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Planetary Orbit Clock

by Paul Strauss
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Here’s another interesting clock brought to us by Japanese online retailer Rakuten. This space-inspired table clock mimics planets in orbit to tell time.

Planetary Orbit Clock

If you can make out the cryptic diagrams above, little metal planets orbit a larger central planet at the middle of the “universe.” One planet signifies hours, another minutes, and the last tiny planet is the second hand. You can really only tell what time it is by viewing the clock from above, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not so bad. When viewed from the side, it still looks cool.

The clock is made out of aluminum and has an acrylic resin case to protect its mechanism. It’s just ¥3,990, which works out to be about $35 bucks, if you can manage to get one shipped overseas.

[UPDATE 4/24/2007: It looks like ThinkGeek has managed to import a handful of these from Japan, retailing for $49.99 each]

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Comments (16):

  1. Andrew says:

    Another fascinating find by Technobob! This is really rather beautiful, isn’t it – whilst being quite humbling at the same time.

  2. […] on writing about creative clocks, even the kind that wake you up with bacon. But this one, featured on Technabob, is really worth a mention because […]

  3. […] on writing about creative clocks, even the kind that wake you up with bacon. But this one, featured on Technabob, is really worth a mention because […]

  4. Teknoloji G says:

    […] hemen hemen her elektronik cihaz?n

  5. DocZayus says:

    I’d never be able to tell time…

  6. Big Mammas Boy says:

    they have the clock at thinkgeek.com

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/92d6/

  7. technabob says:

    Thanks for the tip! Glad to see that someone’s importing them.

  8. metaphorz says:

    Any idea where these clocks are now? I looked at
    the ThinkGeek site, but cannot see it

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