Construction of Time
One-week introduction to physical prototyping at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
Together with Stephan Bogner and Kim Heller, I created experimental connected hourglasses.
We connected two hourglasses to the internet. Each device has two bowls, one for each of two users. The sand in the hourglass can be seen as a "time budget" that can flow between the users' bowls.
Once you flip a switch, the hourglass turns to your side and sand starts flowing into your bowl. You are “collecting” time.
Since the two devices are connected to the web, the other hourglass that can be anywhere on the world, turns too. That way, the two hourglasses always synchronize their state.
Where's the greater meaning in this thing? We're still looking for it, too.
We used Arduinos to control the servo motors that turn the hourglass. The microcontrollers are connected via serial connection to a Processing sketch running on a Mac. It communicates with a PHP web application that writes to a MySQL database.
Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt and Kim Heller
Consulting: Tomek Ness
University: Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd