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DIY Project Brings Harry Potter Clock To Life

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By Chris Scott Barr

Back before the whole world went nuts about Twilight there was another set of books/movies which drove tweens wild. I am of course speaking of Harry Potter. Sure, there are still a pair of movies to be released, but I’d say the excitement has died down considerably. That didn’t stop one creative individual from crafting a magical artifact from the Potter universe using muggle technology.

The Weasley family had a peculiar clock which instead of telling time, informed you where each individual was located. So how would one get a timepiece to display such information? Through the magic of Twitter, of course.

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The face of the clock has a dozen locations written on it (technically 11 places, and one which says “read me”) and four hands with pictures of each family members. A Seeeduino microcontroller board and wireless router are used to monitor Twitter updates and move the hands. If a Twitter update contains one of the locations on the face, the hand moves appropriately. If an update does not contain one of these, the hand will move to “read me.”

This is one of the more creative projects that I have seen in recent history. Taking something purely magical and crafting it from available technology is just awesome. Thankfully the creator took the time to document his work so you can make your own if you choose.

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[ TheMagicClock ] VIA [ Technabob ]








  • mcman

    When will this Harry Potter go away….forever!

  • Anonymous

    OMG i want one!

  • Jessicat

    That is a neat clock. Which one did this come from? I only watched the first two. Sorry… lol

  • Nikkita Croix

    I like when people build concepts into reality, and this is great. I think the hands could be modified by chopping them in half and having the picture end point out where the person is located. This would make it easier to read. Also staggering the photos like the hands on a regular clock, would allow the viewer see multiple people at the same location. The people that are on this clock would need to mention where they are on their twitter, the demonstation of the clock was rather poor because the people on the clock didn't mention their location, or mention different locations featured on the clock.

  • Anonymous

    Is the kid working and his father in prison?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Martin-Murd/1628091753 Martin Murd

    Always nice to see when people put together fantasy pieces. But i am still waiting a steampunk modification from twitter client as an antiqued telefax device

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Martin-Murd/1628091753 Martin Murd

    Always nice to see when people put together fantasy pieces. But i am still waiting a steampunk modification from twitter client as an antiqued telefax device

  • All About A Name

    It’s gathered a huge fanbase and is apparently in line to be considered classic literature once it’s aged enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alyssa.krajniak Alyssa Krajniak

    shut the fuck up. You piece of shit fucking douche bag asshole.

  • Emma Critchlow

    This is freaking awesome! This is going on my bucket list. I will make this one day just you wait!!!

  • Emma Critchlow

    And there will forever be people loyal to Harry Potter. Suck it up.