After writing my first post on the clock many people remarked that it all sounded and looked nice, but there was no actual picture or movie showing the actual clock mode. So, without further ado, here it is in all it’s glory! The colors are fully customizable but in my setup blue is the seconds, green the minutes and red the hours.[su_youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL_uqgPF9eI”]
The clock in action shows the second hand fluidly fading between LEDs, trying to give people the impression through the fade and the plexiglass diffuser that there are no actual discrete LEDs but a continuously updating fluid clock (same applies for minute and hour hands but this is not visible unless looking at the clock for longer periods).[su_youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTEPlaHdcSI”]
Wouter lent me his Spark Core to port the software on to and to make it a proper internet connected clock. I did just that and what’s cool is that the clock is now IFTTT enabled. In the video you can actually see me being notified on a new follower on Twitter, the rule for that in IFTTT is as simple as:
Notice the data? It’s the hex color for the notification! It allows you to do all kind of cool stuff, here’s my list of current recipes but the sky is the limit in terms of notifications based on this. Future plans on this function include adding some other animations and persistent notifications (e.g. a small blue glow when it’s raining or red when you have missed calls, while the time is still moving).
So a lot of new functionality in the code and the way the clock works now. It’s getting more and more mature! Wouter also did a mockup for our new version of the clock of which we still plan to do a prototype run for people that are interested (contact us!) which incorporates lenses for each of the LEDs allowing a diffuse and discreet lighting, which will make the clock easier to read.