FOMO Survival Kit — Case Study

Lara Defayes
4 min readOct 12, 2016


Project info

FOMO is a new word in our dictionary. But, what does it mean? FOMO stands for “fear of missing out,” a compulsive concern that one might miss something, like an opportunity or satisfying event, which is often aroused by our close relationships with social media websites.

Imagine yourself alone in the wild city, going through a well-deserved digital detox, but you hunger for new social interactions. How can you find the way to the next event planned in your calendar?

The FOMO Survival Kit offers you an urban survival kit that takes you to all the events you intend to go.

This kit was developed by Lara Defayes at ECAL. It aims to emphasise and make people more aware of this intense, sometimes addicting, relationship that our social life maintains with our social medias.

Case Study

— FOMO Survival Flashlight

The Flashlight will give you a time countdown. The flashlight will vibrate, flash the number of remaining hours, vibrate a second time, then flash the number of remaining minutes.

How it works

  1. 3D Printed Case
  2. Laser cut plexiglas
  3. 9 LEDs and support, collected from a small flashlight
  4. Haptic Motor Controller
  5. PowerBoost 1000 Basic
    5V USB Boost
  6. Lipoly Battery
  7. Transistor
  8. Vibrating Mini Motor Disc
  9. Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit Low Energy
  10. Small Switch Button
3D printed tests
flashlight’s electronics without the battery

— FOMO Survival Whistle

The whistle will give you a list of confirmed guests names. Blowing the whistle (think of it as a desperate call for help) and it will reel off the guest list right out of the whistle.

FOMO Survival Whistle Components

How it works

  1. 3D Printed Case
  2. Bended aluminium grid to hide inner electronics
  3. Pressure sensor
  4. Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit Low Energy
  5. Lipoly Battery 400mAh
  6. Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module
  7. Speaker, PCB Mount
Shape research with electronics components
Interior of 3D-printed structure that holds the electronics together
Text-to-speech module testing

— FOMO Survival Compass

The compass will give you directions. No need to ask a stranger for it, just follow the red arrow which points you to the place of your next planned event.

FOMO Survival Compass components

How it works

  1. 3D Printed Case and arrow
  2. Laser cut plexiglas
  3. Two screws
  4. Small stepper motor
  5. Triple-axis
    Magnetometer Board
  6. Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit Low Energy
  7. PowerBoost 1000 Basic
    5V USB Boost
  8. L293D
  9. Small Switch Button
  10. Lipoly Battery 400mAh

!! Your Magnetometer needs to be as far as possible from the stepper motor. If it’s too close, it will not work due to magnetic interferences. !!

Compass debugging
Compass assembling

The FOMO Survival box

You can buy the aluminium box on amazon and laser-graved it afterwards

You can now survive your FOMO peacefully, without missing any social highlights in your life.