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The Black & White clock
Thanks to Technabob for this one. Note that a light sensor will invert the mode of lighting, adjusting it suitably for the light of the time of day.
Designer Vadim Kibardin has found a way to make the ever-useful clock be more versatile aesthetics-wise with his black & white clock concept. It consists of just four OLED digits – no case or box or other parts that might clash with the style in your house. Kibardin’s awesome idea is made even awesomer by the addition of a light sensor, which enables the digits function in an inverted manner, to display the time in white if the surrounding is dark, and in black if it’s bright.
The numbers are powered by a lithium-ion accumulator, apparently, and Technabob states the controls for the clock are touch-sensitive.
Check out the kibardindesign.com website for details of the spec:
- Design: Vadim Kibardin
- Size of one figure: 60 mm x 110 mm x 10mm
- Colour: translucent white
- Materials: polycarbonate, luminous part of figure – Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED)
- Power-supply: lithium-ion accumulators
- Control (choice of mode and time settings): touch-sensitive
- Status of project: searching for manufacturer.