A clock without clock hands – what time is it?

Knowing the current time is quite important for people. We want to be on time (well at least some of us), we check it every minute whether it is time to go home from work, we wish we had more time with our beloved ones. Although many of us have replaced the regular watches or clocks at home by mobile phones, but this brand new design of clock will impress you. The next challenge will be guessing what the time is.

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Rachel Suming’s eclipse clock – circle

The clock designed by Rachel Suming, graduated from University of Art and Design Lausanne, is made of engraved three pieces of 1.5-millimetre aluminium plates that overlap every three hours to reveal the time. These aluminium plates are powder coated in matte white. She created different shapes for the whole day and these aluminium motorized parts rotate independently. There are three ways of telling time during the day. The outer shape of the clock tells us which part of a day it by morphing from a circle into a hexagon over six-hour period time.

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Rachel Suming’s clock – hexagon

The engraved lines form the number 3, 6, 9 and 12 every three hours. The arrow pattern in engraving points is in the same direction where the traditional clock’s hour marker would be. She thinks that the hands of the clock can be stressful for people and she would like to design a clock which shows just hours. This was the starting point for creating Eclipse, a project’s name. Rachel Suming said : “I hope my clock will help people let go for a while and lighten our present perception of time”.

The whole principle of showing the time

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Save A Life…With Your Watch

A new clockwork heart pacemaker does away with batteries according to Yahoo News.  Swiss engineers, famous for making the world’s finest watches, are turning their hands to cardiology with a prototype battery-less pacemaker based on a self-winding wristwatch. Current pacemakers need for battery power is a limiting factor, since replacing them requires a surgical intervention.

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“This is a feasibility study. We have shown that it is possible to pace the heart using the power of its own motion,” Zurbuchen, the head engineer said.

Automatic watches work because they have an eccentric weight that pivots when the wearer’s arm moves. This rotation progressively winds a spring that then turns the watch mechanism. In the new Swiss pacemaker, the mechanical spring unwinds to spin an electrical micro-generator.

The research is still at an early stage and there is, as yet, no schedule for human testing. However, this could prove a major innovation in both healthcare and the watch-making industries.

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A Secret Place in New York City, The Clocktower Gallery

Albert Einstein once said that if he could have chosen what he would have become, he would have became a watchmaker. Up to September 2001, the Clocktower in New York City used to be open for public visit for those who ever wonder how a clock works. However, after the attacks, the clock was made off limits to casual visitors due to its landmarked status. Only the clock master and special guests are allowed to visit the clock itself.

The clock was built in 1898 and is made of a 5000-pound bronze structure, representing the largest mechanical clock still in operation in the city. Since then, the clock tower was bought and landmarked by New York City.

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In 1972 Alanna Heiss opened the Clocktower Gallery, offering series of art spaces. It resides in the top two floors of the Clock Tower Office, a government-owned building in Tribeca. The clock, however, was not up and running until 1979 when a man named Marvin Schneider asked the city if he could fix the clock for them. Later on, MoMA stepped in and became an affiliate.

The Clocktower Gallery itself used to be opened to the public throughout the 40 years since its opening. This year the Clocktower moved into Pioneer Works for a full year, and the city  decided to sell the floor out from under them to develop studio residencies.

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Although such a gem in the heart of NYC disappear, a new alternative contemporary art space is planned to open next year in Queens, according to experts.

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