This week’s tech includes the breathalyser watch, a smartphone thermometer and the essential motorised lilo

Sat, Jul 13, 2013, 01:00

breathalyser LCD Watch
More of an engaging gizmo this, than a finely-tuned analytical device. Certainly it’s not to be trusted beyond bar-room banter. Still, it will stimulate chat and can’t but be tried. Pop the cap and breathe into the sensor on the side. It gives a 10-level blood alcohol reading, with three colour coded intoxication warnings. It’s USB rechargeable and actually has time, date and an alarm too. Backlit for gloomy snug reading. But it doesn’t indicate whose round might be next.
€115 from

Another Kickstarter success story, Thermodo is a tiny thermometer to use with a smartphone. Plug it into the standard 3.5mm headphones slot to measure the temperature wherever you are, indoors or out, and it doesn’t need to be online. The sensor turns the temperature data into an audio signal that the Thermodo app decodes. It comes in a range of colours, and with a keyring fob cap, so you’ll know when you’ve lost it. Available for Android and iPhone, with others due.
Pre-order for $30 from for September shipping

Motorised pool lounger
You know how it is. The sun is beating down on the still pool surface. Your glass is empty. You’re feeling the first unpleasant flush of sunburn. And you simply haven’t the energy to paddle your inflatable lounger across for a refill and some sun slap. If only it had a little motor . . . with a drinks holder and a pair of powered propellers with arm rest controls, you could cruise the pool at your leisure. Though perhaps the build quality isn’t exactly robust.
$125 from

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