TechSpot

Logi's ZeroTouch wants you to text and drive while keeping your eyes on the road

By Jos
May 11, 2016
Post New Reply
  1. Texting while driving is a problem. It’s irresponsible and ilegal. And yet around 26% of drivers are still doing so according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. With that in mind, Logitech is announcing a Logi ZeroTouch, a dashboard mount and app that aim to reduce the risk of interacting with your phone by switching to gestures and voice controls.

    The ZeroTouch comes in the form of either a clip mount that can attach to an air vent, or a larger mount with a suction cup that can be put on the dashboard. Both have a magnet embedded in the back and automatically detect when the phone has been placed on the mount using Bluetooth LE. A companion ZeroTouch app for Android then launches into a driving mode to let you send texts, make calls, navigate roads, and stream music.

    A simple “high five” gesture or waving your hand over the front-facing camera wakes up the app so you can speak your commands. You can playback texts or write a reply. The app reads your text back before sending and can also suggest quick responses.

    ZeroTouch supports third-party app integrations, so you’ll be able to use Google Maps, Navigon, or Waze for navigation, Spotify or Deezer for music and WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts -- in addition to regular SMS.

    Launching today, the air vent version of ZeroTouch is priced at $59.99, and the dashboard version will cost $79.99. Lori’s ZeroTouch will only be available on Android initially; there was no mention of whether an iPhone version is in the works.

    Permalink to story.

     
  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,320   +709

    This is actually a pretty neat idea. I fully expect future vehicles to have this kind of thing built in, but if it can deliver on its promises and works well this might turn Logitech's ship around. I will never call them "Logi"..or should I say "Lori". That's one of the best Freudian slips ever, btw. Gotta love an industry that's desperately feminizing itself just because women use their phones more than men, right?
     

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...