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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Solstice, The Kinetic Clock


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Created by London-based design studio Animaro, Solstice is a clock that turns the passing of time into a moving artwork. It gradually changes shape throughout the day, opening and closing like a flower.  Solstice is the second in a range of products from Animaro that seeks to celebrate mechanical movements and bring back a closeness with the objects in our home.  At midday, when the sun is higher in the sky the clock is at its largest. At 6pm, when the sun is lower the clock is at its smallest.  It is a moving backdrop to you life, offering a new way to tell the time, through shape and pattern.

The clock face is made from small pieces of wood connected with joints, allowing them to move freely. As the hour hand turns round it pulls and pushes the wooden mechanism, causing it to gradually open and close.  Solstice is a 12 hour clock with a single hour hand, much like a sundial. It does not show minutes or seconds, but rather, shows the time of day. It offers a more relaxed and meditative view of time.  In addition to working as a clock, Solstice has a demo mode. In this mode it completes one rotation every 60 seconds. Perfect for entertaining.

As of November 21st, this project has raised $45,000 of their $31,981 goal. This project has 21 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $576, you will get one Solstice clock.  For a pledge of $998, you will get two Solstice clocks.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/animaro/solstice-the-kinetic-clock?ref=section-design-tech-projectcollection-product-design-proj

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