July 15, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
From the “Why the heck did they think of that?” files comes RoadSMS, Samsung’s latest app that’s going to lead to a lot of stupid people doing stupid things. Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh, but this is one of my pet peeves.
RoadSMS is an augmented reality type of app that allows users to send text messages without losing a sense of their surroundings. Instead of seeing the standard keyboard and background, the app throws a nearly-transparent keyboard on top of the live view of a camera. A virtual QWERTY and live view of what’s behind the user? This is the part of the script where someone writes “Hilarity ensues.”
I’m sure some people will become more alert texters, but I’d bet they are outnumbered by those who just disrupt thing. I’m sick of people bumping into others or holding up foot traffic because they can’t wait five minutes to text “LOL, cu l8tr.” If you really need to text that badly, step to the side and let people pass. Chris Davies of AndroidCommunity discovered the app and made a quick video, noting it was perfect for people who don’t want to fall into a manhole if texting while walking down the street.
Maybe some people deserve to fall into a manhole.
*I’m not sure if this app works while driving but I’d hope Samsung would be smart enough to add a code the disables the app if the phone travels at a certain speed.