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Mar
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Some apps don't need much explanation. Sidewalk Buddy is one of those apps... but I'm going to explain it anyway. So, as everyone knows, attempting to chat or text on your phone as you walk on a busy city street is a great way to make people hate you. It's also a great way to bump into someone and drop your phone. But a lot of us still do it from time to time, because it seems like a good idea - and it's so efficient! I personally give up on either the walking or texting part after the first pedestrian-on-pedestrian collision, but Sidewalk Buddy may finally be the solution we've all been looking for.

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I mean, if the picture above doesn't give you the gist, I'm not sure I could actually write it out any better. It's a floating app that feeds live video from your rear camera, so you're able to see who or what is coming into your path while your head is firmly fixed in its "don't talk to me, I'm busy on my phone" position. It's actually a pretty great idea.

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You can adjust the size of the video window, level of digital zoom, and even use a custom aspect ratio, should you so desire. The app is compatible with most phones and tablets that have rear cameras.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • karel

    Who the hell texts with his phone facing the things infrony of you? If i happen to text and walk my phone looks at the ground.

    • Robert Blenkinsopp

      I have to kind of agree with this, I Just did a quick test and I pretty much only shows the ground about a meter or two in front of me, It might still work provided you notice someone's feet quick enough though :)

    • Wayne Randall

      My sentiments exactly.

      "You too can look like an even bigger tool by using our app and holding your phone vertically and directly in front of your face."

  • Jared Meyering

    Does anyone actually hold their phone Perpendicular to the ground whilst walking and technologying? I mean my phone is always at more of a 45° angle while walking which means I will have a nice battery draining view of the ground...possible some feet from time to time but then its too late.

    • John O’Connor

      Only those who still speak in Olde English.verbally. ;-)

  • LeoM

    I don't text with the phone on the vertical position (seens pretty awkward), so, if I use this app I will only see the sidewalk right in front of my feet.

  • FrillArtist

    Absolutely stupid.

  • Ferrius

    Here's an idea.
    Stop > Text > Walk again

    • QwietStorm

      Get your logic off of my interwebs

  • George Tunaya III

    The only good thing that's come walxting is that my dodgeball powers have increased ten fold!

  • tomcat84

    Alternative to this app, that has been around for over a year, with a different approach to usability:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=botweb.transparent.screen

    • Sam

      Top tip: Duct tape your phone to your eye and load up this app for a poor man's Google Project Glass.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/timgee86 Tim Gueusquin

    I bet people will be trying to use this while driving....."but officer i could see the road through my phone!"

  • Dan

    This is just as dumb as all of the other apps that do the same damned thing. Does anyone actually care?

  • jammer

    Uhh. Am I the only one with peripheral vision? I have no problem with texting and walking at the same time.

  • CameraTextGuy

    And how do you even turn this thing on? You have to find the app in the drawer, launch it, tap a button... really? It's like: "Hold on people, I have to turn this great app on, so I can text and ignore you comming at me some more..."

  • http://www.facebook.com/ScottStandishParkin Scott Standish-Parkin

    Besides all the good points others have made, this is also a great battery draining app. So for those who wish to have their phone dead by the time they reach the end of central park, download away!

  • John O’Connor

    there are similar (better?) app(s) that actually used the entire screen and made the screen transparent so that you could see everything going on behind your phone. see a few here https://play.google.com/store/search?q=transparent+screen

    They may be a little more reliable than a small window that you might not pay attention too.