The most complicated, and simplest binary clocks.

We were going to take a break from posting clocks. Really we were. This one came in the tip line today though, and we just couldn’t pass it up. [Alex] has built, what might be the most complicated clock we’ve seen. At least, it would appear that way initially. This Binary clock shows Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Days, and Months. He started with a picaxe, but eventually settled on an Mbed. Yes, he knows it is overkill, but it worked out pretty well.

As for the simplest, that came into our tip line as well. [Toby] sent this in, and agrees with us that it is hardly worthy of being called a hack. However, in light of the complicated one above, we didn’t see any harm in posting its opposite. Check it out after the break.

That’s right, he just printed a new face. Like we said, it doesn’t get much simpler.

19 thoughts on “The most complicated, and simplest binary clocks.

  1. So… whats the gearbox and servo for? I prefer the simple binary clock.
    I’ve got a “Simon’s cat” cat. I don’t need a clock anyways.

  2. Cheers for the second link, Addictronics. There’s a YouTube video hidden at the bottom of the page:

    That’s certainly an interesting design – looks more like a prop bomb from a spy film than a clock!

  3. a number of years ago i had cafepress make me a printed ‘binary’ analog clock such as that one. geeky, definitely not hacky thought.

  4. For those still trying to figure out how the read it…

    Per the YouTube video the format is:

    Months
    Days
    Seconds
    Minutes
    Hours

    The LSB is on the right and high bits are strangely represented by UNLIT LEDs.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s