$30,000 award for an app that discourages smartphone use

$30,000 award for an app that discourages smartphone use

Yes you heard right! There is a smartphone app that will discourage you to use your smartphone. The app ‘Apple Tree’, developed by a team of 20-year-old Republic Polytechnic students have won an award for the Apple Tree app, which is meant to discourage people from using smartphones.

The Strait Times reported that Libern Lin, Fang Lingqing and Lester Yap won the award at the Splash Awards on Tuesday to develop their app idea Apple Tree. The app is scheduled to be released in March 2015.

The award was organized by the Singapore Computer Society, where youngsters from schools and universities across Singapore came together to compete. The theme was to come up with an app that would bring together the local community.

How it works:
Apple Tree is a simple app that encourages people to spend more time communicating face-to-face rather than being glues to their smartphones. The app has been built intelligently, but stays pretty simple. All one needs to do is run the app and bring the phones closer to the other person or a group of people, who are also running the same app. Once the phones are close to each other, the app immobilises the phone completely and shows up an apple tree growing on the screens. The more you keep the smartphones together (untouched), you will see more apples growing on the tree, meaning that you are now speaking and communicating face to face rather than using the smartphone.

These apples can be harvested and exchanged for rewards. So the longer you are in communicating face-to-face, the more you harvest apples and thus, higher the rewards.

Related Post

Samsung Galaxy S7 leaked Image
views 73
Pictures of Samsung's new flagship handsets have leaked online weeks before they are introduced. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are set to be unveiled at M...
Soon you can control smartphone with eyes
views 44
A team of international researchers, including an Indian-origin graduate student, is developing software that could let you control your smartphone th...
New Samsung Galaxy S6 teaser shows wireless charging
views 63
The second video in the #TheNextGalaxy series is out and it's as vague as ever, but it seems to promise fast performance ("The faster I am, the more t...
Facebook makes moves to let you be more private
views 65
Facebook users will get more privacy control with a new Anonymous Login feature and some changes announced Wednesday in how the existing Facebook logi...
Heat your house for free with servers
views 77
Not a PR stunt but a genuine offer, Cloud&Heat seeks a mutually beneficial relationship with homeowners, whereby you house their servers for free but ...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK