Tempo: The world's first adjustable hourglass timepiece ⏳
The only hourglass designed for form and function to help you stay focused, be present, and master your time.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 8 2018 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.
Tempo is the first adjustable hourglass with three different time settings & a built-in reset.
Tempo is the traditional hourglass redesigned for modern life. It combines form with function to change your relationship with time and master your minutes.
It’s engineered to be durable yet elegant. Built with thick, hand-blown Borosilicate glass, Tempo is made to last - so you can use it for work or rest.
Tempo’s custom built adjustable mechanism enables it to have 3 time settings: 5 minutes, 15 minutes, and 25 minutes.
Tempo helps you visualize your time so you’re more intentional with it. Imagine how much more you could get done & enjoy life if we owned our time.
Whether you want to get more out of your time at work or in life, Tempo is the tool to help you see time differently and use it well.
Use Tempo to get focused and be productive...
Or to take a break and disconnect…
Or simply to be more present and aware of your time.
Tempo allows you to choose from 3 time settings: 5 minutes, 15 minutes & 25 minutes.
We’ve also built in a Quick Reset feature so you never have to wait for the sand to fall through:
Using Tempo gives you an experience of time like you’ve never had before.
The three time settings built into Tempo were chosen to optimize both your work and play. Pair different times together depending on your task and activity.
Set a timer for a 25 minute focused work sprint. Journal for 15 minutes or meditate for 5 minutes. Or break down an hour-long activity into four 15 minute blocks.
To set a time, simply turn the dial to the time you want.
Flip Tempo over to start the time.
See the sand fall through to remind you that time is passing.
And you’ll never have to worry if you accidentally start the timer early or change your mind. Just hit the quick release valve to instantly reset your Tempo.
**The $50,000 stretch goal has been met!** ALL Backers will get a custom designed silicone pad for your Tempo hourglass. Now your Tempo Hourglass will have a nice little home to rest on - and it’s one with a message that will inspire you too.
We’ve been working with our manufacturing partners to explore alternative materials for the mechanism dial.
We originally planned for aluminum, but if the $100,000 stretch goal is made, we can upgrade to brass. The brass touch makes your Tempo even more sleek & sexy 😍
Use Tempo to be more productive. Tempo helps you clear your head, stay focused & get more done.
Inspired by the Pomodoro technique.
Set Tempo for 25 minute focused work sprints & follow up with a 5-minute break. Repeat these 30 minute intervals throughout your work day to do better work & stay energized.
Instead of working all day only to wonder where your time went, use Tempo’s time settings to set a limit on how long you’ll spend on each task.
Parkinson’s Law says work expands to fill the time we give it. Without firm start & stop times, tasks end up taking more time than needed and reduces your daily productivity.
Set Tempo to allocate 15 minutes for a task, flip Tempo over & stay focused until time runs out.
If you find yourself wasting those tiny time pockets that fill your day, Tempo helps you make more of your time. Use Tempo to turn the 15 minutes between meetings into a productive time.
Tempo also complements your daily time-blocking (or zero-hour scheduling) to maximize your productivity. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can achieve.
In our modern world of constant notifications, demands, and distractions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Use Tempo to be more present - whether you’re reading, meditating, relaxing, or working out.
Tempo’s analog design helps you take a break from the pixels on a screen we spend all day on. Use Tempo to build the daily habits that help you relax and live a better life.
Tempo is designed to make both your work and life better. The first step to owning your time is being aware of it. Tempo helps you enjoy your time while it lasts and leave behind all distractions.
We took the classic hourglass and added a subtle but bold twist to combine the analog with the digital, the form with the function, and the work and life.
We wanted to look for tools to help us spend our time better. We began exploring digital options… but physical tools help us focus and be present in ways digital tools simply can’t.
The traditional hourglass was a good start...but it didn’t have the functionality to actually be useful. We had to take the traditional & bring it into the modern age.
The adjustable hourglass combines the elegance of a traditional hourglass with the function of a digital timer.
With Tempo’s adjustable mechanism, you control your time.
Tempo is designed to be complex in function but simple in form. The adjustable duration selector & quick release valve took us months to custom design. Tempo is built out of Borosilican glass, chosen for its durability.
Our first kickstarter for our flagship product, the SELF Journal, was fully funded after 36 hours and raised over $322K. Since then we’ve helped over 100,000 people achieve their goals, be their best self, and build a life they love.
But our mission extends beyond that. Our mission is to connect & inspire humanity to think bigger and achieve more, while enjoying today.
The hourglass is one of our first products we designed to capture the elegance of this mission.
But we didn’t want to limit it to just our existing customers. We believe in this mission & we want to find people out there who don’t just believe in it too, but live it with us.
We want to find people who think big each day and are driven to achieve more, but never at the expense of enjoying today. Tempo is for the people who are conscious and intentional with their time.
BestSelf Co. was founded in 2015 by co-founders Allen Brouwer & Cathryn Lavery with the mission to help people achieve their goals, be their best self, and build a life they love.
What began as a simple business with a single product, the SELF Journal, has grown into a well-known brand with employees and customers worldwide.
Since 2015, BestSelf Co. has shipped products to over 100,000 customers in over 90 countries. Using our products, our customers have achieved incredible things from building entire businesses from scratch, running a marathon, or simply learning to enjoy their life.
Risks and challenges
At BestSelf, developing and launching products is at the center of everything we do. Since 2015, we’ve created and shipped 200,000+ products to customers all over the world. Fulfilling orders on time and maintaining the highest quality standards is what we do every day.
We’ve got our prototypes fully made and ready to go, but there are still many challenges that can come up during the manufacturing process. Our team is ready to work with our manufacturing partners to make sure the custom adjustable mechanism is perfectly tooled and Tempo is properly assembled for a flawless user experience. We’ve been working with multiple manufacturers to ensure each piece of Tempo is developed by specialists and we’re preparing for mass manufacturing.
Based on our past experience with our first Kickstarter and products we’ve developed since then, we expect to be able to stay on schedule with our production timeline, but we always leave room for the unexpected. We’ll keep you in the loop with regular updates to all our backers throughout the process.
Tempo has been a project in the works for a long time and we’re excited to get it into your hands! Thank you for all your support as we bring Tempo to life.
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