Ottawa teen's relaxation app Celestial hits top 50
Abdou Sarr, 17, created the app to help fellow high school students deal with stress
A 17-year-old Ottawa boy is gaining attention for his new relaxation app, Celestial, which made the list of top 50 health apps in North America after it launched on Sunday.
"It's surreal," Abdou Sarr told CBC News. "Just in the past few days, the amount of attention that it's gotten, I could not see that coming."
He has been working on it for four years, and the final result is an app that allows you to choose from six panoramic scenes with accompanying sounds.
It was the pressures of high school that inspired him to create the frequency-generating app with motion graphics, he said.
"My fellow students weren't relaxing because they were stressed about their marks. They weren't getting enough sleep at night as they should have been, and they just weren't focusing on their homework," he said.
"So I needed a way to combat that, using the devices that causes those problems sometimes."
Celestial can be purchased on the App Store for $1.19.