Alina Balean
Ziv Schneider


An abstract geometry piece that visualises the passing of time re-interprets the hourglass.

Introduction to Physical Computing

This is an abstract hourglass, projecting two triangles moving along time.

As with the classic hourglass, flipping the piece restarts the count.

The time can be set by the user. You can set it to count down to an important day, or just to count an hour or a day. Rather that see numbers, The user enjoys abstract geometry that gives a new representation of time.

People who appreciate aesthetics and are moved by minimalism.

The piece would fit in a Muji catalogue apartment.

User Scenario
The person who owns the hourglass would set it to a day they are counting down to, like their birthday. They could also set it in the morning to count a day. While making coffee in the morning, they flip it to reset and watch the way it slowly moves while they are drinking, going through their RSS feed. In the evening, coming back from work, they see the shapes different than they were in the morning, and get a visual sense of time passing.

The hourglass is made of LED's, plexi, wood and canvas. it seems like a regular canvas with some light projected underneath. Everything is hidden in order to make it seem like a regular, clean canvas.