US tech giant Apple has filed a patent for new technology that aims to
make texting while walking safer by replacing the text background with a
live video feed of whatever is in front of the smartphone user.
smartphone users keep their eyes glued to the screens while texting and
walking which can cause them to stumble over or bump into obstacles.
'transparent texting' aims to solve this problem by overlaying messages
on a live video feed from the rear camera of the smartphone.
This will allow users to see what is happening beyond their phone and text at the same time.
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," according to the patent filed in the US.
patent describes how the transparency feature could be activated by
pressing a transparency button within a texting session that switches on
the video feed.
The feature would then ensure text bubbles appear
overlaid over the live background video. The text bubbles themselves
could be opaque or semi-transparent, according to Tech Crunch.
patent, originally filed in September 2012, details potential
extensions of the concept of transparent texting, including replacing
the background of a webpage with a live video feed, so that the text of a
website is overlaid over whatever environments the device user is
moving through. "Alternative embodiments of the invention can be
applied to virtually any computer-executable application in which text
is presented over a background," the patent application said.
recent study by researchers from University at Buffalo in the US found
that texting while walking may result in more injuries per mile than
The study found that though injuries from car
accidents involving texting are often more severe, physical harm
resulting from texting and walking occurs more frequently.