Skip to main content

Time flies, or at least floats, with Flyte's levitating story clock

Flyte, the startup company that already created a floating light bulb and a floating planter, recently launched another project on Kickstarter. Its new campaign is for the Story Timepiece, a levitating clock that uses magnets to guide a chrome ball around a wooden base.

What’s so special about the Story clock? Well, aside from the fact that it levitates horizontally, vertically, or at a 60-degree angle — which means you can lean it against a stand, hang it on your wall, or display it flat on a table — it also has other cool features.

The clock has three modes: journey mode, clock mode, and timer mode. In journey mode, you can set the clock to a certain date, like a birthday or anniversary, and the Story clock will hit the 12-o’clock position when that dates arrives. Basically, it serves as a count down until your special event. In clock mode, the chrome sphere will float around each hour of the day; and, in timer mode, you can set the levitating clock for an hour, for instance, and it will make one full revolution during that hour time frame.

In addition to its modes, the clock also has an LED display that shows digital time in the center of the clock. The Story clock’s backlight allows you to take advantage of its extended features. If you connect it to the mobile app, the clock will illuminate real time meteorological data. The backlight can mimic things like the moon’s phases, a sunrise and sunset, and temperature.

The floating clock is gaining a great deal of crowdfunding support. The campaign already raised nearly $250,000 from more than 550 backers, which is more than three times its $80,000 all-or-nothing goal amount. With 42 days left until its April 1 campaign deadline, the project is seeing huge success.

The clock costs a small fortune, when you compare it to other plain wall clocks. You’ll pay between $399 and $499, depending on how early you pledge and the color you choose.

As with all crowdfunding projects, before you pledge your hard earned money, it’s wise to use caution and conduct research. Backing a project on a crowdfunding site is not the same as buying an item at a store, even if it’s from a company like Flyte, that has a history of making other cool products.

Editors' Recommendations

Erika Rawes
Smart Home Evergreen Coordinator
Erika became a professional writer in 2010, and her work is published all over the web on sites ranging from USA Today to…
Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns sparked these thriving companies
best 3D printers

Making a massive amount of money on Kickstarter doesn’t necessarily make a company successful. In fact, there are plenty of Kickstarter companies that made millions, but failed to go anywhere after their initial crowdfunding campaigns came to a close (ahem: Coolest Cooler). That’s why we’re considering a different measure of success in this list of successful Kickstarter campaigns; some of these may not have brought in ridiculous amounts of money --though some did-- they sparked sustainable, lasting success. No one hit wonders here, folks.


Read more
Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Levitating turntables, a tent-hammock hybrid
awesome tech you cant buy yet 2 101616

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there -- alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week's most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don't grab your wallet just yet. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project can fail — even the most well-intentioned. Do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Kammok Sunda — Convertible tent/hammock/shelter

Read more
Watch the time fly by with this gorgeous levitating nixie clock
levitating clock kickstarter img 7163

Nixie tubes, the cold cathode displays which use wire mesh to display glowing numerals or other information, are pretty cool in their own right. But you know what’s even cooler? Using nixie tubes and magnets to create a unique, steampunk-inspired levitating clock.

That’s exactly what Scottish electronics whiz Tony “Lasermad” Adams has built -- and is now offering to customers in the form of a Kickstarter campaign. “It’s a nixie clock unlike any most people will have seen,” Adams told Digital Trends. “It’s powered entirely by magnetic induction, and uses earth magnets and electromagnets to keep it suspended above the base. There are no wires, no contact with the ground at all -- it just floats and operates without any apparent connections.”

Read more