Apple Patents Transparent Texting So You Can More Safely Text And Walk - HotHardware
Apple Patents Transparent Texting So You Can More Safely Text And Walk

Apple Patents Transparent Texting So You Can More Safely Text And Walk

Simultaneously texting and walking is something that we as a species are not good at, but Apple has a patent that could make that particular activity much safer both for texters and for those who are in the path of the digitally occupied.

It’s actually quite simple and rather brilliant: The rear-facing camera on your iPhone captures what’s in front of you and displays it as if the display was transparent. However, you can still see your keyboard and messages so you can continue texting.

Apple transparent texting

Apple transparent texting

Yes, using your camera to produce a live image will drain your battery, but who cares if you can text and walk at the same time more safely?

Cheers to Apple for this delightfully simple safety innovation. What would be truly great, though, is if Apple decided to be a mench about it and let other companies pay some licensing fees to use this technology as well.
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But don't you usually hold a phone pointing towards the ground when you're texting? You'd mostly see what is on the floor and a slight angle upwards to see objects just a bit further out. This would be more useful, if I texted with the phone in a vertical position in front of my face. But I don't walk around with my arms like that, because it is tiring.

I think most people are still going to rely on their peripheral vision to know if something is in their way.

Even the woman on the thumbnail image is using her phone this way. Head down with the phone in a mostly horizontal position. So I guess should could sorta make out what the ground looks like behind her phone.

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I don't see this having any kind of relevant impact on the safety of walking texters. It's kind of a fun idea, but I just don't imagine it being incredibly useful.

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What a joke. How bout don't be an asshole instead. And without a doubt we're going to hear plenty of car accidents because some intelligent individuals will decide this will let them drive and text "safely" as well.

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The idea sounds good but honestly if I am walking and trying to focus on the letters and keyboard to txt while video of the ground/background is moving it will probably make me nauseous like txting while in a car that someone else is driving, hope that isn't the case.

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is this an april fools joke?

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I think people would actually try to use this while driving more often than not. I mean it is a really cool idea but like others pointed out people normally point the phone at the ground more horizontally than vertically.

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umm what the camera usally points at the ground so you only going to avoid water puddles and also cant texting wait until you sit down or standing still?

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I have seen applications that do this already. People need to stop trying to patent things that already exist!

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Everyone already stated the obvious that we usually text with our phone facing down. And soon Apple will patent walking and texting at the same time

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I already have this app on my phone. Didn't find it particularly useful at all.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gfm.camera.packge

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soooo retarded.... april fools is tomorrow

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yeah i have seen this app out for a while, just doesnt make sense to me but then again i dont have my phone on me about 85% of the time lol. still a cool idea though, just wonder how well it would work

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Apple patents walking and chewing gum. In other news Wrigley, makers of Doublemint, merges with Samsung.

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