We've all been there. Just one all-nighter too many—holed-up in a sticky note littered and whiteboard marker covered 'war room'—and a normally diligent calm, collected and competent design professional (or team there of) can descend into a mania of complex over-contemplation and panicked wicked problem scab-picking.
In this absence of time spent outdoors in the real world, what we really need is something to keep us grounded. And what better moral guide for the post-it jockey on the edge of crazy, than a 3D printed robotic whiteboard companion that calmly keeps time?
Redditers have been gleefully upvoting the spectacle of this time keeping whiteboard attached robot arm this week. In a minor miracle of maker genius, the little contraption holds a maker pen to scrawl down the digits of the time at five minute intervals, before cleverly grabbing a purpose made eraser and wiping the board (almost) clean for it's next reading.
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Of course there is nothing new under the sun nor internet—and this wee novelty has its origins at least as far back as February last year with smaller (but perhaps slightly more meticulous) Plotclock created by a hacker going by the name 'Joo'.
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.