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Kickass Clocks – Part 2

Wow,

The Kickass Clocks and Kickass Watches series got some serious attention on this site.  Thank you!  Because I am addicted to seeing my web stats go up – here is Kickass Clocks Part Two:

Verbarius

By Art Lebedev – $200

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/verbarius/

Most clock write out the time in numbers.  Verbarius writes out the time in words – in multiple languages.  For example, “It’s either forty-five minutes past four, or fifteen minutes to five, or four forty-five, or a quarter to five.”   I love this clock and don’t know how I forgot to put it on the original list.


Pong Clock

By Sander Mulder – $sold out

http://www.sandermulder.com/pong_clock.html

From the site:

In the old school Pong © TV game you could put the paddles in such a position, that the ball kept bouncing forever. Quite hypnotic, and it became the inspiration for this time-killer/clock….

While this game of Pong © randomly plays, the so called ‘players’ score the time. The left player scores the hours, and the right player scores the minutes, creating an unusual timepiece, ideal for those Friday afternoon moments.

The Pong © Clock displays the time, but you can also switch to game mode. This allows you to play a game of Pong © against the clock with the use of two buttons on the back !

Pong © is a copyrighted trademark by Atari inc.



Wooden Clock

By Unknown – $75-$150 (lots of imitations on eBay)

http://www.urbanjunkie.co.uk/product.php/574/0/wooden-clock

This click doesn’t win awards for any major innovation, just for good design.  The clock face is hidden behind a thin piece of wood instead of red plastic like most digital clocks use.  For better or worse, this would go great in an Ikea bedroom.


12ft GPS Wall Clock

By SparkFun Electronics

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/tutorial_info.php?tutorials_id=47

While this cock isn’t for sale, SparkFun goes in to great detail explaining how they built it and even provide the code you will need if you want to replicate the project.  A GPS powered clock isn’t new to this list – the reason this clock is here is that it is twelve feet long.



CRT vector clock

By Chris Radek

http://www.timeguy.com/cradek/clocks

This has got to be the smallest CRT clock that I’ve ever seen.  The inventor is a little shy on details but the presentation of this clock is simply astounding.

Chris – if you ever want to part with this clock, please contact me.  Brian@ this domain.com


Time Table

By Ross McBride – not in production

http://normaldesign.net/normal/en/index.php#show.30

Unfortunately, this guy isn’t in production.  And I don’t have room for something like this in my little apartment.  I have no idea what this would cost but based on what I can find their other products going for and what similar pieces go for, I would have to imagine this would be in the $2,000 range :-/



5071A Primary Frequency Standard

By HP / Agilent – discontinued

http://www.home.agilent.com/agilent/product.jspx?cc=US&lc=eng&pageMode=OV&pid=1000001383%3Aepsg%3Apro&ct=PRODUCT&id=1000001383%3Aepsg%3Apro

Did you ever want your own atomic clock?  You can actually find these on eBay for $2k to $10k.  However, in most all cases, you will need to buy a new cesium source for the clock.  I have no idea how much that part costs but I would imagine shipping radioactive material will command a premium on top of the normal UPS / FedEx charges.  I think if I ever got a package like that at work it would make people suspicious.  (But they already know I’m weird.)

Specifications

  • Performance suited to advanced communications and tracking systems
  • Frequency accuracy to 5 x 10-13
  • Long-term stability better than 1 x 10-14
  • Proven track record in military and commercial applications
  • Easy to use with automatic start up and intuitive menu structure

Key Points

  • Performance suited to advanced communications and tracking systems
  • Frequency accuracy to 5 x 10-13
  • Long-term stability better than 1 x 10-14
  • Proven track record in military and commercial applications
  • Easy to use with automatic start up and intuitive menu structure


Okay, that is it for now…

Check out Kickass Clocks Pt.1 and Kickass Watches

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