Jawbone THOUGHTS Puts A Voice-Related Twist Into Texting

Have you ever wished you could send a text, without typing anything? Texting and driving is a huge distraction, and there are lots of times where only a text will do, but actually stopping to type something out just isn't convenient. What if you could simply speak, and a text would be created and sent? That's now possible so long as you have an iPhone. Jawbone has just released the THOUGHTS application into the iOS store, which allows users to easily send quick voice messages to individuals and groups, without typing or calling. The application combines the speed of texting, the group collaboration of email, and the emotional quality of voice all in one.


It's totally free in the iOS App Store, and it allows users to send 60 seconds of voice message to anyone in their contact list, or a group. There's no need to stop what you're doing; just speak into the iPhone or a Jawbone ICON headset. THOUGHTS can send the message in the user's own voice, so there's no chance of it being misunderstood or mis-translated.

Contacts with the THOUGHTS app will receive the message in THOUGHTS and recipients without the application will receive a link to the audio message via text or email. The asynchronous design of the application allows the sender to share a Thought at the time of the idea and the recipient to listen and reply when convenient for them. THOUGHTS' interactive interface allows users to hold multiple discussions at once – automatically organizing conversations as users reply and allowing recipients to quickly and easily see who said what and when. Additionally, for situations when a user may prefer to read a message (in a restaurant or meeting), THOUGHTS can transcribe the audio message instantly into text.


Jawbone THOUGHTS Combines the Power of Voice with the Efficiency of Text
Jawbone's New iPhone App Lets Users Send Voice Messages Instantly Without Calling

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Dec. 9 – Jawbone, the leader in personal mobile technology, today unveiled Jawbone THOUGHTS, an iPhone application that allows users to easily send quick voice messages to individuals and groups, without typing or calling. The application combines the speed of texting, the group collaboration of email, and the emotional quality of voice all in one. Available as a free download in the Apple App store, THOUGHTS is the latest innovation from Jawbone.

"We live in a world that is 100% mobile, 100% connected and unfortunately 150% distracted. Reading and typing doesn't work when you need your hands and eyes to navigate the physical world. While there has been a tremendous amount of innovation in text based messaging, all of it lacks the richness of voice," explains Travis Bogard, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at Jawbone. "THOUGHTS is our solution to these realities by integrating all the things we love from text-based communications with the power of voice. We think it's a really powerful way to share ideas quickly."

With Jawbone THOUGHTS, users can send a "Thought," which is a voice message up to one minute in length, by simply selecting a contact or group, speaking into an iPhone or Jawbone ICON headset, and tapping POST – no more stopping whatever you're doing, no more typing long messages on cramped keyboards. And because Jawbone THOUGHTS sends messages in the user's own voice, there's no need to re-explain or run the risk of a message being misconstrued.

Sometimes messages are better spoken than written. THOUGHTS reintroduces emotion and personality into mobile communication. Users can sing a birthday song, congratulate a colleague, joke around with friends, coordinate a dinner, or share big news with all the people they care about, such as "We're having a baby!" Nothing conveys information more personally and sincerely than the human voice.

Jawbone THOUGHTS is the ultimate collaboration tool that allows a user to send a message to anyone in their phone's address book. Contacts with the THOUGHTS app will receive the message in THOUGHTS and recipients without the application will receive a link to the audio message via text or email. The asynchronous design of the application allows the sender to share a Thought at the time of the idea and the recipient to listen and reply when convenient for them. THOUGHTS' interactive interface allows users to hold multiple discussions at once – automatically organizing conversations as users reply and allowing recipients to quickly and easily see who said what and when. Additionally, for situations when a user may prefer to read a message (in a restaurant or meeting), THOUGHTS can transcribe the audio message instantly into text.

Jawbone THOUGHTS is free to install and available online at the Apple iPhone® App store and at mytalk.jawbone.com. To learn more about Jawbone THOUGHTS, go to Jawbone.com/thoughts.

About Jawbone
For more than a decade, Jawbone has produced personal wireless technologies unparalleled in their innovation, ease-of-use and sophistication of design. The Company is the creator of the award-winning and best-selling premium ICON Bluetooth headset, the inventor of NoiseAssassin® technology, the world's first and only military-grade noise-eliminating technology, and of JAMBOX, the first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone. A 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade winner, Jawbone is committed to delivering innovative products that improve the mobile lifestyle through ever-changing software and wearability. Jawbone is privately-held and headquartered in San Francisco.

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Comments
Inspector 3 years ago

Interested/downloading! :). Hope i don't die alone! :(

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

This is great, especially "Talk In Group"...cool !! Nice Infomercial ...But it's still not safe while driving , you still gotta tap and hold the I-phone , that's to much of a distraction. I guess that's were there Blue-tooth headset that they trying to sell comes in to play. Question is, do you still have to tap the phone while having the head set active when using the app?? I'm thinking there should be some type of voice command feature for that.

There's no question that this is going to become very popular, I hope this stays free (free to send voice messages and free app) , I'm waiting for the I-Phone 4 comes to Verizon!!

OTTERapp 3 years ago

I agree with the first comment that this should not be confused with safe driving. There isn't anyone out there on the front lines of the texting while driving issue that thinks that any Speech to Text software is anything other that just another form of texting while driving. Still fumbling with technology instead of focusing on the 5,000 pounds of steel and glass they sitting in. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association website, there is no indication that hands-free use is any safer than handheld.

Why would any individual or corporation think that that Speech to Text would cover their liability? If anything it may be the cause of an accident instead of what prevented it!

As a father I cannot see how Speech to Text is anything other than another way to text and drive and potentially as dangerous.

However, I am clearly no longer objective on this issue as I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver last fall. Instead of software that further distracts the user (especially teens), I built a tool that is a simple, GPS based texting auto reply app called OTTER for smartphones. Its an easy way to manage that text and drive temptation and get the driver's eyes back on the road where they belong.

Erik Wood, owner

OTTER LLC

OTTER app

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