11-year old comes up with an anti-texting while driving app concept, AT&T gives her $20,000
posted by Ray S. / Sep 21, 2012, 9:12 AM
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 $20,000 will go for the development of the app and some additional features for it (as well as a lot of clothes and dolls, we can imagine). One of their newer ideas is to have the option for in-app purchases, allowing users to download additional warning sounds, besides barking. We wish them luck with the development of the app and hope that it will be a success!
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posted on Sep 21, 2012, 9:26 AM 6
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Yeah, so people would pay money for an app that annoyes them during texting.... What an idea!! LOL
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 1:01 PM 1
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ill give my idea of for preventing textin and even callin, the key is up to car makers to put a built in chip (NFC maybe) at the driver's seat that can wirelessly shut down the texting capabilities of the phone.
posted on Sep 22, 2012, 5:54 AM 2
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How can this app get supported like this when it promotes the use of a action which kills so many on the roads each year,driving and texting should never be put together
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 9:38 AM 1
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DAH! I don't see what's the clever about it!!! I have an idea: An app runs in the background and check the GPS in background and it verifies if you are moving at a speed say > 5km/h then it shuts the messaging app down and doesn't allow you to open it until you are at rest! What about that guys?!
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 9:57 AM 6
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i'd give you 20,000$ 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 Sep 21, 2012, 10:05 AM 2
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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 Sep 21, 2012, 6:17 PM 0
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What if you are in a bus?
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 10:49 AM 4
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I don't get it. How does it actually know that you are driving and just riding in some vehicle?
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 10:15 AM 5
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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 Sep 21, 2012, 10:15 AM 6
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Maybe they could add settings on the phone?
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 4:56 PM 0
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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 Sep 21, 2012, 10:19 AM 0
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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 Sep 21, 2012, 10:33 AM 2
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