Product: Cell Phone: Messaging: Application
Speech-to-Rebus   (+1)  [vote for, against]
If phone-text is going to full of icons, then at least make them harder to interpret.

A typical phone-text app now offers access to a large number of little pictures as alternatives to words.

Hook up such an app to voice-recognition software - but, instead of just writing a picture of a thing named, have the software pluck out from the stream of phonemes any sequence which can be mapped to any picture in the library, where words map to pictures many-to-many.

A groan-slider widget sets the level of permissible machine-generated bad punning.

An ex-rebus mode, combined with a high slider setting, allows this software to be used as a crude means to encrypt communication.

Ideally, advanced rebus constructions* would also be supported, but the algorithm for that would not be trivial.

*Such as the famous postal address
-- pertinax, Sep 17 2016

What a rebus is
Some people seem to need this ... [pertinax, Sep 26 2016]

Some rebus-sprinkled text ... https://kendeacon.f.../mary-plain-026.jpg
... such as might be emulated by this app. [pertinax, Sep 26 2016]

// level of permissible machine-generated bad punning //

Presumably there will be a "maximum boost" setting, marked "HB" ...
-- 8th of 7, Sep 17 2016

No relation to the detective?
-- not_morrison_rm, Sep 17 2016

Presumably not - unless transmission is in Morse.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 18 2016

More likely to be a message from Fax Mulder ...
-- 8th of 7, Sep 18 2016

I like this, so I voted for it.
-- beanangel, Sep 24 2016

That's definitely the way it works.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 24 2016

random, halfbakery