drive awake

This is kind of cool. Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone on a lengthy road trip and found yourself falling asleep while driving. I know I have. Just last month I drove halfway across the country, and I caught myself dozing off on a number of occasions.

But there’s an iPhone app out that promises to make that a thing of the past. It’s called Drive Awake, and it uses eye-tracking technology to keep tabs on you while you drive. Close your eyes for too long, and the app will emit a shrieking audible alarm…

As you can see in the video, Drive Awake works by using your iPhone’s front-facing camera to monitor your eyes. If the app thinks you’re falling asleep, it produces an annoying alarm to get your attention and—get this—helps you locate a coffee shop.

Unfortunately, because the app was made by Cafe Amazon, the app will direct you to one of its nearest locations rather than a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts—even if there are closer options. It’d be nice if the app was less biased, but still it’s a cool concept.

If you’d like to try Drive Awake for yourself, you can find it in the App Store, for free. Of course, because it requires a front-facing camera, it only supports the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. And you’ll probably get the best results if you have some sort of in-car mount.

So, what do you think of Drive Awake?

  • iosPixel

    I would love to hear about a real world functionality test. I, for one am not prepared to shut my eyes while driving!

    Sure I could try it parked on the drive but that wouldn’t reflect real world lighting conditions etc.

    • Falk M.

      Good point!

  • Stephaughn Alston

    iPhone 4?

  • Tom Canuck

    There is a definite need for something like this. But I would be a little worried that the horrific sound would spook me into swerving hard… Gunna download it though and investigate heh

  • samball sam

    also, it seems my nostrils are being detected as my eyes… (no my nose is not that big)

  • yet another idevice on my front window.

    one for lane assistents, another one for awakening and don’t forget the one to navigate.

    impossible to see the street now, but i m safe and state of the art 😉

  • Schalkb

    Last time I checked, my iPhone4 had a front facing camera….

  • mattkin22

    This plus Google Glass? Winning.

  • makedonii

    im sorry but i just have to say it:
    its funny how all the drivers are Asian! *badam tss*

    • KikaidaO1

      I saw many Cafe Amazon stores in Thailand. I don’t know where else they operate.

      Based on the bow when they entered the store, I would guess the commercial was filmed in Thailand.