About this project
Our Kickstarter Campaign has ended. Thank you so much to all of our incredible Kickstarter Backers! We are looking forward to getting doppel on to your wrist.
If you want to get a doppel, or just find out more about it, please head over to tturquoise.com
doppel is a new breed of performance-enhancing wearable technology that can naturally make you feel more alert or relaxed. By rhythmically pulsing on the inside of your wrist, doppel harnesses our innate response to rhythm. We react to doppel’s pulse in a similar way to upbeat or downbeat music but with no noise or distraction.
doppel's award-winning technology has been tested with hundreds of people. It's been used to help them stay focused in professional settings, keep up the pace while running and training, and to wind down for sleep. It's also been independently shown to increase focus and alertness.
doppel is a completely natural way to control the pace of life. It is empathic technology that works with you to help you be the person you want to be. By supporting our campaign, you not only get to use doppel but you also shape the future of wearable technology!
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doppel has a heartbeat, a double beat pulse that you feel on the inside of your wrist. You can control the rhythm and the intensity of the beat. When doppel beats at your resting heart rate your mood will shift to being more calm. Upping the beat gets you going. A gentle slow beat will be best to wind you down for bed. An intense fast beat will set your cadence on a fast run. Use doppel to set your pace.
doppel is empathic technology that works with your body. It has no screens and no buttons, just intuitive, natural interactions. Stroking the ridge on doppel’s face slows the beat. Firmly squeezing doppel makes the fast beat kick in. Twisting the dial lets you control how intense the sensation is, just like the volume knob on your old stereo.
Calibration and App
To work most effectively with you, doppel needs to be calibrated to you. This requires taking your resting heart rate the first time you set up, which you do through the app. This adjusts doppel’s base settings to best suit you.
Our tests have shown that preference is vital to get the effect you want. Once you have calibrated your doppel, fine tune the settings via the app to get them exactly right for you. Once you have a rhythm you like, you will be able to save it. Save multiple settings for every use and upload at any time.
(Note, if you do not use a smart phone it will be possible to connect via a computer either with Bluetooth or through USB.)
The battery will last for over 5 hours of continuous use at maximum intensity (which is for running... that's one long run!). At lower intensity you will get much more than 10 hours of continuous use.
- doppel Black has a fine stainless steel base with a black face and a black dial and tapered or straight resin strap.
- doppel White has a fine stainless steel base with a black face and a white dial and tapered or straight resin strap.
- doppel Red NEW!! has a fine stainless steel base with a black face, a bright red dial and tapered or straight resin strap.
- The Team Turquoise doppel NEW!! has a fine stainless steel base with a black face, a bright red dial and tapered or straight resin strap.
- doppel Original has a fine stainless steel base with a black face and black dial. It comes with a premium tapered or straight black leather strap.
- doppel Classic has a rich brass base with a black face and black dial. It comes with a premium tapered or straight dark brown leather strap.
(Please note that materials used in the Original and Classic will naturally wear with age and the brass will need to be occasionally resealed to prevent tarnishing)
Choose the cut of your strap from an elegant taper or a classic straight look (we will send you a message to ask for your choice before we ship). Or, if you want a different style, you can change them for another strap at a watchmaker or jeweller using a 16mm spring pin.
doppel is technology that is designed to work closely with the human body and not feel like technology at all. This means no screen. No buttons. doppel is designed to feel natural and fit seamlessly in your life.
To understand how innate interactions can be designed into wearables, we observed how people instinctively invigorate or calm themselves. We carefully adapted these motions and embedded them into the device to make controlling doppel as natural and intuitive as possible.
doppel is a very new kind of wearable and as a result we wanted a design that people can trust. Firstly, we wanted to be honest about what doppel is doing to the wearer. That is why we opened up the motor. To see exactly what doppel is doing and how it works... and because it looks downright cool.
Secondly, we looked to classic watch design. For hundreds of years people have been making technology that you wear. It has gone way beyond its function to become fashion. To fit seamlessly in to the life of the wearer. When making something so new, we did not want to throw out all that is fantastic about the old. So we borrowed from this heritage in style, material and feel.
We have been working on doppel for over a year since we first met on the Innovation Design Engineering MSc/MA run jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. We've developed countless prototypes with the input of our hundreds of users and testers.
Rhythm changes how we feel and behave. Listening to different types of music makes us feel calmer or more excited. We react and synchronise with the steps, breathing and even heart rate of others.
We designed doppel to harness this innate response in a similar way to how we react to upbeat or downbeat music. But doppel has a pulse you feel on the inside of your wrist, rather than hear, so there is no noise or distraction.
We have trialled it with hundreds of people who found that doppel helped them to get more from themselves. From work to sleep to exercise. We also commissioned independent tests by experts at Royal Holloway, University of London. The results showed that doppel can double focus when set at the participants preferred settings. It improved reaction times and sustained performance, as compared to the control state. Find out more here.
Independent Test Results from Royal Holloway University
Winner - Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises 2014
Selected - John Lewis Future Store Exhibition 2014
Horizon 2020 FI-C3 Accelerator 2014
Innovate UK Proof of Market Smart Grant 2015
Short List - Wearable Start Up of the Year 2015
Winner - Pitch at the Palace People's Choice Award 2015
Winner - ICTomorrow Wearables Innovation Competition 2015
Selected - Imperial Festival Exhibition 2015
Top 5 Products of the Year - Innovator of the Year 2015
The band. As you can see, we have a finalised working prototype of the hardware and a refined design. We have all of the CAD ready for tooling design and are in talks with suppliers and manufacturers to ensure that we can deliver a quality product on time.
The app. We have the basic app up and running on iOS, working with the hardware. We will ensure that it ships on both Android and iOS. The basic functionality will include heart rate reading, rhythm adjustability and saved preferences.
More. There is more to come! We have developed doppel so that the hardware is simple yet powerful. It performs one job, of delivering the stimulus, and so does it in the best possible way. Once we have delivered doppel to you, our understanding will grow further and we will continue to update the app to bring you new functionality, new rhythms and new ways of getting the response you want from yourself. We have loads of ideas of how we are going to do this and would also love your input on what would be most useful for you.
Thank you for checking out our Kickstarter Campaign. We could not do this without you and every bit of help and support we receive, whether a pledge, sharing the campaign, or just feedback, gets us a little closer to our goal. We hope you like doppel and are as excited as we are to bring it into reality!
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Risks and challenges
Team Turquoise are experts in designing and making new products. We are working with experienced manufacturers. The final doppel prototypes are done and ready to be mass manufactured. We have a plan. But there are some things to bear in mind...
This is Kickstarter – you are backing the project as well as pre-ordering the product. There may be some hiccups along the road. We might get delayed. We will aim to deliver in the time we have set out and we hope that you can be patient with us. We are a small company with big dreams so may take a little longer to do some things. We do understand, for our part, that we need to be honest and upfront and to communicate regularly. This we will do. You are our support and we need you guys on side if this is going to work.
Hardware bumps? – Hardware is known for being... hard. Supply chains go awry, defects happen, customs hold things up. If this was Amazon then we would already have the packaged goods to send you. But right now there are only ten doppels currently in existence. We hope that you want them in the thousands. We need to make them and we need to make sure they get made right.
Open Motor - the open motor is a big part of the doppel aesthetic and we are committed to it. However, this is the one non-standard part on doppel. As a result it is likely to provide the biggest issues for us. It is achievable but we will not compromise performance and quality. So please be aware that this aspect might be altered.
App bumps? – We are working hard to make our app the best it can be. We are going to make sure that our hardware is completed and gets to you as soon as possible, as we can still make changes to the app through updates that we cannot do with the hardware. Whatever happens we will make sure that a first version ships with the hardware so you can get going with doppel straight away. Plus you get the excitement of more coming down the line!
Overshooting!? – What happens if this campaign makes millions. Well we hope that happens because it means we’ve created a product that people really want. It will also mean that our original manufacturing and delivery plans might have to change and this could cause delays. We will, of course, communicate with you about that and make sure we deliver as promptly as possible. It would be a wonderful headache to have though!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! You will be able to calibrate and set up doppel through your computer using bluetooth or via a USB cable.
No. We looked in to making an app for other devices but they don't currently have the actuator or battery capability. Basically it would not feel right and would run out of battery before you had a chance to check your emails!
Yes. Turn the dial all the way down and doppel will go to sleep.
We have found that people like to use doppel as-and-when they need it and turning it off between times. But you can use doppel whichever way suits you best.
Yes! You can set the tempo to a huge number of different BPMs for a silent metronome.
No. We take your resting heart rate through the app on your phone and then set suggested rates from that baseline. No need to monitor.
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