Text Vision In Review – WATWW: Walk And Text Without Worry!
We live in a society that’s “always connected”. If it’s not text it’s Twitter, or Facebook, or some other social hub. We like to be able to keep in touch everywhere, all the time. You can’t walk 6 metres down a sidewalk without seeing somebody tapping away on a mobile device – a dangerous pastime. Thanks to ingenious developer TouchMiPhone’s latest app, Text Vision, you can stay out of danger’s way.
One of the things that I always look for in an app, game, or otherwise is design. To me it’s one of, if not the most important aspect of the app. People are going to see it, before they use it. So design is always key. With Text Vision however, the tables are turned. It’s actually the lack of design that’s key to its success. The main use of the app is for you to be able to text/email/whatever while ’seeing’ what’s in front of you at all times. TouchMiPhone has achieved this by making the image from the camera take up the entire screen, then just putting a translucent text box over top of it. Nice, simple and effective in allowing you to do what you want, while being able to see straight ahead. Even with the keyboard up and the text box in sight, you still can see anything in front of you without any problems.
To use the app, just tap the text box to begin your message. To add a recipient give your device a shake and down will drop spaces for you to add the phone or email of the person you want to reach. Alternatively you can tap the + symbol to use one of your contacts. If you want to post to Facebook or Twitter, you can just leave those fields blank and using the nav buttons at the bottom, select and login to those services. Although it’s a weird sensation being able to see in front of you while you are typing, it doesn’t take much to get used too it. I was surprised at how I wasn’t distracted from what I was doing, but at the same time more aware of what was around me.
You can either take a picture using the camera or select one from your albums. Taking a picture just hides the text box and snaps whatever is in front of you. It is important to make sure that you are ready to take your picture when you tap that button, otherwise you may have to redo it a couple times. Afterwards, your image gets added to your message and from there you can either preview, enter some text or send.
One of the things that might be a pain for some people is that to send a message/email/etc. you have to tap a button at the bottom, then select the way to send it. In some cases you have to leave the app to send the message thanks to iPhone restrictions. I think it would be easier for the user to have one send button and then select the service via one pop up. Too many steps could aggravate some users.
I originally heard of Text Vision through the developer and didn’t think much of it at first. It sounded useful but not something really necessary. After having the opportunity to try the app out I have to say it really can be a useful tool. If you find yourself texting, tweeting or facebooking while you are walking around. You may want to take a look at this app. Maybe next time you won’t blindly bump into that guy that was walking right in front of you. Missing the manhole, however, is ever so much more glorious.
iTunes: Text Vision