I'm a software developer and a diabetic and as a way to give back to the community, I want to build a website and iPhone app that will encourage kids to monitor their BG.
Kids would select a robot avatar that would encourage them.
Here are the features I'm planning
1) Simple interface: Enter the number and you're done.
2) Reward/Badge system: Kids win badges for all sorts of events. e.g. 3 good measurements, multiple day streaks of measurements, etc.
3) Parents receive an email/txt when the child records the BG
4) Completely anonymous: Kids use the Avatar and name the avatar robot. There is no way to discover the actual identity of the child.
5) Actual rewards: I'll make stickers and send them out in the mail as rewards.
My plan is to make the app and the website COMPLETELY FREE FOREVER.
I don't mind paying the cost for now, but eventually I'll look for sponsors to keep the app free.
I'm looking for parents to help me with ideas, feedback, etc.
I'm *NOT* looking for money. I just want to get feedback from parents so that I know I'm going the right direction.
I'm setting up a blog to keep track of the progress of development. The domain is http://www.robobetics.com/
Please email me if you are interested to participate.
Teens are bit harder to please with game style apps. Perhaps a social networking style app where they can connect with other early teens so that they can encourage each other. I wear a Nike Fuelband with my friends to encourage exercising.
I'll try to take this on as the next Free app after Robobetics.
Anything similar to Black Ops, Halo or the like would be good.
Could you come up with one geared toward teens as well. As some of us have Type 1s nearing driving age, I know we would love to be sure our teens check bg before getting behind the wheel!
I started a new section on my app blog to write down "achievements". If you have the time, please help me come up with some game achievements.
As a T1, parent of a 7 year-old T1 and brother to a third T1, it's fantastic to see so much enthusiasm for this idea. Especially since, well, I'm working for a company that's building a similar app.
The app we're working on is called Monster Manor and you can find a bunch more info on it starting here: Monster Manor
It's into Beta testing right now and will be, for the record, completely free.
Two things we could really use though are:
- More beta testers
- More feedback from parents and kids about what you want/need the app to do
I've already messaged Chuck about this but if there's anybody else who would like to help us build a killer app I would love to hear from you at Adrian@ayogo.com