Do we really need our smartphones every time they end up in our hands? Smartphones provide many benefits like social connection and information, but unintentional or habitual use can distract, interrupt, and separate us from our surroundings.
Engauge combines a mobile app with an interactive phone cover that together track, and make the user aware of, the quantity of smartphone use sessions they initiate throughout the day. The goal is to limit the habit-driven impulse to check through raising the individual's awareness around each smartphone interaction. Engaging in mindful smartphone use driven by intent will decrease our daily use count, ensure fulfilling on-phone experiences, and give us back just a little more time each day to raise our sights, notice the people and community around us, or have a minute or two more with those we love.