Have trouble texting and walking? Apple has an idea
A newly published patent application suggests a way to display video on your iPhone that shows the path ahead as you look down.
Lance WhitneyContributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
Those of you who have ever bumped into trouble texting while walking may appreciate a patent application from the mind of Apple.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application dubbed "Transparent Texting" proposes a feature that would continuously capture and display video images of the environment ahead of you via your phone's rear-facing camera. The display would be transparent, letting you see the video in the background while you text in the foreground.
The transparency may also extend to the bubbles that display your messages in an IM chat. Such transparent bubbles would let you peek at more of the video in the background. The actual text would remain opaque so that you can easily see it.
Of course, there is another solution to this problem. Don't text while you're walking! But in these days when everyone has to be glued to their mobile devices while they're doing something else, Apple's proposal could save texters from bumping into that nasty tree or falling into that open manhole.