11-year old comes up with an anti-texting while driving app concept, AT&T gives her $20,000
The idea was born during a hackathon held in August, which had the purpose of promoting AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign. The duo envisions the app, called Rode Dog, to work in the following way: Users are separated into packs. Every member of a pack can see if the others from the pack are having some kind of texting while driving action, and if they are, they can send them a barking sound, urging them to stop typing and leave the handset aside.
Victoria and David intend to produce the app for iOS, Android and even Windows Phone. They expect it to be ready sometime by the end of the year. According to them, the $20,000 will go for the development of the app and some additional features for it (as well as a lot of clothes and dolls, we can imagine). One of their newer ideas is to have the option for in-app purchases, allowing users to download additional warning sounds, besides barking. We wish them luck with the development of the app and hope that it will be a success!
20. aaronkatrini (Posts: 240; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
Yeah, so people would pay money for an app that annoyes them during texting.... What an idea!! LOL
34. TechPsycho (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
ill give my idea of for preventing textin and even callin, the key is up to car makers to put a built in chip (NFC maybe) at the driver's seat that can wirelessly shut down the texting capabilities of the phone.
35. reignwolve101 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
There has to be more annoying sounds than barking. Dog owners can tune that out if they have a barker at home.
4. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
How can this app get supported like this when it promotes the use of a action which kills so many on the roads each year,driving and texting should never be put together
25. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
its designed to discourage texting while driving. howd you miss that?
5. Lifengineer (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
DAH! I don't see what's the clever about it!!!
I have an idea:
An app runs in the background and check the GPS in background and it verifies if you are moving at a speed say > 5km/h then it shuts the messaging app down and doesn't allow you to open it until you are at rest!
What about that guys?!
6. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
i'd give you 20,000$ for that idea if i had. but still, i guess there are more than 1000,000 people thought of that already (yeah, including me)
13. cfprelude (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
problematic for passengers, train/bus riders, etc etc... :(
30. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
I was about to say the exact same thing cfprelude! there is no way to toggle it because no one is going to admittingly say they are the actual driver so that the messaging app will shut down (at least, not the majority of the population)
15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3135; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Then comes the bus mode, bicycle mode and the human mode, haha...kidding dude.
Nice concept, but practically...lots of hurdles to pass first.
21. aaronkatrini (Posts: 240; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
how about phones that doesnt have GPS?
7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1077; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I don't get it. How does it actually know that you are driving and just riding in some vehicle?
10. ilia1986 (unregistered)
My thought exactly.
27. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Maybe The app can track via GPS if you on a train route or something...
8. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Wouldn't work lol unless there is a way to differentiate if you were the driver or passenger. That would be annoying as hell if you were just a passenger and your phone was either preventing you from using your phone or making annoying sounds telling you not to text.
29. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
But whats to keep the driver from just putting it on the "passenger setting" and just texting anyways *rubs chin* such a predicament.
9. tacotacobell (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
Great thought - but stupid idea!! Just as it was stated before, why would you want to encourage the use of texting while driving... A better idea of an app would have something were when you enter your car, you set the app so it only gives the user an option for car mode, (i.e navigation)
11. aahmed215 (Posts: 126; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
I don't see what's so great about this idea.
The best idea I can think of is having your phone read out texts and have you reply with voice command. It's not that perfect, if you REALLY must read and reply to that text, then stop somewhere safe or wait until you reach your destination.
16. antmiu2 (Posts: 258; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
the idea seems mad wack to me.. f**k me right?
18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3398; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
This idea was worth $20,000?! Really?! Good grief.
19. Grishm (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 May 2012)
It just takes common sense to not text or talk on phone while driving. Duh!
22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7030; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
11yr old doesn't even drive yet they still give her 20,000$ is their something wrong with that?
24. troutsy (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?
26. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
how do you guys not get this?
this is a parent/child app. if you're child drives themselves to/from school everyday (or wherever else), you would know exactly what time of day and that they are in fact the ones behind the wheel. you can 'bark' at your child. that simple.
it adds a parent interaction to the text while driving app. if i were a parent i would gladly spend money to have this app on my phone and my teen driver's phone.
31. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
This is a classic case of Freedom Vs. Safety. Would you risk giving up some freedoms so that a 3rd party can keep you "safe" or should you have the right to decide your own safety and keep your Freedoms to do the things you want and determine your own risks?
32. downphoenix (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Wow, this is a stupid idea. Chalk it up to AT&T for thinking its a great idea and handing this kid a $20k grant.
33. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
wow... a great idea by a kid!!! i wonder how will i develop an app that will be the next big thing? the next plants vs zombies and angry birds
37. VooDooMOD (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)
Anti texting device
a prox sensor that works with the phone to
disable txt behind the wheel like a cloud around the driver
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