This project is one of OSSO's experiments with alternative approaches to clocks. The goal was to create a clock that is relaxing to look at, as opposed to generating a cold and potentially stressful experience. The result is an object that slowly fills as time passes, indicating the hour hand of the clock. The seconds hand flows through the installation to visually represent the passage of time.
The clock during prototyping
The finished clock during the GLUE festival
This installation was designed with the idea that it needed to be reliable and easy to implement. To achieve this, we decided that it was best to use custom PCBs that interconnected directly. This way, the only wiring that needed to be done was for the power cable.
The clock consisted of 12 interconnecting PCBs, each with its own buck converter to guarantee a stable supply voltage for all LED drivers and minimize the current that needed to be distributed. The result was an installation that was not only very satisfying to look at but also easy to assemble.
For this project, I was responsible for all electronic development, including component selection, PCB design, and firmware programming. Additionally, I designed the animations for the second hand and the full hour animation.
Finished clock in interior
Photograpy and video by OSSO and Pim Swinkels