An interesting concept employs an organic mechanism inspired by ancient methods of keeping time.

Netherlands-based creative design firm Studio Toer has created an organic clock that serves as a tribute to the ancient methods of timekeeping. “Shaped By Time” is made up of sand and a timekeeping contraption that tells the minute and hour by dragging sand through the clock's face. The time is obscure at first glance, but as the timekeeping mechanism continues to engage over a few days, the time becomes more readable. To refresh the sand, judt give the device a gentle shake to level the sand and erase the timekeeping pattern.

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