Nick Herbert has come adult with an surprising resolution to a problem many relatives confront as their child becomes a teen — removing his son to respond to his content messages.
When he gave his son some-more leisure around a age of 12, Herbert had one request: check in via a day. But his son, Ben, was mostly bustling personification video games with friends and would leave his phone on silent.
The undone father would send content after text, anticipating for an refurbish on his son’s whereabouts, though many of a time his messages went unanswered.
“By a finish of final summer we thought, ‘Well, there contingency be something better,'” Herbert, who lives in London, told CBS News. “I’m perplexing to find him all a time.”
That’s when Herbert came adult with a thought for ReplyASAP, an app that allows we to send obligatory texts that can't be ignored.
“I wanted to be means to set an alarm on his phone — that was a gem of a idea,” Herbert explained. “Alarms sound even on silent. Why can’t we set an alarm on his phone in sequence to do that?”
He hired a crony to assistance rise a app, that triggers an alarm that will sound until a content is read.
In sequence for a alarm to work, a primogenitor contingency download a app and entice a child to also download it. After a child accepts, both parties can start promulgation any other “ASAP messages.”
The app is giveaway to download, though users will have to compensate for bundles, starting during $1.27, depending on how many people they wish to bond with.
“ASAP messages” can be scheduled or sent in genuine time.
When an “ASAP message” is delivered, a app takes over a screen, interrupting whatever a target is doing on their phone, and an alarm will ring — even if a phone is set to silent. In sequence to stop a alarm, a target can strike snooze for 3 mins while replying or strike “cancel” to exit a tab. The sender will afterwards get a notification, depending on a choice a target chooses.
“I wish people in my conditions use it,” Herbert said. “So distant I’ve seen an strenuous infancy of people relating to my situation. They have teenage children who don’t respond to anything. And so it’s something that seems to resonate.”
Herbert says a app isn’t meant to bug your kids. Instead, it should be used for emergencies.
“I told my son, ‘If we wish to make it obligatory send me one of these. If we wish to know where some hosiery are, send a content summary and we can respond when we can,'” Herbert said.
After 8 months of development, a app became accessible to Android users dual weeks ago, and an iOS chronicle for iPhone users is approaching to launch in a entrance weeks. Some reviews on a Google Play store reported problems removing access, though Herbert says a initial bugs have been fixed.
While a app was designed with relatives and children in mind, Herbert hopes it will eventually enhance outward of families.
“If we have people during work who have to be on call or need to be called on quickly, we can a get summary to them,” he said. “In an puncture they can be contacted still.”
He added, “We might all have opposite languages and opposite cultures, though we all seem to have a same kind of problems. … we launched it to assistance and if it helps other people afterwards brilliant. I’m some-more than happy about that.”