Ask any artist what makes art both beautiful and interesting and you'll hear the same answer over and over again - light. The enLIGHTen team took that insight and applied it to the traditional clock, an object you look at dozens of times a day.
Make your life beautiful by looking at things that enlighten!
This clock is a tastefully mesmerizing timepiece and is great for public spaces, homes, businesses, lobbies, offices. It is absolutely brilliant in full daylight and captures attention differently in darker environments like bowling allies, restaurants or clubs. Some wonder if it will be bright enough for their taste? The answer is yes - it's brilliantly bright, better than any photo can capture!
The wooden core combines the softness of traditional elements with modern LED back-lit acrylic tiles, perfect for accenting both modern and traditional spaces with unprecedented class. It communicates simplicity with sophistication.
The clock comes in three quality finishes each of which brings the wood core to life in different ways. We use General Finishes paints, stains and clear coats for their superior durability and quality.
The clock is designed to either sit on a desk using the included desk stand or hung from a wall with wall anchors. The cavity in the back of the clock receives the power supply and coiled cord for a flush mount wall configuration or uncoil the cord and it neatly hides behind the stand.
Rich Variation, Functional and Interesting
Even beautiful things become stale with time. The ability to freshen up the clock with new animations and colors ensures ongoing interest. Additionally, the ability to precisely choose any color allows you to compliments you decor and spice up that familiar corner of your house or office.
Not only is the enLIGHTen clock beautiful, it's functional. The clock syncs every minute with a timeserver ensuring that your time will always be perfect. Set your timezone once, enable daylight savings mode and you won't ever need to worry about setting your clock again!
Fifty-two different animations along with adjustable color, variable speed, and situational brightness settings give the user precise control and infinite variation. Favorite modes are saved in memory so scenes can be recalled quickly and settings are automatically recovered on a power cycle.
Special holiday modes can add festivity to your house during Halloween, New Years or Christmas. We even have a special mode for pi day where the clock animates the digits of pi for 100 digits every hour (nerdy).
Here's an animation of 15 of the 52 number animations and 12 light ring animations:
Open Source Design
The clock is powered by a web-connected Node MCU ESP8266 and is programmed using popular libraries on the Arduino platform. The source code for both the software and hardware has already been made public on GitHub for those interested in further development and the build instructions are available here and here.
Setup is simple.
Power up your clock, and use a wireless device to search for nearby wireless networks (same process as hopping on the internet at a coffee shop). You will see a network called, "Clock." Connect your phone or computer to that network. A login page will search for your local network and then ask you for your local wireless network password. After providing it, the clock automatically power cycles. Now simply visit the address the clock displays on startup (i.e. http://192.168.0.9). Visiting this address will pull up an intuitive webpage that allows the user to adjust modes, settings, and colors!
The clock uses web socket technology which means the settings can be adjusted in real-time without the need to press save and refresh the page. This quick feedback makes the clock settings experience intuitive, interactive and engaging.
- Weight - 3lbs
- Size 18.8" (475 mm) diameter x 1" Thickness
- 5v, 5A - 2.1mm power adapter
- Core material - Pine and Spruce
- 220 LEDs (only 160 actually used) with 120-degree viewing angle and lifespan no less than 50000hrs.
- Number material - Light diffusing acrylic
- Production method - Precision CNC machined in the USA for the wood core and laser cutting for the light diffusing acrylic.
Perhaps your office or home needs a customized piece that makes a statement. Choose from two different customization options:
Select from Existing Artwork:
To add additional customization to your clock choose from our collection of optimized artwork. We have 16 options and you don't have to decide now. Just select the reward enLIGHTen Clock & Our Engravings - $275 and we will contact you when we are ready.
Completely Custom Artwork:
For those needing precise color matching or custom engraved logos, we have a special package that gives you tier one access to our design artist and CNC operator. Together we will work with you to get a proof approved, a color selected and ship to you the final product. Choose the reward enLIGHTen Clock & Your Engravings - $499.
Ideas for faceplate engravings include company logos, sports teams (we cannot reproduce copyrighted material), typesetting of important words, etc. We will help you through every step of the process.
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Risks and challenges
Since the enLIGHTen clock is a web-connected piece of hardware, one of the main challenge is ensuring network compatibility across all network devices in all countries. We are confident we have a stable platform and are leveraging well-tested source code but the environmental variables of the real world do present some unknowns. This is why we have a BETA testing batch of clocks going out 3 months prior to the bulk release to ensure that our source code is bullet-proof prior to release.
The source code is perfectly functional as-is and could be released today; however, we have a desire for some polishing and a few further enhancements. The source is stable and we are excited to release it and have those interested and able continue to improve it.
All our production hurdles have been crossed. Suppliers have been identified and samples purchased to ensure compatibility and quality. We are past prototyping and ready for production.
We have full control over the production process which allows us to identify any problems early on and make quality and efficiency improvements along the way. We are utilizing time-tested techniques in the manufacturing process to ensure consistent, quality results.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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