iOS: You want to listen to your music but you don’t want to be totally unaware of your surroundings. What do you do? Install Awareness, a simple app that will alert you if your device mic picks up loud noises.
Whether you want to fall asleep listening to some relaxing music while still hearing bumbs in the night or you want to listen to music when you’re out and about without being completely started by events your earbuds are filtering out. To use the app just run it in tandem with your music, adjust the sensitivity to account for the ambient sound, and you’re in business. If any sounds exceed that level, they’ll be piped in through your headphones to alert you.
Awareness is currently free in the App Store (down from a high of $6.99) so if you’d like to play around with it, now’s the time to grab a copy.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 03/26/12