Hey everyone! This is Josh, co-founder of Droplet. The comments are spot on:
- There are tons of "smart" buttons out there,
- they're too expensive,
- and how hard is it to use an app, anyhow?!
But we think we're the best option right now, especially for habit improvement and task tracking. Here's why:
(If you want to see how it works) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/653567732/droplet-the-smart-reminder
We made our system talk to a smart hub instead of your phone. This means that the Droplets can be way cheaper (BLE), battery-powered for about a year, and they don't need your phone to work so the message always gets through. The smart hub uses (WiFi) but it's a one-time purchase. We eventually plan to retail individual Droplets so people can expand their systems.
As an aside: I am squeezing this thing as hard as I can to reduce the price to make it possible for everyone (including the elderly and people on fixed incomes) to be able to use the system. The tech world needs to do a better job on this front.
As to an app, well, how many times have you set an alarm and then snoozed it in to oblivion? For me that's EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. So we think the physicality and co-location is important, to make it harder for people to "swipe to ignore". People habituate out of repetitive phone tasks, but you'll never forget a button if it is attached to the floss!
Our app is just a convenient front-end for setup and configuration and alarms, if you want them. The real magic happens on our servers, where the messages can be pushed to various places, including an IFTTT channel (or your accountability buddy). From here you can hook it up to Beeminder! I'll be updating the KS page to show this. Sorry I dropped the ball on that one - busy busy busy. Did I mention my wife is 8 months pregnant? My timing is impeccable.
Gotta plug the page here (sorry, my PR guy would kill me if I didn't):
I hope that helps answer some questions and I'd be happy to talk more. I'm at josh at dropletlife.com and I'll be checking the forums here as well. Just found out about Beeminder today. It's awesome!
EDIT: This forum software is the best I've ever used. I even get editing?! I wanted to add a shoutout @dreev and @djahandarie to my post!