The gods confound the man who first found out
how to distinguish hours! Confound him, too,
who in this place set up a sundial,
to cut and hack my days so wretchedly
into small portions! When I was a boy,
my belly was my sundial — one surer,
truer, and more exact than any of them.
This dial told me when ’twas proper time
to go to dinner, when I had aught to eat;
But nowadays, why even when I have,
I can’t fall-to unless the sun gives leave.
The town’s so full of these confounded dials
the greatest part of the inhabitants,
shrunk up with hunger, crawl along the street.
Let me propose the 20% case that'll feel like the 80% case. Having a beer with a friend and sharing laughter, and ...buzz.buzz.buzz... being reminded mid-laugh that you're having a beer with a friend sharing a laugh.
I enjoy the moments where my brain adjusts the volume of the world around me, I get lost in thought and time becomes my bitch.
 - http://feelspace.cogsci.uni-osnabrueck.de/
It was interesting to wear and after some time it started to feel like a "sixth sense".
One is a cable/internet tech, and claims that it may have saved his life - you can't perceive voltage potential, but you can "sense" current flow.
He was standing in a puddle of water, and was reaching towards the inside of a cable box on a house, and "felt" current flowing through it. Investigated, and found that the line into the box had been rubbing against a household electrical wire, and had worn through the insulation on both, causing a short that was carrying power through the box.
(It does look kind of bulky though.)
Seriously, an electronic gadget made to disrupt your day every 5 minutes. I think this requires a better explanation of the purpose before I take it seriously. Right now all the marketing speak combined with the banality of this device makes me think it's the perfect april fools but a few months too soon.
Let's assume it's for real, why would you want to get reminded that 5 minutes have passed when you've lost yourself in a fun life moment? Or when you're waiting for something a long time, that would be even worse.
I'm sure it would seem interruptive the first few times. But after that, it would become familiar. If you've ever lived near a clock that ticks or chimes, it eventually becomes part of the background, a subtle reminder of the flow of time.
Your approach to consciousness, to get lost in pleasant things and to be oblivious of unpleasant things, is one way to be. But other people are after different things. Plenty of people want a better sense of the flow of time. Note, for example, the popularity of the Pomodoro Method.
I slept right through it. Always.
Until we moved house, then I'd find myself waking up at, say, midnight for the first few weeks being slightly disturbed that the bell hand't run.
The only "hard" part would be fitting a battery in this form factor.
Go to your local hackerspace during some open hours, and tell the hackers you want to build one of these. I bet they'll do it with you!
(Hell: I'LL do it with you if you come down to heatsync labs [in Phoenix])
The "problem" with this is how long it will run for. A watch battery, or a coin cell doesn't have much current capacity.
For a while I was using an iOS app called BuzzClock. I liked the feature that it would give a different # of buzzes as you went through the hour. I found this helped reduce the need to check the time when I was heads-down on some work, or give a subtle reminder that I might be lingering too long on something.
But having to keep the app in the foreground ultimately killed it for me.
I was thinking maybe an audio queue... haha
Water resistance just seems to be a requirement these days - even my Pebble which I'd never wear in the shower is water resistant so when I am forced to react to a bath incident, I don't worry about the watch, and my kids instead.
Sounds like a pet project - maybe they should hire a real watch designer who can get them from hobby to actual product at some point.
One of the things I love about my Kickstarter Pebble is that I have gone swimming with it, and I've even gone diving down to about 20 feet with it and it still works brilliantly. It's nice to not have to worry about it around water.
I'm definitely a risk taker with electronics and water though. I actually put my new iPhone in a ziplock bag to see if it would make an effective underwater camera while diving. (Just so you know the ziplock bag did succeed in keeping my iPhone safe, but the video was too blurry to be useful because the lens didn't focus right under water.)
Some people don't want to be that connected though.
Consider that the thinkgeek 'annoyatron' is sold for $10. So the guts of this device cost far less than $10. A cheap watch band, better looking than the one this has, can be had for under $20 on Amazon...
Throw the rest of the money into having a nice brass enclosure machined, then pot it with epoxy to make it reasonably water-resistant as well...
I've been using it to establish habits, remind myself to be mindful and focus on task.
I'm having a hard time imagining constant interruption being good for concentration.
It. Is. A. Mind. Game.
When your brain "idles" you lose track of time. Time in the mind only exists as a comparison of one moment in the past and another moment in the present. So when you're daydreaming (mostly brain idling) time appears to fly by because there's less datapoints for your mind to use to compare. But when you're checking the time constantly time appears to go by very very slowly.
It can become mentally exhausting when you do it too much though because it speeds up the mind. You become aware of every little moment. It can make you extremely productive but you really do have to take "brain idling" breaks every now and then. Also when you first start off, time will appear to fly by, it'll feel like "5 min" are flying by every 30 seconds. But after about 30 minutes your brain will stop idling so much, you'll become aware of more time points, and it'll feel like time is slowing down and you're thinking "faster".
Give it a try. It's really fascinating.
> how time flies by when you enjoy yourself, and drags along when you wait in line at the post office
I suspect my experience at the post office be made worse by the fact that there's something vibrating on my wrist reminding me of how long I've been waiting?
Yeah I'm not sure why people would buy this.
Interesting concept. Though I'm sure there's an app for that... or will be.
My morning routine is about 15 minutes. So is going to the coffee cart on the corner for coffee and a doughnut. However, I often perceive and think about the latter as taking much longer.
I'm downloading a interval timer app to test it out. My guess is that it will drive me nuts soon.
Edit: I didn't find any good options free for ios yet.
"Wake me up" works well, but not in the background.
They are high - they're nowhere near as high as you're making out.
The girl could do with a lot less arm hair though