Now, Texting While Walking May Be Safer with Apple

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 01, 2014


In the world of mobility, the more innovative companies get the better it is for them. Tech giant Apple has filed a patent for a new technology that aims to make texting while walking safer. It replaces the text background with a live video feed of whatever is in front of the smartphone user.

Many smartphone users keep their eyes glued to the screens while texting and walking which can cause them to stumble over or bump into obstacles. The ner initiative will help them avoid running into poles, falling off curbs or bashing into other people similarly distracted by looking down and texting, users would have to hold their smartphones at eye level while working their thumbs.

Patent re-submitted

Apple in fact has resubmitted the patent as it first the patent on 26, 2012 – which listed Stephen T Payne as the inventor, and said that the company “can continuously capture and present video images as a background within a text messaging session … Consequently, the device’s user is less likely to collide with or stumble over an object while participating in a text messaging session.” It is illustrated by a line drawing, featuring a strange iMessage exchange about a frightening cow.

However, Apple is not the first to explore transparent texting. An app which allows people to text while their rear camera is activated has been available as a download for iPhones since 2009. There is similar software for Android devices, too, reports state.

Nevertheless, texting and walking has been a dangerous habit among users. According to a February study by the University at Buffalo, walking and texting “results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving,” says Toronto Star in an article.

Making smartphones transparent?

 While some critics have said that those who injure themselves by carelessly walking around and not paying attention as they compose texts do not warrant much sympathy, some argue that the recent effort of Apple by making it safer for people to send text messages when they are out and about is also a humanitarian and transparent move.

Dietrich Jehle, a professor and a critic quotes in his blog, while he favored a hands-off policy for texting walkers, mobile applications that work with voice commands or an app that works with the smartphone’s camera — like Apple’s transparent texting proposal — may help reduce injury.

Industry watchers are now eager whether the upcoming iPhone 6 will be equipped with this feature, making texting and walking easier – while getting closer to the masses.