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Design Science

A 3D Printed Sundial Displays Time Like a Digital Clock

February 22, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Using a clever mix of 3D printing and a few well-placed shadows, this sundial designed by Mojoptix projects the actual time as if displayed on a digital clock. The plastic component that casts the shadow—called a gnomon— is printed with extremely tiny holes that create pinpoint dots of light in the form of digits as the sun shines through during the day.

The sundial does have its limitations. The time only shows in 20 minute increments and it only works from 10am to 4pm during the day. Regardless, the results are no less miraculous when you see it in use in the video below (skip to around 13:00 to see it in motion).

The completed device is available for purchase here, or you can download the design files and print your own. (via My Modern Met)

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Design

Ferrolic: A Clock with a Liquid Face Powered by Magnetism

August 24, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Way back in 2000 I downloaded a screensaver designed by Yugo Nakamura called DropClock that tied in with your systems’ internal time to create a functional clock face depicting Helvetica numbers dropping into water in slow motion. It was mesmerizing to watch and I kept it running for years. Designer Zelf Koelman took the idea of merging time and liquid a step further by creating Ferrolic, a self-contained clock that literally displays time with liquid. It’s almost exactly what would happen if a digital clock and a lava lamp had a baby.

Ferrolic utilizes ferrofluid—a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field—to display recognizable shapes in response to magnets embedded inside the clock’s aluminum frame. The moving blobs look almost alive, a fact not lost on Koelman who refers to them as “creatures.” He shares:

Ferrolic was designed from a strong fascination for the magical material Ferro Fluid. The natural dynamics of this fluid makes that this display bridges the gap between everyday digital screens and tangible reality.

Because the fluid behaves in a unpredictable way, it is possible to give the bodies perceived in the Ferrolic display a strong reference to living creatures. It is this lively hood that enables Ferrolic to show a meaningful narrative like for instance having the creatures play tag. In addition the natural flow of the material, it can be used to form recognisable shapes and characters. Ferrolic uses these both layers in parallel in order to display scenes and transitions in an poetic, almost dance like, choreographed way.

The clocks are a bit of a prototype so far, only 24 of the devices are available at a price of about $8,000 each, making it much more of a limited edition art piece than a consumer-grade alarm clock. You can learn more here. (via Boing Boing, Fast Company)

 

 



Design

O’Clock: Wood & Cork Clocks by Okum Made

July 16, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Designers David Okum and Javier Palomares joined together earlier this year to form a little design studio called Okum Made. The duo are releasing a number of functional home objects made of wood and other materials including this new series of clocks called O’Clock. There are currently four different designs including American Walnut, Hard White Maple, Douglas Fir and Cork and you can pick them up over in their shop.

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Design

The Present: An Annual Clock that Tells Time in Seasons

December 4, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Making the rounds this year on a couple of design-y gift guides is The Present, a clock designed by Booklyn-based creative firm m ss ng p eces. The clock automatically sets itself to the current calendar date when you insert two AA batteries and then takes a year to make an entire revolution as the single hand highlights colors associated with the passing season. An original run of the clock was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year, but the clock is now available to the general public through their website.

 

 



Design

Book Clock

August 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

An ingenious clock made of books on a shelf, the numbers printed on the spines while the clock itself is embedded in the central book. This will be immediately added to the Colossal headquarters project list. I’m not sure who to credit for the clock itself, but the photo was taken at a client’s home by Shokoofeh Z.Dezfuli.

Update: Turns out this is something you can buy, but it has terrible reviews. Seems like more fun as a DIY project anyway. Thanks, everyone.

 

 



Design Music

The Acoustic Alarm

April 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Designer Jamie McMahon has created a functional concept for an acoustic alarm. After tuning the strings with pegs similar to a violin, a single chord is strummed by an internal mechanism at the designated time. Listening to the video it actually makes a lovely sound.

 

 



Design

Candle Clock

March 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I love the concept of this candle clock designed by Nathalie Dewez. I’ve poked around quite a bit and can’t find it for sale anywhere, alas. (via notcot)