This colourful wearable wants to help your kids learn good habits, become independent and turn up on time for dinner.
Many of the wearables for kids we come across are aimed at making sure your kid stays safe, don’t get lost and generally stay out of trouble. But Octopus has different ideas. With an icon-based screen and a notification system linked to your phone, all Octopus wants to do is help your child be on time.
Because Octopus is aimed at 3 to 8-year-olds, it’s first concern is making sure your child can actually read the time. This is where those icons come in, acting as visual reminders so your child can tell what hour of the day it is at a glance. A cereal bowl for breakfast time, for instance, or a ball when it’s play time and a toothbrush when it’s time to brush their teeth.
It’s up to you to set your child’s schedule through the app on your phone, where you can customise activities by the minute. When it’s time for your child to get ready for school, come downstairs for dinner or even tidy up their toys, the watch will vibrate and display the time and icon designated to that activity.
Octopus is primarily a tool for fostering responsibility, independence and self-esteem, but it doesn’t have to be a bore for your little one. There’s an optional gamification feature that you can switch on in the app, which lets kids unlock virtual rewards like special badges based on their progress.
Other features like exciting new clock faces will unlock as your child grows up too, and the watch will eventually be a really handy way for helping your child learn to read the time in digital and analog. Octopus is meant to be a learning experience for you too, providing tips and personal notes in the app on how to create schedules and integrate Octopus into your child’s life.
If your little one is up for the ride, you can pre-order Octopus from Kickstarter for the early bird special price of $59 (£40). It has completely smashed its funding goal and should be shipping anywhere in the world in March 2017.