The company's idea would dim the phone's screen and make alerts less distracting when GPS signals and certain lighting or sound factors were met.

Microsoft has filed a patent that would cause a phone to automatically silence itself, dim the screen, and make alerts and notifications less distracting. This would trigger when GPS signals and certain lighting or sound factors were met, in areas like movie theaters or concerts. This technology is different from other approaches, like special seats for people addicted to their phone.

The patent for an ‘Inconspicuous mode for mobile devices', spotted by InfoWorld, states that the device's features are modified to better suit an environment where individuals don't want to be disturbed.

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