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Nooka Wants To Turn Their Watch Designs Into Wall Clocks But Needs Your Help

Nooka Wall Clocks (Images courtesy Nooka)
By Andrew Liszewski

Nooka has already carved a name for themselves with their line of uniquely designed watches featuring atypical LCD display layouts. And the company is now looking to expand that line by carrying over their watch designs into a series of wall clocks that will easily make your bank or school (who else still uses wall clocks?) the coolest in town.

The only catch is that developing the molds and various components for what will probably be a very limited run is pretty expensive. So the company has turned to CKIE in an attempt to raise funding for the endeavor. The clocks will sell for between $500 and $550 depending on the style, and contributions towards the project range from just $25 which gets your name included as part of the development team, up to $10,000 which gets you a special edition version of the clock and of course a whole bunch of other Nooka stuff. Their total goal is $40,000 worth of funding, though with just 27 days left they’re only at about 5% of the way there. So if you’d like to see it happen, head on over and make a commitment.

[ Nooka Wall Clock ] VIA [ Acquire ]

Minimalist Icon Clock

Icon Clock (Images courtesy Poketo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, with anything and everything electronic being able to tell us the time, standalone clocks really only exist these days for design purposes. And as far as design goes, this Icon Clock will certainly appeal to anyone with a soft spot for the minimalist aesthetic. Available in black or white the clocks are made from ABS resin and measure just 3 1/2 inches in diameter, making them better suited for desk duty than hanging on a wall. Even though their chunky minute and hour hands would certainly be easy to read from across the room. $37 from Poketo!

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Vague Clock Requires Physical Interaction To Read The Time

Vague Clock (Images courtesy Sejoon Kim)
By Andrew Liszewski

They say a watched pot never boils, and at least while in school the same theory applied to all the clocks on the walls. Staring at the second hand seemed to slow down its progress to the point where I was convinced that everyone outside the school had aged 10 years in the time it took to finish one class. It also had the effect of causing me to not pay attention to the teacher, which wouldn’t have been a problem had this Vague Clock, designed by Sejoon Kim, been on the walls instead.

The hands of the clock are hidden behind a layer of stretchy fabric, and remain invisible as the time ticks away. So if you actually want to see the time you have to get up and press your hand into the fabric so that it stretches over the hands, making them visible. The clock’s also equipped with GPS hardware so that the time is always accurate, and so that there’s no buttons or dials allowing it to be manually adjusted.

[ Yanko Design – Vague Clock ] VIA [ Dezeen ]

Clock Parasol

Clock Parasol (Images courtesy Kota Nezu)
By Andrew Liszewski

Don’t like wearing a watch?… Or um, carrying a cellphone? Or looking up at a bank sign, or any kind of digital display for that matter? Well you don’t have to worry about awkwardly asking strangers for the time as long as you carry this sundial-like parasol. I’m pretty sure the designer, Kota Nezu, specifically refers to it as a parasol instead of an umbrella since using it to gauge the time is dependent on being able to find the sun in the sky, which isn’t always that easy on a rainy, overcast day.

Like with a sundial, calculating the time requires you to know where north and south lie, so there’s a handy compass attached to the handle if your outdoor skills aren’t up to the task. You basically position yourself so that north points at you, and south points at the 12 on the number/grid pattern printed on the underside of the parasol. The vertical lines of said grid indicate the hours, while the horizontal lines indicate the Summer & Winter solstice and the Spring & Autumn equinox. So roughly gauging the current time simply requires you to find where the sun shines through on the grid. The Clock Parasol does appear to be available for sale too, starting at ~$35 (€25) though only for distributors and retailers which you means you can’t just buy one.

[ Clock Parasol ] VIA [ I New Idea ]

Lunchtime Clock Adds A Few Extra Minutes To Your Break

By Chris Scott Barr

Ah, lunchtime. It’s that period of time during the week where you can stop working for a while and relax. Grab a little food, maybe catch up on some reading or surfing the net. Unfortunately it never seems to last long enough. One hacker decided to solve this problem by putting together a clock that speeds up just before noon, and slows down a little before 1.

This serves to give you 12 extra minutes of your lunch break each day, or a full hour over the course of a week. A clever hack, indeed. Unfortunately unless this is the clock sitting in your boss’s office (and you don’t have to punch out for your break) it’s pretty useless. You’ll just end up being that guy that spends too much time on lunch. If you feel like making your own, you can find out how over at Instructables.

[ Instructables ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

DOTKLOK Open Source Digital Clock

DOTKLOK Open Source Digital Clock (Images courtesy Andrew O’Malley)
By Andrew Liszewski

They might be cheap and reliable, but the name brand digital clocks you can get at your local big box electronics store aren’t really designed for tinkering. Now obviously that’s probably not a feature at the top of everybody’s wish-list, but those who prefer to do-it-themselves, and like to be able to customize their gear, will find the DOTKLOK an appealing option.

Designed by Andrew O’Malley, the motivation behind the DOTKLOK was to create a clock that could tell time in a variety of different ways, whether through standard numbers, words and even animations. It’s powered by an ATmega328 microprocessor running the Arduino bootloader which allows it to be easily updated and/or customized, and the 24×16 LED display allows for a high-degree of creativity, while still having a bit of retro charm. The DOTKLOK kit is available from Andrew via Etsy for $150 with either red or green LEDs used for the display, and an experienced builder can put it together in about 90 minutes. However, if soldering and wiring isn’t your thing, there are also pre-built DOTKLOKs available, but they’ll set you back $200.

[ DOTKLOK ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

5 To 9 Clock Emphasizes Those Few Important Hours When You’re Not Sleeping Or Working

5 To 9 Clock (Images courtesy Lamplabs)
By Andrew Liszewski

18 years of schooling taught me that watching the clock makes time run about half as fast as normal, but this 5-to-9 clock actually uses that to its advantage. Created by Lamplabs, a new design company with an emphasis on lighting, the 5-to-9 is your basic circular analog clock, but with the sections from 9pm to 5pm removed. That way it only emphasizes the hours when you’re not at work or not sleeping. And if you spend that precious amount of time staring at this clock, it will make it seem like a lot longer than just 4 hours.

The clock’s also got a lead weight on a chain hanging off it that “symbolically represents the counterbalance required to achieve a measured life.” So yeah, that part is a little unnecessary and kinda preachy, but I still think the clock has a clever design. And if you agree you’ll want to head over to Kickstarter where you can pledge/pre-order one in white for $85, or your choice of cherry veneer, bamboo or maple plywood finish for $100. Just keep in mind it’s one of those sites that requires a minimal amount of promised funds before it goes into production, and with just $195 of this project’s $2,500 goal pledged, I have a feeling it might not ever see the light of day.

[ Kickstarter – 5 to 9 clock ] VIA [ Freshome ]

Salubrion Enso Pearl Timer

Salubrion Enso Pearl Timer (Images courtesy Salubrion)
By Andrew Liszewski

The standalone timer is yet another gadget made almost obsolete by app-capable smartphones, but the Enso Pearl from Salubrion manages to make a strong case as to why you’d still want to keep one around. The most obvious reason is the timer’s stylish circular design (enso is a Japanese word meaning circle after all) and the ring which is drawn onto the LCD display as the timer counts down, providing a more graphical way to visualize how much time is left.

The Enso Pearl seems particularly targeted at those who like to meditate or do yoga since it can be programmed with up to 50 interval timers right after another for taking you through a meditative sequence. But it also serves as a compact and relaxing travel alarm since it plays the chimes of Tibetan or Japanese singing bowls instead of some incredibly annoying electronic screetch. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if all that’s worth $99, or if you’ll just stick with the basic timer in the iPhone’s clock app.

[ Salubrion Enso Pearl Timer ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

‘Time Paper’ Clock Posters Make It Easy To Redecorate

Time Paper Clock Posters (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

Wall clocks are pretty much just a decorative item these days, and these ‘Time Paper’ poster clocks make frequent redecorating easy and guilt-free. They’re quite literally just composed of a poster printed with a clock face design and a simple clock mechanism hidden behind it. When you get sick of the design you just rip down the poster and recycle it, and then throw up a new poster with a handful of thumb tacks. It’s just too bad they range in price from ~$63 (¥5,250) up to ~$88 (¥7,350) from

[ Time Paper Clock Posters ] VIA [ Design Blog :: SPGRA ]