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Yondr – new service promises an end to fan phone videos at concerts


If you’re looking for a song on YouTube, chances are you’ll find at least 50 blurry videos captured by cell phones at a concert and posted by fans. If you go to a show it’s likely you’ll see a sea of cell phone screens pointed at the stage by people who are clearly more interested in videoing than engaging in the performance right then and there. Well now there’s a company which is looking to change that, and it’s bound to create a whole heap of discussion if it gets popular. Yondr is a start up looking to keep your cell in your pocket and your eyes on the show.

Yondr is a service that is offered to venues, music or otherwise, and provides a sort of phone case or pouch for cell phones. When people enter into the concert hall, the pouch locks, preventing you from using your phone. If you need to use it, you can leave the venue and get your stuff done and then return, at which point the pouch will lock again. Does that sound good or bad to you?


The service is on offer in San Francisco only right now, but what with the growing public and artist backlash against cell phones in concerts, this could be an idea that catches on. We’re not so sure it will work though, since some people seem to be pathologically attached to their phone in ways we simply can’t explain. Anyway, if you run a venue you can contact the company directly to see if they’re coming to your area. [Main Image credit]

Watch the video below for Jack White’s views on phones at concerts.


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