Swedish design firm Flyte are back with their latest gravity-defying project, and needless to say, it’s really cool. With its design inspired by the Earth’s rotation around the Sun, the STORY clock has one of the most unique takes on visualizing time.So, how does it work? A wooden, cylindrical base serves as the backdrop for a small chrome sphere that hovers above it. This is achieved through a system of magnets that keep the sphere levitating and moving across its surface. There are three modes that you can customize manually through the side buttons or through an accompanying mobile application.
The first mode is journey mode, which allows you to set the clock to track a future date—for example, the expected birth date of a child. In this specific instance, the levitating sphere will make a full rotation in nine months. The second mode is clock mode, where the sphere represents the hour. The third mode is the timer mode, which allows you to track shorter intervals, like 30 minutes or an hour.
For an exact expression of time, a LED Matrix display comes through the surface of the wood. This function can be permanently set on or off, or it can be set to appear through motion.
Furthermore, a backlit display allows for real-time meteorological data—among them the phases of the moon, a sunrise or sunset, and the temperature—to come through.The STORY clock can be mounted to a wall, laid flat on a table, or positioned at a 60-degree angle. It is available in two variants—with either an Ash or Walnut base, priced at $399 and $449, respectively. The project is currently being funded via Kickstarter. To back the project, click here.