Tiller is a small puck that plugs into your computer to help track your tasks. Tap it, and it’ll start timing you. Tap again, and it’ll stop. Spin the wheel on top, and a minimal interface will pop up on screen, letting you scroll from one task (say “emails”) to the next (maybe “writing” or “coffee”).
This new puck comes from a small Australian design firm named Joan. The Tiller is Joan’s first hardware product, and the company’s been working on it for more than two years. The idea came out of the company’s own desire to better manage and track its time. “We were trying to run the business better,” says Nick Hallam, one of Joan’s co-founders. “Apps weren’t working.”
Tiller is targeted mainly at freelancers and workers who take clients – accountants, lawyers, designers, consultants – and need to bill by the hour.
There’s also a dot of light in the center of the device, which lets you know it’s recording and serves as a reminder. “I don’t know how many times I get up, see my light’s on” and remember to pause it, says Hallam. “We definitely believe the hardware makes a big difference.”
Tiller is launched on Kickstarter, where it’s looking to raise $68,000 AUD (around $54,000 USD) to fund the run. Tiller units sell for around $89 USD to $119 USD to Kickstarter backers, and they’ll eventually cost $129 USD when the product leaves Kickstarter.