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11-year old comes up with an anti-texting while driving app concept, AT&T gives her $20,000

0. phoneArena 21 Sep 2012, 09:12 posted on

When you put energy and ideas into a project, rewards are just a matter of time. That's the lesson that 11-year old Victoria Walker learned after creating a concept for an anti-texting while driving app, together with designer David Grau...

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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:26 6

1. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Arf Arf!!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:01 1

20. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Yeah, so people would pay money for an app that annoyes them during texting.... What an idea!! LOL

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:54 2

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.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 05:15

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:27 1

2. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


So how do you see it ?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:27 1

3. Arcane (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Clever idea!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:38 1

4. andro. (Posts: 1927; 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

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:58 2

25. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


its designed to discourage texting while driving. howd you miss that?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 03:31

36. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


lolz..

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:57 6

5. Lifengineer (Posts: 38; 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?!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:05 2

6. aokde (Posts: 185; 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)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:10 9

13. cfprelude (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


problematic for passengers, train/bus riders, etc etc... :(

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:17

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)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:49 4

12. rupeshwar (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


What if you are in a bus?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:18 2

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; 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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:45

17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol what if u are in train :P

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:26

23. spinz (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Yeah, what if you're the passenger in a car.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:02

21. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


how about phones that doesnt have GPS?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:15 5

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; 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?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:25 3

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


My thought exactly.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 16:56

27. Yummy (Posts: 115; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Maybe The app can track via GPS if you on a train route or something...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:15 6

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:11 1

14. cfprelude (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


precisely.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 16:56

28. Yummy (Posts: 115; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Maybe they could add settings on the phone?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 17:15

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:19

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)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:33 2

11. aahmed215 (Posts: 74; 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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:34

16. antmiu2 (Posts: 167; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


the idea seems mad wack to me.. f**k me right?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:56

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1929; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


This idea was worth $20,000?! Really?! Good grief.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 12:07

19. Grishm (Posts: 52; Member since: 18 May 2012)


It just takes common sense to not text or talk on phone while driving. Duh!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:14

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


11yr old doesn't even drive yet they still give her 20,000$ is their something wrong with that?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:44

24. troutsy (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 14:02 1

26. ayephoner (Posts: 833; 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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:23

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?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:35

32. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; 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.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 00:53

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

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 09:38

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

Here Make This Call For ME

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