Listening to music or watching a movie on your smartphone is a great way to pass the time. It can make your morning walk or a bus ride fly by.
The downside is that many earphones block out the surrounding noise. That's great if you want to tune out the world. It's not so great if a car is honking at you or the driver announces your stop.
Awareness fixes that problem. It uses your smartphone's microphone to keep track of noise around you. Any sounds louder than regular background noise gets sent to your headphones.
You can hear a car honk, a bus stop announcement or your friend talking. And you won't miss a second of your music or video.