Israeli Invention Blocks Smartphones During Family Time

The Jerusalem Post reports: NEW YORK – an Israeli invention launched on Tuesday, has set out to put quality back in family time by taking smartphones out of the equation.

The device, called Pause, is a sleek designed box that blocks Wi-Fi, incoming calls, text messages or emails from cellphones placed inside of it.

Using the “out of sight, out of mind” principle, it strives to “remove the temptation of peeking at email or social media when focus is needed elsewhere,” the company said.

Pause co-founder Yuval Lazi explained he got the idea about 18 months ago, sitting at the dinner table with his family.

“It was one of these normal day when I come back from work and I manage to actually arrive before dinner time and we sat, the whole family, around a table, over food,” he recalled. “But instead of doing what a family should be doing, which is talking, I just received one email from work, and I had to answer it immediately, and then you get a whatsapp, and there’s a call.”

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