In case you might be wondering how you can use your Smartphones Safely while walking – wonder no more!
We have heard time and time again (especially by our Parents) how we shouldn’t use our Smartphones while walking. I mean it has become a thing of reference everywhere – and various Memes/Gifs have been created out of it: example is the one below:
However, some of us can’t help but stay glued to our smartphones either while commuting or hanging out with friends – we always fall back to our smartphones every couple of minutes – like a behavior coded into our genes that we just can’t ignore, but the truth is, while we are continuously staring at our phones we can’t see what’s coming ahead and what we might step on.
So how can we avoid being the girl in the GIF image: Meet the Iris App for Android – The App that wants to be your eyes while you are busy on the phone:
How does it work?
The app will simply turn on your back camera and show you the live feed on your screen while you are working on any app.
So follow me on the Iris Journey as I Install it and show you the nitty gritty!
INSTALLING THE IRIS APP:
The Iris app is available on the Google play store – Click here to download – It is only 3.2mb in size. The app does require access to your camera and offers in-app purchases.
When you launch Iris for the first time, you would get a 50% screen opacity that would allow you see anything through your back camera – You can adjust the opacity to suit your taste.
Below, there’s a line that says Camera Barrier which allows you control the area of the screen that will show the camera feed. Simply drag it up or down depending on your personal choice and click on the option Enable Iris. After Enabling, you should see an action button that allows you adjust the opacity if the previous setting isn’t okay for you, simply click on it and drag the opacity bar however you want it. You can also enable your flashlight for places that are really dark
.. and that is all you need to make sure you don’t walk into trouble while using your smartphones. However, there are some few points to note from the developer of the app, which include:
• NEVER use Iris to text or use apps while driving. It is stupid, dangerous, and unlawful.
• ALWAYS look both ways before crossing the street. Iris has very limited peripheral vision – you will not see objects coming from your sides.
• DO NOT wear headphones if using Iris while walking in the street. Iris limits your peripheral vision, which is why it is good to have other senses available. (LMAO at that)
As always, I like trying other similar apps before making my final verdict, for example, I tried transparent screen app but it was laden with popups and it seemed quite slow. In my opinion, Iris is the best I have seen and the cool part about it is that it works on any app – either you want to play games or you just want to chat.
So try it out and let me know your thoughts 🙂