There are already plenty of devices that track your steps, weight and calories, but the latest gadget is tasked to track how often you spark up. Quitbit is a smart lighter created to help rein in smoking addiction by monitoring how often you light up.
The five-member founding team, standing behind this project, launched it through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and has already raised $36 000.
“The first idea was a package for cigarettes and each time you removed a cigarette it would track it, but we quickly iterated because we realized the lighter would be the easiest way,” Quitbit founder said. “It’s the way with the least friction for someone who wants to reduce their smoking, because it doesn’t require a new device. We just replace your lighter with our lighter, and then you get all the benefits of being more mindful of your smoking habits.”
According to developers, it takes about 1.5 seconds to light a cigarette and every time the device is used, it records the number of cigarettes smoker has had and how long it’s been since they last lit up. This information can be viewed on a special display and aims to motivate smokers to give away the habit through the monitoring of incremental change.
A companion smartphone app available in the AppStore allows to do even more. With its help, users can have data tracked over longer periods of time. It also offers to set goals, share successes with an online community and even track how much money smokers have saved from cutting back. The lighter collects smoking data and sends it to the companion Android or iOS smartphone app via built-in Bluetooth 4.0.
Quitbit lights cigarettes using a heating element, similar to car lighters, and the electronics count each cigarette that is lit. The company claims each charge should be enough for around a week of use. The device itself measures 67 x 43 x 10 mm and weighs 72 g.
The product is seeking $50,000 in funding pledges. The company hopes to begin selling the device next year for about $149.