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    All it takes is one second.

    Taking your eyes off the road to tinker with any device - cell phone, iPod, etc. - even for a fleeting moment can be hazardous to your life and the lives of others.

    In this regard, the distraction equivalent of iPhones and iPods is that of a hand grenade. But, luckily, there's a new app called PlaySafe that addresses the very serious threat posed by controlling music on your iPhone while driving.

    From Pocket-Lint:
    The "PlaySafe" app simplifies the process of playing music on your Apple touch device when in the car (or presumably anytime for the lazy), therefore making you less likely to plough through a superfluity of nuns on a zebra crossing.
    Essentially, the 99 cent app circumvents the tiny onscreen controls and makes the whole screen one big control mechanism.
    And regardless of how you mount your phone, PlaySafe works in either portrait and landscape modes.

    When the app is running, tapping anywhere on the screen pauses the music while a left or right swipe skips tracks. Apparently, "itís so easy you can do it without looking at the screen."
    PlaySafe is one of the those apps that makes you wonder "why didn't I think of that?" More so, in fact, why didn't Apple?

    If you're like me and constantly take your eyes off the road to adjust or control your music player, PlaySafe truly has the potential to save your life.

    It should be noted, however, that some users have reported crashes when adding their entire collection of songs to PlaySafe.
    However, this can usually be solved by deleting and re-installing the app.

    I've only had PlaySafe for a matter of hours and can no longer imagine life without it.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Drive Safe with PlaySafe started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -

      ...well we all have our vices i suppose :-)


      But again, I'm not disagreeing, however the point still remains open that do you really need to do that while you are driving, and isn't so much simpler to use a proven 100% accurate technology of actually typing it out, VS. the still 90% accurate method of voice to text?

      Can you honestly say that you wouldn't look at your screen just to be certain that what you spoke into the mic didn't come out 100% accurately, and then spend the next couple of minutes correcting the mistakes and the send it out? Which goes right back to the fact that it's a redundant obsolete technology that is more of a burden then a benefit.

      Voice to Text that is...

      I mean what would happen if you wanted "x", but in reality wanted "e"?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I was really trying to point out how useful I think texting is, not so much the driving and texting
    1. ggibby's Avatar
      ggibby -
      ON topic... ;-)
      I really liked PocketTouch, and reading everything I find about PlaySafe makes it sound much more involved. I guess I'm waiting, unless there's an actual PlaySafe/PocketTouch comparison review out there.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      AVRCP for me. The iPhone should have always supported it... even before A2DP.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      this would be great if i could actually drive again
      6 more weeks on a boot here i come