A snowboarder tests out the motion-controlled Noisapp on the slopes. Photo: Stream^N Inc.

Is there anything more annoying than trying to talk to a buddy on the hill while he’s got his headphones cranked to deaf mode? This interpersonal communication issue is solved with Noiseapp, the first hands-free, motion-controlled application that adjusts the volume of music on any smartphone based on movement.

“There’s nothing else out there like this,” Noisapp founder and CEO Michael Kabatek, an engineer, told GrindTV. “I got the idea while I was skating and watching people trying to interact with their headphones flopping around. They were always messing with their headphones.”

Once set, Noisapp works with any music collection, player or streaming app like Pandora, and doesn’t require any data or a cell connection. “It works anywhere and you don’t need to redo your music collection,” Kabatek says.

<iframe width=”640″ height=”390″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Screaming down a mountain? Music will play as loud as you like it. As you slow to a stop, volume naturally decreases so you can actually hear what your friends are saying. The music app is a nice safety component, too, especially for when you crash and need a couple quiet moments to collect yourself or as you chill in a lift line.

The music app allows users to configure volumes, fade speed and motion thresholds. Two settings help customize music shifts based on activity. For example, you can set Noiseapp to activate upon any general motion or drill down in sensitivity mode to set a miles-per-hour threshold. Once you exceed that mph, music turns up.


Noisapp may not be flashy, but it’s functional. Photo: Stream^N Inc.

While snowboarding was the main use case and has been tested for hundreds of hours with a variety of Bluetooth wireless headsets on resorts around Colorado, from which the creator hails, Kabatek says Noisapp can be used anywhere you’re moving with music, from road tripping on a motorcycle to running on a treadmill.

While Kabatek says the music app is pretty well refined at this point, his team continues to improve its motion-detection features, and there are plans to add technology that will actually infer a user’s motion settings.

Noisapp is available now for iOS, Android and Windows phone devices. It’s free for the standard app or $1.99 for an ad-free version.

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