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Head Down Display

for ambulatory texting
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People paying attention to their texting-device sometimes step off curbs or crash into walls unexpectedly while walking. This device simply takes a live image from the cell phone's camera, and makes it the background image moving behind the text. Then you'll see that open manhole before you step.
lurch, Nov 20 2007

It's here... http://lifehacker.c...etting-hit-by-a-car
[Jinbish, Jul 29 2009]

Legislation instead? http://technolog.ms...texting-and-walking
Dammit, I *tried* to keep this from happening! [lurch, Jan 26 2011]

It's gone viral now. http://www.youtube....watch?v=mg11glsBW4Y
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 27 2011]

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       Genius. [+]
jtp, Nov 20 2007
  

       Good idea.
MisterQED, Nov 20 2007
  

       The fact that I don't understand _texting_ from a _telephone_ with a perfectly good speaker and microphone setup does not make this a bad idea.   

       Apparently some people really would rather thumb their way through elaborate typing mechanisms using six buttons in esoteric combinations, taking twelve and a half minutes to form a three-word message than just call and say it. So, OK.
globaltourniquet, Nov 20 2007
  

       Texting is good for private conversations. Good for loud places too, where you can't hear. But most of the time I want to slap the phone out of peoples hands. With the "chocolate" slide phone, you can smack the top mid text and it will close and erase the text. Hah.
rascalraidex, Nov 20 2007
  

       /People paying attention to their texting-device sometimes step off curbs or crash into walls unexpectedly while walking. //   

       I'd hate for this to be stopped before I get a chance to witness it.
phundug, Nov 20 2007
  

       Well, then, [phundug], maybe you should look up ;)
lurch, Nov 21 2007
  

       WTF, THIS IS FUBAR, TTY(a)L
evilpenguin, Nov 21 2007
  

       //We might even have to bring back the console window.//   

       Bring back? It never left! I use it every day.   

       //People paying attention to their texting-device sometimes step off curbs or crash into walls unexpectedly while walking. //   

       And they deserve it. "lk ware u goin m8"
webfishrune, Nov 23 2007
  

       This kind of phone needs a proximity sensor (vibration?) for when you hold it too close to your face.
reensure, Nov 27 2007
  
      
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