This unique clock was designed by my brother Justin as an industrial design project. They are designed and built with pride, and can not be found for sale on any shelf. Help us bring them to production!
We are making the clocks available as:
- Kits to backers who want to DIY, or
- Fully Finished and ready to hang
The limited Early Bird rewards are scheduled to ship in time for Christmas!
How it works
At the stroke of each hour, the special hour hand is matched up just right with the strokes on the dial to complete a number showing the hour. These shapes drift into and out of alignment as time marches on, matching up just right - briefly - only at the top of every hour.
Here is a time lapse video (12 hours pass in about 1 minute) of a prototype clock.
The video is greatly sped up. None of the movements shown are normally visible to the naked eye. (Video taken with CandyLabs' Video Velocity.)
This design highlights not only that time is made of moments, but also that those moments are fleeting, and are meaningful only in the right context. (It is, however, perfectly possible to read accurate time regardless of the alignment of the shapes; it has to be useful as a clock, after all.)
What We Need
My brother made just the one clock at first, but before he knew it he was getting requests from people who liked the unique design and it was going up in offices, salons, and homes. But the clocks were very time-consuming to make. The process needed to be more reliable and more efficient.
That's where I was able to help. After experimenting with different techniques and materials we finally have not only functional prototypes (which show how something works) but also good manufacturing prototypes (which are for how something is made.) We need to make jigs and other assembly tools to allow us to efficiently and accurately assemble things in order to begin a limited production run. Only fine details remain to be worked out.
After the campaign has ended, here is what will happen:
- Finalize the design for production. This is where final decisions get made about exactly how the assembly will be done, and usually calls for small design changes. (1-2 weeks)
- Order all raw materials. After the design is finalized, we know exactly how much of what we'll need. (up to 1 week)
- Build assembly jigs. Here we build any tools needed to help the assembly happen cleanly and accurately. (up to 1 week)
- Produce Early Bird Units. All backer rewards aiming for shipping in time for Christmas are done. (2-4 weeks)
- Ship Early Bird Units. Goal is to ship by end of November at the latest. (We have limited early birds to make sure we don't bite off more than we can chew)
- Make any design changes with what we learned from doing the limited editions / early birds. We will surely have a list of things we can do better after the limited edition production run (2-3 weeks)
- Complete remaining backer rewards. By mid-January latest we will have production completed for all other backer reward levels.
Clocks are made available as Kits to backers who want to DIY, and are also available fully finished. The limited Early Bird rewards are scheduled to ship in time for Christmas!
The clocks are nearly done but are still a work-in-progress. Some minor changes from the current photos may occur (but the clock design and how they work will not change.)
- If we raise over $3500, we will design and include a Kickstarter exclusive stand - free of charge - with every kit or finished unit! The stand will blend with the design and aesthetics of the clock and allow standing on a shelf or desk instead of hanging on the wall.
- If we raise over $5500, we will design and offer a smaller (approximately 4 inches across) desk-sized version for the new year!
Risks and challenges
First of all, we pledge to be transparent and communicate regularly about the process of building and shipping these. You'll never be in the dark.
No problems are expected but there is always some risk.
Production may be delayed by limited availability of raw materials.
Machinery we need to use could unexpectedly need servicing or replacement, leading to delays.
We have mitigated these risks by having alternate suppliers planned, and by limiting early production numbers (aiming for pre-Christmas shipping) to ensure we stay within our means.
Shipping and handling delicate designer items requires special care to prevent damage, prevent fingerprints, etc. We have a working process but we may discover that it needs changes, causing delays in shipping.
We know what we want and how we'll do it, and we have the experience to mean that any setbacks will be only speed bumps - not roadblocks. The clocks are designed, working, and ready for production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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