Smartphone Case Furthers Unplug Movement




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The current "unplug" movement wants you to put down the smartphone and other devices.
And it makes two major points worth considering.
First: spend less time sharing pictures and video of what's going on around you and more time enjoying the events themselves.
Second, and more important: spend less time using your gadgets in ways that annoy the people around you.
Concerts are a particular focus here, although this idea could apply to people texting in an otherwise dark movie theater.
Comedian Demetri Martin has a joke about watching his favorite band through the smartphone screen of the person in front of him.
A company called Yondr offers one way to get people to unplug during live performances.
They sell a locking smartphone case that some venues in California use.
Put your device in the case when you enter the club, and you can't snap photos, take video, tweet or check e-mail unless you go to a designated area where the host can unlock it.
Peter Frampton would approve.
The musician recently caused a minor stir by tossing a fan's phone away during a concert.
He'd be happy to know that, based on a YouTube search, nobody at the show appears to have recorded the gadget-throwing incident using their smartphone.
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