Compass Stone: A Pocket Navigator for Mindful People
Compass Stone: A Pocket Navigator for Mindful People
A simple navigation device that gets you from A to B while keeping you in the moment. Explore the world differently.
A simple navigation device that gets you from A to B while keeping you in the moment. Explore the world differently. Read more
About this project
Compass Stone is a simple, palm-sized navigation device that guides you using glowing lights. Set your destination via the smartphone app, and its twelve LED lights will lead the way, meaning you can enjoy the scenery while you walk. (*Patented system and product.)
Traveling is so much easier when you've got a smartphone to guide you, but you can end up missing the bigger picture if you're always looking at a screen. Compass Stone offers a different way to get around. It encourages you to look up, not down. Designed to fit snugly in your hand, Compass Stone turns each trip into an adventure ––– because you never know what moment of inspiration might be waiting around the next corner.
Twelve LED lights navigate you to your destination. A quick glance will show you the way.
We wanted to make a navigation device that was both distinctive and highly portable, so giving Compass Stone an egg-like shape was a natural decision. The light-emitting grooves on its curved surface are easier to read than a flat display, meaning it will always give you a clear sense of direction as you walk.
Compass Stone shows you the way using LED lights controlled by a sophisticated navigation algorithm. The lights respond quickly to changes in direction and are clearly visible even under bright sunlight. What's more, Compass Stone's energy-efficient design ensures that you can keep going all day long.
After setting a destination while connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, the device can keep navigating you there by itself, even if you don't have a mobile signal or Wi-Fi connection. No location is too remote.
Compass Stone features a groundbreaking navigation system that could become a key technology in wearable devices in the future.
Named after a three-legged crow that appears in an ancient Japanese tale, the YATAGARASU algorithm calculates the direction to a goal based on the alignment of the device.
Compass Stone combines sophisticated technology with a sense of mystery. Hold it in your palm and it starts to glow, leading you to a new adventure - like the "Levitation Stone" in Laputa – Castle in the Sky.
Compass Stone is designed for exploration and fun. Here are a few possible uses...
Compass Stone puts the sense of adventure back into traveling. Input a destination from your guidebook and it will lead the way, letting you enjoy the scenery as you roam. You can also save a list of destinations in the app and visit them one by one. As Compass Stone keeps navigating even when you don’t have a network connection*, you can plan your next day’s excursion while you’re connected to the WiFi at your hotel, then go exploring with confidence.
*You will need a smartphone with you for GPS information
Parents and kids can share a fun adventure together with Compass Stone. Send children on an expedition by setting a mystery destination on Compass Stone, then letting them find their own way there. Children are natural explorers, and they’re sure to enjoy the experience of having a glowing stone to lead the way. How about visiting a zoo or park, where there's plenty of space to play and make new discoveries?
Compass Stone doesn’t reveal the destination until you get there. You could give a friend or family member an unforgettable experience by letting Compass Stone guide them to the location of their surprise birthday party. Just set the destination, then give them Compass Stone and tell them to “follow the lights”!
Many people ask "Why do we ever need a dedicated navigation device? We're perfectly fine with Google Maps!" Well, it has its roots back in YEAAH founder Keiji's personal experience.
As a young man in Tokyo, feeling knocked down and depressed by life, he decided to take on a solo trip to Hokkaido, Japan's northern island ––– and that proved to be a life-changing experience.
It wasn't any single event or encounter that struck him: it was purely the beautiful scenery that surrounded him as he traveled. Standing before the deep, perfectly clear water of Lake Mashu, looking at the breathtaking sweep of the Kushiro marshlands, lit by sunbeams from between the clouds, he almost wanted to cry out "Why didn't I know about scenery like this!?"
On returning from the trip to the city, he could not help noticing people around him always seemed to be staring at their smartphones ––– while walking, while waiting for the train, even during a date at a fancy restaurant! To him, they all appeared to be missing out on chances to discover something very precious to them, at every moment.
That is why he thought people might need something like Compass Stone, and it was the beginning of YEAAH's venture.
- Keiji – Founder and Director
- Masa - Software Engineer
- Totty - Hardware Engineer
- Kenji - Designer
YEAAH - a startup company from Daikanyama, Tokyo
Kickstarter project supported by K&L Inc.
- Dimensions: 32×60×48 mm
- Weight: 40 g
- Light component: 12+1 LEDs
- Working temperature: 23 to 113°F (-5 to 45ºC)
- Battery: 110 mAh
Risks and challenges
Since its conception in early 2014, we have completed all the development work by handcrafting and self-building with a team of four.
It has taken this long for us to reach a Kickstarter launch because we needed to be sure that the product will be delivered at an affordable price, and at the same time as realize its initial goal: to be something truly practical and fun-to-use.
We are excited to reveal that a fully-functional prototype is in our hands.
Our risks and challenges are follows:
Two key things we are planning to do are:
a) downsizing of the circuitboard to be able to fit in the intended size body, and
b) re-designing of the housing (body shell) through discussion with our manufacturing partner.
The application’s functions are fully complete but there’s a room for development for better connectivity and quicker response. The firmware needs another round of revision to accommodate the redesigned circuitboard.
We have already achieved a good navigation accuracy: for example, you can send your location (geoinformation) from a random location in a park (using a smartphone) and a friend who receives your location information can find you using a Compass Stone.
Beyond the technical requirements described above, our aim is to achieve a product and software design that will make Compass Stone more aesthetically attractive: namely, refinement of the light-emitting grooves and control of lights so that they glow like a living creature.
The device will be powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, but in order to ensure safety we may encounter technical difficulties. There is a slim chance that we may need to replace it with a non-rechargeable one.
Furthermore, we are going to ensure a certain level of water- and dust- resistance so that you can enjoy a long product life. We are discussing this matter with manufacturing partners and specialists in these fields.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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