Friday, December 11, 2009
Cool Technology of the Week
Have you ever been tempted to read your email while driving? In Brookline, it's already illegal and in Boston we may soon see new restrictions.
DriveSafe.ly is a mobile application that reads text (SMS) messages and emails aloud in real time and automatically responds without touching the mobile phone. It's available for Blackberry, iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile.
The free version reads the first 25 words of the message in a female voice and offers an optional text/email auto-responder such as "I'm driving right now but will followup when I arrive at my destination"
The $13.95 version grants a license for the lifetime of the phone, reads the first 500 words of each message, offers a selection of voices, and includes the same autoresponder.
I installed the application wirelessly on my Blackberry Bold (it appears in the Downloads folder) and activated the service. Each incoming email is automatically read aloud without touching the device. You can manually select an email or message to be re-read if needed.
The performance was great - a few seconds via 3G AT&T service to upload each mail message, convert text to speech and play the audio message. Since it happens automatically, there is no need to pick up your mobile device while driving ever again.
You can drive safely and still stay in touch. That's cool!
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM