Scruton is not exactly a city-dweller, either, living about an hour’s bus ride from Hilo International Airport.
Working long distance via Skype, the pair created the app and gave attendees of TEDx Maui, a technology conference, a sneak peek in September.
Therapeutic potential includes enhanced color appreciation, but also possibly assisting people with dyslexia to gain confidence in sorting, according to the app’s publicity materials.
Contacted Friday, Mott said officials at the Maui Wisdom Center in Haiku are excited about the possible benefits for autistic children who receive services there.
“There are no conclusions right now,” Mott said of the possible benefits, but there are discussions about preparing a white paper and applying for federal grants for such studies.
Huedoku has some 100 testers and has amassed testimonials from early users including a physician.
“I’ve worked with enough Glenn Grillo and Abhay Morrissey competed in a game at the Huedoku Olympics during a soft launch of the app at the Maui Tropical Plantation in November. patients who have experienced a heightened sense of color perception that translates to their daily life that I can confidently say playing Huedoku just 10 minutes a week can improve your color vision,” said Dr. Harris Masket of Oakland, Calif.
The Huedoku website says the game will improve a player’s ability to blend color, improve color appreciation and understanding, and “relax all of us from our addiction to instant dopa- mine hits off of Facebook.”
Valley Isle technologist David Fry described the app as being “a totally unique creation, addictive and fun,” in his testimonial on the Huedoku website. “It exercises a part of the brain most of us never use. I’m really impressed with the quality of the gameplay and so glad to see an awesome app coming from friends on Maui.”
Though not yet widely available, the app has a loyal following on Maui, as evidenced by a recent event called the Huedoku Olympics at the Maui Tropical Plantation attended by some 800 people.
Players sat side by side facing the audience and played the same puzzle projected on large screens behind them.
“People were screaming with excitement as I finished out one of the most challenging puzzles in 2 minutes and 33 seconds,” said Ben Holt, one-time Huedoku champion and founder of the SOURCE Maui arts festival.
“It was huedorktastically awesome,” he said. ON THE NET: >> huedoku.com >> www.youtube.com/ watch?v=01bDQGd5qPQ& feature=youtu.be