Conceived over a period of two years in the Berbesson family's workshop in France, the inital eight prototypes of the City Clock involved 50 hours of laser cutting. The assemble-it-yourself clock's 19th-century charm disguises its binary technology—which in this case uses vertical rows and light to replace time-telling digits. The Berbessons got this idea while walking along the Seine at sunset, watching the lights in Parisian homes turn on and off.
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Finally, a clock for techies who are also poets. The City Clock combines old world charm—a miniature wooden house modeled on a Parisian Haussmannian building—with binary clock technology. The time is read based on the illuminated windows in the house: each window in the vertical rows corresponds to a number starting from the first floor: 1, 2, 4 and 8. When the numbers in each vertical row are added up, the time is determined based on a digital time setting (military time format). Example: Starting from the left, the first floor window is lit (1), in the second row the second floor is lit (2) equally 12. Third row, the third floor window is lit (4) and the last row, the top floor is lit (8). So the time is 12:48.
To customize the time settings to display U.S. 12-hour time via a coding program, you can download Arduino software. With this software, you can also choose a version that displasy hours only during the night, and a setting to turn off the clock automatically between midnight and 8am. Powered by included USB cable. Made in France of plywood and digital lighting components.
The clock arrives flat and is easily assembled with glue and a cotton swab (not included).
8.75h x 5.5w x 5.5"d
For Techies and Poets
Modern technology is hidden inside a charming miniature wooden house modeled on a 19th-century Parisian row house.
Binary Clock Technology
Each window in the vertical rows corresponds to a number. When the numbers in each row are added up according to which windows are illuminated, the time is determined based on a digital time setting. (See video below.)
Fun to Assemble
Made in France from plywood and digital components, the clock arrives flat and is easily assembled with glue and a cotton swab.
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