Squelch was the largest mobile application undertaking I had taken to date. It is a mobile application that enables users to disconnect from their digital devices through the use of “Blackouts.” During the configured date/time, the application prevents users from using the applications they designated during setup. The one thing that makes Squelch different from other applications of its kind is that it imposes a special mechanic called “Bids.” Through the use of bids, users can place money bids against their own success (between $1 and $250). If the user finishes the blackout successfully, their device unlocks and it resumes normal behavior. However, if the user decides they don’t want to finish the blackout, they can pay their bid to immediately end the blackout. As a result, users are given a real and strong incentive to complete their blackouts, improving the odds of their success.
The application is publically available on the Google Play Store, feel free to check it out!
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