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Robot Archaeology: Analog Clocks #Robots

Ask nearly anyone, and they would say a clock is a robot, a specialty device that provides the time of day. In this post of Robot Archaeology, we’ll review clocks that move.

The best known robotic clock is the Plotclock kit. This clock uses a pen to write the time on a small whiteboard square, then erase it a minute later. This uses three micro servos and a plastic frame.

plotclock

There are some other interesting projects using motors for hands as in this Make project below. There are a number of analog stepper clocks worth exploring in this one tutorial.

analog clocks

Other clocks use flip mechanisms. One interesting take on flip clocks is the FabAcademy 7 segment clock:

7 segment Clock

Each segment is flipped with a servo, 7 servos per digit, 28 in all.

We’re looking at making some unique clocks with Crickit, Adafruit’s new motor control and automation board.

crickit-fritzing

Do you know of some special analog clocks made with motors, steppers, and more? Post your suggestions in the comments!

 


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