television, MP3 player and many other devices. This high-tech Swiss army knife will tomorrow also be called upon to measure our level of alcoholism.