NoiseGate is the only iOS application that focuses exclusively on the dangerous impact of noise pollution on health and mental wellbeing. The app was developed by a group of master class students of the Apple Developer Academy in Napoli, Italy, and is available for free on the Apple iTunes App Store as the first app published in the 2017/2018 academy alumni.
To date, noise pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of pollution because it is silent. As a recent review published in the European Heart Journal pointed out, the role of noise as an environmental pollutant and its impact on health are increasingly recognized. Beyond its effects on the auditory system, noise causes discomfort, disturbs sleep and compromises cognitive performance. Furthermore, evidence from epidemiological studies show that environmental noise is associated with an increased incidence of arterial hypertension, myocardial infarction and stroke. The victims of this form of pollution are practically anyone in any urban environment in the world.
The NoiseGate app allows users to be more aware of their noise exposure and to contribute to a better understanding of noise pollution as a common problem. Users can measure and calculate the actual noise level in their current position and obtain further analysis to make better decisions on how to avoid high noise levels over time. Simultaneously, all users contribute as "citizen scientists" to the creation of a global map of noise level distribution.
With our intuitive design and a user friendly interface, it is very easy to analyze the noise level in real time or dig deeper into the knowledge of the problem thanks to the thermal noise maps that allow you to view the distribution of noise all over the world. Our strong focus on a simple but meaningful user experience, combined with a colorblind-proof design pushes us far beyond the many applications in the utility and health categories. In addition, we are the "first mover" app in an unexplored segment of the iOS ecosystem that provides a toolset for solving an individual issue and translating it into an awareness community.
NoiseGate supports the latest Apple products such as the iPhone X and iOS 11 and utilises recently introduced technologies and APIs, such as 3D touch and SpriteKit. Additional features such as Voice Over and Switch Control ensure accessibility and localisations in Italian, German, French and Portuguese (and more in production) make NoiseGate an easy to use and globally available product.
NoiseGate empowers not only to be aware of noise pollution but also to pursue and more mindful and more healthy lifestyle with mental integrity being of upmost priority. Use NoiseGate to be aware & escape the noise pollution.
The app was developed by Lucas Assis Rodrigues, Rany Azevedo, Maddalena Granata, Giovanni Monaco, Giselle Katics and Moritz Philip Recke. All are master class students at Apple Developer Academy in Naples, Italy.