The passage of time can be confusing; sometimes it flies by without you even noticing, and other times it drags like a lead weight around your ankle. To try and discover how we perceive time, Skrekkøgle (formed of Theo Tveterås and Lars Marcus Vedeler) has created a vibrating bracelet called Durr. It vibrates every five minutes, and is designed to make us more aware of the passage of time, as well as the actions we choose to take in that time.
Theo and Lark’s initial designs used a Makerbot to create the casing and strap fasteners, along with an old Arduino and a simple program that triggered a vibration motor every 5 minutes. The design has undergone countless iterations since then, including how to make the chip sleep for most of the time, which means the device can run for two months on one battery.
While the project is still an internal experiment to see if the idea could attract other people’s interest, the pair believe it really can make you more aware of the passing of time. They have made only 50 of the bracelets so far, which you can order from their store for €90.00 ($122) in one of five different colors.
Here’s an interesting video that explains the concept: