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Smartphones Spotted with Breathalyzer, Body Fat Sensors

NTT Docomo is the predominant cellular mobile operator in Japan, and the company always has had a knack for showcasing unique technology. It was one of the first to actually sell an IPTV service, which allowed smartphone owners to watch TV over their data connections.

This time the company is demoing sensor technology, which are sold as case attachments for your existing smartphone. For the health nut, there's a sensor that measures body fat and muscle percentage. Meanwhile, the weather sensor is presumably meant for those who need constant updates about outdoor weather conditions without having to rely on a data connection, as it measures atmospheric pressure, temperature, and humidity. We're left a little puzzled as well as intrigued by the last sensor, as it measures breath odor and alcohol concentration.

According to the product demonstration, NTT Docomo is targeting consumers who would want to test themselves after a night out on the town. Though, this seems like it would have much more practical applications for police enforcement, since this would allow them to carry around a breathalyzer in the form of a smartphone.

We're unsure if there's a market here for devices like this in North America, but we certainly found these curiously interesting to play with.

  • please tell me these WONT run android
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  • Anorexic alcoholics rejoice.
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  • coreym72
    Add a meth mouth sensor while you're at it.
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  • gilbertfh
    Data will be collected and used in future iterations of smell-o-vision.
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  • lol if its a tiny modification that then is almost perfect for party goers. can test whether you are ready to go. it can also help with medical testing(the lil bit it can). but stil it can be of some help.
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  • sporkimus
    More data for Apple to collect. Now when you are too drunk to speak, you can simply breath into your phone and it'll tell you where the nearest party/bar/liquor store is at.
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  • COLGeek
    Imagine the "bar games" this capability will spawn......
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  • ikyung
    I would love a breathalyzer on my phone. My dream come true.
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  • greatsaltedone
    a body fat sensor with a heart rate monitor would be really great for working out. combine those with GPS to measure distance over time and the accelerometer to count steps and you could have a very nice set of metrics!
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  • I think a Body Fat sensor is a great idea, we have a ton of unhealthy weight loss where people diet, cause their body to lose muscle mass, and balloon right back up. If the difference between Fat content and pure body weight got more attention I think we would all be a bit healthier
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