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This app promises to save concerts from cellphones

on August 14, 2014, 11:43am

Because of technology, the way we experience concerts has vastly changed. With cellphones, we can share our moments with friends, document our favorite songs, upload them to YouTube, and make a keepsake of our experiences. Of course, using your phone at shows can also be quite rude, with bright screens taking you out of the moment, distracting other concertgoers, and, God forbid, the band onstage.

For their part, artists have mostly rallied against the use of cell phones. Some acts, like a Jack White, are a bit more tactful and polite about the issue. Meanwhile, Peter Frampton will straight chuck your phone into the crowd.

As it’s impossible to completely get rid of phones at shows, a group of French developers have created an app that could solve this seemingly endless debate once and for all. The concept behind Kimd is pretty simple: the app dims the phone’s luminosity to 10% and “a black veil with a 30% opacity is displayed on top of the screen.” This way, concertgoers are able to snap and record without bugging the purists around them. Its controls are simple too, allowing for one quick tap to focus the image, one touch to shoot the picture, and one longer touch to record video.

Granted, this is all assuming that chronic phone users at shows will take the extra step to be courteous to those around them. This is also assuming that those annoyed by said phone users will be appeased by darkened screens. The only way to find out for sure? Download the app here; it’s only available for the iPhone, but the Android version is debuting shortly.

Below, watch a trailer for the app.

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Adem Holness
August 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

So, even more annoying than having someone else’s phone in front of your face (so you have to watch sections of a gig through their phone), you’ll now just have a black screen blocking your otherwise perfect view of Lauryn Hill & the like.

finchhd
August 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

problem is its only for Apple -.- why?

glenne81
August 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

i have a better idea.
Sell the footage via app to users. maybe $5-6 a concert. Complete the footage of a camera angle of every section of the venue so fans can have their day. Allow it to be downloaded so fans can edit/mash up. Maybe offer it free with a ticket, much like some albums that are now getting to the top of the charts and save the recording industry!

You could sell an App, a show, a live album, a ticket and fan memories. But the key is to make it interactive. Let the fan say something, possibly a concertbook?????

If you guys need anymore ideas, let me know. Ive been going to shows for a long time.

Glenn Marshall-ND
8-14-14

Alison Gary (@wardrobe_oxygen)
August 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I think the big thing these days is people want to show that they were there, and in real time. Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook; they care less about a quality photo and more about the real-time social sharing. I think this is a decent attempt at appeasing the social media crowd and the music loving crowd, curious to see if it’s actually used.

Adam Lubicz
August 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

love that idea!

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