Who knew that by just replacing the sand in an hourglass with soapy liquid you could defy the laws of space, time, and physics and make it appear to flow in reverse? But that's exactly what happens with this Awaglass timer.
Australian designer Marc Newson makes hourglasses by hand. He does it with fire and glass and a sculptor's touch. And while the final products—10 and 60 minute timepieces from Ikepod, each filled with countless stainless steel nanoballs—cost more than any of us is able to afford, this intimate look at the process is…
An optical sensor checks this mini hourglass eventually triggering the rotating mechanism to flip the thing 180 degrees. It also can send the optical sensor's values to a PC by USB, providing random numbers. I just think it looks cool.
This interesting lantern concept from designer Young Bok Kim puts a modern twist on the ancient hourglass by draining the light from LEDs instead of sand.
We took one look at the electricity-free Hourglass Coffee Maker and thought it a simplistic, design-forward product. And then we examined the brewing process...
Instead of digital digits, or sweeping hands, this concept watch gives its face an hourglass form. And tells time using LCD pixels like so many trickling grains of sand.
Not quite as DIY-looking as the other digital hourglass, this Digital Timer combines computing technology with century old stylings to make for one dorky looking desk gadget. It has a 100 minute timer and a stopwatch, plus a digital readout in case the virtual sand nuggets are too confusing.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, if you've worn out the flowers-and-candy thing, start thinking gadgets for mom: clocks, beautiful things, even if they're not exactly new, such as this hourglass desk clock.