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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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