I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the number of near-misses I’ve had with lampposts, traffic lights, signs and other street furniture since I started using twitter on my mobile. Now the team here at cybersoc labs* has come up with a solution: safe-T-weet.
Safe-T-weet does all the things you’d expect from a twitter client – you can see your messages, send replies and direct message friends.
But what makes it special, and potentially life saving, is that it also accesses your mobile’s forward facing camera and let’s you see, on-screen, the view ahead of you whilst walking. It’s like a heads up display for twitter addicts.
And safe-T-weet’s functionality doesn’t end there. By continually making fine adjustments to your cameraphone’s auto-focus, safe-T-weet can actually measure the distance between you and any obstacle. Get too close and a warning appears inline, as a tweet, stopping you before a collision can occur.
Safe-T-weet also integrates fully with TwitPic, grabbing an image of the street ahead at user defined intervals and sharing it via twitter.
Cybersoc labs* is now working to extend the functionality of safe-T-weet with additional features, including:
* smile recognition which can help you recognise friends without the need to stop tweeting
* potentially dangerous individual (PDI) alert to keep your phone out of the hands of muggers and you away from threatening individuals
* integration with zonetag to allow street view images to be uploaded and mapped effortlessly in the background as you tweet
* full plurk, friendfeed and jaiku integration so you don’t have to have a Lisa Nova moment when twitter is down
Safe-T-weet is currently in invite only pre-Alpha testing.
[* Cybersoc labs, the developer of safe-T-weet, is a fictional entity which, like the application itself, is a figment of my overactive imagination.]