Rhei is an electro-mechanical clock that uses ferrofluid, a magnetic liquid, to display time – the first ever use of a liquid substance to display information. Rhei is more than just a clock; it is an interactive installation, animated sculpture and an experience.
The Rhei liquid display clock is the first ever use of a liquid substance in its raw, natural and exposed form to display time. Here, the boundary between the analog and digital realms blurs, and the mechanical system and natural laws of liquid come together to create an illusion that resembles a contemporary, digital form.
Like how every moment differs, the movement of the digits in this clock is differently animated each time, determined by random algorithms and never creating the exact same shape twice. Furthermore, with a continuous movement of liquid, Rhei bluntly imitates the inevitable transience of time. The Rhei clock leaves behind its expected primary function and becomes a dynamic installation, an animated sculpture and an idea embodied in the form of a simple, digital clock.