Episode #171 with Timo Ahopelto of The Human Charger


In Episode #171 Ari invites Timo Ahopelto of The Human Charger onto the Less Doing Podcast to talk about the oft overlooked role of light in our daily lives. Listen as Ari and Timo discuss the measurable impact artificial light can have on seasonal depression, jet-lag, and sleep.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 13:20 – Introduction of Timo Ahopelto, creator of The Human Charger
  • 14:18 – Ari’s thank you to Timo and personal testament to the product
  • 14:53 – The origins of The Human Charger
  • 16:03 – Timo explains what The Human Charger is, how it works and how it looks
  • 17:27 – The trick is getting the light inside your ear where the specific cells and proteins reside from making us feel “awake”
  • 18:06 – Why The Human Charger uses a 12-minute light dose
  • 19:35 – The risk of The Human Charger is using it incorrectly which can complete throw off your schedule
  • 20:00 – The sun dominates everything we do on Earth
  • 20:14 – Jet lag is a result of non-natural living conditions
  • 21:00 – It’s extremely important to take the charger at the right times
  • 22:17 – When flying due east, use The Human Charger in the morning hours of your destination
  • 22:25 – When flying due west, use the Charger in the evening hours of your destination
  • 23:50 – The Human Charger can be used for Seasonal Depression Disorder
  • 26:10 – Convenience and ease of use are key elements of successful product development
  • 27:50 – Shift workers – particularly night shift workers – struggle from stress and other diseases directly related to their inability consistently sleep
  • 29:19 – Timo’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective
    • 30:05 – Be extremely selective in what you do
    • 30:40 – Take one task on at a time and do it to completion
    • 31:07 – Unfinished projects are productivity killers

7 Key Points:

  1. Shift workers (specifically night shift) would benefit most from using of The Human Charger.
  2. Start a task and finish it—go end to end.
  3. There are specific, light-sensitive cells and proteins within the ear that help our bodies plan the sleep cycle.
  4. When developing a new product, something that is convenient and easy to use.
  5. The sun dominates everything we do on Earth.
  6. Jet-lag is the natural consequence of an unnatural process.
  7. Be highly selective with your time.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Text Riley –Text-based virtual service used to help people find a home
  • Common Email Acronyms – From the Muse, 20 common email acronyms explained
  • Cheating Sleep – Poly-phasic sleep used to “cheat sleep” for an entire year
  • Seeflo – Records video of people viewing your site
  • Helpa – Very similar to Fetch, a VA service with an emphasis on purchasing
  • Persistent Surveillance Systems 1 – Technology used to map IED detonations in Iraq is now used to stop crime in American cities
  • Proprly – A service that helps make AirBNB hosts’ lives easier
  • Droids and Jobs – Ted Talk from Andrew McAfee about the future of robots, jobs and the future