ENDUI, pronounced as "end DUI," is a federally funded smartphone app that lets people determine how drunk they are so that they won't have to drive home and instead just get a cab.
Users just need to enter their gender, height, weight, and number of drinks consumed, and the app will tell them their blood-alcohol level. The app also comes with two interactive games that users can play in order to gauge their cognitive ability and reaction time.
On top of all that, the ENDUI app cleverly uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology so that users can contact a taxi cab when they get too inebriated to drive their own cars. The app also comes with pre-load contact numbers for potential designated drivers.
The app was just recently officially introduced by government and police officials in the state of Maryland. The development of the app was fully funded by federal money intended for anti-drunk-driving awareness campaigns. Lots of states in America are combating drunk driving incidents using various methods, but it appears that Maryland's is the most mobile-tech-savvy, and maybe the most fun.
One of ENDUI's built-in games lets users press a red "brake" button when a pedestrian crosses the line of sight, or when a vehicle just ahead decelerates or stops. The app tells the users how slow or how fast they are reacting to certain scenarios, and even tells them how much time their vehicles would have needed in order to avoid collision.
As for the other game, it simply displays 9 road signs that blink in different order. Users must attempt to remember the blinking order, which becomes more and more difficult after each level, even when you are sober.
Perhaps not as much fun, but more important is the blood-alcohol level evaluator. It takes all the necessary inputted data (height, weight, how many and what type of drinks consumed) and basically tells the user how drunk he or she is. For example, a woman who weighs 130 lbs who just finished a glass of red wine will have a blood-alcohol level of about 0.04 percent. If the woman is living in Maryland, she is still not beyond the state's legal limit (which is 0.08 percent), but the ENDUI app will issue a warning that driving ability will likely be impaired, and will recommend her to get a cab or somebody else to take her home.
The app is specially useful for those who are not always sure how much alcohol they can handle. ENDUI can help them check themselves and may even prevent them from drinking too much. The ENDUI app is available for free download for both Android and iOS users. Cheers to that!
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