About this project
Senstone is a new way to create notes — five times faster and much more convenient than any smartphone app. With Senstone you no longer have to pull out your phone to take notes on the go. Just capture the things in your daily life that you don’t want to miss. It automatically converts your voice notes into text and organises them for easy access.
We check smartphones 150 times a day, every day. But what if there was plainly easier way to capture those precious words?
Senstone lets you record your thoughts quickly and conveniently. Senstone is a notepad size of a bottle cap. Imagine walking in the busy street or driving a car and taking those notes, reminders with the speed of thought.
Tap on the Senstone to start recording and speak. Tap again and it stops. All audio and text notes are synced into the Cloud seamlessly.
Senstone saves you from getting distracted while reaching for your smartphone and looking for the necessary app. Especially when focusing is critical.
Senstone should be close when you speak — for best performance. You can hang it around your neck, clip it to your shirt collar or a jacket, or even wear it on your wrist.
Senstone is a standalone device so you can take notes and create lists when its not connected to your smartphone. It records for up to two and a half hours when offline. Then it automatically syncs your notes in the cloud when you are back in range.
Being able to take notes on the go is critical — be it your personal goals, your breakthrough ideas or your travel journal. This is why the world’s greatest writers, inventors, and visionaries kept notebooks to document their ideas. And today we offer a much more convenient and handy solution.
Are you a food blogger discovering a new cafe and wanting to document your experience? Take notes in seconds with Senstone. It has been designed specifically to keep track of details in any situation. You can even capture an impromptu interview with someone at the cafe.
You can also use Senstone at night, but you don’t need to wear it. It listens to you when you sleep and is just a finger snap away from recording the details of your dreams while you still remember them. There’s no need to press any button. Thanks to our unique machine learning system we help you record your midnight thoughts and dreams with just a snap of your fingers.
NB: Currently, the finger snap feature is only available when the gadget is charging on its dock.
Senstone helps you stay focused, lets you organize your thoughts quickly and allows you to manage your life with confidence and style. Send reminders to other members of your team. Just say “Tom, I figured you didn’t bring lunch today, so I ordered pizza” and the message is sent.
Senstone is your communication tool with others on the team. However, sometimes it is more convenient to have your thoughts laid out right in your favourite app. For these scenarios we are integrating with apps like Evernote, Trello and more.
Everyone has their own sense of style. People are wearing accessories to underline their personality, get attention and feel good. We tried to be timeless and original with this device. Senstone’s design is pure and minimalist — it’s something will match any style or look.
Our fashion designer picked the best materials for Senstone to look and feel right. The casing is made of Chrome-plated brass and clear brass. We also offer a lighter, Aluminium version anodised in white gray and black. All models feature a scratch-proof tempered screen.
Senstone’s screen consists of 17 white LEDs that inform you of key activities such as starting and ending a recording, synchronization, battery status, and charging. It’s all displayed by flashing patterns and shapes with the LED array.
Senstone online demo:
We do care about environment, so we made the box that is indisposable and reusable. This is your stylish dock that is used for charging and a sole place to store and carry Senstone and its accessories. You can use it to hold the device itself as well as all your detachable backs.
Our line of interchangeable backs was developed by a fashion designer. You can clip it to your clothes, hang it from your neck, or wear it on your wrist, for the style that suits you best.
We developed our own firmware with the Protocol that works specifically with audio tracks (files). It optimised to record and transmit high quality audio without data loss and run them later through AI systems in the Cloud. We ensure encryption of our data so its highly protected during data transfer over the air. Hardware is optimised for low energy consumption which gives about 4 days of average use.
The reason we've chosen the components is multi layers, among them the size. We spent several months trying to fit components into a small casing and maintain good battery life at the same time by using BLE microprocessor.
Here are some technical highlights of our device. It includes Ultra-low Power Wireless Microcontroller with the following features:
1) Multi-core system, 2) Support Over-the-Air Upgrade (OTA), 3) AES-128 Security Module, 4) Compatible with BLE 4.2.
Digital MEMS Microphones with the following features:
1) Three modes: Standard Performance, Low-Power and Ultrasonic Mode, 2) Frequency Range 0.01kHz - 80kHz.
Memory with the following features:
1) Minimum 100,000 recording cycles, 2) 20 years of data retention.
Lithium (LiPo) battery:
1) 4.2 Voltage, 2) 80mAh capacity, 3) 4 days of average use.
As great as a simple and convenient tap could be, we are constantly looking for more natural ways to capture your thoughts. One of them is a snap.
The magic lies in the device machine learning system. The microphones are in active listening mode and when the captured sound matches the Snap pattern — it activates device. It works best in silent environments, and with the shipped device you will be able to switch to Snap or back to Tap mode depending on your preferences. See it here in action.
We bring a new level of intelligence to your voice notes. The moment you start a recording, it’s stored on your smartphone and backed up in Cloud, even if your app is in background. The Cloud software platform converts voice memos into text, extracts keywords, to-dos and analyses your speech patterns.
It's like having an AI to organise your notes. What is the topic of the note? What was your mood at the time? What was happening around you? Where were you? You can then find your notes by hashtags, their content or time and location to replay original audio, edit them or export to other apps.
With additional premium app subscription you’ll be able to access more AI features, like automatic punctuation or noise analysis, get larger cloud storage for audio notes and more free speech-to-text transactions. The App also works in the background, notifying you on the progress and number of notes made. Once you open the app, all your voice memos and text notes are automatically synced to the Сloud.
Since both the audio recording and the converted text are available for each note, there are a lot we can do to improve your note-taking experience. You’ll have a chance to vote on the upcoming features you want, like automatic punctuation, intonation analysis, productivity tips based on your previous performance, noise and context analysis, and integration with various software.
Senstone Inc. is an audio company that’s on a mission to provide the best note-taking experience. We do it through voice analysis, text extraction and machine learning via deep audio analysis. Our company provides seamless and smart voice recording by combining well designed hardware and a cloud based software platform.
For more questions, media inquiries or review unit requests please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Kit is available here.
Risks and challenges
We have completed manufacturing design of the product and have produced about 20 working prototypes in 7 iterations total.
We also started negotiating with the mass production manufacturer to make sure that our device is produced and delivered to our first customers on time. But there's risk that mass production process may require different design decisions which may take more time to implement. We manage this risk by saving extra few weeks for this.
Other risk is economical. As we're using third party engine for speech-to-text conversion, we need to pay for each transaction. This puts the limit on number of transactions you can take per month for free. Currently we assume a normal limit would be free 300 transactions per month, which wouldn't be noticeable for you on average use, and would still make sense to us economically. But it might end up being to few transactions for you, or still tight for us economically over time. We manage this risk by giving you free 3 months of (almost) unlimited transactions, then measure the average use and try to set limit just above this number. So it can be more or less than 300 per month.
For people who use Senstone more frequently we will offer premium app subscription with larger number of transactions. And you will still be able to make recordings even after the limit is reached. It's just that we won't be able to transcribe it automatically.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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