Imperial Create Lab start up Team Turquoise has today launched its Kickstarter campaign for doppel, a new breed of performance enhancing wearable technology.

doppel is a wearable device that helps its user keep alert or stay calm. It has been designed to use the human body’s natural response to rhythm by tapping on the wearer’s wrist. As with upbeat or downbeat music, the pulse that is generated can alter the wearer’s heart rate and, by extension, their mood.

The technology was invented by Team Turquoise, a group of designers, engineers, and scientists who met on the Innovation Design Engineering joint MSc/MA course at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

With this Kickstarter campaign Team Turquoise is targeting early adopters in order to get feedback and build word of mouth. It is an opportunity to buy doppel before it becomes commercially available in 2016. The Company will use all of the funds raised to finalise doppel for manufacture, produce the first ever run and deliver it to their backers.

“Crowdfunding was the obvious route for us to take as we’re keen to get broader feedback on the design and usage of doppel.” says Nell Bennett, Co-Founder and Design Director of Team Turquoise. “We’ve had 100s of testers to date, including independent tests with Royal Holloway University of London. The response has been incredible and we are excited to get feedback from our Kickstarter backers.”

Team Turquoise Team photo

doppel has been exhibited at the John Lewis Future Store exhibition and the Imperial Festival. Team Turquoise has won a number of awards in 2015, including the ICTomorrow Wearables Technologies Innovation Contest, the Pitch@Palace People’s Choice Award and a nomination for Innovator of the Year 2015.

You can learn more about Team Turquoise and doppel by clicking here and visiting the Kickstarter campaign.