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Kickstarter: 3D Printed Dodecahedron Elephant Timer is Easy to Set, Makes Multitasking Fun

by • March 16, 2016 • No Comments


Inventor Kim Rubin

Tick tock. It is the soundtrack to our lives, whether we like it or not. And while many may rebel against the structure of the dreaded morning alarm or wearing a clunky wristwatch, I don’t understand anyone who does not deal in time, whether mired in the all-too-human trap of being overly occupied, occupied, occupied or bored of out of their minds and watching the minutes creep by.

I am, like many nowadays, reminder and timer obsessed, of waking up to falling asleep. And while that can drive a few additional laid-back types crazy, this assists me to show up on time to work, get to that dentist’s appointment—and at the end of the day assists me not to overcook at any timeyone’s favourite rice pilaf or char that barbequed chicken. The role of the timer, buzzer, or alarm is easy: It assists us to avert disaster. The many thing to do, in my book? Embrace the measuring of time. Have fun with it. And this is precisely what Kim Rubin had in mind as he created the 3D printed Elephant Timer, offering us security in understanding that the elephant nat any time forgets.

Long preceding the advent of the smartphone and all its multitudinous ways to remind us, beep and buzz us, we all had other tricks too—of setting the timer on the microwave to turning the dial on that classic little white timer many of our parents and grandparents had. But do you at any time feel like the storeer of time by yourself? My kids either don’t understand how to or do not want to set a timer anywhere, any that way—and my youngest is only learning how a clock actually works. From parents to grandparents, there is frequently a struggle as arthritis sets in, as well as consume exasperation against new innovation, and frequently rebellion against being hemmed in by Father Time on a 2nd-by-2nd basis. How of a device that at any timeyone can operate–and enjoy?

Most of us can agree yet that we don’t want dinner burned, and we do want to be picked up on time. We do want to see the beginning of the film, and we don’t want to miss that flight home. And many significantly, we do want to bake the apple pie, yet we don’t want to lose track of cooking the pot roast! So what to do? Hand it over to the elephant. He won’t forget your plan–actually if you do–and he can actually work on timing two things at once.

dcfe4abe4ae90ba6e4ac9343ec3fef9f_originalThe Elephant Timer is a 12-sided dodecahedron that is much like in dimensions to a baseball, and offers a 3D printed shell. The creator, Kim Rubin, has only launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $40K by April 13th for the kitchen timer, with a sport version on the way soon.

If you are interested in backing the campaign, be one of the initially 150 early birds, and obtain your timer for only $30. After that, prices rise to $40. If you’d like a discounted price on two, you will require to pledge $70. Prices ascend of there for discounted volume orders. Deliquite is expected in September.

According to inventor Kim Rubin of Denver, Colorado, this storeer of significant time is drop-proof, shockproof, and waterproof—all quite significant qualities–especially when you are hanging out in the kitchen, multitasking. And while it can only be one task that you are worried of, if there are additional, the twelve-sided Elephant can assist you. With a easy and inviting user interface, you will many most likely have fun setting the time, only turning it to any side to set the numbers, that are laid out as 1,2,3,5,7,10,15,20,30,45. What of a 12-minute setting? Just turn the timer to 10 and and so 2—and literally, you are all set. And for that 2nd timer? Once the initially one is going, you can only set the 2nd one following and store on rolling.

With three volume settings, the timer offers voice notifications when you set it, manufacture changes, and when time is up. Announcements are created with a fluid, effortless voice–plus a one-of-a-kind tone for every time. “10 minutes — time is up!” Two waterproof speakers provide a consistent volume level no matter that side is up or how the timer is rotated. Users may cycle through three various volume levels by tapping the timer three times. This device is dependable, transportable, and has a 20-year battery. With an emphasis on its portability, the creators say that ‘no venue is too sat any timee’ for this easygoing little timer.

The Elephant Timer is excellent for anyone, obviously, but especially kind to those of younger or older ages or for people with poor eyesight or problems with arthritis. Rubin was originally inspired to manufacture the create as he worked to assist his aging parents, who were becoming challenged by small buttons and frequently frustrating displays.

“I wanted to create a timer as easy, intuitive and swift to set as possible while having additional capability,” said Rubin. “Elephant Timer has no buttons and no display. It is almany trivial to set, actually at night and for those with poor eyesight.”

UntitledAs an inventor with over 35 years of experience in both innovation and product development, createing and engineering innovations for clients around the world, Rubin had a excellent deal of expertise to draw of when it came to creating the Elephant Timer. Keeping it all in the family, he has worked on his efforts to simplify time with his daughter Sophie, and the outcome so far is that of ten sleek prototypes with the 3D printed outer shells created by Shapeways. The hope is that with successful funding, they can purchase the tools for injection molding and ultrasonic welding.

So tick tock, by yourself! Check out the Elephant Timer on Kickstarter and get in on a excellent deal early on. Are you considering of backing this campaign? Discuss in the 3D Printed Elephant Timer forum over at 3DPB.com.