You’ve probably seen it: people hunched over their phones texting away, walking into things—walking into you. Have no fear. Apple is designing an app that will allow them to walk and text without hitting anything. Listen to this patent-speak technical writing prowess:
An electronic communication device’s camera can continuously capture and present video images as a background within a text messaging session currently being displayed by the device. The camera can be a rear-facing camera on the device, so that the video images represent the views that the device’s user would see if the devices’s diplay were transparent. 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.
If you didn’t read that in “robot voice,” you need to go back and read it again. I think this trend is disturbing. Whether it’s Facebook, Google Glass, or this app—yet to be named or released—it seems the market is dedicated to increasing and highlighting anti-social behavior rather than eliminating it.
Texting while walking apparently causes more accidents than texting while driving. Let that sink in. But do you know what the real solution to the dangers of texting and walking is? Stop texting and walking. Look around. Interact with reality a little bit.
It’s disturbing to see a whole generation buried so deeply in their virtual reality, that an app needs to be created so they can be more oblivious without being hurt. Don’t worry little guy. Hush now baby. Apple is here to hold you. Apple is gonna make sure you don’t fall while you’re being an inhuman jackass within your surroundings.
Sorry, but this stuff just kills me. Virtual life in a virtual space is destroying the next generation. They don’t even realize how vacant they already are.