I had to put all the family pictures back on the wall when I realized this is still just a prototype, but regardless the Domino Clock by Seattle-based Carbon Design Group is extremely cool. The dots on the three giant dominoes act as digits for hours and minutes, and everything communicates wirelessly to keep time. Another video via the Carbon site explains the clever engineering behind the tiny actuators that quietly flip “on” and “off” in sync with the time. According to their blog the goal is to produce a fully functional prototype in 2011, and the next one will arrive via FedEx to my house shortly thereafter. (via yanko)
The Manifold Clock is a wall-mounted clock with a manifold that connects the hour and minute hands to create three dimensional movement. I immediately thought this was another brilliant concept piece destined to hang forever on a gallery wall, but lo and behold this clock is available now in three different color combos for only $45. (via core77)
Love these DIY batteries made from coffee grounds, aluminum, copper and salt water by mischer’traxler. The design was one of three winning entries in a competition entitled SUSTAIN.ABILITY.DESIGN, sponsored by Vienna Design Week organizers Neigungsgruppe Design and Nespresso Austria.
The energy for the movement of the sweep hands is powered by 17 simple, self made batteries. Each battery-block consists of used old aluminium capsules, coffee grounds, strips of copper and salt water. In this mixture between a soil battery and a salt water battery the aluminium functions as the anode, the copper as cathode and the salt water as electrolyte. Due to a chemical reactions a small, but usable, amount of energy is created. Each battery produces about 1,5 – 1,7 Volts of potential and enough power to run a electro–mechanical Quartz clockwork.
Some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations based on my personal coffee consumption over the past decade suggests I could have built a battery large enough to reduce foreign oil dependency in the U.S. by about 15%. (via dezeen)
Every passing of a half hour is marked by the knitting of a mesh, a full day is registered as one round around the clock and a year results in a 2-m-long [6' 5"] scarf. After one year they yarn has to be replaced with a new one and a new year can be knitted.
The Prague astronomical clock turned 600 this week, and why not celebrate one of the worlds most complex clocks with a craaaazy projected animation. I walked past this clock almost every day in 2004, wish I could have seen this first-hand. Projection work by Macula. (via kottke)