Open concept office spaces are the modern norm, and the Silenz app is a useful tool for those who use music as a way to focus in on their work amid the bustle and potential distractions. It runs silently in the background of one's computer, but when it recognizes important sounds nearby, such as a human voice, it automatically pauses or quiets one's music.
For many working in open concept office, headphones stand in for a closed door, showing others that it's time to focus. However, tuning out to focus on independent work makes it easy to miss when someone is trying to get one's attention. The Silenz app is a clever way to beat that bind.