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.
AdvertisementThe 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.