This is era is the ‘smart’ era – everything is becoming interconnected with all the information available in your palm. It was thought that with such amazing leaps of technology, being in contact would become easier. However, that is not the case. The reason being that it is quite easy to ignore the messages from parents. Say hello to ReplyASAP – a messaging app that has been created by a concerned father. The app takes over the home screen and sounds an alarm that can’t be turned off until the message has been replied to.
Why Create ReplyASAP
Nick Herbert is 45 years old and lives in London, UK. He came up with the idea for ReplyASAP once he realized that getting in touch with his son didn’t get easy after giving him a smartphone. His son wouldn’t answer his calls or reply to messages as quickly as Nick was expecting he would. This attitude was driving his father crazy and he decided to create an app that would make this process easier for parents all over the world. He spent 8 months and quite an investment for the completion of the project. However, Nick truly believes that ReplyASAP has the potential to take off and can impart some peace of mind to the parents.
Does It Work on Android and iPhone?
Nick says, “My son started at Langley Park School for Boys a couple of years ago and has a smartphone. I thought this would make getting hold of him easier, but it doesn’t at all. In fact, he is always playing games and has the phone on silent. It drives me crazy.” The observant readers would be wondering why the use of present tense? That is because as of now, ReplyASAP works only on Android. Nick’s son is using iPhone. The setback is temporary, however, because the tech-savvy father is already working on an iOS version of the app. “It will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message,” Nick said.
ReplyASAP – Parents Vs Kids
ReplyASAP has been designed with parents in mind. The app enables parents to know if the child has seen the message or if their phone is switched off. However, the essence of the app is to make it impossible for the kids to ignore messages. The app takes over the phone, locks it, overdraws on the home screen and sounds an alarm until the message has been responded to.
ReplyASAP will most likely become the biggest nightmare of kids. Herbert also sees this possibility but adds that the app is basically just a failsafe and not the primary way for parents to communicate with their children. He says, “As they are teenagers I realise they aren’t going to be massively keen. My son hasn’t really said anything negative about the app. It is all about him understanding why it’s there. If I have something important to say I will send an urgent message. Hopefully It will make things a bit easier. Will it be the bane of his life? Maybe! I’m not going to be using it all the time to speak to him. It is supposed to be a failsafe.”
Yay or Nay?
ReplyASAP is free to download but offers plans depending upon how many people you want to connect with. It offers Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans. The price varies from $1.28 to $16.73 with number of connected persons ranging from 1 to 20. The app requires both sender and receiver to have active Internet connection. But considering how most of us are almost always connected to the internet, this shouldn’t be a problem. What do you think of the app? Do let us know in the comments below.