New App Reduces Distractions

Firestone Student, Dad in PresentMode
Posted on 06/25/2020
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When Michael Gray returns home to Akron after a day of work at TechnologyXperts in Beachwood, he switches his smartphone to PresentMode.

Gray is a single father. His 17-year-old son, Mateo, is a rising senior at Firestone High School in Akron. The two often cook dinner together.

Prior to using the app, the director of sales and marketing often responded to work emails at home. Not anymore. Now, he focuses on his son.

“This literally was a game changer,” Gray said. “More importantly, it allowed me to be more present in that moment.”

PresentMode – similar to the airplane mode on smartphones – filters out smartphone messages and notifications but allows phone calls through. It allows the user to set up a customized automated notification explaining the user will respond to notifications later. If need be, though, the person can be reached by phone immediately.

When PresentMode is engaged, the phone has a screen that shows three lower case letter ‘I’s’ (referring to the user, the person they’re interacting with and the person who is sending the notification). Read more here >>.

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