Forget the snooze button and forgetful glances at your phone – hackers and makers have embraced a more artistic (and intricate) approach to timekeeping. Enter the kinetic clock, the brainchild of alstroemeria, where time comes alive in a mesmerizing dance of motion.
Imagine a canvas, not of pixels or neon, but of physical segments rising and falling like a mechanical ballet. That’s the essence of the kinetic clock. Using an army of 30 servos, each segment is guided by a rack mechanism, meticulously choreographed by an Arduino Mega. Forget the cramped confines of a microcontroller – the Mega, wielding its sensor shield like a conductor’s baton, has more than enough I/O ports to command this complex symphony of movement. And for keeping perfect time, a trusty DS3231 real-time clock sits at the heart of the operation.
But building this masterpiece isn’t for the faint of heart. YouTuber Lukas Deem bravely took on the challenge, and let’s just say his filament printer got a serious workout. Clocking in at 85 hours of printing and devouring 655 grams of filament (excluding the inevitable misprints and casualties), this project pushes the boundaries of 3D printing as much as it does timekeeping.
The result? A captivating display of numbers, where time unfolds not in digital flickers but in the mesmerizing dance of mechanical segments. It’s a testament to the ingenuity of makers like alstroemeria, who transform the mundane into the mesmerizing, reminding us that time is more than just a number on a screen, it’s a physical sensation, a symphony of movement waiting to be discovered.