Friday, July 29, 2011

10 Tips for Walking While you Text

Texting while walking can end up in accidents and rude encounters with people. It is pretty difficult to keep your eyes on your phone and where you are walking at the same time. Here are some tips that may help you accomplish this dual task.

Install one of these apps and use your phone’s camera to see where you’re going while you text.

  1. Road SMS – If you’ve got a Samsung phone, this app is the clear answer for texting while walking. The app utilizes your phone’s camera to act as a viewer so that you can see what is in front of you, while you are looking at the screen of your phone and texting away.
  2. Email ‘n Walk App – Got an iPhone? Then you can purchase this inexpensive program to accomplish the task in a similar way as the Road SMS app does. It also utilizes the camera to allow you to see what is ahead of you, while you type on the screen’s keyboard.
  3. Walk and Text for Android – The Android phones are not to be left out when it comes to texting on the go. Walk and Text is the name of the app for those devices that will allow you to see where you’re going using the camera to view the way through your screen. This app also has Voice2text, which makes texting in motion even easier.
  4. Text Vision – This is another app developed for the iPhone. In addition to texting while using the camera to gain a visual, this app includes facebook and Twitter.

Install one of these apps and they will convert your speech to text so that you don’t have to look down, or use your hands for typing.

  1. FlexT9 – This is an app for Android phones that is put out by Nuance, the makers of Dragonspeak voice recognition software. The app will convert your verbal speech into text for texting, email, facebook and twitter updates. Keep your eyes up and simply talk into your phone and then send. It also has input functions like ‘trace’ where you move your finger from one letter to the next to spell a word without tapping, and ‘write’ which allows you to draw your letters onto the screen and have it interpreted into text.
  2. Voice Text Pro – For your iPhone this is one of several apps available that will convert your speech to text. This one is specifically designed for texting, which makes it much more user friendly for texting than those that are designed to work with a variety of applications.
  3. Vlingo – This voice to text application is available for most cellphone operating systems, iOS, Android, Nokia, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. It isn’t limited to texting. Simply tell the phone what you want, text, email, search, get directions. It makes your smartphone even smarter.

For those without a smartphone that will accept these applications, there still are a few things you can do to make texting while walking safer.

  1. Peak Between Words – A word only takes a second to type; look up between each word to keep yourself aware of your surroundings and what is ahead of you. Remember, it isn’t the same as speaking into the phone. The person you’re texting gets the whole message at once, regardless of how long you take to type it.
  2. Qwerty – If you don’t have a qwerty keyboard on your phone, you should consider changing phones to one that has it. With a qwerty keyboard it is much easier to train your fingers to type your messages without have to look at the keyboard, just like you do on your computer keyboard.
  3. Walking Buddy – Don’t text when you’re walking by yourself. When you have another person with you, then can be your eyes for you as you respond to your text messages and you can do them the same favor.

Of the options listed above, the voice to text options seems like the best choice to me. Speech recognition software has become quite adept at translating the human voice into typeface.

Taken From Phone Service

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