An Icon-based watch – The Octopus by Joy

Octopus is the first icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. Octopus by Joy

  • It’s a watch. It gives the time with icons, making it the first clock that young kids can actually read and understand. It helps children conceptually link time to events.

  • It’s a scheduler for children, which helps foster responsibility, independence and self-esteem. Parents can program visual reminders from their smartphone that pop up on the kid’s watch (icon+vibration).

  • It’s an assistant that helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines. It provides tips and personal notes. It also reminds you to remind your kids!

Everything is setup via an app, so Octopus can evolve with your ever-changing needs. It provides templates for routines based on age and gender. You can adjust them or create new ones from scratch. It syncs up in real time via Bluetooth. Everything is stored physically on the memory of the watch, so the system can keep track of the progress. It grows up with the kids. Some features are unlocked based on the age, like new clock faces for instance. This watch is wearable, visual and grows with your kids.
And it’s fun for the kids. The level of distraction is low. It’s a tool, not a toy! No video games, no messaging system… although there is an optional gamification feature built into the system. If it is turned on, your kid will be able to unlock virtual rewards such as special badges based on their progress.

This watch Octopus is mainly for kids aged 3 to 8 years old, but the sleek design is appealing even to older children (if they own a smartphone to set it up, they can use Octopus as a task manager).
Octopus can also help the kids with special needs (AD/HD, ASD, Diabetes, Down Syndrome, or executive functioning issues). Children with special needs often require frequent prompting to complete tasks. Octopus can be used as a tool for repeated prompting. Octopus can be used by parents in tandem with therapists, psychologists, and teachers to provide a reliable and comprehensive scheduling tool that is adept at maintaining consistency across settings.

The Watch is scheduled for release next month (July 2016) and the price (as stated on their website) will cost between $89 and $120. They also have package deals for large groups and schools. To find out more visit the Octopus Watch by Joy website.

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