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Student Showcase Archive

Raunaq Bose

MA work

MA work

  • Cover Image

    Cover Image

  • Scenario: shifting timezone to other location

    Scenario: shifting timezone to other location

  • Scenario: shifting timezones to counter abnormal day-cycles

    Scenario: shifting timezones to counter abnormal day-cycles

  • Scenario: shifting timezones for new day lengths

    Scenario: shifting timezones for new day lengths

Personal Time Zones

We are living in the near-future, where augmented reality (AR) is as pervasive a technology as smartphones are today. This project is an exploration of the representation of time within this context, and proposes a new time system where people’s active time, or timezone, is based on their work, relationships, and desired lifestyles instead of on their physical geographical location.

In particular, the project imagines the new social interactions that would need to exist within this context, such as more intuitive scheduling, and synchronising across timezones. This is being realised in this project with technology that is available today to create an immersive experience to illustrate a functional and technical proof-of-concept, incorporating body, desk, and room-scale physical and virtual outputs. 

The concept of time is both real and virtual, driven both by our perception of it passing as well as the technology used to measure and display it. In an increasingly globalised world, and increasingly nomadic workforce, there is a need to rethink the standardised time system developed in the relatively geographically-immobile 19th Century context to provide a more effective solution for international communication and collaboration for the modern day, and perhaps other opportunities beyond Earth.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2017

  • Speculative designer and engineer, trying to balance the experimental with the relevant in the interaction between people and technology. Currently working on concepts in sustainable manufacture, future time systems, and human communication with autonomous agents.

    Aims to be somewhere between Elon Musk and Kanye West.

  • Degrees

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2014
  • Experience

  • Design engineer, Takram, London, 2016; Mechanical engineer, Chiaro Technology, London, 2014 – 2015; Mechanical engineer, Studio XO, London, 2014
  • Awards

  • Red Dot, Winner - Product Design, 2016 (as part of Chiaro Technology); STARTS Prize, Honourable Mention, 2017