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Durr, the faceless watch that vibrates every 5 minutes

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February 7, 2014

The minimalist Durr watch

The minimalist Durr watch

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Time may be constant, but our perception of it is constantly changing. If you're happy and having fun, it tends to pass more quickly than if you're miserable and suffering. Time has also been shown to pass more quickly for older people than younger generations. Wearing a wristwatch doesn't necessarily help us become more aware of the passing of time, but wearing Durr may well do ... By stretching our preconceived ideas of what constitutes a timepiece.

Durr is a faceless watch which does nothing but vibrate every five minutes. The idea of this unisex bracelet is to play with our perception of time, reminding us that it is constantly moving forward, unchanging and unswerving. By feeling the shivers on your wrist every five minutes, you receive haptic feedback that cannot help but make you more more conscious of how time passes differently depending on a number of factors.

Durr features a body and fastening clip (available in five different colors) both made from hand-dyed polyamide, with the strap made from laser-cut vegetanned leather. The vibration is powered by a replaceable battery that will last up to two months. The gap between each vibration is set to five minutes and cannot be changed, though Skrekkøgle tested different intervals before settling on this unit of time.

The components that make each Durr, laid out ready for assembly

The initial run of 50 Durr bracelets have all been sold, but Skrekkøgle is planning a second run. Interested buyers are invited to register for email notifications when pre-orders are being taken. Potential manufacturing partners are also being sought. Each Durr bracelet sold from the first batch was priced at €90 (approx US$120), but a bigger production run could bring the price down.

Durr could, conceivably, help you become more productive, reminding you that time is pressing on, and therefore preventing you from procrastinating. Or it could remind you how fleeting our time on Earth is, encouraging you to live a fuller life. Both of which are positives.

The video below shows what the makers of Durr had in mind when they conceived of the device.

Source: Skrekkøgle via The Verge

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Dave Parrack Dave is a technology journalist with a ravenous appetite for gadgets, gizmos, and gubbins. He's based in the U.K., and from his center of operations writes about all facets of modern and future technology. He has learned more in his five years writing for the Web than he did in 11 years at school, and with none of the boring subjects thrown in to the mix.   All articles by Dave Parrack
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13 Comments

Interesting but if this is at all useful then I'm sure Pebble and all the other smart watches will have a free app for it. I think the firmware 2.0 for the Pebble will let you change the vibration for certain things to custom vibration, like two quickly in a row, so it won't make you think you're getting called every 5 minutes.

exodous
7th February, 2014 @ 04:28 pm PST

can I use it for test reality?

i.e. if I test reaility when it vibrate in my dream, I will understand that I currently in a dream, and can do what I want.

iperov
8th February, 2014 @ 02:33 am PST

I'd be constantly reminded that I'll never get that previous 5 minutes of my life back. No sale.

RelayerM31
9th February, 2014 @ 01:41 am PST

This is avant-garde! It goes to show that technology is limitless. There's no where else to go but up.

glow hockey
9th February, 2014 @ 04:22 pm PST

Time is what now? :)

Craig Jennings
9th February, 2014 @ 07:09 pm PST

L.O.

It reminds me a book, when smart people where regularly disturbed by a ring, in order that they can not think, to be equal to stupid people. :-(

RedGuff
10th February, 2014 @ 06:06 am PST

For those who have ADHD, as I do: "welcome to hell"

wolfshades
10th February, 2014 @ 08:23 am PST

Wait, we all have smart phones that have a timer in it...Why don't make the damn thing vibrate in your pocket? For $120 for this thing? You serious?!

Luan To
10th February, 2014 @ 08:41 am PST

I try not to be negative most times. But to me this is the dumbest idea I've heard in a long long time.

Joe Sobotka
10th February, 2014 @ 08:43 am PST

First off, we won't even consider the ridiculously high price. Second, we already have a wealth of egg timers, countdown timers, on wristwatches, apps of all sorts, you name it. Third, those who have the misfortune of purchasing this will last, at most, three hours before they yank the battery out and relegate the rest to the drawer, where it will remain until that day when they decide to get rid of a bunch of stuff, and out it will go. This has to be a put-on.

johnnyohgee
10th February, 2014 @ 09:04 am PST

I like the design idea, but....when I need to know what time it is, I want the device to present that, some way, as well.

Maybe spoken words, transmitted by bone link vibration, like the famous 'bone phone' headphones, but, of course, different. ;)

Best wishes for continued success.

Dan Lewis
10th February, 2014 @ 11:46 am PST

Such an unfortunate name. Someone is expected to purchase a watch that doesn't tell time but simply aggravates you every five minutes... Durrr... Next it'll be mothers renting little recorders that they can hide around the house that say "Can I have a cookie?" every few minutes, or at least one that begins when the key is turned in your car and repeats at random intervals "Are we there yet?"

lnjvand
10th February, 2014 @ 02:15 pm PST

Here's a better idea: Instead of the time-frame being five minutes make it five hours. The first hour nothing happens so you have a buffer-zone between time-frames. Then, at a random time during the remaining four hours it beeps three times, with a subroutine where it randomly chooses a one, two or three minute separation between beeps. It then goes back to sleep, and at the five hour mark starts over. Aside from the hour after the beeps you'd never know when it would go off next. Although it could be used as a long-term 'annoyer' I'd use it as a reminder to relax, think constructive thoughts etc.

johnnyohgee
12th February, 2014 @ 04:16 am PST
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