By Business Wire, September 17, 2013, 11:00:00 AM EDT
Elegant and practical FLOOME developed with the help of Proto
MAPLE PLAIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
a universal smartphone accessory that provides users with accurate and
reliable blood-alcohol readings has joined the ranks of some of the most
promising hardware innovations as a Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) Cool Idea!
FLOOME is a universal smartphone accessory that provides users with accurate and reliable blood-alcohol readings. (Photo: Business Wire)
Proto Labs launched the Cool
Idea! Award in 2011, which gives a total of $250,000 each year to
entrepreneurs developing new products in the United States and Europe.
Unlike other product awards that recognize products after they're in
mass production and on store shelves, the Cool Idea! Award is meant to
help cool ideas come to life. Proto Labs provided the FLOOME's
co-founders, Marco Barbetta and Fabio Penzo of Italian company 2045Tech,
with tooling and a subsequent first production run of injection molded
"FLOOME is the first, reliable smartphone breathalyzer," says Barbetta.
By blowing into the device while it is connected to a smartphone audio
jack, the users Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is measured. FLOOME
employs a patent-pending technology that matches a vortex whistle with
the fuel cell ethanol sensor that is widely used by law enforcement
breathalyzers. The collected data is sent over audio frequencies to the
corresponding app where the user can view their BAC, get an estimate of
when they will reach the legal limit to drive based on their test
results and body characteristics, set an alarm to take a new test, view
a graph of previous results, or call a nearby taxi.
For 2045Tech, the casing design for FLOOME was as important to its
overall functionality as the technology inside it. "After many sketches
and prototypes, we came up with a really unique, eye-catching shape; its
smooth edges and lightness also make it easy to carry around," says
"Receiving the Cool Idea! Award has enabled us to move from the testing
stage into production, which is a big hurdle for any new product," says
Penzo. Adds Larry Lukis, founder of Proto Labs, "FLOOME eliminates the
predicament many find themselves in while out for a drink; it provides
an accurate and at-the-ready means to determine when they are safely
able to drive. Combined with its elegant design aesthetic and smartphone
integration, this cool product should be a great success."
For more information about the Cool Idea! Award and how to apply visit www.protolabs.com/coolidea.
About Proto Labs
Proto Labs ( PRLB ) is a leading online and
technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of low-volume CNC machined
and injection molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run
production. The company provides "Real Parts, Really Fast" to product
developers worldwide and has two quick-turn services in North America,
Europe and Japan: Firstcut (www.firstcut.com)
CNC machining and Protomold (www.protomold.com)
injection molding. Both are capable of providing parts in as fast as one
business day. Product developers who use Proto Labs for prototypes and
short-run production can upload a 3D CAD file at any one of Proto Labs
online sites, get an interactive quotation and place an order for Proto
Labs services directly online. For more information, visit: www.protolabs.com.
is the first product from 2045Tech S.r.l., an Italian start-up company
that develops devices combining innovative technology with beautiful
design. Founded by Fabio Penzo and Marco Barbetta in Italy, 2045Tech was
launched in February 2013. For more information, visit www.2045tech.com.
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