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A unique full color 28 x 28 x 3 cm clock that tells the time with words. You pick the color, Chronogram tells you the time.
A unique full color 28 x 28 x 3 cm clock that tells the time with words. You pick the color, Chronogram tells you the time.
A unique full color 28 x 28 x 3 cm clock that tells the time with words. You pick the color, Chronogram tells you the time.
95 backers pledged $20,759 to help bring this project to life.

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ClockFOUR Chronogram - a full color word clock

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Introducing ClockFOUR Chronogram, WyoLum's latest open hardware project.

Features:

  • 182 individually addressable, full color pixels arranged in a unique "to-the-minute" 14x13 word clock matrix
  • Five color modes - all white, solid color match, slow color fade, rainbow color fade and random color party mode
  • Seconds mode - large digits display the seconds
  • Simple two button interface - color and mode buttons (Hold mode to set the time, hold color to color match)
  • Light sensor dynamically adjusts the clock's brightness
  • Battery backup (CR2032) remembers the time when you move the clock or the power goes out
  • Included universal (90-250V AC input, 5V 3A output) power supply with plugs for USA, Europe, UK, and Australia
  • Design - Black faceplate, English language. The back is made out of smoked acrylic. Open sides
  • Size - 28 x 28 x 3 cm
  • Shipping weight 1.5 - 2.5 kg
  • Ships worldwide (except Germany)
  • Designed in Australia, manufactured in China

Benefits:

  • Looks fantastic! Everyone will want to know where you got it.
  • Simple to use & hack - Easy for anyone to use & for hackers to modify - Create new layouts in another color or language!
  • Hackable - Open source creative commons license; Arduino compatible software and Python code allows you to modify the faceplate and backplate
  • Designed to be placed on a desk or flat surface
All white color mode
All white color mode

ClockFOUR uses a new kind of individually addressable LED technology meaning each pixel is up to 10 times brighter than ClockTHREE/jr and is capable of making any color. The clock is bright!  The unique color match feature allows you to easily set the text color.

Development timeline:

  • Prototype 1 (completed July 2014) was built with RGB pixel strips mounted to a cheap Ikea frame, an Arduino mini and a real time clock chip
  • Prototype 2 (completed September 2014) was built with a WyoLum TiM board inside an A4 picture frame
  • Prototype 3 (completed November 2014) shown above, was built with a custom all-in-one board in partnership with Seeed Studio. Mechanical design inspired by ClockTHREEjr
  • Prototype 4 (Completed July 2015) has a few electrical changes, a different design on the back and an open side design
  • Prototype 5 (expected October 2015)
  • Final factory order (expected October 2015)
  • Kickstarter orders ship (expected January 2016)
Prototype boards manufactured by Seeed Studio
Prototype boards manufactured by Seeed Studio
Laser cut baffles with individually controlled full color pixels
Laser cut baffles with individually controlled full color pixels
Simple two button user interface - Mode and Color
Simple two button user interface - Mode and Color

 Project team:

  • David Pincus - Project leader
  • Anool Mahidharia - Hardware
  • Josef Schneider - Software
  • Justin Shaw - Wyolum innovation partner and adviser
David presenting at the Open Hardware Summit, November 2012, with a ClockTHREEjr
David presenting at the Open Hardware Summit, November 2012, with a ClockTHREEjr

A portion of every clock sold directly supports the Open Hardware community through WyoLum.  WyoLum donates thousands of dollars in Open Hardware grants and volunteers hundreds of hours in engineering and programming assistance.  Recent WyoLum products include Raspberry Pi AlaMode, BADGEr e-paper conference badge, TiM, and ClockTHREEjr.

Unfortunately ClockFOUR Chronogram is not available for sale in Germany. Pledges from Germany will be cancelled.

Risks and challenges

This is WyoLum's fourth clock project including the successful ClockTHREE and ClockTHREE jr KickStarter campaigns.

The fifth and final prototype is now being manufactured by Seeed Studio. This enables the project team to make [any] last minute design changes before placing the full production order.

Challenge: Cost. Manufacturing in small batch volumes is expensive. Each clock requires up to an hour of expensive laser time. Unfortunately, this limits the number of initial customization options, like colors and languages.

Challenge: Shipping. To keep shipping charges reasonable for a 1.5-2.5 kg parcel, each clock will ship from the factory in China via Singapore post. The delivery time is quoted at 15-30 business days, but is typically 2-4 weeks.

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