Apple has filed for "transparent texting" patent

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – For people who can’t help but keep walking while texting, Apple has a pending solution for you. Apple filed a patent for “transparent texting,” an iPhone feature that’ll keep texting pedestrians out of harm’s way.

“A user who is walking while participating in a text messaging session may inadvertently collide with or stumble over objects in his path because his attention was focused on his device’s display instead of the path that he was traversing,” according to the pending patent file.

The iPhone’s rear-facing camera will have a live video feed in the text message background so users can see whatever predicament is in front of them. This way, texters will avoid falling down or bumping into objects.

“The camera can continuously capture and present the video images as the background in the text messaging session, so that the device’s user continuously can be aware of the environment beyond the device’s display while still focusing on the text messages being communicated.

“The background within the text messaging session can continuously be a live and current video image of the view seen by the camera at any given moment,” the patent application’s abstract adds.

The problem of pedestrian texting is enough of a concern that several states have drafted bills concerning it.

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