No more stumbling while texting on the Go
Users of the iPhone will soon have an added measure of protection against accidents once transparency technology gets introduced.
Apple has just extended their 2012 patent for transparent texting. The patent details technology that allows texters glued to their screens to see where they are going through a live video feed, preventing collisions, stumbling and falling.
The US patent reads ‘A user who is walking while participating in a text messaging session may inadvertently collide with or stumble over objects in his path because his attention was focused on his device’s display instead of the path that he was traversing.’
The patent describes the technology as a feature that will be activated once a texting session starts at the press of a button and that the conversation will be displayed in transparent bubbles. Apple had already introduced partial transparency in their iOS 7.
The dangers of texting on the go have already been documented in news and studies. One tourist was rescued in Australia last year for falling off a pier while using Facebook. A study published early this year meanwhile suggests that texting while walking leads to poor posture and greater chances of falling off balance.