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iPhone app works to block drunk texts

April 20, 2011 at 2:54 PM   |   Comments

DESTIN, Fla., April 20 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said the iPhone app she created uses games to prevent people from sending drunk text messages they would later regret.

Samantha Deeter of Destin said she contacted an app development company with her idea and they made her a partner in the creation of the Textalyzer app, the Northwest Florida Daily News of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., reported Wednesday.

"This is to prevent people from doing the ultimate no-no," Destin said. "I was briefly single and would run around from time to time bar hopping after work and would always tell people, 'I wish there was a Breathalyzer for phones.' That's when I got the idea."

Deeter said users of the app create "forbidden" lists of people likely to receive drunk text messages and their phone then forces them to play a series of four games to send the message.

If the user fails the games, they are asked in 12 hours if they still want to send the message. The user can also program in reminders of why they might not want to text the intended recipients.

Deeter said an Android version of the app will likely be developed if the iPhone version, which was released Monday for 99 cents, proves successful.

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