19:29 17 March 2017
A smart watch has been designed to help kids stay on track with their chores and daily routine. Called ‘Octupus’, the watch was pitched on crowd funding website Kickstarter and has since raised more than AUD$1 million.
The watch features clearly identifiable icons to remind kids of their chores helping them complete everyday tasks as scheduled by their parents. The device, which has been described as ‘training wheels for good habits, aimed at children aged between three and eight. Its France-based creators, Sam Hickman and Omar Alaouf, said that their creation will aid in ‘fostering responsibility, independence and self-esteem.
The device has proved to be incredibly popular among parents. One parent wrote: 'Can't wait to see how this will work for my son,'
'He has ADHD and we need to get a better routine down to help keep the peace a little more.
'Instead of us nagging him to get things done, hopefully he will be more receptive to his watch.'
Another parent wrote: 'I believe children at this age are not ready for cell phones, but a smart watch is very appropriate and helps develop the responsibility of a communication device,'