With the growing amount and increasing pervasiveness of smartphones in our society, many acts have become faster and easier than ever before, for instance buying a bus ticket or sharing pictures. However, this technological omnipresent may have a negative impact and cause multiple issues, for example on social interactions or even on physical integrity Dime let you understand how easy it actually is not having your smartphone every time at your side, at the same time without missing the essentials provided from the phone.
Dime is a system consisting of a smartphone application and a device whose goal is to reduce the amount of notifications you receive every day. Nowadays, we get a lot of notifications from a wide range of smartphone applications that can easily distract us from the activity we are doing, such as reading a book or working. Some of these notifications are essential to receive, like a phone call from your client, while others are less important like an e-mail informing you about the new sales onAmazon.
Through theDime system you can decide which notifications are really important not to miss and which are just futile. In order to be able to let the Dime system run you set up some filters that let you decide which are the fundamental notifications, by using a smartphone application. Afterwards the system runs, the phone enters a “sleep mode“ and connects the external device.
The device shows you only chosen notifications in a less distractive way. The top of the device starts glowing in a pulsing way when you get an essential alert. The feedback from the device are much calmer than when you receive a notification on your phone without using Dime and does not interrupt you from the activity you are doing, but you will not miss any essential notification.
Dime let you use better the time you dedicate for professional or personal activities without getting constantly disrupted. Dime shows you how you can improve your smartphone use.
The device case was in part 3d printed and lathed out of chestnut wood. Inside the case there is a Adafruit Feather Huzzah esp8266 which is able to communicate troughWi-Fi to a smartphone. For the glowing effect ten LED’s are attached to theFeather. To power everything I used a 850mAh lipo battery. The code was written on the Arduino editor. For the LED’s I used the fastLED.h library and to control the LED’s trough the smartphone I used Blynk applications, as well as the Blynk library. The application was designed in Adobe Illustrator and withAdobe XD I created the prototype.
SUPSI / 2018