About this project
IT'S ABOUT TIME
Have you ever felt like time is moving too fast?
Do you have trouble being 'in the moment' for longer than a few seconds?
The annual clock that tells time in seasons.
The Present tells the story of the seasons using subtle gradients of pure color to mark the Equinoxes & Solstices throughout the years.
The Present contains a custom microprocessor that was commissioned to accurately turn hours into months. The annual hand takes an entire year to complete a single clockwise rotation.
A prototype of The Present was turned on and set to September 22nd, the Autumnal Equinox of 2011.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP CHANGE TIME?
To make The Present available for anyone to own at a reasonable price, I'm going to need your help. There are a few final design, manufacturing & packaging steps that require funding to make The Present available to the Kickstarter community.
The Present will be manufactured in the United States of America, creating jobs for highly skilled craftsmen and women locally in Brooklyn.
HOW CAN I OWN THE PRESENT?
Please have a look at our rewards to the right.
If you do choose to own The Present, it will be delivered to you in the beginning of 2012.
WHO IS THE PRESENT FOR?
The Present is inspired by and is the perfect gift for musicians ~ writers ~ thinkers ~ lifers ~ lovers ~ expecting mothers ~ artists ~ philosophers ~ builders ~ strategists ~ challengers ~ believers ~ teachers ~ long term leaders ~ right brainers ~ left brainers who want to lean more to the right or anyone who wants to own the present.
The Present ~ It's the gift we give ourselves.
This is the final clock face
PLEDGE $2 OR MORE
THE DESKTOP OF THE FUTURE
You've just helped change time!
Receive a JPEG of The Present clock face to 'Set As Desktop Picture'
PLEDGE $24 OR MORE
Along with the sensation of helping change the face of time & the JPEG above, you'll also receive 'something' a plot device for your life story. 'something' will be mailed directly to you. (international add $6 to ship) 'something' is an original work of art by Scott Thrift, 2002.
PLEDGE $120 OR MORE
One annual clock will be pre-set and shipped directly to you!
This picture is of the latest prototype, complete with black hand. The clock design is going through a creative evolution and is subject to change.
PLEDGE $240 OR MORE
THE PRESENT THE PRESENT
+ Own The Present, twice! Receive The Present for yourself and give The Present as a gift to someone who will love it.
PLEDGE $365 OR MORE
THE PRESENT THE PRESENT + ENGRAVING & MEET UP WITH THRIFT
+ Own The Present and have another to give as a gift. (2 presents!)
Have your name or a personal message engraved into the back of each piece. I'll also be open to having a beverage with you if you are in the NY area. If not, we can Skype for 20 minutes anytime in 2012.
PLEDGE $1200 OR MORE
+ Become a Patron of The Present. Receive one of twelve original booklets documenting the creative process of The Present. Early sketches, notes on time and creative expressions of the artistic spirit behind the piece, signed by Thrift and dedicated to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does The Present weigh and what is its diameter?
The Present will weigh in at approximately 4 pounds, currently the prototype is 12" in diameter.
How do you display The Present in your home or studio?
The Present is fitted with two rare earth magnets inside the back plate. A steel disc and anchor based screws make up the magnetic kit for The Present to fit in any location.
How long will The Present last?
Our calculations tell us that The Present will run with the included battery for no less than 4 years. With the potential to run for over 12 years.
How do you set The Present?
The Present will be pre-set for you before delivery. There will also be access to the movement for any changes in the distant, distant future.
What is The Present made of?
The clock face is printed on metal, which is encased by a beveled glass front that is set into a metal back plate. The hand is laser cut clear acrylic. The movement is a modified version of a standard quartz clock.
How does the hand move so slow?
A custom microchip has been designed that accurately modifies the burst rate of seconds. A 'second' as we know it, on this clock, counts off once every 6.08 days or 142 hours...
What will you use the money for?
The money will allow me to hire a professional design team to take the work I have done with the prototype to the next level. I'm looking for the perfect balance between form, function and longevity with an eye on quality, not quantity.
I will also be hiring a package design team as well as a fulfillment agency to source US materials and align them with Brooklyn based manufacturers.
The sum represents what it will cost to produce a minimum of 100 pieces in the U.S. It will cover legal fees, prototypes, design fees, hanging kits, packaging, reward costs/shipping, KS + Amazon fees and contingency.
Yes. Our calculations put the operational life of the clock to run at a minimum of four years and a maximum of twelve, maybe more...only time will tell.
Yes. Although the clock will be set for you prior to shipment and is expected to run for a very long time before there is ever a need to reset it, but yes.
The clock you will receive will be even nicer than the prototype in the video. I am going to make every piece exquisite.
Sometime between 4 to 12 years from when you receive The Present - it will discontinue operation. There is a small chance it might last beyond 12 years.
You will know that it is no longer working when a few weeks have passed and the annual hand has not moved.
It will be very easy to change the battery. We are designing a port into the back plate of the clock that allows you easily change the battery and manipulate the annual hand.
Accurate, we are designing a reset tool to be packaged with the clock.
This is being given a great deal of consideration. Our first meeting with the design team we really, really want to work with is on Monday and the Hemisphere equation is at the top of our agenda.
Although - as a test, I have horizontally and vertically flipped the perspective of the clock face and I must say, it looks really cool.
Totally! The Present attaches to your wall using two rare earth magnets that or located within the backplate. Those magnets are attracted to the flat metal bracket kit that comes with the clock. Once you decide on the best location for The Present in your home or workshop, you simply install the plate and 'snap' The Present into place. So you can attach it "upside down" or pull it off and reattach it at will.
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