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CNET Lauds BACtrack Mobile Win at Good Design Awards

posted by | 3 June 2014

CNET reported on BACtrack Mobile's win at the Good Design Awards last week. The Good Design Awards track the best design and innovation across a range of fields and industries--from automotive design and domestic appliances to commercial products and sporting goods. But above all the competition, BACtrack Mobile won out.

"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," they write.

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

"This is a clever little piece of technology that works well," the judges said. "Accuracy, functionality and user interface considerations are paramount in a product such as this and the designers have delivered on all fronts.

"The product works seamlessly across a Bluetooth interface and is very intuitive to use. This technology offers users an important service that will have a positive impact on reducing the number of drink driving incidents on our roads."

The Good Design Awards have recognized some big names in the past, both from the design world and beyond. Last year, director James Cameron accepted the top award across all categories for a deep ocean submarine he took part in designing.

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Breath testers are rolientuy re-calibrated….DescriptionAll breathalyzers indicate BAC (Breath Alcohol Concentration) based on the information stored in the sensor’s memory. Exact values of certain specific BAC data are stored so that the sensor can provide the most accurate readings.Over time, however, these stored values lose accuracy as more tests are conducted. The stored sensor values deteriorate over time with continuous testing and external/ environmental effects. All breathalyzers must be recalibrated to refresh the sensor values and to allow the breathalyzer to obtain accurate readings.How often does my breathalyzer require re-calibration?It varies depending on the specific breathalyzer model and its usage but it is recommended that breathalyzers be calibrated every 200 tests or at least once yearly (whichever comes first). Also, if a large number of “high positive” (high alcohol) readings are taken by the device, you may need to have calibration service performed much sooner than normally recommended.Our calibration procedures?* Perform functional test* Test and calibrate the unit for its entire reading range* Use automated DOT approved “Wet Bath Simulators”* Replace mouthpieces* Replace exterior plastic parts if broken* Complete the task in 5 working days__________________________________________________You see folks…Recalibration is standard fare…Bumping the readings up was purely out of political pressure.And people will needlessly die over this Campbell flip-flop!….They could be recalibrated to 0.52..or 0.53…That would give a tiny bit of leeway, …now .06 will have wiggle room.


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