Tag Archives | Clock

…It’s Things Thursday: Time Machine?

Time Machine

It’s hard to imagine a clock that’s cooler than the Time Machine.

Instead of hands, the Time Machine drops a chrome ball down a wooden track every sixty seconds. As the balls stack up, the numbers that they come to rest next to tell the time.

It’s loud, it’s imprecise, and it’s severely over complicated, but I challenge you to try and find a more interesting way of counting off the minutes.

…Google’s got something planned for 2010?

Google Easter Egg

Who knows what Google’s got planned for the new year, but if you’d like to see just how close we are to finding out, head on over to Google.com, leave the search box blank, and click the I’m feeling lucky button. When you do, an Easter Egg countdown timer will appear that’s currently counting down the seconds until 2010, though there’s no indication of what will happen when the clock strikes zero. (And no, you can’t hack your computer clock to make anything special happen just yet, though you can get it to go to zero early by changing your date.)

[Google.com]

…The Corpus Clock loves to eat time?

Corpus ClockJohn Taylor’s Corpus Clock, aka the Chronophage, or ‘time eater’, is an impressive looking beast of a clock that was made as a tribute to eighteenth-century clockmaker John Harrison’s grasshopper escapement, a low-friction mechanism for converting pendulum motion into rotational motion.

Despite it’s massive size (over 1.5 meters in diameter) the Corpus Clock’s inner workings are all mechanically controlled, including the world’s largest grasshopper escapement that adorns the top. Electricity does power an electric motor, which winds the clock, and blue LEDs which light up the hours, minutes, and seconds, but the blinking eye, moving mouth, swinging hands and everything else you see is all old-school mechanical.

Another interesting element of the clock is that it’s only accurate once every five minutes. The rest of the time, the pendulum can stop, the lights can lag, and then everything can race to catch up, symbolizing life’s “irregularity”. Despite this irregularity though, the clock is expected to stay accurate for the next 200 years or more.

At a cost of over one million pounds, this solid 24-karat gold clock definitely wasn’t cheap, and it took over five years for the two hundred people involved in the making of the clock to get everything put together, but if you’re going to design the world’s strangest clock, no one ever said it was going to be easy.




[Via: BBC News]

…It’s Things Thursday: Something?

SomethingStore

Are you the type of person that likes surprises?

Then you’re probably the type of person that would like the SomethingStore, a website that sends you “something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it”.

What could this something be?

    It may be something you need, something you want or something you desire. (Though it also may be total crap.)

    Yours may be a cool gadget, rare book, table game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, set of shiny shower curtains, popular video game, big-box retailer gift card, the latest version of a software, a set of kitchen knives, a pair of designer jeans, garden tool, kitchen appliance, unique home decor item, electronic equipment, magazine subscription, office supply item, or…

    Your something will most likely be brand new, though it may also be refurbished or antique.

So SomethingStore can send you anything?

Well, besides “items or services that are illegal to trade in United States”, yes!

Sound good?

Then discover your something is today.

[SomethingStore]

[Via: FreshArrival]

…Timberland’s HT2 does everything?

Timberland HL2

If you want your watch to do a bit of everything, then check out the HT2 from Timberland.

The watch features analog and digital clocks, an altimeter, a thermometer, a barometer, an analog and a digital compass, a chronograph, and a tachymeter.

Plus, according to Timberland, “it is reasonably lightweight and feels great on the wrist”.

Reasonably…

[Timberland – HT2]

[Via: Acquire]