Connor Ward spoke to TenEighty about the launch of his new app Aumi, co-created with Ethan Shallcross, which is “built by and for people on the autism spectrum”.
The idea for the app came about when Ethan approached Connor to beta-test an app he was working on that managed mood and energy levels for people on the autistic spectrum.
“I saw so much potential in the couple of features that Ethan had made that he actually offered me a fare ownership percentage to use my expertise to get the app to be something that could help a lot of people,” shares Connor.
— Connor Ward (@ConnorWardUK) July 10, 2019
Aumi is a fully customisable app and was designed to be “a helping hand” rather than an overwhelming experience for its users.
Connor explains that on the app “there are no adverts, our notifications are fully customisable and even when they do get delivered they are silent”.
Connor uploaded a video to his YouTube channel that explains how all of the features of the app work.
On whether there are any plans for further development of Aumi, Connor says they are going to take the time to listen to user requests and “explore the biggest struggles across the autism spectrum” to see if they can find any solutions.
Within 24 hours of its release, Aumi reached number five in the UK Health and Fitness Chart and 47 in the UK paid chart.
We can't believe how well the app is doing! pic.twitter.com/THLeqJehhH
— Aumi (@aumi_app) July 11, 2019
Connor has had “on average 75% less meltdowns whilst using this app in the last four months” and he hopes that “as many people who need it can get it”.
The app is already receiving positive reviews:
We're so happy to see Aumi helping people! Thank you to everyone who has downloaded it. pic.twitter.com/lfB8Ruoqh3
— Aumi (@aumi_app) July 13, 2019
Aumi is currently only available for Apple users via the App Store and costs £2.99.