Spark Award - Time Machine

LUNAR & Autodesk Win Two Spark Awards for Time Machine

LUNAR and Autodesk share a passion for work done by the design and engineering professions. This fall, LUNAR co-founders Jeff Smith and Gerard Furbershaw, and Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, industrial designer Arthur Harsuvanakit, and mechanical engineer Lucas Prokopiak, joined forces to collaborate on the creation of a design concept. The challenge was to conceive of, refine, and finalize a compelling and iconic three dimensional clock design to a prototype level. The Time Machine concept was selected as the final design due to its engaging function, mechanical robustness, and aesthetic impact. The team used Autodesk Fusion 360 to design Time Machine and develop a working prototype.

We are thrilled to announce that Time Machine won two Spark Design Awards!

Spark:PROTO Spark! Winner

Spark:Pro Concept Silver Winner

Time Machine is an unorthodox three-dimensional time telling design. Harkening back to older mechanical clocks, twelve rotating wings engage users as they each successively turn 180 degrees to denote five minute periods. Alternating between dark and light, the wings transform their colors and create a striking visual and visceral representation of time – analogous to daylight and nighttime of each day.

To indicate hours, a ring of LED lights surrounds a hole in the center of the clock. Its growth into a twelve hour ring represents half-days appearing and disappearing around a mysterious void of nothingness, as the changing wings transform the color of the clock face every hour.

Like five and sixty minute hourglasses, the wings visually and viscerally focus on how much time has passed and how much is left. Its three-dimensional machine-like design pays homage to the fascinating movements of mechanical clocks of the past. The twelve-hour light ring also works in similar fashion as it gathers each twelve hours into a ring of light before disappearing to start building a new ring. As it builds, it celebrates the arrival and opportunity of each new hour with a pulsating digital light show.

The story communicated by Time Machine is that time surrounds nothingness, as the past evaporates into the present and the unknowable mystery of the future can only be steered towards by actions of the present.  Therefore, present moments are the only true reality of existence.  Using the hourglass approach of making present time visually obvious and viscerally feel-able, the rotating wings do this by changing colors from light to dark and dark to light to remind of us each five and sixty minute increment of time we have to use as we wish.   The hour lights keep us grounded in each half-day by building into a ring of light every twelve hours.  Also important to the story is to enjoy life as it occurs.  As clocks have done forever, the pulsating light show at the top of every hour reminds us in a current digital fashion, to celebrate the activities of the present as we journey from our past to our future.

Many thanks to the Autodesk team. We look forward to many more collaborations in the future!

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