Clocks

October 24, 2010

This is the ‘The Life Clock’ (Image on Left)

Bertrand Plane. Each number on the dial corresponds to a 7-year period.  Instead of ticking away the minutes until your next break or the end of the work day, it actually ticks away the years of your life. The clock mechanism has been slowed own 61,320 times so that it measures an average human lifespan instead of half a day. While the idea of having your impending death staring you in the face is kind of depressing, since the clock face only shows 82 84 years, I guess you can consider it a real victory if you manage to reach 83 85. (Apparently only 7 of these clocks were made, so you can probably forget about ordering one if you were actually interested.)

Although this would not have any practical use in our daily lives, (because we do not require a clock on the wall to keep track of our age) it is an interesting concept to take a regular face clock and change its unit of measurement to a scale so large in years.  Interestingly enough the clock comes in intervals of 7 years so there would be no measurement for 85 years and up. Therefore it loses its ability to function after a certain period.
— 1 hour on the dial == 7 years
— 1 minute on the dial = 1 hour / 60 == 7 years / 60 = 0.11667 years = 42.6 days
— 1 second == 42.6 days / 60 = 0.71 days = 17 hours.

This means that you can see the second hand move to tick your life away every 17 hours.

I think it would be very strange and disturbing to see your life tick away each day.

( Image in the middle and right side)

Here is another clock with an interesting concept: to turn it off, you have to get up and step on it. Sofie Collin and Gustav Lanber are designers behind this interesting clock.  This clock forces its owner to physically step on it to turn off its alarm.  This might be useful for some of us who ignore our alarms in the morning to continue sleeping.  On the other hand it may make us dependent on a routine which is exclusive to this invention.

Rex De Asis

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized. .



1 Comment

Trackback this post


Pages

Recent Posts

Links

Groups

Links

Members

Links

Members

Members

Groups

Recent Comments

Add Users

If you want to add yourself to this blog, please log in.

Links

Members

Recently Active Members

Who’s Online

There are no users currently online

Qwriting Members

Qwriting Members

Recent Comments