In the digital age, the overload of distractions from social media and the internet have made focusing on a single task extremely difficult. In fact, an average worker will be distracted within 11 minutes into a task, and it usually takes 25 minutes to get back on track. The lack of focus on productive task eventually leads to procrastination, low productivity, and poor time management. As a result, it always feels like we are constantly struggling with time, racing against the clock to finish our task on time.
The Pomodoro Technique
POD is designed to be used along with the Pomodoro Technique. Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the early 90s, this simple technique motivates procrastinators to start working by breaking down daunting tasks into short intervals that are spaced out by short breaks. This technique trains your brain to work in short focused bursts for longer attention span and better focus.
How to use POD
To ensure that your will be able give your full attention to your task, POD is designed to be as least distractive as possible. Time is represented by 5 light dots, and one click is all you need to start your study session, no setup, no fuss.
Unlike traditional timers, POD uses flashing of light instead of a buzzer to grab your attention, which means that you can use your POD anywhere, even in quiet environments such as a library.
POD vs Phone App vs Tomato timer
In the 21st century, our phone is without a doubt the biggest obstacle preventing us from being productive. When using a Pomodoro phone app, you are forced to use your phone before and during your study session, exposing yourselves to the very distractions you are trying to avoid.
When compare to the tomato timer that is traditionally used along with the Pomodoro Technique, the advantage of POD is obvious: POD is simpler, more compact, and best of all silent.
Outer Diameter: 40mm Height: 18mm
Chip: Attiny85 Firmware: Arduino
Battery: CR2032 (Not included) Battery Life: Up to 150 clicks
Case: 3D printed white PLA
Due to shipping regulations, battery will not be included in the rewards.
You can purchase POD as a do-it-yourself kit.
The kit only requires basic tools put together, it can be assembled in less than 5 minutes, and it's a great way to practice your soldering skill.
There are two different versions of POD kit:
- All inclusive ($10)
- Without the 3D printed case ($5)
In the version without the 3D printed case, STL files will be included for you to 3D print your own case. In both versions, the Attiny85 will be pre-programmed, so all you need to do is just solder the components.
Manufacturing and Shipping
The casing will be 3D printed on my own 3D printer, and the printed circuit board will be manufactured overseas.
As for shipping, the POD kit(without the case) will be shipped as a USPS First Class Mail, which doesn't have tracking. The rest of the rewards will be shipped as USPS First Class Package, and you will receive a tracking number after your rewards has been shipped.
International Buyers - Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are no included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's custom office to determine what these additional cost will be.
In order to help students and workers worldwide, and constantly make improvements, we have decided to make POD open source. The source code for POD will be available on Github once the campaign is successfully funded.
Founded by Gary Peng in 2017, PRYNTABO is a San Diego based design and technology startup, specializing in creating innovative products made with 3D printing.
POD is a Quickstarter, a creative prompt aimed at inspiring small projects. A Quickstarter should follow the following rules:
1. The development process—from sketching an idea to launching it on Kickstarter—should take no more than three months.
2. Keep the campaign under 20 days.
3. The funding goal should be below $1,000 (or thereabouts in your local currency).
4. The main reward should be under $50.
5. The video should be shot over one day with whatever camera you have (smartphone highly recommended).
6. Don’t do any PR and media outreach (unless you get contacted).
7. Don’t run any paid ads on social media.
8. No stretch goals.
9. Include “Quickstarter” in your campaign name.
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter. My first Kickstarter, CapNClip, was funded and fulfilled on time. I know what it takes to deliver the rewards, as well as how to deal with the hiccups that arise during the campaign.
The casing for POD will be 3D printed on my own 3D printer. As this is my second time producing a 3D printed product, I'm confident that the production process will run smoothly. As for the printed circuit boards, although they will be produced overseas, it's manufactured by a company that I've worked with multiple times previously.
I will do everything in my ability to fulfill the rewards on time, and I will let you guys know if any problem occurs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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