iPhone-connected breathalyzer takes out top Australian tech design award

breathRun by Good Design Australia, the Good Design Awards track the best design and innovation of the year across a range of fields, including sporting goods, automotive design, domestic appliances and commercial products.

A dedicated Consumer Electronics category included a broad range of product finalists, including the Jump Charging Cable, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and even a Braun shaver. However, the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer was awarded the Best in Category.

Designed in San Francisco, the BACtrack connects wirelessly to a smartphone via Bluetooth and uses “police-grade Xtend Fuel Cell Sensor Technology to offer the highest level of accuracy and consistency” when measuring Blood Alcohol Content, according to the creators.

The device is compatible with both iOS and Android through a free app, which can save and share results and estimate when the user’s BAC will return to 0.00 per cent.

Speaking about the BACtrack, the Design Award judges said it was “beautifully and smartly designed” while also being functional.

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