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Clock Combines Digital, Analog Worlds

by Paul Strauss
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This amazing clock combines the 7-segment look of a modern LED or LCD clock, but messes with your head by making the digits come to life with a mechanical movement.

D/A Clock by Alvin Aronson

D/A Clock by Alvin Aronson Closeup

Designed and realized by RISD BFA student Alvin Aronson, the D/A Clock is a clever mash-up between the digital and analog universes. As the numerals change state, the segments gradually rise and fall into their plain white background.

Built from a combination of Corian and wood, and powered by custom circuitry and servo mechanisms, it’s truly a masterpiece of modern minimalism.

Alvin, if you’re listening, please find a way to mass-produce these beauties.

[via VVORK]

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Comments (16):

  1. Don says:

    Fantastic!! If Alvin does start tp produce tese please let me know. Or if he would sell me the plans so I can make my own.

  2. petr says:

    Minimalist? KLook at the size of the thing. And I would not cal it clever. Merely different.

  3. O Bell says:

    It would be even better to integrate this INTO the wall. Have it look like the numbers are just imposing themselves from another dimension.

    Also, is this connected similarly to a 7 segment LED display? Would it be possible to just put together a similar assembly and disconnect the LED assembly from a regular clock and connect this the same way? I guess quite a few transistors would be in order and doubtlessly a microcontroller.

    Anybody have more details about this project?

  4. It is a little large, but otherwise very cool! When they can make smaller ones, I would buy one.

  5. Frederick says:

    Wonderful! I love the concept.

  6. Stuart Perry says:

    I want one so much I’ll help you get them mass produced..!!

  7. technabob says:

    I agree with O Bell — built into a white wall would be awesome.

  8. Tom says:

    The concept is really cool! I would buy one!

  9. chuckie says:

    coming out of the wall would be cool but I’m thinking about lighting as the numbered segments raised up they would light up.

  10. very good – i have seen these in london somewhere?

  11. Amazing…! its awesome… i mean eyes can’t believe this dude!

    these kind a clocks will throw analog/digital clock away from us.

    Techdudes.

  12. chizzomanisso says:

    i like that…
    and i wanna buy that…

    so let me know when it’s in production (hopefully it will be).

  13. Dijital saat says:

    Very nice. thanks

  14. patrick says:

    Have these been made for sale yet? or just a great idea that died out?

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