A team of Singaporean students has won thousands of dollars for an app that keeps people off their phones by letting them grow fruit instead.
The app, similar to other productivity tools already on the market, is designed to keep people from using their phones by letting them grow virtual apples instead.
The team, which won around £15,000 in the national Splash Awards competition with its ‘Apple Tree’ app, designed the app as part of a brief based around ‘bringing Singaporeans closer together’. The competition was established to celebrate the country’s 50th birthday.
When users put two or more phones together that have the app installed, apples start to grow on the trees. If the phones are used, the apples stop growing.
The apples can then be harvested and swapped for rewards such as discounts at shops, reports Channel News Asia.
The app will be released to Singaporeans next year, for free.
The app is similar to the already-released Forest, which also holds trees hostage to encourage users to stop ‘phubbing’, or phone snubbing. The app doesn’t have the same social element but grows a new tree every 30 minutes, if users keep the app open. Those trees then live in a virtual forest, where users can see all of the trees they’ve grown with their time.
Forest, which is available on iOS and Android, offers statistics and kills trees if users exit the app prematurely.
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