One of the big issues you might run into while text messaging is that your mind gets consumed in text messaging and sometimes you're won't be paying enough attention to your surroundings and you might bump into something. It's like the old saying goes – you can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
Fortunately, iOS developers Sassoty and Phillip Tennen are bringing eyes to your Messages application for you, so that while you text message or iMessage someone, you can see where you're going. It's a new jailbreak tweak called CamText
, and it uses the rear-facing camera to give you a view of where you're going while you message someone, as shown above.
While you're messaging someone, the background of the Messages application becomes the view of the camera lens, while the keyboard, navigation bar, and text field all remain opaque with some blur.
CamText adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure a few simple options:
From here, you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, as well as select how transparent the white background in the Messages application will be. You can have the white background be very opaque, so that the camera view appears faint, or you can back the white background be very transparent, so that the camera view appears very bold and clear.
CamText is an interesting idea, but always exercising caution and watching where you're going is still the best way to ensure that you don't bump into somebody, or something. Nonetheless, if you want to give CamText a try, it's right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository for just $1.49. The tweak requires iOS 7 to be installed and works on both 32-bit and 64-bit iPhones and iPod touches (not iPads).
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
Sassoty, Phillip Tennen