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.
The Foqus Promise
- Build Up Concentration Foqus (pomodoro) is great for pacing yourself through creative tasks that require maximum concentration such as writing, composing, painting etc. Great for kids and young adults with ADHD which can help them visually build up their focus ability daily
- Meditate Mindfully Foqus (meditation) will help you relax and meditate anywhere, anytime, and track your goals. You can quitely meditate at your desk in the office, or meditate at your yoga classes. Also seamlessly track how effective your meditation is by viewing differences in your heartrate.
- Build New Habits Through Reinforcement Build up habits in the area of mental concentration, compartmentalization and mindful meditation. Track your progress with analytics
- Anywhere, Anytime Foqus is simple, designed primarily for the wearable device and can deliver full value without any dependence on a tethered Bluetooth connection. The standalone design principle ensures simplicity true ubiquity.
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 Meditate anytime, meditate any where! 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.
Analytics Provides detialed analytics on your pomodoro and meditation sessions. Foqus tracks the amount of time you spend on focus tasks and the number of sessions you successfully complete per day. It also tracks the amount of time spent on meditation each day and the number of meditation sessions completed each day. In addition , foqus also provides specialized ambient tracking during meditation sessions.
Heart rate tracking at the start and end of meditation (see how useful the meditation session was in reducing your anxiety)
Ambient tracking during meditation - tracks light and pressure values . Over time you can infer how these ambient conditions affect your heart rate and effectiveness of your meditation session.
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.