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Rubato Clock - Stretch Your Time

Rubato Clock is a unique clock that alters your perception of time, influencing you to be more productive or creative.

Rubato Clock - Stretch Your Time

Rubato Clock is a unique clock that alters your perception of time, influencing you to be more productive or creative.

S$ 3,017
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About

Ever wish you had more control of your time? 

We all have only 24 hours a day, but spend so much of it ineffectively, by procrastinating and poorly estimating the passing of time. 

Instead of relying on clocks for precise and accurate time, what if they could adjust to your internal sense of time instead? 

Rubato Clock looks and functions deceptively like an ordinary clock. However, it has sophisticated algorithms that automatically alter the displayed time to influence human perception and behaviour, without losing track of the actual overall duration. This cuts down on ineffective use of time and lets you devote more of it to things that really matter. 

Meet the Rubato Clock Family
Meet the Rubato Clock Family

 

In Productive mode, Rubato subtly speeds up the minutes in the initial stages of your work intervals, artificially heightening the pressure by creating the illusion that time is running out. 

At the later stages, the displayed time then slows back down to match with real-world time, allowing you to work comfortably once in the zone. 

The corresponding Creative mode works by slowing down time, giving you more breathing room to get inspired with new ideas.

Graphical depiction of algorithm
Graphical depiction of algorithm

 Time on a conventional clock is absolute and inflexible, but for humans, time is simply a state of mind. We all know how time flies when we’re having fun and slows to a crawl when we're bored - now the Rubato clock uses this to your advantage!

Scientific studies have also found that when one experiences time faster for an unpleasant task, it will seem more enjoyable.

Our smartphone app gives you control over the multiple features that Rubato Clock has to offer.

Automated Time Syncing 

Managing an analog clock has never been easier! Our app automatically synchronises the display time. Daylight saving and time zones will be the problem of the past.

Auto Time Sync
Auto Time Sync

Countdown Display

Rubato clock can show the countdown of a set duration, becoming a visual time progress bar. 

Visual Countdown Timer
Visual Countdown Timer

 Smart Time Manipulation

Dynamically altering the progression of displayed time in different situations can invoke your productive or creative side.

 
Time warping demonstration
Time warping demonstration

 

For the past few months we have been prototyping and developing the clock, using sustainable materials like bamboo, and combing the electronics market to source out reliable suppliers. 

We believe in creating a high quality product that is minimalistic, elegant and unique, yet at the same time functional and current with the times.

Clock face bamboo wood being handcrafted
Clock face bamboo wood being handcrafted

 

Early prototype of back mechanism
Early prototype of back mechanism

  

Preparation of the handcrafted clock face
Preparation of the handcrafted clock face

We created clock faces in two different sizes, the 8-inch Poco and 12-inch Molto, from segmented pieces of laminated bamboo boards, resulting in a subtle, pleasing grain effect. 

Both clocks come with an integrated desk stand, giving you the option of using it wall-mounted or on any flat surface. 

The perfect table top accessory
The perfect table top accessory

 

 

"I can’t believe a simple idea like this helped me get into the zone faster, and be more productive" - Kai Wei
"I can’t believe a simple idea like this helped me get into the zone faster, and be more productive" - Kai Wei

 

Technical Specs of Rubato Clock: 

-Bluetooth 4.0 BLE for communication with phone 

-Low power consumption Micro controller board for processing

-Precise stepper motors for individual hand control

-Ultra Accurate Real Time Clock Module for time tracking 

-Built in Encoder for precise position tracking

 

 

 

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Risks and challenges

We have personally flown over to Shenzhen, China to source for reliable suppliers and initiate discussions with potential manufacturers, and will continue to work closely with them. Even though we anticipate a challenging manufacturing process, we are confident that our partners both local and overseas will be able to successfully bring our vision for a high-quality product into market.

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    Limited-edition Keychain

    ~20 USD
    Support us and receive a limited-edition, non-functional Rubato clock keychain, made using the same high-quality bamboo materials and hand-finished by the founders.

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    Poco Rubato Clock (8") - Early Bird

    ~56 USD
    Don't procrastinate on this! - get the 8-inch Poco Rubato clock. Perfect as your desk companion or wall mounted clock.

    ( 40% lower than future retail value )

    Free domestic shipping for Singapore.
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    Molto Rubato Clock (12") - Early Bird

    ~69 USD
    Don't procrastinate on this! - get the 12-inch Molto Rubato clock, at 40% savings off future retail value.
    Recommended size for wall-mounted applications!

    Free domestic shipping for Singapore.
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    Bespoke Poco Rubato Clock (8")

    A Kickstarter exclusive! Comes with free engraving! Engrave a personalized quote or design of your choice onto the face of your Poco Rubato clock.

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    Molto Rubato Clock (12")

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    Bespoke Poco Rubato Clock (12")

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    Cant decide on which clock size to get? Why not get both? (30% savings off future retail value)

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