CLOCKLESS CLOCK

Clockless Clock encourages people to pay less attention to precise time because paying too much attention to precise time increases stress. Time is invisible unless a person approaches the clock. When a person approaches the clock, it reveals more details corresponding to proximity—first hours, then minutes, then seconds. This design prompts people to focus on what they are doing at the current moment without distraction. 

KEY MOMENTS

The concept integrated the idea of embodiment - your body’s proximity to the clock governs the amount of detail that the clock displays.

Time is completely unmeasured in the first place to create an immersive clockless experience.

The system also incorporates events in people’s calendar and it automatically reminds a person of the upcoming schedule by revealing the me.

The Perception of Time

|  RESEARCH  |

DESIGN VISION

To prevent the compulsive tendency to chase time in order to encourage people to focus on the experience occurring in the present moment.

METHODOLOGIES

CULTURAL PROBES

Instead of asking a series of questions with multiple choices, I created a set of visual probes for my participants, as time is an intangible and abstract topic. If time could be actualised as an object, what would it be? In relation to a provocative object or memory, could the appearance, smell, taste, or texture of these objects remind people of a certain time? The result helps me to expand the possibilities on time indication – apart from reading numbers, there are many physical elements that can remind us of the time.

FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEW

 "I feel highly insecure when there was no timepiece."

"When seeing the time passing on the clock, I immediately feel nervous and anxious"

 "The fear of losing time rises when I was busy with an important

task"

|  IDEATION AND PROTOTYPING  |

Moment-to-moment Awareness

KEY INSIGHT

Fast-paced lifestyles discourage people from raising moment-to-moment awareness.

The level of stress increases when people become more sensitive to time boundaries.

In fact, time is a human-made measurement.

The level of stress would increase when people are too conscious of the time convention. What if the indication of time is blurred and less precise?

USER TESTING

VIDEO PROTOTYPING

In the video prototype, there is only hour hand on the clock at the first place, once people walk closer, the minute gradually appears, and then the second. The more people get closer, the more precise time the clock will show. People take actions to get closer only if they consider the need of checking time, and the clock will perform its function.  The proximity of the body to the clock governs the amount of detail that the clock displays.

FEEDBACK

 "Not suitable for workplace"

 "Suitable for occasions when they don’t really have concern about time"

"Need to walk back and forth"

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

More immersive clockless experience:

Time is completely unmeasured 

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