Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark.
Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark.Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark. Bark.
That's the sound of Rode Dog, an app designed by sixth-grader Victoria Walker in collaboration with David Grau, a creative director and designer at WLDG, an interactive agency in Santa Ana.
All that barking is designed to get you to stop texting and driving.
And they just got $20,000 from AT&T to bring it to market.
Walker and Grau created Rode Dog at the "It Can Wait" Hackathon run by AT&T in Los Angeles. A total of 120 people came out for the initial two-day event held Sept. 7-8. Participants were asked to develop an app that discourages people from texting and driving.
Walker and Grau's team took the top prize out of a pool of five semifinalists.
They are still working out the kinks on Rode Dog with a developer, but the basic idea is that users of the app can join a "pack" of friends and family members and then check to see if other members of their pack are using their phone to text while driving. If they are, then a pack member can send them an audible bark. The driver's phone will then bark incessantly until they acknowledge the bark and silence it.