Adela Voice has launched StartTalking — world’s first smartphone application that addresses the issue of distracted driving throughout the entire process of composing, sending and receiving text messages, removing the visual and physical distractions normally associated with text messaging. “StartTalking is different from any other solution because it is truly hands and eyes free, eliminating any touching or looking at the mobile phone,” says the company. “In fact, StartTalking operates with the mobile phone’s display screen off, further reducing distractions while enhancing battery life.” “We created StartTalking to minimize the physical and visual interactions normally associated with creating, sending and receiving text messages,” said Chris Hassett, CEO, AdelaVoice. “We believe that it is every driver’s responsibility to stay alert and minimize distractions while driving. When used properly, StartTalking can be an excellent tool to help drivers meet these responsibilities.” StartTalking is entirely voice-controlled. Users simply speak commands, dictate messages and listen to messages without having to touch a single button or look at a screen. StartTalking users speak their phone’s pre-assigned name, which “wakes up” the handset and initiates a dialogue through which the user dictates and sends text messages. Currently in open beta, StartTalking works with smartphones running Android 2.0 or later and is now available for download from the Android Market or by using an Android phone’s browser to visit http://m.starttalking.com. Visitors using personal computers to the StartTalking website can also send an SMS download link to their Android phone. StartTalking works with wired headsets or the Android handset’s speakerphone function. In addition to sending traditional text messages, StartTalking supports creating audio recordings in a user’s voice and sends them through AdelaVoice’s Short Voice Service (SVS) to any mobile smartphone. The recipient hears the message in the sender’s own voice.