I just want to say two things upfront.
No, this video does not have a shitty meditation robot in it.
But I guess you could call any robot that
doesn’t start a meditation robot.
So I’ve already built a bunch of those.
But this video is about a thing that I made
to help me meditate everyday
and we actually launched a Kickstarter campaign
for that product today.
And it’s the first time I put something out there
that I’ve made for people to buy and
I’ve been wanting to make real products
ever since I was a kid.
So it’s huge for me and
I’m so nervous and so excited,
and also does that make
this video sponsored by me?
I don’t know how this works.
So about two years ago,
I was starting to feel really burnt out.
Because I’d been running my YouTube channel
for a few years and
all of the weird Internet stress that comes with that
was really starting to get to me,
which also sounds like
the most millennial health problem of all time.
But I was really struggling with stress,
as a lot of us are and
I decided to start meditating everyday
as a way to deal with that.
And I kind of wanted to build like
a gold star system for myself.
Because I was a teacher’s pet growing up.
I love a good gold star.
But also I thought about
other times in my life
when I try to add a habit to my life
or change something,
我们就会像这样 第一周 “我做到了”
and like week one I’d always be like “I got this.”
and week two you’d be like
“I still kind of have it but it’s not as fun anymore.”
and week three it’d be like
“Wait, what are we talking about now again?”
So I made myself this calendar. Oh, gosh!
Feels like bringing out an old book from a library.
The thought was that every day where I did yoga
and meditated for 10 minutes,
I would get to flip the switch for that day,
and it’s just like a little treat.
And earlier this year I started thinking about like
“Can I turn this into an actual product?”
And we put together a team of engineers
and we made this.
Did we just prop it up on a table
with double-sided tape?
Yes. Also are the LEDs flickering?
Because I don’t have the energy
readjust the framerate on my camera.
Yes. Those things are both true.
I call this the everyday calendar and
I use it for meditation and yoga.
But you could use it for anything
really like any daily habit that
you want to add to your life,
比如牙线洁牙 健身 戒烟
like flossing or exercising or being smoke free
or writing your journal or practicing an instrument or
telling your parents that you love them.
In Swedish: I love you mom and dad.
And on days where you keep your habit,
you get to tap that day and light it up.
See, just did it.
Hacking you could even use it to track your period.
Maybe we’ll make like a limited run with red LEDs.
That’s specific for period tracking.
The opportunities are endless.
Really early on, we realized that we wouldn’t be able to
use mechanical components for it.
So no, like mechanical switches or buttons,
like for the earlier calendar.
Because whenever you have 365 of something,
the cost is really adds up
and we would have had to sell it for
like a thousand dollars, which is just ridiculous.
We decided to use capacitive touch
which alleviates the need for mechanical components
and also we were like,
could we just make the site of printed circuit board?
It’s what’s in pretty much every electronic product you’ve ever used.
But it’s always tucked away and hidden on the inside.
It was such a fun challenge to see
if we could design the printed circuit board to be
what you interact with and see and
it’s just like a really uncommon material choice
and that’s one of the things I think is really exciting about this project.
Because it’s taking this really basic and unassuming material.
But we put a bunch of design and work into it
and turn it into something
that’s really nice and sophisticated.
Having this calendar in my house
where I can clearly see it every day,
has really worked for me.
Because it just reminds me of all the work I’ve put in so far
and it just gives me the extra nudge I need
to actually go meditate and do yoga.
It’s been 14 months now and I have missed one day.
And that was because I had my brain surgery so.
Actually I did it on the day of my surgery.
I got it but freaking 4:30 a.m. to do it.
And I did it the day after surgery.
But two days after surgery,
I was like me on this catheter.
I drew my line there.
One of the reasons I’m really nervous about launching this product
is that I’m worried that people are gonna be like,
Oh, you’re only doing this to earn money or
you’re just trying to sell us things and
it kind of couldn’t be further from the truth.
因为 首先 我公开这个产品所有的消息
Because first of all, I’m open sourcing all of this.
So if you want to make your own you can,
also I’m just investing my own money into it.
and there’s a high risk that I will just lose money doing this.
But it’s a risk I’m willing to take.
Because I really believe in this and it’s helped me a lot
as much as I love doing YouTube.
I realized that I can’t run a business that’s
completely reliant on me being healthy.
Because if I can’t be in front of the camera
or on stage giving talks,
And it’s just so brittle.
And starting a product design company
has been a dream for a really long time.
But also I hope that it can make things a little bit more stable.
And if there’s a time where I can’t do this type of work,
things can still keep going.
So I really hope you can understand where this comes from
and that I have your blessing and your support in this.
I couldn’t do this without you and
I also wouldn’t want to do this without you.
So I really hope that you’re along for the ride.
There’s a link in the description to the Kickstarter campaign.
If you have a moment,
please go check it out.
I’ll be over a Kickstarter biting my nails
and I really hope to see you there.
Also, you can use this calendar to stop biting your nails.