Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
Build a breathalizer into the mic section of a cell-phone, and have it measure the alcohol content of your breath as you start to speak, or breathe into it while waiting to be connected. If it detects mild levels of intoxication, it mutes the mic for a second and plays a pre-recorded message to the recipient of your call to the effect of:
“I’m sorry, but the caller you are talking to is inebriated. Please disregard anything they may say.”
If it detects extreme levels of intoxication, it disconnects you, dials a taxi firm, retrieves your location from a GPS component, relates it to a street via the Google Maps API, then text-to-speeches that info into a pre-recorded message to the effect of:
“I would like a taxi from [place name] to [home address]… yes, it’s [surname]”
So far four people have found the idea croissant-worthy, while two have inexplicably deigned to fishbone it. Weak.
Rob: I was under the impression that this had already been invented (recently)!
Timmargh: Hahaha. Superb.
Tom Francis: Ooh, link? I used to love the internet because if you could think of something, someone somewhere had already made it for you. Now I hate it, because whatever you think of, someone somewhere has already done it.
The_B: Quite literally a year late, by the looks:
The_B: And after actually following the link within the engadget blog, it appears not to actually link to the article so this one might be better:
Apparently it's LG's LP4100
Jason L: It's not quite your idea, in that it locks out specified numbers instead of giving vocal warning and won't call a cab, but on the other hand it does have a bonus universal remote control. Here are two of many Google results for "cell phone breathalyzer".
Tom Francis: I instinctively avoid Googling ideas I have these days, it's too depressing. I prefered it when we all lived in villages and stabbed fish with flint spears, and I was the cleverest person anyone knew.
Jason L: ...so why did you ask for links? :)
Tom Francis: Look! A dog!
SenatorPalpatine: http://arstechnica.c... ...gmail.html