Oyako is a distance-control app aiming to reduce the stresses and strains on our children's eyes. The company estimate that there are c.420 million teenagers with smartphones being held on average too close. Oyako is seeking investment to finalise its app and take it to market at £6.99 per download.
With the increase in mobile tech usage, we are also seeing an increase of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. The main issue is the distance that devices are being held away from eyes. The result is a visual cost to the child, with an increased risk of detached retinas and glaucoma in later life. The cost to parents is purchasing spectacles, and there is a cost to the NHS and medical insurance companies.
Once complete, the features of our app will include:
•Pre-determined distances alert
•Simple traffic light design for the user to understand
•Intelligent control of phone camera, without compromising battery usage
•Works behind other apps
•Parental controls to allow app management
•Parent will receive report of distance violations
•User will not be able to delete without password
•Share function, to make downloads easier (parents at school gates)
•Freemium app for one week trial
•Designed for iOS & GooglePlay
The market for children aged 10-16 years with smartphones is >420 million globally. Our focus group research has shown that the average price the parent will be prepared to pay is £7.20. Apple development will now allow different price structures around the world, allowing for local demographic factors to be applied.
Founder, David Canton, is a member of Myopia Profile, a worldwide professional group with over 6,500 people striving to combat myopia.
Oyako is a registered trademark.