Designer Giha Woo has created an easy way for humans to broaden their temporal horizons - the Bend Hand wall clock.
We've all seen them - bank of clocks strung out in a row at travel agencies, shipping depots, or the houses of overly-douchey traveller friends. We marvel at the fact that it is "X" hours later in London or "Y" hours earlier in Australia than our current time, then leave with our vacation booked, package in hand or promise to ourselves to never visit that friend again and we promptly forget all about any time but our own.
Giha Woo wants us to remember that while our hours may differ, we've all moving forward together.
Thus the Bend Hand, which is similar to a typical analog clock in that it is round and goes on your wall. In other respects, Bend Hand is way out there in left field.
Gone are the standard minute and second hands, and the clock face is divided into ever-smaller concentric circles, slimming down to a tiny midpoint that serves as the pivot point of the Bend Hand. Each of the circles has the name of a location on it and the hand itself, a segmented blue affair, has a "dot" in each of the time zone circles.
As the hand moves, to do all of the time zone dots, allowing a user to see what time is in in London, Syndeny and Abu Dhabi on a single face.
Central West Mexico: like Alaska, but later.
While the essential function is outstanding, several problems arise, most notably the smallness of the hand and time dots at more "central" time clock locations, and the fact that while there are obviously 12 dots on the clock, it would be difficult to see more than one time zone (or even one) in a single glance.
Still, kudos to Woo as this is an idea ahead of its time.
Source: Yanko Design