Some Thoughts on Clocks: Analog vs Digital, Talking Clocks, Sundials, Tools and More!
Ponoko blog have a great write-up on the best time to make a clock: now!
Time is an illusion, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make sense of it.
Sure you can live a simple life marking the path of sunlight across the ground or charting the stars to figure out the best time of year to plant your crops. But thanks to 30,000 years of horological advances, making a DIY clock is easier than ever.
How does a clock work? How can I build my own timepieces? Isn’t making clocks, well, hard? Don’t fret. Let’s take a quick trip through the world of clock design and get you started as an aspiring timekeeper.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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