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May 16, 2008 6:22 AM   Subscribe

An analog textual clock - An analog textual clock
posted by cillit bang (24 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
That first one is pretty genius. But, wouldn't those old 'flip card' clocks also be mechanical implementations of text clocks? (Although I guess they were mostly electrically timed)
posted by delmoi at 6:28 AM on May 16, 2008


Man that first clock is suweeeeee-eeeeet.
posted by farishta at 6:29 AM on May 16, 2008


Those are both great clocks, but the second one isn't analog.
posted by DU at 6:32 AM on May 16, 2008


The only way that first clock could be cooler is if it managed to spell REDRUM every other fortnight or so.
posted by rhys at 6:35 AM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Slightly related:

An analog digital watch

That first clock is great... modulus 12 rotation synchronization!
posted by Mayor West at 6:47 AM on May 16, 2008 [3 favorites]


A mechanical version of that first one would be six kinds of awesome.
posted by kc8nod at 7:05 AM on May 16, 2008


Those are both great clocks, but the second one isn't analog.

It isn't textual either, at least not if you're opposing "textual" to "numeric."

It's still awesome, though.
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:09 AM on May 16, 2008


This updating, hand drawn clock is pretty darn sweet too.
posted by melorama at 7:18 AM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


kc8nod -

The mechanical version came first:

http://www.christiaanpostma.nl/clock.htm
posted by rhys at 7:26 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


pet peeve: analog != mechanical, digital != electronic
posted by bashos_frog at 8:37 AM on May 16, 2008


I was expecting to see some kind of digital sundial...
posted by otherthings_ at 9:01 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Let's think of new clocks to make.

Mine would be this: all the numbers are raised from the surface. They will be cut in the form and shape of the number. The hour will be signified by the number being mechanically risen from the surface of the clock. All of the numbers' top surface will be covered with LCD elements, and the hour hand will fade from grey to white to grey. The surface of the clock will be black. The minute signifier will be another LCD screen, but it will be filled with numbers drawn by people all around the world using the Amazon Mechanical Turk system who are instructed to write the minutes of the current time of day. These will be verified by a separate Amazon Mechanical Turk campaign.

Newfoundlanders cannot participate because of their inability to keep proper time according to the prevailing standards of the world. They cannot buy these clocks.
posted by sleslie at 10:01 AM on May 16, 2008


but the second one isn't analog

The position of the digits corresponds to where the hands on an analog clock would be.
posted by cillit bang at 10:03 AM on May 16, 2008


The first one is neat but unusable.

The second one is both neat and still precise as a timekeeping instrument. It is also elegant.

I would like a "real' version of the second one (i.e. a screen mounted on a wall).
posted by Ynoxas at 10:07 AM on May 16, 2008


Yeah, I'm with Ynoxas on this one, the first thing I thought when I saw the interface of the second one was "How can I get that in my house?"

I now wonder about the feasibility of building a mechanical version, maybe one where the numbers a revealed by a sliding/ rotating plate with a magnified viewer for the current digit...

Hmm, I'll have to think about this.

posted by quin at 10:36 AM on May 16, 2008


humanclock has a goofy charm.
posted by pointilist at 10:52 AM on May 16, 2008


I would wear a wrist-watch version of the first one. I absolutely love the second one, it's awesome. Then again, 11:11 puts it at its most advantageous. I'll check back at 7:10 or so to see if it's as awesome. I suspect it is.
posted by maxwelton at 11:14 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


The position of the digits corresponds to where the hands on an analog clock would be.

But it doesn't sweep through the places in-between the digits. It only visits integral numbers of seconds. Seems digital to me.
posted by knave at 11:40 AM on May 16, 2008


I love the Jesson Yip one. I hope I remember to check back for the screensaver and widget versions. Maybe leaving comments here to keep this in my Recent Activity will help!
posted by nowonmai at 11:57 AM on May 16, 2008


Analog sexual clocks (SFW)
posted by Rhaomi at 12:22 PM on May 16, 2008 [3 favorites]


The only way that first clock could be cooler is if it managed to spell REDRUM every other fortnight or so.

Yeah, on major holidays it should display an appropriate greeting, legible (at first and at end barely) only for the appropriate day.
posted by davejay at 2:32 PM on May 16, 2008


Perhaps "quantized" is the word you're looking for?
posted by ryanrs at 7:06 PM on May 16, 2008


These are cool, but my first thought was like the old style digital alarm clocks with the rotating panels (think Bill Murray's in Groundhog Day, if I'm remembering that movie correctly) except, and here's the big twist, it's words instead of numbers. So it'd be really wide and stuff.

eleven forty- one
*click*
eleven forty- two

Anyone point me to one of those?
posted by roombythelake at 11:44 PM on May 16, 2008


As soon as they have a wrist wearable clock of the long now I will be in line to trade in my cheap Fossil.
posted by rongorongo at 5:06 AM on May 17, 2008


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