The Triposo travel belt is an implementation of an old idea of mine
to give people a sense of direction by adding little buzzers to a belt that are connected to a device that knows
about locations, in this case a smart phone. Every time you need to turn in a certain direction, the buzzer in
that direction will go off and you can move around time without having to look at your phone.
The project was a nice illustration of how even individuals can use the international supply chain of the
world economy. Based on some pub-based brainstorming we put a request for quotes on
Elance for a prototype. After a week we selected an Indian company who
after a bit of back and forth about the components to use etc, build a first version with which we shot
the video below.
The next planned step was to post the project on Kickstarter, but unfortunately at the time they didn't
take non-US customers, so we ended up using Indigo.
It generated a bunch of press, but fell short of our funding goal with only 60 people pre-ordering it, so we
never went to production. Still it was a great experiment.