Awareness! The Headphone App by essency uses your microphone to gauge environmental noise levels and selectively pass them into your headphones should they exceed a defined threshold.
I can’t think of a better way to sum this up than Vlad Savov over at Engadget has:
[Awareness!] selectively filters outside noises into your headphones, saves hipster lives
While the social commentary is amusing and as conceptually disturbing as the Type n Walk app, if it saves some daredevil, law-defying biker’s life somewhere down the line, I suppose it’s worth many times more than its $5 price tag. At the very least, the design is quite fetching.
I’ve been looking for something to tide me over until FFT gets released on the iPhone in September and this is definitely it. The story, characters and gameplay are extremely compelling and due to the fairly compartmentalized battles, it’s a game you can pick up and play for minutes or hours on end. As many of the reviews mention, the only downside is that some of the translations are pretty terrible — but as someone who watches fansubbed anime all the time, I didn’t really have a problem with it.