Expo Notes: No hands—seriously

Editor’s Note: All this week, Macworld editors will report from the Macworld Expo show floor on meetings with Mac developers, new product announcements, and anything else that catches their eye.

If you or your loved ones are often busy keyboarding text messages while you’re walking, driving, or doing other tasks that require your immediate attention, the consequences range from falling on your face to breaking the law. Integrated Speech Applications (ISA), a brand new company, seeks to make such dilemmas a thing of the past with its SafText Messaging service.

This product, which is based on the company’s VoicePDA technology and works via wireless phone, lets you use your voice to send and receive e-mails, instant messages, and dictate text from your phone. You can even access the Web by voice. In addition, SafText lets you use voice dictation to manage your contacts, calendar, and appointments.

While it’s great for busy parents and high school students, it also comes in handy for mobile professionals, such as physicians who have to manage complex calendars and give out explicit instructions. Twenty dollars a month seems like a reasonable price for such convenience. The recipient gets your message either as text or as a voice message.

Integrated Speech Applications is showing off SafText at the Moscone West hall during Expo.

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