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Binary Clock

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The binary clock was a curiosity project used to introduce me to coding using Arduino with some help. The clock has 4 modes, Binary clock, Analog, Flashlight and disco mode. The primary time measurement is Binary as the shape and the time element were heavily inspired by patterns in nature, such as the Fibonacci sequence that can be seen being used across many of my personal projects.

Key skills used:

Prototyping, Coding, Visuals, Creativity

Visual Design

The shape is inspired by patterns in nature such as coral that consists of the golden ratio, as well as rotary engines that have pistons with 3 sides, which is partially why the clock does too, in order to separate the time cells in to, seconds, minutes and hours.

Hardware and build

The shell of the clock is both laser cut and 3D printed, to better distrbute the material use, although it could have been laser cut entirely. However, that would waste a lot of material inside the frame, so 3D printing was a better option and provided the opportunity to use glow in the dark filament that adds on to the visual aesthetic of the project. 

Spiking curiousity

A clear back was added to the clock to spike additional curiosity and let people know how it was originally built and how it functions if they are familiar with the technology, plus they could see that it has the option to be portable if they open it and decide to connect the 9V battery up to the Arduino.

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