You Can Text While Driving!?

Posted by David Chism | Fri, Jul 10, 2009

 You Can Text While Driving!?
logo_VlingoWe all know it is dan­ger­ous to text and dri­ve! We frown at those who still do such fool­ish­ness. We’ve been told to not do it and even state laws pro­hib­it us from tex­ting in the car! So why am I advo­cat­ing we can still text while dri­ving? I’m not! I found an alter­na­tive! I stum­bled upon a handy lit­tle appli­ca­tion for a smart phone called Vlin­go a few months ago. It has its quirks but is a very help­ful at times. It is a soft­ware pro­gram that is for voice tex­ting” not fin­ger tex­ting. Vlin­go was designed for Black­ber­ry, iPhone and oth­er Smart­phone devices to use voice to text tech­nol­o­gy. Voice to text has been out for quite a few years but has not been very well received by con­sumers. How­ev­er, the lat­est ver­sion of Vlin­go is well worth giv­ing it a try if you do a lot of tex­ting and email­ing. The Vlin­go Plus cost $17.99 and is vir­tu­al­ly hands free. If you speak very care­ful­ly and with sim­ple sen­tences, Vlin­go is very accu­rate. The Plus ver­sion gives you access to Voice to Text email­ing, text and to-do list. I actu­al­ly real­ly like the to task func­tion. Some­times I am dri­ving, I remem­ber some­thing and can­not write it down. Now, I push a but­ton while look­ing straight ahead and say, Task: Pick up Cof­fee.” Done! It is that easy. The pro­gram is not per­fect, and I am not giv­ing it a five star rat­ing. How­ev­er, it real­ly is the best on the mar­ket and is VERY safe while dri­ving. CAU­TION: I do advise that you avoid dis­trac­tions while dri­ving and always keep your eyes on the road, not your phone! If Vlin­go is a dis­trac­tion, don’t use it. 

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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