Hourglass Nap Timer Wakes Sleepers With The Bang of A Gong

Hourglass Nap Timer Wakes Sleepers With The Bang of A Gong
Design & Architecture

A Dutch designer has created a unique instrument that makes sure users will never oversleep.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 1 june 2012

Dutch designer Maarten Baas has created a unique system of measuring our naptime in those moments where we feel like taking a quick nap but fear going way past the proverbial coffee break, meditation, or power nap. “Just About Now” is an organic sand timer that indicates the passing of time through the sound of a gong, which goes off once the sand runs out of a coffee cup (for a coffee nap, for example). Baas further explains:

I’ve always have an interest in ways to indicate time. In spite of the fact that time is very abstract and very relative, in the western world it’s normal to indicate time very precisely. Apart from things like train schedules or the duration of sporting games, the exact time is often irrelevant. A coffee break, a meditation, a nap, a business meeting, they could take a few minutes longer or shorter than an exact amount of time. This is why I wanted to create a timer that bangs a gong, more or less after the amount of time you indicated.

See how “Just About Now” works in the photos below:

Maarten Baas


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