Those familiar red 7-segment LEDs are designed to each display an individual digit, or if you’re 8-year-old me, maybe to string together some letters, like “8008135” that I used to think was me being clever with my old Texas Instruments calculator.
If you want to know the time, you use a clock, a watch, or a smartphone. If you want to measure the length of an object, you use a tape measure. But it appears this tape measure didn’t get the memo, as it’s actually a clock.
When it comes to digital clocks, they typically use segmented or dot-matrix displays in order to tell the time. But one thing most of these displays have in common is that have no moving parts. Not so with this unusual timepiece, which looks like a digital display, but is actually mechanical.
There are lots of different ways to tell the time. You can use an old school analog clock with hands, a segmented digital display, or even a sundial. But I can say with 100% certainty that this is the first clock I’ve ever seen that tells time with sequins.
While there are plenty of clocks and watches out there which don’t even have a second hand, I prefer to know the time with at least one second of precision. But that certainly wasn’t good enough for one engineer, who decided he needed decidedly more confidence that he knew the EXACT time.
These days, lots of people are replacing their bedside clocks with smartphones or other mobile gadgets which keep time. But there’s something about being able to just open an eyeball in the middle of the night and glance at the time that makes me still prefer a standalone clock.
If there’s one thing we could all use more of in our lives, it’s xenomorphs. Now, you can keep one proudly displayed on your mantle, with this sweet Alien xenomorph table clock from Bradford Exchange.
The 14″ tall clock features an intricately detailed sculpture of the creepy full-grown monster from the Alien universe, set atop a base inspired by H.R.
This alarm clock looks exactly like the Game Boy you used to play on the go. It even has working buttons. The only difference is that instead of playing classic games, this version is all about waking you up in the morning.
I’m the sort of sleeper who typically wakes a few minutes before the alarm and has no problems getting out of bed. But we’ve all known people who hit the snooze button for an hour after the alarm goes off.
Some of us still don’t use smartphones as alarm clocks, and for those people, Lexon’s In-Out clock is seems like a clever way to make sure your alarm is set before you go to sleep. You’ll never forget to set it again.
The Luminous Electronic Bar Graph Clock looks pretty cool. This isn’t some lame digital clock or a common round analog clock. This clock is a bar graph. Just like the ones, you made back in fifth grade.
We’ve seen our share of complicated clocks, but we’ve never seen anything like Felix Vorreiter’s FLUX 1440. This clock displays the time using a simple pulley system, and over 3,900 feet of white string.
The white string is covered in what looks like random marks, but they are anything but random.
Back in 2009, we checked out a real-world version of the Weasley’s locating clock. Redditor tbornottb3 recently made his take on the time– er spacepiece, but instead of mechanical hands he used an LED strip.
The clock is powered by the Particle Photon, which gets data from the smartphones of tbornottb3 and his relatives via the powerful app If This Then That.