January 24, 2011
Domino Clock by the Carbon Design Group
The Carbon Design Group has managed to manipulate the somewhat dull image of the domino, and pull it into the 21st Century with this innovative approach to keeping track of the time. This prototype of a wall clock consists of 3 large domino bricks with circles that flip from black to white when the time changes. The 12 dots on each domino create an easy and decorative way to tell the time.
The award-winning Design Group has gone through extensive research and trials to ensure that their concept of a wireless and innovative design will fulfil its aim of creating a reliable and relaxing clock. They created a new type of electronic magnetic coil motor, which allows the system to be adjusted to how fast the owner would like to discs to turn over as the time changes. The mechanisms inside each disc are placed very close together and the disc is flipped over by the magnet and iron moving around the coil. Each of the large domino bricks communicate with each other to ensure that the time is right, the left brick being the hour, and the middle and right bricks representing the minutes.
The clock is expected to last 1-2 years in battery life and will be officially unveiled in 2011. It is also expected that consumer versions will then be available after.
Click here to see how the clock changes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jazJWpdgkNs
And click here to see how the mechanism inside it was developed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aORpC9b_Myk