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Word Clock Slowly Reveals the Time With Text

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This has got to be one of the most amazing clock designs I’ve ever seen. At first glance, the display looks like a bunch of random matchsticks, but over time, they gradually transform into words that tell the time.

christiaan postma clock

Conceived by Dutch industrial designer Christiaan Postma, the clock goes beyond the simple dial and number paradigms we’re all used to seeing, and really thinks outside of the box. Postma used over 150 individual clock mechanisms to power the 55-inch square timepiece.

For those of you with Flash installed (who doesn’t these days?), check out the animation below to see how it really works.

At this point, it’s not clear if Postma plans to produce the word clock, or if it’s simply a design prototype. Regardless, it’s a really unique idea, and I’d be thrilled to hang one on my wall if he ever does bring these to market.

[via Pan-Dan]





Comments (61):

  1. anthony says:

    It would make a great wall clock. For the minutes you could use 60 LEDs around the perimeter, one coming on every minute. If it were mechanical, each of the white lines in the display could be a fiber optic that glows from the LCD behind it….QUICK someone build one, mechanical hmmmm would have to be swiss made LOL

  2. Time after photoshop CS3 says:

    My comment is not real, I used photoshop as well. You are not able to see the text.
    The clock is great, and those bitching need to post the non-photoshopped clock that THEY made.
    Until then, you still can not read this.
    Get a clue.

  3. technabob says:

    Actually, I can read your comment with CS4.

  4. Rabbit says:

    that’s relay cool :D
    i would by glad to have such a unique clock

  5. Krysha Syrin says:

    I would love to own this clock, definitely unique

  6. download says:

    i would by glad to have such a unique clock

  7. stank says:

    i would by glad to have such a unique clock

  8. joe billy says:

    what a great clock. if anyone makes one let me know!

  9. anon says:

    somehow the actual purpose of the clock was lost with this design, however interesting it might be…the reason it will never catch on is because you cannot read the TIME!

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