What is one small thing that would improve your life if you just did it every day?
It could be anything, big or small. Like flossing, reading, writing, doing yoga, eating churros, doing sit ups (while eating churros), practicing an instrument or learning a new word.
But take it from someone who's never managed to keep a New Year's resolution: making commitments is easy. Keeping them is what is hard.
The Every Day Calendar has a non-volatile memory, so even if it loses power or if your turn it off, it'll remember what days were lit up I keep my habits, I get to tap that day to light it up. It's like getting a gold star sticker, but way less sticky.
How to get started with the Every Day Calendar
1. Read this list. You're doing great so far.
1.5 Get an Every Day Calendar. (Using the ”.5” somehow makes this feel less pushy)
2. Set a goal for yourself. "Being healthier" is a great intention but let's make it more tangible than that. I struggle a lot with stress, so my goal was to meditate every day.
3. Lower the bar. Make it something you can do even on the most chaotic of days. You can always do more on days when you have more time. My goal was at least ten minutes of meditation a day.
4. Hang the Every Day Calendar in your home, office, workshop, cavern, laboratory, castle, barn or boat. Just make sure that it's someplace where you see it every day. The Every Day Calendar is 0% internet connected, so no apps, wifi, bluetooth or computer programs are needed to set it up. Just plug it into the wall and you're ready to go.
5-∞. Live your best life with the Every Day Calendar.
The Every Day Calendar also works for tracking non-daily habits like watering plants, changing your contacts, calling your granddad or for period tracking.
You know printed circuit boards, those things that are in every electronic product you've ever used? If you don't, I get it. Printed circuit boards, or PCBs, are mostly tucked away on the inside, and you don't really get to see or interact with them as a consumer.
For the Every Day Calendar, we did it the other way around: we took the regular circuit board that everyone else is trying to hide, and designed it to be the front display.
What ensued was a really fun design challenge that pushed printed circuit board technology to the limits in terms of size and functionality. The hexagon pattern is made out of gold-immersed copper, a common circuit board feature that's not usually used for aesthetics, but things like solder pads and traces.
Designing the pattern for the front display
Instead of having costly mechanical components like switches and buttons, the Every Day Calendar uses capacitive touch. And without solder masks, circuit boards themselves are translucent. That is what allows the LEDs to shine through when you light up a day.
The Every Day Calendar has a non-volatile memory, so even if it loses power or if your turn it off, it'll remember what days were lit up.
Testing different color LEDs and translucence
Open source (and there's a secret programming port too)
I get that people might want to pick this thing apart. And that you're probably one of those people since you're reading this section. That's why we're open-sourcing the schematics for the Every Day Calendar, and putting a USB programming port on the back.
Every Day Calendar schematics t-shirt, proven to make wearers laugh.
Get a unique printed photo from the making of the Every Day Calendar.
And obviously, the Every Day Calendar itself. Keyholes in the back to make hanging easy (after a little bit of futzing, let's be honest)
How is this calendar different from other calendars?
As for a lot of things, it's all about what you put into it. Without you having a clear intention, the Every Day Calendar is just that: a pretty calendar. But combined with a goal for a daily habit that you want to add your life it's a powerful way to keep yourself on track.
No, I'm not above using cute dogs to sell this calendar
There are so many people who have helped make the dream of the Every Day Calendar a reality. The list is long, but I don't want to sound like a drunk uncle at a wedding so I'll keep it short.
Cedric Bosch, Ray Kampmeier, Jake Zimmer, Ross Huber and Marcos Ramirez: you made this project feel like a party. But one of those parties where you mostly talk about capacitive touch sensors, product distributors and safety standards. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Much more to come.
Brett Sims, of Alkali Productions, for helping make this video way prettier than we could do by ourselves. And for wearing shirts with great prints.
Karaoke-ing praises at the top of my lungs to Jon Reichardt for composing music for this video and a huge shout out to Chymes for their song Clouds. You can check out more of their music here. My karaoke album is yet to be released - but thank you for asking.
You. Yes, you
Mostly I want to thank you. Even if you don't end up buying the Every Day Calendar, just coming over here and checking it out means a lot to me. And it takes a lot of trust to believe that someone who's mostly known for building useless things actually could make a difference. But the Every Day Calendar has made a huge difference for me, and I hope it could make one for you too.
Here's a gold star for getting to the bottom of this page. That one's free for today. Get the calendar if you want more.
Over and out,
Risks and challenges
We are still looking into manufacturing partners and things are fairly open-ended until then. The trickiest part is the two giant circuit boards since it's a bit out of the ordinary, but there are still plenty of manufacturers who have that capability. We'll keep you posted along the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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