“Time” for a semester project?

So here it is: design, ideas, progress, challenges, and workarounds for my semester project. Part 1 of 4. ***(note at end of post)

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Sneak preview… So can you guess where this is heading?

My project, what is it?
Over the last semester we’ve been introduced to an array of techniques. A theme I’ve tried to keep in my own work and posts has lead from my very first posts on the beauty of equations; the natural world and pure concepts. This resulted in my climber key hanger, coin trap, and interest in mathematical shapes. An area of these pure concepts that I’m interesting in developing into a project, is time. A timepiece, a clock device, is something I can design and create, where I can draw on combining a range of the processes and techniques that I’ve tried out this semester.

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Talking with a classmate (Steve), I came out with the line: “It’s going to be a clock, a wonderful clock, a really really great clock. I bring you…. a clock that trumps all other clocks.” I’m aware that saying “I’m making a clock” sounds like quite an anticlimax, considering the plethora of possibilities that we can work on, but its definitely something that I can develop to touch on most aspects of making that I’ve had access to. I want to use my final project to build on, and demonstrate these skills/techniques.

Looking at ways to jazz up a clock and add aditional functionalities, considerations include:

-sensors to interact with its immediate environment?

-feeds from online data?

-electronic circuits sewn into the face of the clock for visuals?

-motor motion still with arduino?

-led stuff?

Browsing online for unique clock concepts as inspiration and an initial hunt for ideas:

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Passing of time on this calendar is demonstrated through the slow capillary action of the purple ink

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Classic circular clock face with unique designs that utilise different interactions and concepts for denoting time


***(Sorry Vishal: I went down the route of powering through, redesigning and adapting until I have my final piece, without stopping to write about it until its done. Documenting it now instead of as I go along means this is a more cohesive piece of prose and takes less time away from the creation of the project!)


In this series of posts:

Part 1: Time for a semester project? (this post)

Part 2: Progress through time

Part 3: Tick tock goes the clock

Part 4: What’s in a face?

Part 5: Closing Time

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2 thoughts on ““Time” for a semester project?

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  2. Lois, this is one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time! It is really creative and really well done. I am very impressed with your work and you should definitely keep this up!

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