Texting while driving can be deadly. Talking while walking? Also deadly. Or at least threatening enough that researchers at Dartmouth and the University of Bologna thought it necessary to develop a smartphone app that makes it safer. Their Android app uses machine learning and image recognition that takes place right on your phone to alert you when you're chatting your way right into an oncoming smash-up.
The app uses the outward facing camera on a smartphone to help a pedestrian look both ways (or at least one way). Using vision algorithms built into the app, the system determines which way cars on the roadway are facing and whether or not they are moving, taking into account the tilt of the phone and varying light conditions to establish an accurate picture of the roadway. It then figures out if any approaching vehicle is a threat to the user.
WalkSafe, as the app is known, can detect cars moving 30 miles per hour at more than 160 feet, notifying the unwary user via auditory and vibrating alerts that in addition to whatever bad news his/her mom/girlfriend/boyfriend/lawyer is dishing out via the phone line, he or she is also about to be struck down mid-stride.
Unless the car is coming from the other direction. In which case, there's no real substitute for looking both ways.
My iphone will protect me, when istudidly cross the street in front of a car, DOPE!
Of course, if the autonomous icar was on the road, this situation would never occur in the first place.
In the modern electronic future, we will all be ihappy.
Happy isigh...... ;)
I am just so iQurious!
If I am an owner of Android phone and become ever so comfortable of texting and walking and only looking at my Android screen and feet below, I will get a false sense of security.
When I step into that manhole and break my neck, can I sue the maker of the app or Android, probably not.
While this app is interesting and appears useful in first read, I do not like the false sense of safety it projects.
Technically for making it, I give them an A.
For real world use, I give them an D.
thats cool actually
crapple(I leave this at any apple related article sorry)
Most people are right handed, thus hold the phone with the right hand. So the app will detect the traffic coming from the wrong side (at least for the majority of the world). However it might work for the countries where people drive on the wrong side of the road.
awesome. i just love where our current phone tech is heading. maybe virtual reality spots similar to Playstation Home? using avatar to out liking? sort of like the V world in Caprica.
The people of the world only divide into two kinds, One sort with brains who hold no religion, The other with religion and no brain.
- Abu-al-Ala al-Marri
If you happen to try this App on a busy highway let me know how well it works. In fact i'll send you a get well card if you survive.
where will you spend eternity?
This thing is so useless, it isn't even funny. I mean, like everybody else said, what if you're holding it the wrong way or wrong traffic and stuff. Seriously why get distracted in the first place? This is an app for stupid people who prefer talk/text to life and limb.
it's a great use of the camera sensors, but i'd have to agree with Sevykeble
In a perfect world the driver of the vehicle would not be talking on the phone and would be able to see the person. By the way, in every place I have been, the pedestrian has the right of way. The vehicle is supposed to be in control. It could be a child in the road.
I agree that this phone deal is out of control and amount of apps will fix that.