The modern era is full of distractions and things we have to deal with. We’re overworked, we don’t sleep enough, and we tend to rely on caffeine and other stimulants to keep us awake enough to earn the money to pay for the distractions that keep us awake so that we’re tired at work and need coffee. Vigo wants to help break that cycle, by tracking how alert you are and helping you take smarter breaks.

Blink And You’ll Miss It

Vigo is, at root, a Bluetooth headseat with some sass. You put Vigo in your ear, and it begins tracking your blinking. It turns out that measuring how long your eyes are closed, the motion of your head, and other factors makes it easy to figure out whether or not you’re paying attention.

Simply put it in your eye and go about your day. Vigo collects data and sends it to an app. Once it’s got an idea of your alertness, that’s when the fun kicks in.

A Slightly Less Annoying Alarm Clock

You can tweak how sensitive the algorithm is, and how it alerts you. But once you drift into the red zone, it’ll alert you that maybe you should be awake for what’s going on. Furthermore, over time, Vigo will track your alertness and make suggestions for when you should take breaks. Long-term, you’ll be more awake, more productive, and less likely to lose the plot.


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We all could use a little focus in our lives sometimes, and Vigo looks to be an effective way of getting a bit more done. And if nothing else, it’ll be nice to finally be able to quantify just how much you’re not paying attention at the meeting that you have no reason to actually be in. Vigo is on Kickstarter right now, and starts at $80.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.