O6 is a smartphone remote control for hands-free driving

If you’re fed up of staring at your phone screen, but can’t wean yourself off your mobile entirely, there is another way. It’s called O6, and it’s effectively a remote control for your phone.

It consists of a dial that you turn to navigate, and a push button. A voice helps you find what you want, so you don’t even need to look at your phone.

The promo video shows it in use while driving. O6 reads out the body of an email from someone, then lets the driver choose a reply using the dial. They then navigate to the new location of the meeting, again by using the dial. And all without taking their eyes off the road.

It might take some getting used to, but it looks pretty intuitive, similar to the ClickWheel of the Apple iPod.

It doesn’t have to stay clipped to the steering wheel, however. You can attach it to your person and have it read out tweets while you skateboard down the street (that’s the example given in the video; it isn’t how we spend our free time).

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It also responds to gestures, so you can use it as a clicker for a PowerPoint presentation and just wave on the next slide.

It’s raised about a third of its $100,000 funding goal and still has 39 days to go. Pledge $89 (£61), and – if successful – it can be yours when it ships in February next year.