You know, stupid as that is...
...it's actually a good idea.
iPhone users can now walk the streets safe in the knowledge that upcoming letter boxes, errant children or dogshit can be easily avoided, without interrupting the more important act of reading email. Email 'N Walk is a genuine iPhone application, available for free from developers Phase2 Media, which displays the camera's view …
I already have to dodge absent minded people non stop during on my daily walk to and from the station. The ones who think they don't have to look where they're going and everyone will just clear a path for them. It would take the biscuit if these people were reading heir emails as well.
Surely any email important enough to require immediate action is going to be inherently too important to deal with as you wonder down the street with your tongue hanging out your mouth.
Now I won't miss an important play when watching the game just because I was distracted by my email.
Now millions of teens can email AND babysit at the same time.
How long until someone posts a picture of them using email-and-walk to view another iPhone using email-and-walk, viewing another iPhone using email-and-walk...etc...
NOTICE, people, that it is NOT Email-and-DRIVE.
I hate people that do this, shuffling along staring into their phones.
But this won't help when it comes to crossing the road, the image on the phone won't show them an image to the side of a large truck coming at them when they step off the pavement...
Nothing worse than someone with head phones on staring into a hand held device stepping out in front of you, you sound your horn, slow down and they still ignore you.
Well maybe people getting run over while using a phone can be a 21st century solution to thinning out the gene pools of stupid genes.
So you can see over walls which are too high, through people's windows when the curtains are drawn, etc.
Maybe they could even build one with a rear view mirror, so you can walk slowly along with it held in front of your face and not worry that a pickpocket is rifling your rucksack. Although there never seemed to be a market for the 'Lonely Planet Guide to London' with a rear view mirror built into it, so it'll probably never happen.
A very primitive form I suppose... but it's the 1st massmarket application I've seen. How soon before I can get iglasses?! Reach out into your field of view, make a gesture at an MP, and up pops a 50% transparent expense claim history over his/her head!
All without bumping into a lampost :-)
I'm thinking of those who walk out onto the street without looking while having an MP3 player playing loudly, or just mesmerised in their own thoughts. It's not fun to almost run them over.
While I agree with the 'cool' and 'interesting' comments, I agree much more with the 'stop, look and write emails/messages' gist of comments. Otherwise, we might see a category on Darwin Awards for the most impressive way to get one while using an iphone
...when faced with the problem of being unable to see where they are going whilst using a mobile phone, rather than coming to the conclusion of the intelligent majority (it's not safe to use a mobile whilst walking down the street so stop doing it and annoying the fuck out of all those people I keep bumping in to) actually thinks "Hey, I can switch the camera on and THEN I'll be able to see where I'm going".
I'm still not sure whether he should be awarded or hung?
Maybe we could hang a medal around his neck and THEN throttle him with it?
"I already have to dodge absent minded people non stop during on my daily walk to and from the station. The ones who think they don't have to look where they're going and everyone will just clear a path for them."
If you have the corresponding physique you can afford to cancel that behavior. They may "think" that everyone will clear them a path. They could suddenly learn that they are wrong and BOOM they are on the floor. Then yell "DUDE, WATCH YOUR STEP!" right in their face so they do not even remotely get the idea that it might be your fault. Wouldn't do it if I was short or light, but that might also work if you put enough force into it. It is amazing how easily people are intimidated, especially when distracted.
Otherwise, this software is quite a neat idea.
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Nice to see Kanye West posting here. Any chance of a Twitter feed, rudebwoy?
Anyway, yes, this is surely a bad thing. It'll just encourage the drones to continue clogging up our pedestrian highways. Too many times I come across people blocking stairs and doorways, usually after they've ground to a halt. I make a point of brushing hastily past, causing them to momentarily wake up, blink hard and look around.
Other zombies can be seen haphazardly shambling along the pavement, bouncing between lampposts and annoyed pedestrians, their mobile of choice (not usually an iphone though) apparently guiding them towards some kind of pre-defined fate (trip, smash and compo claim, probably).
Actually, I have an iphone but won't be downloading this. I bought a Shuffle too because it's more convenient when on the bike/running/etc. Both are excellent for blocking out idle pedestrian chitchat, which is usually provided by overdressed A-list wannabe workbints bitching on about how Julie from accounts has no style, whilst carrying their own phone in a cocked hand, handbag suspended from the elbow, half-smoked fag smouldering away in the other claw.
Out of the way, squares!
There just aren't enough reviews with the word dogshit in the first sentence. It's could be a very good idea which looks like bullshit, like the button on my dect phone base which allows me to find the handset, worthless until you use it. On the other hand it could thin out the herd of apple dupes which definitely is a good idea.
"The iphone camera doesn't do video.. even in 3.0."
But the camera's preview *is* video. It just can't *record* video. So it works quite nicely.
This is actually quite an ingenious idea, and the first tentative step toward an immersive augmented reality. The idea of combining this with Google Maps or Google Street View is brilliant.
I hate to say it, but I think the naysayers here lack...err, vision.
For a long time now I have noticed that more and more people just can't seem to perceive the world around them further than a short hand-reach from themselves anymore.
Being able to bowl into them on the footpath is one of the few benefits of being quite overweight.
Being short then makes the evil stare I give them even more withering.
People who stop dead without warning in a crowded foot path are fun too. You just have to practice overriding the instinct to try and stop yourself.
What we really need is some sort of large predatory animal with very short legs. Easy to avoid by paying attention, otherwise it might take a limb or two for lunch.
Nice. It should be a whole lot easier now if I wanted to nick one of those things. I just have to look out for some fool walking down the street holding one out in front of him, whilst oblivious to what's really going on around him.
If they must do emails etc on the move, perhaps they should try speech recognition?
"DUDE" is a great way to get their attention, or, if they are male, call them "Madame". I personally like dropping the shoulder, as my rugby coach taught me when I were a nipper...
LaeMi - just step through them, followed up by a short, derogatory and rude comment about twunts "not f*cking stopping there you twat".
Another pet hate - when couples decide that since they are couple they can walk hand in hand and take up the entire pavement.
Yet another hate - in the Tube, idiots who decide that they have right of way because they are late for their train. Especially on the stairs. This also counts for the train network. Flicking their heel on the top step is also good on the stairs.
Final hate (for now) - f*ckwits who think their tiny bit of wheeled luggage needs to be trailed at full extension behind them. Unfortunately, flicking these over can scratch the leather on the shoes. Hence the cheaper pair of shoes I wear to work...