Foqus is an app I released two years ago (July, 2014) for the Samsung Gear 2 which went on to become a finalist in the Samsung 2014 Gear App Challenge. Good to see Apple also catering to the mental health app genre with their breathe app announcement at WWDC 16!
Focus App Description
This app is designed to improve the quality of life for people living with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and Attentition Deficit HyperActivity Disorder (ADHD) . The app achieves this goal through modules that help boost productivity ( through improved focus ) and serve as a reliable support tool in implementing mindful meditation . As a standalone app, Foqus makes wearable devices (such as the gear 2) come alive by addressing pressing issues in the area of health and wellness.
Add radical productivity value to your gear smartwatch with this useful app!
Pomodorro . A flexible implementation of the famous pomodoro time management technique. You can set pomodoro focus sessions associated you registered tasks . A pomodoro session is a period (usually 25 minutes) where you focus your entire attention on a single task, followed by a 10 minute break. This method helps you build up your focus stamina from short bursts till you become a focus ninja!
Mindful Meditation This section of the app provides a vibration based support tool to implementing mindful meditation. Visual and vibration cues guide you on regulating your breathing pattern as the meditation session progresses. You can also customize the duration of the inhale/exhale cycle. Select longer inhale exhale cycle for deeper meditation sessions.
Health Tips This section provides short tips ( adapted from the Mental Health Foundation) on ways to live healthy, and maintain excellent mental health.
Settings Configure the vibration settings, and duration for each mental exercise. Customize the duration of pomodoros and rests. Also customize the number of seconds spent in the inhale, exhale cycle.
Tested User Interface . App interface has been tested for legibility (a minimum of 35px font size) , touch interaction (well sized buttons) , and responsiveness . At all times, interactions are designed to be as natural as possible, and effort is made to inform (visual and vibration cues) the user of any other expected interaction .Foqus is also designed to run in the background. I.e pomodoro timer can run in the background while other screens/apps on the gear are being accessed.
Coming Soon .
- White Noise . This plays white noise from both the smartwatch speakers or paired audio devices (headsets or speakers) that can serve several purposes : block distractions, improve job/task performance, improve focus at school, calm the mind or even sleep better.
- Breaks Lets you set reminders to take important ergonomic breaks from work.
- Goals and Analytics Set goals on the number of pomodoros completed each day and the total amount of meditation time spent each day. Detailed analytics of pomodoros and meditation completed will also be included.
How to Test it Out
App is released on the Samsung Gear app store. You will need to have a samsung device and a Gear 2.