Time may seem to tick objectively, but our minds play all sorts of tricks on us when it comes to how we perceive it.
Designers Theo Tveterås and Lars Marcus Vedeler, from Skrekkøgle studio, wanted to comprehend this ‘time bending’ nature associated with most humans, and how it copes up with the “unseen,” real flow of time.
As a result, they have created the Durr, a shivering watch that creates a haptic rhythm every 5 minutes.
Designed to deepen our connection with time, the watch has no hour, minute, or second arms, nor is there a digital time display. Instead, just a solid colorful disk that vibrates every five minutes to remind the wearers, independent of their subjective take on events, how long they’ve been doing whatever they’ve been doing, which easily can be lost in the day to day grind.
The idea came from an observation when one of the designers talked about how fast it seemed their days were going by, especially on a busy day in their studio. They quickly constructed a small prototype for a buzzing wrist piece, strapped it to their arms, and headed out for some beers. Immediately, the effect was noticeable. “We were surprised and excited about how tangible time suddenly seemed,” Tveterås says.
The final design was all about staying true to the essence of the original concept. “We like the idea of single-purpose objects,” Tveterås explains. “It has a calmer, more specific purpose than, say, a smartphone or a smartwatch.”
The project is an internal experiment as a test to see if more people are interested. They have made only 50 of these, as a limited alpha run. It comes with a replaceable battery that lasts up to two months. You can order yours from their store for €90.00 and choose from 5 different colors.
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