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Transparent Screen App Lets Android Users Walk Without Worry

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Feb 7, 2012, 8:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

An application called Transparent Screen, which hopes to make using Android smartphones safer when on the go, recently became available in the Android Market. The free application uses the smartphone's camera to create a real-time view of what's on the other side of your phone. The live view is then layered underneath other running tasks, such as SMS or the browser. The idea is to allow people to keep their faces buried in their smartphones as they walk from point A to point B, while still allowing them to avoid potential obstacles in their path. Transparent Screen requires Android version 2.2 and up.

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Feb 7, 2012, 8:52 AM

Battery Comsumption Eric?

Cameras expend a substantial amount of energy. Any idea of how much time we can expect from app on a single charge?

John B.
I can't say. The app developer says in the release notes that it is a bit of a battery hog, and that he is working to reduce its power consumption.

Feb 7, 2012, 11:23 AM


An app that makes texting and driving safer and more dangerous at the same time!

Feb 7, 2012, 10:41 AM

A question

How many people are walking and texting and NOT looking down at their phone in their hands. Wouldn't most people just get a transparent image displaying their own feet?

I don't see a lot of walking text zombies looking up.

Feb 7, 2012, 9:42 AM


Another way technology can make people stupider. Maybe next they can make an app so people can walk and chew gum.
we're years away from that...the micro-chips and installation in the jaw would be a nightmare in itself...

don't even get me started on the potential for electrical shock...

i smell a lawsuit.

Feb 7, 2012, 8:49 AM


I see no practical reason for this, I am in College. I will stop and text because if I am in that big of a hurry to get somewhere then I'm not using my phone. There is also an app called PHONE where you can talk to people.
you may do this, but most don't...i can't count how many times i've been run into by people with their faces stuck to their phone or in the case of the IT department, phones...

genius idea if you ask me.
which you didn't.
so i'll be quiet ...
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