Thingzo: Easily Find Out When Things Last Moved
Thingzo: Easily Find Out When Things Last Moved
A clever device that attaches to things to inform you when they moved. It's a new way to verify usage, quickly and affordably!
A clever device that attaches to things to inform you when they moved. It's a new way to verify usage, quickly and affordably! Read more
About this project
Often we just don’t know if something was done. Thingzo is a new device that is based on a patent for detecting and displaying the last movement or usage, helping you have more of these missing pieces of information. Now you can get manage your life better and have more peace of mind by erasing doubts.
You can think of Thingzo as an entry into the IoT world. While the Internet of Things can be a bit intimidating at times, we can help unleash the power of the Information of Things.
For example, if things could talk, how could they help you?
Just attach Thingzo to an object and you instantly know more about what happened and what needs to be done.
Whether it's the entry door, a medicine cabinet, or even a plant watering pot, Thingzo can be used almost anywhere to keep you informed of what happened.
Thingzo detects the movement of objects and shows you how much time has passed since the object was last moved. With Thingzo, you’re able to find out when something happened in an area without actually being present!
Thingzo is attached to a moveable object (door, lid, etc.). Thingzo has a clock that is always running in the background. The elapsed time is updated every minute on the clear e-paper display. The display supports up to 999 days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes.
Whenever Thingzo detects movement with its accelerometer, the internal clock is reset to 0 and starts timing again. The display will indicate that Thingzo has moved, and freezes the time since the previous movement for 20 seconds so the user can take note. In this example, 15 minutes have gone by since the previous movement. When a new movement is detected, the clock is reset to 0 and begins timing again until the next time it goes. The clock is always running, and the efficient design allows the battery to last for around 3 years.
As an example, if you share the duties of feeding the family dog, you may not know if someone else fed the dog or not. By simply sticking Thingzo on a key location like the storage door, the dog food bin or clipping it to the bag, you will always know how long it has been since the dog was fed just by glancing at the display.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, we all have rights to our privacy. Thingzo is perfect when it comes to keeping you informed of your belongings when you’re not around. Simply place Thingzo on the drawer, box, or door of your choice, and you’ll be able to tell if your siblings, roommates or hired help are getting into your things. If you rent a personal storage space or a safety deposit box at a bank, Thingzo will tell you the last time someone accessed that space.
No matter the age of your child, the job of a parent is one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs out there. We’re here to help make that job just a little bit easier. Need to keep track of the last time your child had his vitamins? What if you need to know what time your teenager got home last night after you went to bed? This technology can also be crucial when it comes to the safety of your kids - in a moment’s notice, find out if anyone got into the liquor cabinet or gun storage. Or if you just want to check when someone got into the cookie jar! With Thingzo’s movement-sensing technology, you’ll be able to find out this information with just a glance at the display!
Next to being a parent, being a pet owner is arguably one of the most important and satisfying responsibilities out there. Whether you need to find out if a family member or dogsitter fed the dog so you don’t forget to feed him or over-feed him, when the fish tank was last cleaned, if the cat has been outside or when the dog has gone on a walk... Thingzo can help you!
We’ve all been there - it feels like it’s only been days, when really weeks have gone by and a new month is getting started. If you lose track of time, Thingzo will help keep your schedule straight. You can keep track of when things in your home need to be changed, like air or water filters, or if you need to refill the water softener pellets.
Sometimes you don’t remember if you took your daily medication or how long it has been since you used the exercise machine. Know instantly with Thingzo the last time you did something to improve your health.
As a nanny or a caregiver to the elderly or ill, Thingzo helps you stay organized and allows you to monitor what’s going on with the person for whom you are caring when you can’t be right by their side at all times. Or if you just want to gift Thingzo to your parents so they don’t forget things. The peace of mind you’ll have with Thingzo is invaluable.
If you have a second home or cabin that you are away from for long periods of time, you probably want to have the peace of mind of knowing if you have had uninvited guests, or simply if things have expired. If you rent your second home out to others through services like Airbnb, VRBO or a local rental management company, there are things you need to know when you’re not there. Find out if your guests accessed your restricted areas or even when the cleaning company arrived with Thingzo.
The great thing about Thingzo is that you don’t only have to be one of these seven types of people - you can be anyone! You use Thingzo on almost anything, you could even use this at work or in your small business. You can even make your appliances smarter. Not only is Thingzo extremely helpful, but its options are truly limitless. Whether you’re traveling, protecting your belongings or caring for someone or something else, Thingzo is here to help keep your life in order and mind at ease.
- Battery life: 3 years or more with normal use.
- Battery type: coin cell, replaceable (NEW FEATURE)
- Operating temperature: 0 deg. C to 50 deg. C (32F to 122F)
- Display: electronic ink segmented display
- Minimum time display unit: minute
- Maximum time display: 999 days, 59 hours, 59 minutes
Thingzo shows information on a custom display in a format of days, hours and minutes (DDD.HH:MM) for the time that has elapsed since an object last moved.
This simple, yet powerful, way of tracking movement to gather information about usage is based on a patent that was approved in 2016.
The proof-of-concept has been successfully completed using off-the-shelf components and prototyping tools in our lab. The results demonstrated that this device would be exceptionally useful in tracking usage information of many different objects.
The main components that go into the Thingzo device are a custom e-paper display, an accelerometer chip (detects movement and acceleration), a micro-controller unit (MCU), some peripheral buffers, and a battery, all contained on a printed circuit board (PCB). All these components have been selected and the PCB layout design has been completed.
All that remains is to finalize the software and fully test the device to cover all the use cases in order to have a robust, reliable product.
The product design is finished and we have made several samples with 3D printing, which provides a “looks like” prototype of the final product.
The E-Ink display gives clear visibility from different angles with highly efficient power usage and outstanding durability.
We have checked the viability of using Thingzo to help with many different tasks. For example, just stick it on top of the fish tank, and you will always know how long it has been since you last opened it to feed the fish.
As we finalize the product development and testing, we are concurrently negotiating with the supply chain and are discussing with overseas partners on the production and distribution strategy. We are confident of our success since we have prior experience and good resources in this area.
Founded in 2016, Thingzo offers simple and cost-effective ways to help with security, safety and peace of mind. Our products use a patented movement-sensing methodology to provide useful information about everyday things, allowing users to better manage their lives.
The team has over 80 years of collective experience in the hardware and electronics industry, with relationships in North America and Asia that enable the rapid and expert development and sourcing that is necessary to bring the Thingzo products to market.
We believe that a simple, elegant design is important to the usefulness of Thingzo. After many iterations and reviews, we decided that the only information we would provide is the time that has elapsed since the last detected movement. This product is strictly standalone -- we eliminated the dependence on any other device such as a smartphone or WIFI network. There are no buttons or other input device. There is no setup, no calibration, no technical expertise required. Simply take Thingzo out of the package, attach it to an object like a door or drawer, and start using it immediately. Just by tracking the last time the object moved, Thingzo can be a powerful tool to help people in their everyday lives.
We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Thingzo success.
There’s a bright future for Thingzo. We’ve set out with the goal to design a product that improves your life, and you’re helping us achieve that goal! We know not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge, so even if you can’t give a dollar or purchase your own Thingzo, if you’re a supporter of Thingzo, you can help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of!
Risks and challenges
As with any technology hardware project, there are always schedule risks associated with manufacturing and supply chain logistics. Due to our careful planning to ensure all portions of our product are ready on time, we feel the risks are very low when it comes to meeting our (safely-set) shipping date of July 2017. We understand the unique challenges of technology products and are familiar with how to avoid and mitigate any issues that arise. If anything does happen to come up during our Kickstarter journey, our backers will be the first to know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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