If you're like me, and I'm going to assume you're for the purposes of this post, you like the idea of time tracking, but in general it's a little too complicated or complicated. TimeFlip is a super simple gadget that allows you to easily track the time you spend on different activities just by flipping them over.
This is a dodecahedron with a tiny accelerometer inside that lets you know which direction it is sitting in. All you do to operate it, is to return it so that the side corresponding to what you are doing is in place; the chip inside sends a signal via Bluetooth to an application on your phone.
Reply to some emails? Flip the e-mail side. Take a break to watch some videos on YouTube? Flip! Off the gym? Flip!
It comes with a bunch of stickers with icons representing common activities and websites: go shopping, eat, read … there is even one for procrastination. And there are plenty of them that you can print or write if you spend a lot of time doing something that is not represented there, such as knife fights or knitting.
Be warned, you will need to sign up for an account so that it can back up your online business – you can then log in from the comfort of your laptop. I would have just as quickly done without this feature, but unfortunately it is necessary.
The device was released some time ago, but it was only available in limited quantities in the United States via the TimeFlip website. Fortunately, the creator, Ilya Tarasov, told me at CES that it should be available on Amazon from February.
I've been playing with only one since last week and this seems to me to be a great way to easily do some basic monitoring. You can buy a kit with a ready-to-use TimeFlip for $ 50 or print out your own box and simply order the sensor.
From the publisher: Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch