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Busy Simulator, a web app that can mimic the notification sounds of different applications to make someone look busy during meetings

With the ongoing pandemic situation, Zoom calls have become a part of the daily lives of almost every working person globally. At the beginning, these online meetings felt relaxing. However, with time, zoom sessions started to become annoying for some people, and they would love to do anything just so that they could skip out on a session easily.

For such people, Brian Moore decided to create a web application and named it "Busy Simulator." This application has the ability to copy the notification sounds of up to nine different applications, including Google Calendar for reminders, Microsoft Team for meetings, emails, Skype, and Discord. Other than these sound notifications, the application also has a feature for the sound of a vibrating mobile phone.

Meeting participants can use these sound notifications as a cover to get themselves out of an ongoing session by pretending to be busy. The creator of this application, Brian, is also the co-creator of another application, namely "Do not touch your face", which came out before the United States declared the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this situation, Brian became one of those people who would spend their day attending Zoom calls. During these daily sessions, he observed the notifications received by other participants present on a call and how these notification alerts would portray them as being busy with other things as well, leading them to leave their zoom session.

After developing the application, Brian tested it in one of his meetings and shared the experience on his Twitter account. In response to the video posted by him, some people were not happy with his actions, while most of them liked it. According to the app developer, different sounds give different ideas, such as the calendar notification, which would seem as if someone is running behind schedule while the iMessage notification would come across as if someone is trying to point out something. And if all these notifications start coming in collectively, the user can get an excuse to leave in the middle of the ongoing call.


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