Minimizing mobile phone interruptions.

Is it possible to reduce interruptions, without silencing the mobile phone? Better still is it possible to have a mobile phone that senses whether you are in a position to take a call or not?

Well, the technology is there and it depends on how Intel finds a way to commercialize it.

They have developed software that could help make handhelds more considerate. The software is able to detect and record conversations, but crucially, it does so in a privacy-sensitive manner so that the actual spoken words can't be retrieved.

Tanzeem Choudhury, a researcher at Intel Labs Seattle says that it would also be fairly straightforward to integrate the researchers' software into a mobile device so that it could infer a person's "presence," a concept used in instant messaging to denote whether or not a person is available to talk. "