The former Director of Dance Trippin TV, Tim Metz, has unveiled a crowdfunding project aimed at the easily distracted.
Called Saent, is a new hardware/software solution aimed at making its users less distracted while working on computer based projects. Currently crowdfunding on IndieGoGo, Saent’s hardware comes in the shape of an external button. When pushed, SAENT launches a “focused” work session, blocking any apps or websites that you may find distracting. Each 30, 60, or 90 minute session, blocks apps and websites designated as “unproductive.” A light ring on the device will track your progress during yours focused work session with the indicator filling up as you get closer to finishing. As more focused work sessions are completed, points are accumulated and tracked in the app’s dashboard.
Saent also contains something of a social network users can follow each other, competing for points within the app.
In a recent interview with DJ Mag, Metz went in depth as to the specifics of Saent’s approach, beginning with a description of its basic functionality: “The software comes preloaded with a large database of apps, sites and their categorisations, with different settings for different professions (and this database is constantly updated). But you can easily personalise and “teach” Saent as you go throughout your day.”
So, why would Saent be useful in the dance music industry. Well, as any creative based industry, deadlines are a common reality with producers/remixers/artists constantly on the clock. With Saent’s origins stemming from the world of electronic music, which is, of course, a creative industry, Metz says, “…one user group we considered from the outset was creative people in general (designers, video editors, etc.). The product works especially well if you spend longer sessions in a few specific applications, so it can definitely work well for music producers in studio sessions.”
As if that weren’t enough of an incentive for the ADHD generation, Saent’s future includes controlling additional software like Ableton, for example. On this Metz says, “…the touchpad and gesture sensor in the device can be connected and used for any applications…they can [also] be used to control other applications and even specific functionalities within those applications. We’ll also create an API…so that pressing the button can also trigger actions within other applications…”
Saent is now crowdfunding on Indiegogo – here