An App for Escaping Awkward Situations

I thought of a very important mobile app. It’s called Tickle and it helps you escape awkward situations. Using your phone’s accelerometer, Tickle can sense awkward gestures, and in turn, generate a phantom phone call to allow you to gracefully excuse yourself from whatever awkward situation you’re in. A video demo is above.

This app is important because people still insist on having large birthday dinners. Ex-girlfriends often go grocery shopping at the same time as you. And overly talkative commuters always ride that bus you take to work. These and other situations necessitate a mobile tool to save the day.

Tickle is part of a new generation of apps that has no UI. The app does one thing and it does it well: it calls you when you touch your phone in an awkward way. It’s the ultimate exercise in restraint; once installed, there is no visual interface – the app is always “listening” for an awkward motion and doesn’t require the user to interpret any UI elements.

Tickle is an important project. You can learn more about it learn more about it here.

 
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