Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Sundial for the 21st century?

New invention!

It remains to be seen whether I can produce this one, especially if I want to scale it down to a usable size; but without further ado, I give you the sundial watch.

For a long time now, sundials have been largely redundant in the world of time telling, and have been relegated to ornamental gardens where they are used largely for decoration. This ornamental charm of the sundial (and looking at a number of pretentious watch adverts), is what inspired me to dream this invention.

Obviously a sundial watch is largely useless, especially in cloudy England, or at night. So instead an artificial sun is required. This will be accomplished by adding a rotating LED to the sundial, so as to bring about a 24 hour shadow.

The desired result will look as follows:

The plan is to take apart a (rather large) watch face, mount the LED on the hour hand, place on a new facia and add the gnomon.

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