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Fibonacci Clock - Mathematical Timetelling

Hackable Mathy Time-telling Art

  • The ultimate clock for tinkerers and math geeks
  • 10 color palettes and 2 lamp modes show off the beauty of math
  • Choose your DIY level, from a kit of parts to fully assembled
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Can you figure out how to tell the time on this clock before we give it away? It pays to know the Fibonacci Sequence, for one thing! Anyone who loves to geek out about math will get it, but it does help to know the trick in order to put two and two together. The three colors on the clock matter: red and blue for the hours, and blue and green for the minutes. The minutes are rounded to five minute increments, so you need to so a little multiplication to get those.

Think you've got it? Highlight and drag your mouse over the below space for the answer:

The acrylic screen of the clock is made up of five squares, the side lengths of each square matching the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, and 5. Add the red and blue squares to read the hour. The minutes are displayed in five-minute increments, so to get those you just add the green and blue squares and multiply the result by 5.

The Fibonacci Clock is perfect for STEAM enthusiasts: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (definitely math), all in one clock! The light sequences are randomized whenever there is more than one way to display a certain time (so you'll be kept on your toes by the 16 different ways to display "6:30"). You can try out one of the ten different color palettes to change up the look. There are also two different lamp modes, for when you want to give your brain a break and just display some beautiful mathematical art. 

It's also hackable to your heart's content! Driven by an Atmega328 microcontroller running Arduino, with an included FTDI connector and a yellow LED connected to pin #13 for debugging, it's an open source project that invites you to write and upload your own code as you like. And you have your choice of DIY-ness right from the start: Get the "Full Kit" and put it all together yourself, or the "Assembled Kit" with a preassembled wooden housing (if you're not into waiting for glue to dry), or get it "Fully Assembled" (perfect for plug-n-play types or gifting on a tight schedule). 

Product Specifications 
  • Fibonacci Clock - Mathematical Time-Telling
  • Funded on Kickstarter!
  • DIY, hackable clock tells the time using Fibonacci squares
  • 2 additional lamp modes make it a beautiful piece of art, as well
  • 10 color palettes available (including the basic Red-Green-Blue)
  • Hackers and makers can change the code using the official Arduino IDE
  • Open source - find all the source code online!
  • Perfect for math, STEM, and STEAM enthusiasts
  • Choose your level of assembling:
    • Full Kit - completely unassembled DIY kit
    • Assembled Kit - preassembled wooden housing with DIY components
    • Fully Assembled - just plug in!
  • All parts included
  • Requirements: For "Full Kit" you will need sandpaper, glue, and ideally clamps for assembling the wooden housing; "Full Kit" and "Assembled Kit" both require soldering
  • Power Plug: Type A (USA, Canada, Japan)
  • Batteries: 1 3V battery (included)
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2" wide x 5 1/2" tall x 4" deep (assembled)
  • Weight: 2 1/2 pounds

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