It’s well known that sitting at a computer all day is bad for you, but what about texting on your phone? New research suggests that texting has a similarly poor effect on posture when you’re walking, causing discomfort and adding the potential for spinal damage.
Researchers at the University of Queensland tested the effect on mobile phone use on gait, having 26 healthy people walk in a straight line in front of 8 cameras while wearing reflective markers. Each person walked normally, texted, and read text messages.
The researchers found that while their subjects read or wrote texts, they placed their feet less accurately, held their head in a more flexed position and walked more slowly. When texting, subjects also deviated from the straight line and moved their head more, impacting their balance.
They also noted that pedestrians were at risk while reading or texting, particularly while navigating obstacles or crossing the road, so it makes sense to at least stop using your phone at these points.
Texting and driving is another danger, although for reasons of inattention behind the wheel rather than posture. We’ve seen laws across the world against using phones while driving, but in the US at least 23% of car crashes involved mobile phones - and that number seems only set to increase as mobile phones become an increasingly ubiquitous technology.
An indie developer has produced a weirdly compelling demonstration of these dangers, in a web game called Text and Drive: Friendship Never Dies. You can play it here. The gameplay is somewhat abstract, but there’s a satisfying finale and a score counter; I got 238. Of course, as the developer says on the page, “please don’t actually text and drive.”
Do you text while walking or driving? How do you feel about people that do? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend ahead!
A childhood dream come true. Check out these awesome gloves that let you make and receive calls when connected to your smartphone via bluetooth.
Why are these gloves so cool? I hope that’s not something that I have to explain. You hold your hand up to your ear and mouth, imitating a phone, and you can have a conversation with someone on the other end of the line as if by magic. More so, the gloves are touch screen friendly which makes them as useful as they are fun.
A great winter accessory, I’d recommend getting a pair now before they sell out. There is an old proverb which goes like this: “build your cart in the winter and your sled in the summer”.
Watch the video below to see them in action on ITV’s This Morning!
The Hi-Fun Bluetooth Gloves are available in two colours and two different sizes:
When Apple announced that they were switching from the old 30 pin connection to the new Lightning one there was pandemonium, with Apple fans questioning what they’d do with old 30 pin docks and how they’d possibly survive having both 30 pin and Lightning accessories.
The KitSound Dock Air Bluetooth Adaptor solves this issue and so much more. A tiny yet revolutionary product, the KitSound Dock Air simply attaches to the 30 pin connection port of the old Apple accessory and converts it so that it can be used with any bluetooth device. Not only does this mean that the iPhone 5 can be used with the old docking station, but now any bluetooth device including laptops, tablets and non-Apple products can stream audio through the Dock Air and the old speaker – pretty clever.
As the Dock Air is so small it can be popped into your bag and pocket so that you can use it wherever it’s needed so that you can really get the party started. It’s perfect for use at home, in the office or when at hotels – opening up iPhone docks to new handsets and devices. You don’t even need to download any software or apps to use the Dock Air, just pair it via bluetooth and let the media stream! Plus as the streaming media is controlled from your phone you can control what plays from the comfort of the seat.
So don’t worry about having an iPhone 4 docking station, iPhone 5 docking station and a tablet docking station – simply use the KitSound Dock Air Bluetooth Adaptor and everything can stream from one place.
I’ve been using an iPhone for the last two years: I started with the iPhone 4 and switched to the 4S when it came out last year… you could say I’m a bit of an Apple fan girl! However when my contract came up for renewal last week I just couldn’t see myself getting the iPhone 5 (let’s be honest it’s not that much different from the 4S), I wanted something completely new with completely different software, so I plumped for a Windows 8 Phone – the HTC 8X.
I’m sure a few of you are screaming ‘Why didn’t you choose Android?!’ – simple answer is I already have a Nexus 7 tablet, so an Android phone wouldn’t be too much different to that, plus I’m not the biggest Android fan. It’s like I have the full collection now though: an Apple Mac, Android tablet and Windows phone. So with this in mind and with it being Windows week over on our Facebook Page, I thought I’d share my experience of moving from Apple to Windows and which I prefer.
In my opinion, the HTC 8X looks so much better than my old iPhone 4S, It’s a lot lighter and just feels a nicer in the hand. This is because of the curved design of the 8X whereas as my boyfriend always used to say my iPhone was a bit of a brick. I chose the blue 8X and I think the colour really adds to the design and adds character to the phone – a clear HTC 8X case is definitely in order so that I don’t cover up the blue. The display of the 8X seems to be a lot brighter than my old iPhone too and I like not having a button on the display also.
The HTC 8X has a larger display than the iPhone, with the 8X measuring 4.3″ whilst the iPhone has 3.5″. The screen resolution is higher on the 8X too: 1280 x 720 vs 960 x 640 on the iPhone; so you’d expect the 8X to display everything better and it does!
My favourite thing about the 8X so far is the Live Tiles – I love how easy it is to pin, unpin and resize icons on the Live Tiles, so the things I use the most are the easiest to get to. If an app or feature isn’t on my Live Tiles I’m a fan of how they’re listed A-Z, so it’s still easy to find. I do think this looks a lot tidier than the display of the iPhone did – although I did really like the use of folders, so all games or shopping apps could be foldered together and organised nicely – it doesn’t feel like there’s that level of organisation on the 8X. However overall, on display the 8X wins.
This is the area where Windows Phones fall down for a lot of people….. lack of apps. The main apps that I use are available, such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and IMDB but it’s a shame that a lot of shops and banks don’t have apps for Windows 8 and that you can’t get Instagram on there. Also there aren’t too many games to choose from either and when you do have games many are linked to Xbox Live: for me I use my Nexus 7 for games so it’s not a big deal, but for others this could be the downfall of the 8X. Therefore for apps, the iPhone definitely wins.
Both phones use an 8MP camera so should perform the same, however so far I feel that the iPhone has the edge. I have a bit of a shaky hand when taking pictures and this never really used to be an issue with the iPhone, but it seems to be a problem on the 8X. I liked how the camera could be accessed when the phone was locked on the iPhone which you can still do on the 8X with the dedicated camera button on the side, instead of having to use the touchscreen. This button can then be used to take the photo or you can simply tap the screen, so on ease of taking a photo – it’s neck and neck.
Being a Mac user this is where I had the biggest issue. In order to put music on my 8X from my Mac I had to download a Windows Phone app on the Mac app store. However my Mac needed to be updated to Mountain Lion first so it took a good 4 hours before I could even consider syncing my 8X. When I finally got to syncing the phone it was extremely easy and I could even put my iTunes playlists onto the 8X, which I didn’t think would be possible, so it was a nice surprise.
When listening to music, the 8X has Beats audio built-in which I’ve found really does make a difference. The music is definitely louder and feels fuller than that of the iPhone. You don’t even need to turn the volume up half way and your ears feel like they might explode. On music, the 8X wins.
In my opinion the HTC 8X is a lot better than the iPhone 4S: it’s faster, has more RAM, a better display, is lighter and is better for listening to music. The iPhone will always win when it comes to apps but I’d like to think that as Windows Phones become more popular, developers will start to make more apps for them.
The overall experience of moving from Apple to Windows was seamless too (minus my small Mac hiccup); it doesn’t feel like there’s anything I could do on my iPhone that I can’t do on my 8X which is great. However the best thing about the move is that I now have a phone that I’m having to learn how to use – everything is brand new and it’s put the fun back into getting a new phone!
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