Soberlink, a technology company based out of Cypress, California, has
introduced a new breathalyzer, called 'SL2', with a built in camera. The company
says that the device is intended to be used on a regular basis to confirm
sobriety throughout each day.
A schedule is typically set by a therapist or parole officer and the user
has to follow it strictly to stay in compliance. The user will have a three
times daily regimen to follow, which included morning, afternoon, and night
tests. To make sure that the user doesn't forget, the system sends out reminder
text messages 15 minutes prior to a scheduled test and then follow up warnings
if a test is not performed.
The testing itself is pretty simple. Just press the power button to activate
the Soberlink, insert a mouthpiece into the opening on the front, push the
submit button, wait for the blue light to turn on, and blow into the tube for a
few seconds. The blowing of air has to be pretty intense. Following a few
tests, after getting an idea of how much air pressure the device expects, users
will be able to consistently submit tests on the first try.
"As far as the construction of the device, it feels solid and even a bit
luxurious, having a pleasant rubbery surround and a black front that slopes and
looks quite slick. The Soberlink comes with a matching case that's tough
and doesn't feel cheap, and within which there's a special space for a spare
mouthpiece," reviews say.
The process of complying with a sobriety schedule doesn't involve the
anxiety of random testing and not having to visit a testing center is a major
advantage. Since the system is nearly fully automatic, therapists and officers
can spend more time doing other things than tracking patients and making sure
tests are performed properly and at the right time.