Some people are better at waiting for a surprise than others, and then there are those who like to sneak a peek at their presents, or open something well before it’s time. Timeless Box is a lockable aluminum box that puts a stop to that. It opens automatically at a specific time and date, which means there is no way to get inside until the time decided by the gift-giver.
Timeless Box was developed by Ignasi Giró, founder of an agency called Honest & Smile, and is easy to use. Just put something inside and set the number of days the gift needs to stay in there, then close and lock the box before handing it over to a loved one. When the time is up, the lid will pop open, revealing the contents of the box.
When Giró spoke with WiredUK, he described how he wanted to bring back the suspense and excitement associated with giving a gift. ”In such an ‘ever-connected’ and ‘I-want-it-now’ society, we wanted to create a sort of anti-gadget that removed almost all power from its users, but gave back something precious,”
The expectation is that the box will be used for personal messages, wedding proposals, family memories, rings, watches, and other important items. There are also those who have the idea of using to take away children’s phones and favorite possessions as a way to punish them. A better idea would be to send messages to your “future self,” as described by Giró:
You write some objectives, some messages, some reflections and close it for a month. Then, when it opens, you confront your ‘past self’ with your ‘present self’ and get a clear perspective of what has changed and how you feel about it.
Timeless Box is currently seeking €10,000 through Indiegogo, where you can preorder a box for €76 ($103) or €444 ($603) if you want it in titanium.
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