Friday, December 19, 2008

Stocking Stuffer

Still looking for last minute gift ideas for that hip alcoholic who carries an iPod in one hand and a bottle of Listerine in the other?  Well stop your search, because the Chicago Tribune has found the perfect solution: an iPod breathalyzer.

But wait, there's more!  Not only does the $79 iBreath set off an alarm if you blow over 0.08, but it also comes with a built-in FM transmitter.  Says the founder of the company that makes the device, "We figured, OK, if it's only a breathalyzer, the chances are this thing is coming off the iPod and sitting in the drawer."  BUT, "if we put in the FM transmitter, they might keep it on there."  Neato!

He goes on to say that kids "don't listen to their parents, but they listen to their iPods."  Promise?  If I gave an iPod with a looped recording of me yelling "stop drinking" to every drunk who came in, would we suddenly have a lot more space in our hallways?

The president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has an alternate suggestion to relying on the iBreath to tell you if you can drive: "There's no need to risk hurting yourself or other innocent people when you can simply plan ahead."  A (free) designated driver instead of an expensive gadget?  How lame.

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