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Worried about walking and texting? Try Conan O'Brien's seeing-eye helpers

Technically Incorrect: It's impossible to walk, text and see where you're going. There is a TaskRabbit-ish sort of solution.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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The perfect solution. And helps to employ others too.

Team Coco screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Multitasking has its limits.

It's hard, for example, to text and eat. It's equally hard to text and walk.

You know the situation is out of control when New Jersey is thinking of banning it.

Occasionally, you can rely on cable personality Conan O'Brien to find a solution to life's most intractable problems.

So here he is with a simple and very Silicon Valley method that allows you to walk, text and actually see where you're going.

You'll think the inspiration is TaskRabbit, the Uber for the uber-lazy. I'll tell you it's seeing-eye dogs for the blind.

For here is a human who can help another human navigate sidewalks while texting. The service is called Guiding Hands.

It's so ridiculously simple that I'm stunned TaskRabbit didn't already think of it. And if not TaskRabbit, then some other startle-eyed Stanford startup.

Think of all the bangs and crashes that can be avoided on the sidewalk. Think of the job creation that might be even greater than that promised by Donald Trump.

This is a service with infinite potential because there is an infinite need.

What could be more beautiful than humans helping humans.

I have one concern, however. What happens when the Guiding Hands can't resist their own phones?

Indeed, what kind of insurance would be necessary to ensure that we don't suddenly endure a multiple accident, as two intertwined humans plow into another human coming the other way.

Every great idea carries a risk that the creators never anticipated.