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App alerts headphone wearers to important street sounds

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Texting and walking sure can be distracting. In rare occasions, the phone sometimes even ends up in your mouth.

Be careful, researchers from the University of Buffalo claim texting while walking is even more dangerous than while driving but neither is safe.

Kurt Bauer, the CEO of One Llama labs, has created an app for your smartphone called One Llama Alert. It scans the area you're walking in for danger using artificial intelligence techniques to recognize sounds like screeching tires, sirens and squeals.

The app is due out this month. It will be available only for android phones at first.

The app is supposed to get smarter the more you use it.

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