Device disabling pouches urges audience to enjoy the show

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For comedians and other performers, the proliferation of smartphones in their live audience is no doubt becoming a seemingly unavoidable annoyance. On top of easily distracted patrons, the glow of the screens can disrupt the show and unpolished live videos inevitably find their way onto YouTube. Offering a solution is Yondr, a San Francisco-based startup that produces smartphone-locking pouches, which enable artists and venues to create phone-free environments, preventing audience members from accessing their devices during performances.

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