Focused Mind Apps
1 March 2018
Woebot, the startup behind an automated psychotherapy bot of the same name, announced today that it has closed an $8 million round of series A funding.
The company’s bot is designed to help people cope with mental illnesses like depression through the application of cognitive behavioral therapy exercises. The bot is currently available on Facebook Messenger and a recently launched iOS app.
This funding shows the potential for artificial intelligence techniques in natural language processing and other arenas to help humans. Woebot doesn’t plan to replace human therapists, but it does provide users with a conversational partner who doesn’t get tired, go on vacation, or sleep. That can be important for people who need help late at night or on weekends, but who don’t want to try reaching a human being.
An Apple iPad App Designed to Boost Academic and Cognitive Performance of Children and Adults with ADHD
Memory on Demand, LLC announces the Beta release of Focus GPS, an Apple iPad app designed to enhance the memory, concentration, and organizational capabilities of children and adults with ADHD.
Focus GPS, currently in testing with children and adults who have ADHD, supports three critical executive functions: memory, concentration, and organization. The software permits ADHD users to easily step through complex thought processes and effectively manage shifting priorities. This Beta version of Focus GPS is the culmination of 20 years of daily use, testing, and continual improvements.
The 8 Best Apps
There's almost no place or time in most of our lives that's beyond the reach of digital distractions, which can make it incredibly difficult to focus and get things done -- and to carve out quiet time for ourselves.
At work, we can go for hours without stepping away from the computer, instead grazing on work, email and social media or cyber-loafing throughout the day. Despite New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's belief that success hinges on taking as few bathroom breaks as possible, working in this way not only drains our energy, but also affects our ability to focus and keeps us from being our most productive.
When it comes to distraction, over-reliance on technology is a frequent culprit. But we can also use technology in ways that boost our health, well-being and focus. There are a number of apps, in particular, that can help you stay calm, mentally focused and productive.
What is Smiling Mind?
Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.
It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of clarity, calm and contentment. So what are you waiting for, let’s do this.
Smiling Mind’s Mindfulness Meditation program with groups.
This can be teachers, educators, counsellors, team leaders, facilitators, sports coaches or those conducting wellbeing or mindfulness programs. The program is downloadable for FREE. It is supported by a comprehensive manual for teachers/ facilitators and is designed to be easily implemented without a large time commitment. The program can be tailored to suit a range of audiences and environments and no meditation experience is required from the teacher/ facilitator. It is recommended, though, that group facilitators first practice the exercises themselves.