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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, "it’s 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. ziggie216's Avatar
      ziggie216 -
      so how come apple didnt reject this app.. isnt it a "duplicate function" of the ipod?
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      speech-to-text? do i see a hack of the 3gs voice control system coming on?
      Speech-to-text already exists for all iPhones. There's a couple apps that have the capability of doing this, such as the Google App. Vlingo also lets you search, call, update your Fb/Twitter status all with your voice. The only reason why its not on the 3G and 2G is because Apple says that they don't have enough RAM to run these services in the background.
    1. mkvos's Avatar
      mkvos -
      Hmmm.. Do I smell Apple integrating this in FW 3.2?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by boe_dye View Post
      You know, i've worked it out over and over in my head, and I just don't see it!

      I grew up being the first person in my group with a cell phone (way back in the 90's). Once my friends caught up to where I was and got a phone, I was still the only one who could SMS, or even knew that the feature was there...

      Sure going going to a concert when you can't talk cause of the music, texting someone to say "i'm on the right hand side of the pavilion", Or texting the wife as your out the door from work "leaving now". SMS=Short/Small Message Service.

      But now, people are going to be having full length conversations with it. And you know as well as I do that once you start voice texting then people are going to be talking into their phones, texting back and forth, talking without talking...

      I'm getting to a point in my life where I am not seeing technology as a useful tool to make life more productive and easier, but instead technology as a toy that says "ooo looky what I can do this week...

      So with that, I respectfully disagree in saying that there simply isn't any real reason why one must be texting while they are driving.

      Besides, voice to text is so horrid that it's hardly ever accurate. And that's standing in a noise free room.

      Imagine driving in your car, road noise, a.c., etc talking to your phone and then looking at the screen to make certain that the message is even accurate.

      (which defeats the purpose anyways cause the point is NOT to look at your phone.)

      Nay, I'll call or wait till I get home.

      There are many times that I need to tell one of my project managers or sales people to go to a location and texting is fast, easy, and they can have the address without writing it down. Many times it nice to text someone before a call to see if they are free to talk. I was never a big text user prior to the iphone but now I send over 100 text a day. I find it to be a very useful tool
    1. slidingmike's Avatar
      slidingmike -
      just a hundred a day? I must say thats rather low. I spend close to 600 a day and lets just say that bill from AT&T close to 30 pages long. ;]
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Sounds useful. Texting while driving...sir, here's a ticket.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      I wouldn't want to be near any of you guys on the road
    1. lild7hina's Avatar
      lild7hina -
      lol using beejive while driving is difficult but here in spfd, mo only ppl under 21 get tickets while texting...
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      There are many times that I need to tell one of my project managers or sales people to go to a location and texting is fast, easy, and they can have the address without writing it down. Many times it nice to text someone before a call to see if they are free to talk. I was never a big text user prior to the iphone but now I send over 100 text a day. I find it to be a very useful tool
      don't get me wrong, I agree texting is a wonderful tool, and I use it from time to time...

      However... and be honest. Do you really find yourself driving from point a to point b without pre planning to meet your managers or sales people before you get into the car, or are you driving along merrily along the way and suddenly go "gee I guess i should text bob or sue to meet me here or there in 20 minutes"

      Now you know what the next innovation is going to be? Now that we are all worried about speech to txt, so that we can text while we drive... We are eventually going to see SPEECH to TEXT, so that the recipient doesn't have to read the Text WHILE THEY ARE DRIVING!

      ...

      Seriously, pen, paper. Make a phone call... The old tricks work the best.

      Hell, at the rate we are going we might as well just ditch the iPhone and go back to pagers and sidekicks.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      it's funny cause what's being talked about has nothing to do with the app.... =/ but soi read you can't search yrou songs that sdumb but also does it only work with the device on? that also sucks huge battery drain
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It's illegal to touch your phone while driving in the UK - handsfree has to have hands free answering as well.
      I believe some people want to introduce the Death penalty in the UK but only for the offence of using your phone while driving...
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      nice
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Maybe I made that last bit up...
      It just seems that way
    1. averigualotu's Avatar
      averigualotu -
      Get a hands free like the one I have Bluetooth® hands free car kits made for iPod and compatible with iPhone - Parrot MKi9200

      voice recognition
      your music via the dock connector or bluetooh
      pandora via the headset Jack ( I guess a parrot update will fix it in the future)

      the best
    1. thinknoffcenter's Avatar
      thinknoffcenter -
      uhhh, fluxtunes has been doin this for a month now, and has volume control, and is the same price
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Yeah we're not allowed to use our phones either.
      Handsfree if you want to talk on the phone.
      No phone whatsoever if you're a new teen driver...
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Learn to drive better imo.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -


      I tried to download PocketTouch but received a notifaction saying that it is not compatible with OS 3.0. So I grabbed PlaySafe from the App Store for .99 and it works. This is actually a good idea when you are driving & listening to podcasts, etc.; and it allows you to select multiple items to listen to.

      OK, I checked out the Parrot MKI9200, and it does seem to do everything...but the price is an eye-gouging, wallet-busting $299!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by boe_dye View Post
      don't get me wrong, I agree texting is a wonderful tool, and I use it from time to time...

      However... and be honest. Do you really find yourself driving from point a to point b without pre planning to meet your managers or sales people before you get into the car, or are you driving along merrily along the way and suddenly go "gee I guess i should text bob or sue to meet me here or there in 20 minutes"

      Now you know what the next innovation is going to be? Now that we are all worried about speech to txt, so that we can text while we drive... We are eventually going to see SPEECH to TEXT, so that the recipient doesn't have to read the Text WHILE THEY ARE DRIVING!

      ...

      Seriously, pen, paper. Make a phone call... The old tricks work the best.

      Hell, at the rate we are going we might as well just ditch the iPhone and go back to pagers and sidekicks.
      I didn't mean that I text them to meet me somewhere but what I do is send them a text saying please go by job A,B,C, and D and then pickup (35) pieces of X from location E and take them to location F. It helps keep them from calling me back and saying how many pieces of X did you need again? I find it very helpful but I can see how others could find it useless.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I've forgotten, how many pieces of X did you need?