Beeminder Forum

Standalone Autodata Timer


#1

Ok, here’s a question related to autodata devices. Everything I’ve seen so far that tracks time spent doing an activity, is an app of some sort. What if I want to just have a simple, dial-turning timer that uploads the time I use by wifi? So, not something you run for your phone, but an actual physical timer that can sit on a bedside table, for example. I wouldn’t even want it to be fancy, in fact the simpler the better.

The background on this is that I do much better not grabbing my phone to track things, because I get distracted and do things that aren’t related to my goal. And I’m convinced my Withings wifi scale is magical–it does one thing really well, which is I stand on it once every morning, and it does all the logging and uploading of weight for me. I don’t even have to care about the weight in front of me at that moment, because it’s stored somewhere I can conveniently access when I do feel like getting on my phone or laptop. So, are there any devices out in the market that I could get to work in this way?


#2

There is a thread about actual-physical devices that can interact with Beeminder via wifi and other methods [here][1].

For a timer, the physical buttons mentioned in that thread could be configured such that the first press starts a timer, the second press stops the timer and uploads the time to Beeminder.

I think you’d need something additional to be able to view the timer as it was counting up, however. Anyone have any ideas?
[1]: Getting physical aka physical buttons


#3

You could probably hack something together using something like a Bluetooth stopwatch controller designed to be used for presentations. Maybe not the form factor you were imagining, but has all the interfaces you’d need.


#4

Thanks guys–I looked at that thread before but hadn’t read all the way down, looks like there are quite a few options I hadn’t read about yet. I just may make this into a personal project, we shall see. It would just be so convenient, plus an interesting challenge to see if I could get anything together.


#5

I’m sure there’s a market for a bluetooth enabled pomodoro timer. One will probably turn up on kickstarter eventually.