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Awareness! The Headphone App

The app that lets the real world penetrate your sound-world

Awareness! The Headphone App

March 12 2011
Jonathan Margolis

Looking fashionably zoned out and distracted as you listen to music is all very well, but it can occasionally lead to your being run over. The very first Sony Walkman had a hotline button that enabled you to hear the outside world over your music.

It’s taken more than 30 years for an iPod/Phone/Pad equivalent, and this app is it. It lets you listen to music until an outside sound – maybe a car hooter – hits above a certain level. You can set the trigger level so that it doesn’t cut in for trivial reasons, such as someone speaking to you on the Tube.