People in technical jobs especially related to software/IT spend most of their time sitting in front of the laptop. Therefore, it is important they can achieve maximum productivity during this time. After, doing behavior research for around 500 folks, it was identified that biggest contributors to hampering productivity was changing tabs to access different apps/content. This included but not limited to regularly checking cricket/soccer score, weather information, stock updates, facebook notifications, email, expected package delivery and health related information.
So, we though to decouple these scenarios from laptop so that people can access the same information without changing the tabs on their laptops. Here the idea of designing orientron came into picture.
We created a prototype of a device which a user can keep on the desk and subscribe to 4 different services providing the information selected by the user from phone/store app. Initially, we developed for four application: cricket score, stock updates, weather updates and horoscope. The device is not having any button and the user can just rotate the device to change the on the screen. The vision is to build orientron APIs through which any user can subscribe to four services (each for a different orientation) from a list of many services, such as facebook, cricket score, weather update, horoscope etc.
1. E-paper display: The device consumes power only when the content of the screen is refreshed. So, the device is highly power efficient
2. Bluetooth Connectivity: The device has built-in bluetooth and it can be paired with any device with bluetooth 2.0.
3. Windows Universal App: The device can connect to Windows Phone and Windows Store app from where user can select select 4 apps for 4 different orientation. We also started developing API’s so that other developers can also build different application for the device.
4. Accelerometer: To detect different orientations, and taps to refresh the content.
Collaborators: Rolly Seth
Timeline: July 2015