Yondr -- including comedian Dave Chappelle.
"Smartphones have fundamentally changed how we live.
How to integrate
them into our lives as a useful tool, rather than a compulsive habit, is
a question that needs an answer.
We think smartphones have incredible utility, but not in every
In some situations, they have become a distraction and a
crutch—cutting people off from each other and their immediate
Yondr has a simple purpose: to show people how powerful a moment can be when we aren’t focused on documenting or broadcasting it."
The New York Times:
Fans are required to place their cellphones into Yondr's form-fitting lockable pouch
when entering the show, and a disk mechanism unlocks it on the way out.
Fans keep the pouch with them, but it is impossible to snap pictures,
shoot videos or send text messages during the performance while the
pouch is locked.
'I know my show is protected, and it empowers me to be more honest and
open with the audience,' says Dave Chappelle...But some fans object to
not being able to disseminate and see live shows via videotape...
"In this day and age, my phone is how I keep my memory,"
one live-music fan told the Washington Post, adding "If you don't want
your music heard, then don't perform it."
But the device is becoming more common, and according to the Times it's now also being used at weddings, restaurants, schools, and when movies are being prescreened.