Helios rejects our modern synthetic relationship to time, and instead, takes cues from the ancient Egyptian and Babylonians who understood time according to the sun. Over the course of 24 hours, Helios projects a lighting cycle representing night, dawn, day, and dusk into the home of the user.
From Edgar Allen Poe, to the Japanese philosophy of Ma, to Einstein’s Theory of relativity, time and space have been theorized to be wholly entangled. As we continue to fill the space on our clocks with infinitely smaller increments, so too do we feel the need to fill this space with action and productivity. Whereas our ancestors relied on their relationship to the sun above, our relationship to time has been diminished that of synthetic numbers flashing across a digital face; the incessant ticking of a clock that blends into the noise pollution of the modern world.
Helios challenges this current reality by asking users to reconnect to their instinctual relationship with time. As the Science Museum of London states, “the one truly natural units of time,” are day and night - phenomena dictated by the sun. Helios draws inspiration from this original time-keeper in its design.
Through experimentation with color and perception, expert consultation from a Neurologist, and feedback from a group of representative users, a lighting cycle with variable light temperature, color, and luminosity was developed to denote four different moments of time: night, dawn, day, and dusk.