Thursday, April 28, 2005

Relativity

This getin' old thing makes me think if time is actually relative... maybe the americans are right and "time is money" That is why some of this clocks and watches are über-expensive which subsequently is the reason why I only use my Tag Heuer on Christmas.

Thanks for the patience while I prepared this gallery, but I believe the wait was worth every minute. Here's a collection of some innovative, some weird, and some extraordinary clocks. I found most of them at "ektopia.co.uk" if you want to visit their site. The point is, that there are still design possibilities and room for creativity, even for something that has been designed and re-designed time after time, ater time... Click to visit the original web sites, and have a good time!
















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5 Comments:

Anonymous Hooper said...

Mate, sometimes you give me the creeps...

Just yesterday I was chating with a friend about designing a clock with a Stonehenge flavor.

I had the idea of having some sort of sun light cast shadows in a 12 stone bridges dial, with 1/2 hour marks in an inner single stone circlet.

I still don't know if it's better to have the light travel around the dial or to make the whole clock to spin under a fixed light.

Anyway it's just a mental jack-off, but i'm impressed about your timing.

Nice gallery by the way, the photograpic clock is the bees knees!

...Matta ne!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

Yes! the picture (video) clock is awesome! But still my favourite is the "word clock" I can't believe that a German would use it, probably it was a joke...

It displays the time in a "non orthodox" manner. For example:
"it is almost half past twelve"
"more or less, quarter for eight", etc, etc...

It would be great for your stonehenge a digital (electronic) heliodon, i.e. have the light to move to the exact sun position at that moment. or you can build a scale model of the Quetzalcoatlt pyramid. Not only you would have a cool clock, you could also sharpen your razor blades and besides, it would go well with your pyramid pyjamas. He, he...

ciao

12:26 AM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

Look at this heliodon: Model 126

cheers

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Hooper said...

So that's were I've heard that word before...

Eilodon is a character/monster in several RPG games, but most players misspell it as "eliodon" wich I was shure was a word I know from the real world, just can't remember were (If it were important, I'd have looked it up somewere, of course)

I probably knew it from my uncle's architecture magazines...

Anyway, as I told you yesterday, it's more of a mental excersise (ahem) than a real proyect, but it's supposed to be a nice little settop watch (12-15 cms across, maybe in polished brass) rather than an accurate galilean model with real sun behavior.

I picture it in my mind more like a timed turntable, with little "rock formations" that cast a shadow over a dial when aligned to a light source.

I can put "rune" numbers inside the portals so a number is projected with the shadow and the time readout is easy...

...Or I can make the stone field static, and have a light source to circle the dial in a timely fashion, you can read the time by watchin' wich portal gets iluminated at a given time --just like a normal clock-- with an bright external hour hand (fiberopics ought to do the trick).

The pyramid clock idea is good, but if you've been to Tenochtitlan, you'll know they are all the rage over there, and ev'ry possible location has a simple explanation... And it isn't hanky-panky!!!!

...Matta ne!

PS. Remember when we were young? (Você recorda, Lampinho?)
And we were tought to read the time like "it's five to the half" or "it's ten past quarter".
I still use those time labels, and when young people ask me the time, they usually put on faces of --What the...--- 'cause the expect a digital readout like "it's 16:45:23"

I definitely like that german "word clock"

5:14 AM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

I see... Well, maybe if the light source is almost tangent to the surface, you could get a relief (shadow) of a numeral. You know, like when you put light for a photograph razing (?) the surface.

That way, you could use 2 leds, one for the hours, and one for the minutes... each on a different radius... so, each led would be revealing only the correct numeral. All numbers will be there, but for the normal observer they would be "invisible" among small rocks or sand... and only when the led passes near, it will reveal the shadow.

Is that more or less what you had in mind? Sounds cool, or like my "inlaw" Paris would say: "It's hot".

ciao

9:41 PM  

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