This Fibonacci Clock Might Be The Nerdiest Timepiece You Can Buy [Video]


There are all sorts of beautiful and complicated clocks out there—some of which make it challenging to tell the time. It becomes a game to figure out the pattern, which is exactly what will happen if you have this Fibonacci clock sitting on your desk. The clock uses a pattern of red, blue, and green squares of varying sizes and the Fibonacci sequence to display the time. From the Kickstarter page:

The screen of the clock is made up of five squares whose side lengths match the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The hours are displayed using red and the minutes using green. When a square is used to display both the hours and minutes it turns blue. White squares are ignored.

To tell time on the Fibonacci clock you need to do some math. To read the hour, simply add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are displayed in 5 minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by 5 to get the actual number.

Often, there are multiple ways to display a single time. To add to the challenge, the combinations are picked randomly from all the different ways a number can be displayed. There are, for example, 16 different ways to display 6:30 and you never know which one the clock will use!

The campaign is fully funded with units expected to ship in September. You can pledge to receive your clock fully assembled for $115 or save a few dollars and go for the $55 kit version and assemble it on your own.

Check out the project video after the break.

(via Gizmodo)


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