The steady methodical flow of sand through an hourglass as it succumbs to the pull of gravity is a great way to kill time — but not a very productive one. This clever alternative hopes to change that, at least if you consider creating art a valuable use of one's time. It swaps boring old sand for fine magnetic filings the produce unique patterns and structures as they stack up on a magnet in the base.
As far as mostly useless products go, this Magnetic Sand Hourglass should be the encyclopedia entry for desk toys. But at $US18 it will certainly help pass the long expanse at work between your morning break and lunch. And give you plenty of Instagram fodder in the process. [Vat19 via Fancy]