Marion, a device increasingly attracting admiration and earning respect due to its truly revolutionary reputation, has arrived. Can you tell us how long it took to create Marion?My first thought of creating such a device dates back to my 2001 visit to the United States, which means that Marion has been in gestation for no less than 16 years. Its birth was preceded by a story which I haven’t actually talked about anywhere before, neither has it been published. At that time, when I was visiting a friend of mine in San Francisco, I was asked for help by a single lady (now married) by the name of Jane, who had been suffering from unspecified health issues for a year or two. Jane had been, and still is, a senior Apple manager, and by virtue of her job she had been able to undergo numerous medical assessments performed by scores of specialists worldwide. In spite of all this, no one could really help her. At that point Jane turned to me. Unfortunately I did not have anything on me in America, that is to say not a thing that could be of any help. So I created, right on the spot, a kind of a simple apparatus. I have to admit that it was not without Jane’s assistance, as she helped to get the necessary components.
So that was, so to say, the very first prototype…It was simply a kind of a brainstorm, and in that case serendipity was on my side. I then applied the apparatus to Jane for about a fortnight, and her problems started to vanish all of a sudden. And what’s more, they didn’t recur. To this day I am in contact with that lady, and I receive information from her. In addition, at about the same time Jane was unsuccessfully attempting to conceive a child. Soon after my departure she succeeded.
(Laughter) Doctor Jonáš, I hope the readers don’t read that the wrong way…after your departure?No way! She was the girlfriend and subsequently wife of a friend of mine. As a matter of fact, it was through him that I made my acquaintance with her.
So, the very first thought, the first inspiration concerning the creation of the device occurred in America as early as seventeen years ago.Well, yes. At that time I was staying in a house where the lady of the house was called Marie, and I decided to name my device in honour of her - Marion. Though I was also considering using Jane’s name, Marie seemed to sound better.
When you then started developing the device here in Czechia, didn’t you have second thoughts about the outcome, which would not necessarily have been a clear success? Or were you 100% certain?Well, finding someone capable of understanding my concept of the entire issue and – most importantly – capable of translating the idea into a technical form really was fairly challenging. And then the device naturally needed to be programmed, which was a task requiring long hours, days, and years of experimentation and testing. At that stage I would have doubts every so often. It took nearly two years before my idea turned out to be actually meaningful and worth implementing. In short, the intensive process of developing the device in its present form certainly took about five years.
And it was in the course of the intensive development of the device that you also discovered that precisely set time cycle/loop?Well yes, the time cycle is the outcome of longitudinal exploration, measurements and numerous experiments. It is not just a random time cycle. I wanted the time cycle to be user-friendly. The point here specifically is that a, say, six- or seven-hour time cycle would be a nuisance timewise. Another issue that also took its time to ripen was that of the watch form. Originally I was thinking of a desktop device. In that case you would have to sit at it, and that would be inhibiting. In the end I concluded that the tolerable, optimal time cycle for a device worn on the wrist like a watch might range from one and half to two hours. That was the time limit I simply had to fit into program-wise. That was the time interval available to me and my program. And it went well.
Anyway, fitting the entire content of Marion into such a little “box” is a miracle.Well, the “box” as you put it, is in fact still too big. Nowadays various things get reduced to an even smaller size. If it wasn’t for the battery, which regrettably can’t be reduced in size at the moment, all other components in the device could theoretically be even tinier.