High-low tech: WATCH, GPS & PAGER

Want to ditch your smartphone but not its useful features ?
3 simple devices to use the technology in a meaningful way

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// is :
⛛ — SABLIER is a stopwatch-like device. It vibrates every five minutes to let you notice time passing.
⭕ — BOUSSOLE is a compass-like device. It guides you to five locations of your choice.
⬡ — SIFFLET is a pager-like device. It sends short melodious messages composed by you to another SIFFLET device.

Usually hidden behind opaque plastic, the PCB is the heart of modern technology. These devices aim to open technologies that we use everyday. Through 3 services — time keeping, orientation and communication — the 3 objects from // offers you new ways to experience technologies. It works smartphones burden: no notifications, no e-mails, no ads, no privacy concerns, no battery hassle.




  • 3 × ATmega328 Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, DSPs / ARM, RISC-Based Microcontrollers
  • 3 × LIR2450 Rechargeable 120mAh LiPo coin cell
  • 3 × MCP73831 Power Management ICs / Power Supply Support / LiPo charging
  • 1 × Vibration motor
  • 1 × M41T62LC6F Clock and Timer ICs / Real-Time Clocks

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  • Resilience

    Antoine Pintout05/22/2019 at 13:51 0 comments

    An important element of my project is to develop very durable and resilient devices. Openness and minimalism are two of the main design features allowing these goals.

    By opening the sources of my project, the three objects become reproducible and easy to repair. By simplifying its electronics and using affordable and well documented chips or modules, the repairability is even greater. These choices will influence the design of non-electronic parts as they also need to be durable and reproducible. The choice of material and its drawings will also be fondamental in order to convey durability and resilience.

    As a consequence of these choices their experiences will also be very different from what we are used to:
    The time-keeping device will not give you exact time. It gives an absolute sense of the passing of time by vibrating every 5 or 30 minutes.
    The navigating device will not instruct you to go left or right. It will indicate the general direction of your destination, so that you can decide which path to take.
    The communication device will not transmit text or voice. It will send small melodic messages.
    A great attention will be given to senses and each device will provide specific sensorial stimuli: vibrations for touch, visual cues for sight and sound for hearing. 
    Each device resilient and independent from any global network or corporation. Finally, by being low-power, each device is freed from high level depedency from battery capacity. 

    Next time, I'll detail the functionality of each device.

    Until next time,
    be good,

  • Genesis

    Antoine Pintout04/25/2019 at 09:16 0 comments

    Welcome to this first log entry !

    I started to work on this project a couple of months ago. It’s a self-initiated project that I'm developing in the framework of my degree in product design.
    I was born with computers. I’ve always found it easy to work with different types of technology. That’s why I decided to develop a project in this field.

    When it comes to everyday use, I'm not convinced that the way we interact with technology is the best. I noticed that my daily consumption of tech can be limited to only two devices: my phone and my computer. They can satisfy all the tasks I need in my daily life : staying in touch with friends, work with partners, takings notes, quickly finding informations about anything, making calculations, navigating in a city, capturing memories, reminding us upcoming events, etc. They suit our needs when we have to be efficient but when we just want to relax and disconnect, they can become really intrusive.

    illustration from the thelightphone project

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Michael Kafarowski wrote 06/18/2019 at 02:18 point

I really like the idea of devices that give a "general sense" of things. Sometimes the best things in life come out of times of spontaneity. You could follow Google Maps and get there fast, or go "that way" and discover new things along the journey. Best of luck in the development!

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lorene.gaydon wrote 05/22/2019 at 08:00 point

très beau projet ! hâte de voir le diplôme,


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Antoine Pintout wrote 05/23/2019 at 11:40 point

Merci !

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yves wrote 05/21/2019 at 14:48 point

Hate de voir le resultat

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Antoine Pintout wrote 05/21/2019 at 22:11 point

Merci, moi aussi !

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Gerben wrote 04/18/2019 at 09:27 point

Both urls don't seem to work.

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Antoine Pintout wrote 04/19/2019 at 13:22 point

Yes indeed, I don't have anything up just yet. This will come soon :)

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Gerben wrote 04/19/2019 at 13:26 point

Great. I was worried it was a typo.

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