You knew it was just a matter of time. So far, your smartphone has been able to do pretty much anything you ask of it — except tell you when you’ve had one too many to get behind the wheel. Thanks to the Breathometer ($20 and up), now you can. This keychain-friendly device plugs into the headphone port of your iPhone or Android device, and interacts with an app to give you an accurate measurement of your BAC. Shipments start this July. Source:Breathometer
Don’t worry if your car didn’t come with a fancy on-board computer — just plug in automatic ($70) and go. This smart gadget plugs into the same port that mechanics use to service your car, then links with your smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 to provide data to a dedicated app. With the app running, you’ll be able to see an overall score of how you’re driving and how you could save more money, details about how much you drive, where, and your actual MPGs, and notifications when your check engine light comes on — along with a description of what’s actually causing the problem. It’ll even automatically notify 911 with your location in a crash, making it not just a potential money-saver, but a potential life-saver. [via]
You can already pick up a pair of sneakers to help you monitor your performance on the court, but if you want a full picture of your game, you need feedback from your ball, as well. The 94Fifty Bluetooth Basketball ($200) is designed to fill that void, giving you instant feedback on every dribble and shot while keeping its size, weight, and spin within regulations. An internal battery offers up to 8 hours of connectivity, and recharges wirelessly via Qi technology, while a dedicated app keeps track of workout and competition history for up to 4 players, and also offers built-in workouts, QuickTrain shot and ball-handling analyzers, and 50 different competition modes. Shipping in October. Source:94Fifty Bluetooth Basketball
Take away the house advantage at your weekly poker game with Bold Poker ($2). This ingenious little app runs on iOS and lets you replace your standard deck of cards with an iPad and a bunch of iPhones or iPod touches. Each Hold’em player views their cards on a separate device, while an iPad in the middle keeps track of the board cards and automatically re-deals when you move the dealer button. It may handle betting, but at least it can’t be accused of stacking the deck. [via] Source:Bold Poker
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Merge your real-life note taking and online workflow with the Livescribe Sky Smartpen ($170-$200). Available in 2GB and 4GB models, this multi-function pen sports a built-in mic and speaker for recording and playing back the audio that accompanies your notes — up to 200 or 400 hours of it, respectively. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, it automatically sends notes and audio to Evernote, and can also share notes directly to other services. Best of all, you can access your notes from nearly anywhere, including on a PC, Mac, iOS or Android device, or pretty much anything with a browser.
You can pay for your coffee, turn off your lights, control your TV, and start your car with your smartphone — so why can’t you unlock your doors? That’s exactly what Lockitron ($150) does. This sleek box slips over the inside of most deadbolt locks, and sports built-in Wi-Fi to let you check on the status of and lock/unlock your door from afar. You can also add family and friends as guests to share access, but we’re most excited about the Bluetooth 4 integration, which means it can sense your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 and unlock the door automatically without you ever having to do a thing. [Thanks, John]
We’ve played some pretty good pinball games on the iPad — but somehow, we still missed the visceral experience of button-mashing that comes from playing a real game. The Duo Pinball iPad Controller ($60) bridges this gap by holding your iPad at a reclined angle and adding a spring loaded plunger, two side buttons, and realistic bump and tilt mechanics to your iPad via Bluetooth, getting you far closer to the feel of a real machine. It’s also compatible with the iPhone and certain versions of the iPod touch, but somehow we guess a smaller screen just won’t do it justice.
Our favorite site for watching awesome videos — Devour.com — has now made our favorite app for watching awesome videos. Just like the site, the Devour iPhone/iPad App (Free) is packed with amazing/hilarious/insightful hand-picked videos, saving you from sifting through the bajillions of YouTube and Vimeo crapola videos yourself. The Devour app has both Latest and Most Popular categories, along with an app-exclusive Leftovers category full of videos that barely missed the cut of the legendary Devour.com homepage. The app also brings AirPlay support for watching videos on your television (Apple TV required), a button for surfing videos randomly, and the ability to save your favorite videos to your own Playlist. We don’t always watch web videos, but when we do, we prefer Devour.com. Source:Devour App
Getting our Instagram photos off our devices and into the real world is the challenge du jour in the tech world, and Instacube ($150) is the latest — and best? — way to do it yet. This Wi-Fi enabled photo frame sports a 600×600 LCD touch display, three buttons — one for power, one for toggling between feeds, and one for liking the current photo — an internal Lithium Ion battery so you can move it wherever you want, and a dead-simple three-step setup process. Perfect for gazing at a live stream of your friends’ photos, or vainly admiring your own smartphone camera prowess.