The developers of Awareness! The Headphone App have been kind enough to let us have some free promo codes for the app to give away to users of this website.
Awareness is designed to allow you to use headphones with your iDevice, but with the knowledge that important noises like warnings, shouts, sirens and alarms won't be missed.
Created by Essency, the app uses your headphones' built-in microphone to analyse your surroundings. It sets up a mic trigger level stopping everyday background noise from being picked up and played in your headphones, but when a noise is picked up which is louder than the background noise, the mic is switched on.
Awareness sets itself up, but you can manually tweak the settings. It will run on the iPhone 4, 3GS, and the iPod Touch fourth and third generations, as long as your headset has a mic. It won't work with the iPhone 3G, or with Bluetooth or wireless headsets.
Although not specifically intended for the blind or vision impaired, this does strike me as an app that could have tremendous value to those of us who rely on our hearing to know what is going on around us.
We have five promo codes for this app to give away to users of the AppleVis website. To be in with a chance of receiving one of these codes, you simply need to submit an entry to either the App Directory or the Guides section between now and midnight (Pacific) on Sunday the third of October. Each entry that you submit will get you one virtual ticket in our virtual hat. So, the more entries that you submit, the better your chances are of winning one of the promo codes.