Texting while driving a car is a very bad idea. Thankfully, TextNinja is a way to help wean you off the potentially lethal habit.
According to the people behind it, the main cause of people checking their phones while driving is Fomo – Fear of Missing Out. You hear a notification, and immediately want to know what’s going on – who’s contacted you? what do they want? etc.
TextNinja aims to break the habit. It consists of a small device you install in your car.
As you earn more points, you’re granted different coloured belts as if you were learning a martial art. The ultimate goal is to become a Text Ninja black belt. The firm then says this will earn you discounts on your car insurance, though you’d have to speak to insurance companies to confirm this.
Some phones – like the Moto X – detect when you’re driving and switch to driving mode so you can use them handsfree, though they don’t have the gamification element. It’s raised $1,500 of a $5,000 target and still has 29 days to go. If successful, it’ll start shipping in March next year.