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Tag Archives: Clocks

Deal Of The Day: 10% Off On Clocky Alarm Clock

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Have trouble getting up in the morning? You should seriously consider Clocky, the Alarm That Runs Away. Put it on your night table and set your alarm as you normally do. But when the time comes, it wakes up and rolls right off, forcing you to get up to go turn it off.

Notoriously an anti-morning person? Not to worry, an alarm clock that won’t take snooze for an answer has arrived. Clocky not only pollutes the air with obnoxious snooze-resistant noise, but runs and jumps away from you in the process. Finally make that morning workout, be the first in the office or start the line at your local coffee cart—Clocky will make sure you rise and shine as planned.

– Runs away beeping on carpet or wood
– Jumps up to 3-feet high
– Projects a loud R2D2-like robotic sound
– Includes options to snooze once or disable snooze
– Allows you to turn off wheels & use like a conventional alarm clock
– Contains a flashing backlight indicator as it runs
– Packs an impressive battery life for up to a year of use without replacing batteries

It’s normally $39, but with today’s deal it’s $34.99.

This Table Clock Costs More Than A New Car

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You’re looking at the kind of thing that people with too much money spend said money on. It’s a fancy clock that looks like what people in the 60’s thought robots in 2015 would probably look like. It’s made by fancy timepiece manufacturer MB&F (makers, incidentally, of this $230,000 Space Pirate Watch) and L’Epée 839, Switzerland’s only specialised high-end clock manufacturer. They decided to call it Melchior, and it costs $36,000. That’s about $35,900 more than we’d have been willing to pay for it, but we are not known for being discerning enthusiasts… and we’re also sort of broke. That’s not to say it isn’t “worth” the money, as far as those things go. MB&F is a respected company and we have no doubt that the 480-component timepiece took some serious craftsmanship to pull off. It features a 40 day power reserve, is limited to 99 pieces and is available in a monochromatic ‘light’ edition or a two-tone ‘dark and light’ edition featuring black PVD-treated components, and will likely make a fun talking piece for when you have dinner guests over. But still… that’s a lot of money for something that only tells time.

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Stunning Desk Clock Is Inspired By Deep Space Nine

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You’re looking at Starfleet Machine, a wonderful looking desk clock made by L’Épée, Switzerland’s last remaining specialized high-end clock manufacturer. With a design outsourced to MB&F, this clock was created in order to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary.

The prominently featured in-house movement carries a 40 day power reserve, as well as a series of five mainspring barrels. The clock showcases hours and minutes, double retrograde seconds and a power reserve indicator, but only in a way these two creative forces can execute.

“About two years ago I went to L’Epée with a gouache image,” explains MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser, who designed the Starfleet Machine with ECAL design graduate Xin Wang. “We basically cut out one of their movements that we found and created a design based on Deep Space Nine around it,” he says. The initial reaction from the craftsmen at L’Epée was of awe and they quickly jumped on the project.

Starfleet Machine will be limited to 175 units and will retail for 28,000 CHF, or roughly $31,725 USD.

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Awesome Ring-Worn Clock Could Be Real, Isn’t Yet

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Here’s to hoping that an ambitious crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo not only reaches its funding goals, but that the product in question turns into reality even if funding is met (which is not always guaranteed). It’s called the Ring Clock, and is meant to be a time telling device worn on one of your fingers. It allegedly uses “ultra-thin mono-color LEDs” and a “6mAh, ultrathin rechargeable lithium polymer battery” to display the time at the twist of its body. The battery, though small, would be enough to give the ring one week of autonomy. Charging would be done wirelessly, through induction using the Qi standard and would involve nothing more than placing it on a charging plate. It’s an eye catching product, which would be sure to start several conversations at parties and altogether make you look like an Alpha geek.

But here’s the rub. The company is seeking $287,400 in funding. So far, the only concrete thing they have is a work-in-progress prototype which appears to be nothing more than the external body with laser cut numerals. They admit that they will use a third of the funds to complete said prototypes… so we’re not even sure if the concept can actually be pulled off. We’re not informed of any track record they may have, and considering how ahead of its time it is, we’re worried that even if they manage to reach their goal, that the Ring Clock will never be successfully manufactured. Still, this is the nature of crowd funding: to give an opportunity to people to produce innovative products when they might not otherwise have fit traditional criteria for doing so. Let’s hope they pull it off. It’s an $185 pledge to get in line for yours, which might arrive in April 2014 if all goes well.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Apple To Pay $21 Million For The Swiss Clock Design They… Borrowed

When iOS 6 came out, it didn’t take too long for the Swiss Federal Railway to take particular notice of the design of the clock. See, it turns out that particular design was theirs, created in the 1940’s by Hans Hilfiker, and Apple hadn’t asked for permission to use it, or even offered compensation. Granted, it was probably unintentional, but the Swiss wanted to get paid anyway. And they did eventually, in a settlement that has now been revealed to be in the amount of $21 Million. That works out to about $0.10 per iOS 6 device, though there aren’t enough details to determine if that’s how the number was reached. $21 Million however is a drop in the bucket of the Swiss Federal Railway’s $8.2 billion in revenue (2010), so the settlement is mostly a matter of principle than anything else.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

QR Code Clock Will Make It Easier For Our Eventual Robotic Overlords To Tell Time

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By Andrew Liszewski

Listen people! How often do I have to keep saying this? All of the research we’re putting into robotics and artificial intelligence is just bringing the inevitable robot apocalypse closer and closer. I mean I can understand the appeal of the robot butler, but it’s getting to the point where we’re just handing these mechanical men our world on a platter. So it’s with a raised and concerned eyebrow that I look at Berg London’s latest creation. It’s your standard digital clock, but underneath the numerical display there’s a QR code that’s constantly updated to reflect the current time and location.

The thought process behind its creation is to provide artificial eyes and vision systems, even including the camera in your smartphone, with an easier way to read the time. It might not be so useful to an always-connected device like a smartphone, which just gets the time from a cellular signal. But it makes more sense for something like digital cameras which aren’t as always-connected just yet. It unfortunately also makes it easier for robots to keep track of when their aforementioned rebellion is supposed to start. Which is why I think we’ll eventually regret such thought projects when the robots end up being remarkably on time for overthrowing humanity.

[ Berg London – Product sketch: Clocks for Robots ] VIA [ Wired – Beyond the Beyond ]

McIntosh Mantle Clock Looks Like An Amp, Only Tells Time

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By Andrew Liszewski

It’s probably just me, but if I was spending $1,500 on a timepiece, I’d probably put the money towards a nice watch. Not a mantle clock designed to look like one of McIntosh’s stereo power amplifiers. I’ll give credit where credit is due though. The clock is built with the same sized faceplate and meters as the actual amps, and the ‘hands’ in the 12 hour and 60 minute meters fly back when they reach the end of the scale. So the company gets high marks for their attention to detail, and I can certainly see the appeal of its soft green and blue glows in a dark room. Buuuuuuut in the end it’s still just a $1,500 clock. And I’m pretty sure even the audiophile friends you’re trying to impress would raise a skeptical eyebrow at it.

[ McIntosh MCLK12 Mantle Clock ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

On-Time Wall Clock Gives You Three Extra Minutes

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By Andrew Liszewski

If you agree to play along, this clock from Italian clock maker Diamantini & Domeniconi can perpetually give you 3 extra minutes throughout your day. Granting the wish of anyone who’s ever wanted “just a few more minutes!” to get something done. As clocks go it’s got a fairly mundane design, with dots representing the numbers that usually appear around the circumference of the face. But what makes it stand out is the minute hand which bends at the end, making it point 3 minutes ahead. You’ll have to train yourself to look at where the crooked hand is actually pointing for it to be of any use to you. Not where the minute hand naturally directs your eye. But if you manage to fool yourself you may never be late for a meeting again.

It’s available from Rakuten for about $98 (¥7,875). And while I’m sure some of you will scoff at the price, you’re clearly forgetting the clock is giving you 3 more minutes of your precious life. (Also, the makers of the On-Time Wall Clock have asked us not to point out that you can simply set the minute hand on a $10 wall clock ahead 3 minutes for an even more convincing effect.)

[ Rakuten – On-Time Wall Clock ] VIA [ Matomeno ]

Nooka Wants To Turn Their Watch Designs Into Wall Clocks But Needs Your Help

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By Andrew Liszewski

Nooka has already carved a name for themselves with their line of uniquely designed watches featuring atypical LCD display layouts. And the company is now looking to expand that line by carrying over their watch designs into a series of wall clocks that will easily make your bank or school (who else still uses wall clocks?) the coolest in town.

The only catch is that developing the molds and various components for what will probably be a very limited run is pretty expensive. So the company has turned to CKIE in an attempt to raise funding for the endeavor. The clocks will sell for between $500 and $550 depending on the style, and contributions towards the project range from just $25 which gets your name included as part of the development team, up to $10,000 which gets you a special edition version of the clock and of course a whole bunch of other Nooka stuff. Their total goal is $40,000 worth of funding, though with just 27 days left they’re only at about 5% of the way there. So if you’d like to see it happen, head on over and make a commitment.

[ Nooka Wall Clock ] VIA [ Acquire ]