Annoyed by the prevailing state of connectivity? Distracted by the buzzing in your pocket instead of the deep wells to the soul staring at you from across the dinner table? Are you wanting to try to be just a little bit better at being "there" instead of wondering what's happening without you?
Sometimes our "tech for the sake of humanity" delivers a reverse kick, trying to get us to shut off for the sake of the humans in our world. That's what "Shhh" offers, too, sometimes subtly, sometimes aggressively.
By utilizing our GPS coordinates, the app recognizes when we're close to home and can enter a quiet phase to ensure we're not buzzed and beeped when we should be doing the "How was your day?" thing, helping kids with homework or harnessing our inner zen-masters to finesse our little ones' scootering capabilities. Likewise, it spots when we're with designated better halfs, other halfs and friends, and gives us time-outs to focus on the person across the table.
The idea is solid - help us focus on those in front of us, rather than the mystery person in our pocket - of course, for those of us with jobs and meetings and conversations and urgencies that simply cannot wait, our will to override the gatekeeper might still be stronger than the pleasure we get from the Shhh interface and its tamagotchi-like habits.
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