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I present to you the Base4 Clock! Just as geeky and hackable as the Fibonacci Clock, but even more precise than its big sister.
I present to you the Base4 Clock! Just as geeky and hackable as the Fibonacci Clock, but even more precise than its big sister.
65 backers pledged CA$ 8,638 to help bring this project to life.

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The Base4 Clock From GeekOClock

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, geeks of all ages... I present to you the Base4 Clock! Just as geeky and hackable as the Fibonacci Clock, but even more precise than its big sister.    

Base4 Clock
Base4 Clock

How Do I Tell Time On The Base4 Clock?

Normally, we represent numbers using the base-10 system. As its name suggests, the Base4 Clock uses the base-4, or quaternary, numeral system to display time. This system uses the digits 0, 1, 2, and 3 to represent real numbers.   

To convert to base-10 values, refer to the diagram below. The base-10 number is the sum of the values in the illuminated cells.

The Base4 clock uses the same colour schemes as its big sister the Fibonacci Clock:

  • The hours are displayed in red 
  • The minutes are displayed in green
  • When a cell is used to display both the hours and minutes, it turns blue
  • White squares are ignored.  
Base4 Clock - How To Read Time
Base4 Clock - How To Read Time

Open Source

Base4 Clock Circuit Board
Base4 Clock Circuit Board

The Base4 Clock is open source and will be published under the GPL license. Once all the rewards are fulfilled, I will release the source code, the schematics and the enclosure plans to the general public.  

The Base4 Clock’s PCB is made to be fully hackable. You can upload your version of the clock code with no need for a development board. The clock code runs on an Atmega328P running the Arduino bootloader.

Wood Finishes

The standard Base4 Clock is made from birch plywood, but you can also choose a deluxe walnut or maple finish. The birch plywood version is the same as the kit, with no veneer applied. The walnut and maple finishes are made by applying a layer of hardwood on top of the birch plywood.

Base4 Clock - Finishes
Base4 Clock - Finishes

Spécifications

Width: 5 inches (13 cm)
Height: 5 inches (13 cm)
Depth: 4 inches (10 cm)
Weight: 2 pounds (900 g)

Power Input: 110-240V 
Power Output: 6V 800mA
Power plug types: A, C, G, I
    A: US, Canada, Japan
    C: Europe
    G: United Kingdom
    I: Australia, NZ, China

Why I Need Your Help

Electronics projects tend to be much cheaper when mass produced. I have already been able to cut the price in half by designing my own circuit but I can make it even more affordable if I order larger quantities. 

The woodworking involved in this project is relatively simple, but labor-intensive when done one clock at a time. The more I have to build, the more efficient the job will be.

Risks and challenges

The Base4 Clock inherits many aspects of its design from the Fibonacci Clock project that I launched two years ago here on KickStarter.

The Fibonacci Clock is still in production, so I have access to a large pool of suppliers and manufacturers to build the Base4 Clock. I can start production as soon as I reach my goal.

Delays in parts availability are the biggest risks in my ability to deliver the clocks on time.

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    Thank You!

    Thanks for your support! This project is open source and your name will be added to the source code of the project.

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    Base4 Clock PCB

    I'll send you the latest version of the Base4 Clock printed circuit board (PCB) with a complete parts list and detailed assembly instructions. Does not include electronic components. <This kit requires soldering skills>

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    Base4 Clock T-Shirt

    You will receive a T-Shirt with an artwork representing the clock. I will ask my friend designer some propositions for the artwork and you, the backers, will vote for the winning artwork.

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    Base4 Clock DIY Electronic Only Kit

    For people who want to design their own enclosure. This reward includes the circuit board and all the electronic components. You will receive everything you need to solder the circuit board as well as the pre-programmed Atmega328P chip, a power supply, a 3V battery and the LED strip. <This kit requires soldering skills>

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    Base4 Clock Complete DIY Kit

    This reward includes everything you need to build the Base4 clock. <This kit requires soldering and basic woodworking skills>

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    Base4 Clock Fully Assembled

    Fully assembled Base4 Clock, ready to use. Just unwrap it and plug it in.

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    Base4 Clock Deluxe Edition

    You will receive a fully assembled Base4 Clock with a hardwood finish. You'll have a choice between Maple or Walnut.

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