Wall Clock Displays ‘Time’ As Your Heartbeat

Wall Clock Displays ‘Time’ As Your Heartbeat
Design & Architecture

Uji questions the conventional ways in which wearable tech quantifies our data.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 13 may 2014

Designers and other creative minds have been trying to change how people perceive time. While most people simply view time in measurable increments such as seconds, minutes and hours, inventors like Scott Thrift have created pieces like ThePresent, a 365-day clock designed to change how people relate to time and live their lives more meaningfully.

Ivor Williams, Jonathan Chomko, and Federico Floriani – the designers behind research and experimental design studio Being and Dying – have also created their own type of clock that does away with seconds, minutes or hours. Their first product, Uji, is a wall “clock” that displays the owner’s heartbeat in real time.

The clock uses a wearable electrocardiogram sensor to record the electrical activity of the user’s heart. It then sends the information wirelessly to the clock. The clock moves its hands forward and backward in time with the user’s pulse.

The clock is made from one piece of handcrafted ceramic and has two thin, black metal hands that are forever positioned at midnight and just move back and forth in time with the user’s heartbeat. The clock does not make any ticking sounds like a standard timepiece.


The clock aims to question the way wearable tech devices are being used to collect quantified data about individuals. The clock does not record any of the heart rate information or quantify any of the data, and instead uses the information in an abstract way. It does not give any indication of the user’s health or condition other than the visual presentation of the user’s heart beat. Someone with a heart condition or any medical condition may be able to find value in seeing their heart beat reflected by the two “clock” hands, but the device itself is not designed to provide any measurement, analysis or calculated insights of the bio data involved in its function.

The clock not only presents a new way for people to regard time as precious heart beats, but also explores a different use for wearable technology.

The clip below shows how the clock works.

[h/t]: Dezeen

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