Here is a new app that not only helps identify your bad habits, such as spending an inordinate amount of time on the phone, but also suggests ways to get rid of them.
This amazing app called OFFTIME has been developed by Alexander Steinhart, who is a German psychologist, in collaboration with the Humboldt University of Berlin and designer Michael Dettbam. The team is funded with governmental EXIST funding but is planning a Series A round for later this year or may be early 2015.
Now why the funding is required! Because unlike its earlier competitors, this company thinks it may have stumbled upon a business model. Offtime’s goal is to sell a white-label version of the app to partners, like businesses who want to demonstrate they care about their employees’ work-life balance.
At least one licensing partner is poised to launch in November but Offtime isn’t yet permitted to disclose the names of those licensing its technology.
A study at Humboldt University found that the users were unlocking their phones 63 times per day.
Steinhart was quoted saying in media reports, “After using the app, that number declined. Users just unplugged for at least two hours per day.”
The app is designed smartly, in such a way that you can unplug without missing urgent matters. This app lets you list contacts who can pierce through your downtime, like your spouse or children; otherwise shuts down the apps, texts, calls and emails.
Interestingly, the app can also auto-respond to incoming messages on your behalf while maintaining a careful activity of everything you missed while you were away, so can quickly catch up.
Additionally, Offtime also provides similar insights about your usage of your phone like chatting out hours spent on device and even detailing which individual apps are consuming most of your time.
This amazing app is currently available for Android users. Get your time back in control!