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Here is a Clock That Will Run For Next 2000 Years

Time isn’t circular, but clocks are. You look at a calendar and it depicts time in a linear fashion, but the watch on your hand or the clock on your wall breaks down the concept of 24 hours into a loop in which you live your life.

The Time Since Launch clock isn’t like that. It sees time for what it truly is. Something that’s always moving, never stopping, and more importantly, something that doesn’t come a full circle, but rather is on an endless, infinite journey. The Time Since Launch is a count-up clock, allowing you to measure the time since a certain event, like a birth, anniversary, launch, etc. The Time Since Launch takes an event in time and begins its journey from there, running for years, and even millennia after the event.

The Time Since Launch is a timekeeping device in the broadest sense possible. It counts hours, minutes, and seconds, but it also counts days, months, years, centuries and millennia. It’s the equivalent of adding a bookmark in time, allowing you to appreciate how far you’ve come since the moment you began the clock.

Meant clearly for special events, the Time Since Launch can be launched by simply pulling out a pin from within the device to get it running. Built with two LCD screens encased in a borosilicate tube with aluminum caps at each end, the Time Since Launch breaks time down into two parts. One screen reads hours, minutes, and seconds, while the screen to its left captures as many as 999999 days, or 2739 years.

Made for occasions that hold great relevance in one’s life, like the birth of a child, a marriage, a company launch, or personal goals of great significance like the day you gave up smoking, the Time Since Launch begins its countdown, or rather a count-up the minute you pull the pin out from the clock, marking the length of your journey since that moment when your life changed completely.

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Currently, the project is on Kickstarter where you can support and order your own Time Since Launch timepiece.

58 days 14 hours 39 minutes 46 seconds.
1796 days 17 hours 06 minutes 50 seconds.
64 days 12 hours 10 minutes 15 seconds. 
10 days 17 hours 25 minutes 03 seconds. 

It’s time to launch your personal epoch. Time Since Launch is a single-use, long-scale launch clock. Pull the pin to begin counting for 2,738 years.

Use this very long-scale timepiece to mark the beginning of your epoch. It could begin when you get married, have a baby, quit smoking, launch a rocket, or on an ordinary Tuesday morning.

Your epoch is safeguarded within this unique timepiece designed and over-engineered to outlive you. Suspended in a durable borosilicate glass tube and sealed with gasketed aluminum end-caps, two LCDs show days, hours, minutes and seconds since launch. This timepiece is built to count for 2,738 years.

Inspiration. 1962. MA-6. John Glenn. A stopwatch. A shared global timezone.

When John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit Earth, the only piece of technology on his body, other than a spacesuit, was a 12-hour stopwatch. Soon after launch, Glenn started his stopwatch in sync with tracking stations across the world. At that moment, Mission Elapsed Time (MET) began counting up from zero. A launch timer was not only required for a successful mission (ie. to calculate position), it also created a shared global timezone.

Quietly situated at the center of a tremendous collaborative feat of human innovation, the launch clock marks an arbitrary Moment Zero. A moment shared by humans scattered all over the world and one hurling through space.

You might pull the launch pin when you drop everything and join the peace corps, or when you stop drinking, or when you and your best friend move to different cities and want to maintain closeness through a shared time zone. It’s also ok to launch on a random Wednesday morning, making that moment special, simply because you want to make it yours.

Make time your own.

We keep time, consume, and organize around it. Time rules us and we don’t own it.

Time Since Launch was originally conceived at MIT Media Lab as part of Che-Wei Wang’s Master’s thesis. In this work, Wang proposes several devices to give people power over their time.
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