sense of time on time   


A design for time that questions the influence of progress and acceleration upon our immediate experience of time.

references & inspiration
We have in our time released a totally new social force - a stream of change so accelerated that it influences our sense of time, revolutionizes the tempo of daily life, and affects the very way we 'feel' the world around us. We no longer 'feel' life as men did in the past. And this is the ultimate difference, the distinction that separates the truly contemporary man from all others. For this acceleration lies behind the impermanence - the transcience - that penetrates and tinctures our consciousness, radically affecting the way we relate to other people, to things, to the entire universe of ideas, art and values.
- Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970
Messages, push notifications, and social media prompts become a new measure of our time. Our addiction to the mobile device's platform services then enmeshes us in time intervals that run between our cravings for updates, shorter or longer latency periods when no updates happen, the moments of actual updates and the velocities of all other events in our lives and environments.
- Metahaven, Digital Tarkovsky
Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. The importance of technical advances in measuring time was underscored by European regulations that went into effect in January and that require financial institutions to synchronize time-stamped trades with microsecond accuracy.
- Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants, The New York Times
Latency is defined as the delay between the input into a system to reaching the desired output. The achievement of 'low latency' has become the organising idea of progress in both computing and communication. In order for humans to adapt to the lowered latency world of technologically driven processing we might begin to measure the 'third'. A second is named as such because it is the second devision of the hour, the first division being the minute. A third would logically be a faster measure of time should we wish to adapt to and compete with the continually lowering latency of technologically driven time.
- Ted Hunt