The Time Machine
If you didn’t get your hands on the pong clock and really want an amazing time-telling machine that also brings back memories from the good ol’ times, here’s something that’s even cooler: the Time Machine!
We haven’t been able to find a cool clock that has some real mechanic action since the Wave Clock. This one takes the concept of marbles showing time even further, with an even cooler result: 26 marbles run down 3 lanes, showing the time.
The lowest lane displays the hour, the middle one a 5-minute step and the top one a number from 1 to 4, so you can read the time accurate to the minute. A dial located on top turns continuously, displaying the seconds.
Once a ball is released on the top lane, it becomes part of a clever chain reaction which ultimately leads to an accurate display of the time. I’m curious of how much noise this thing makes though: steel balls rolling and colliding aren’t very quiet, and I’m guessing that you’ll get a little bit of noise every minute, some more every 5 minutes, a lot of it when the hour changes and true mayhem at am/pm changes. I wouldn’t use this as a bedside clock, especially as it doesn’t have an alarm.
A great clock to observe and show off, the Time Machine is available at GetDigital.de for 53.90 Euros