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

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

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!

via: TheVerge



1. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Arf Arf!!

20. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

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

34. TechPsycho

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 05, 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: Sep 23, 2012

There has to be more annoying sounds than barking. Dog owners can tune that out if they have a barker at home.

2. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

So how do you see it ?

3. Arcane

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Clever idea!

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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

36. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011


5. Lifengineer

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 15, 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: Jul 09, 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: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

30. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 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)

12. rupeshwar

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

What if you are in a bus?

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

17. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol what if u are in train :P

23. spinz

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

21. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

how about phones that doesnt have GPS?

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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: Mar 28, 2012

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

8. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

14. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011


28. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Maybe they could add settings on the phone?

29. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 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: Sep 20, 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: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 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: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

19. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 2012

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

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