It’s not uncommon for Apple to recommend applications to be more productive, or to stay active and make better use of the time of day. However, in the last week I was reviewing the App Store and I came across an Apple recommendation that measures just the opposite.
This is Couch Potato, an app that lets users know exactly how long they’ve been inactive. Today in the App of the week we tell you all about this strange but curious application.
As strange and unhelpful as that may sound, it’s not. Couch Potato is an app that was designed to help users to disconnect from their daily life, and “waste their time”. The idea of this app is that users can be on the couch with their dog, watching TV or listening to music in complete silence, without moving from their chair or wherever they are.
As people spend more time standing still, and not moving their iPhone, they can move to the next level.
Starting to use Couch Potato is really easy. Just open the app and let it access your movement and physical activity data. This platform uses the accelerometer inside your iPhone to track movement .
The interface is pretty basic, but the application gamifies the experience like any good tracker. This way, users start at Level 1, also known as ‘Tater Tot’, and progress to Level 5, a ‘Mash Monster’. As you track more inactivity, your potato stem becomes larger with more leaves , and the ottoman is replaced by a chair.
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It is important to note that the use of this app offers benefits and discounts especially to those living in the United States. However, it is an excellent tool if you want to challenge yourself and spend a few minutes of the day resting , without using your smartphone.
Couch Potato can be downloaded for free via the App Store, and users can share their ‘downtime’ results using their own social networks .