Dossier de presse de Horloge Fibonacci

Horloge Fibonacci : le succès fulgurant d'un projet sur Kickstarter

Matthieu Dugal, La Sphère, ICI Radio Canada, 30 mai 2015

Philippe Chrétien voulait amasser 5000 $ sur Kickstarter pour concevoir une horloge inspirée des mathématiques, plus précisément de la suite Fibonacci. Jusqu'à présent, son projet a amassé près de 160 000 $ de plus. Le consultant en informatique consacrera donc les prochains mois à réaliser ce projet d'une tout autre ampleur que le petit projet artisanal qu'il avait en tête. Matthieu Dugal le reçoit. 

Entrevue

 

Un Lassarois invente une horloge basée sur la suite de Fibonacci

Marc-André Gemme, L'Écho Abitibien, Le Citoyen, 29 mai 2015

Philippe Chrétien amasse plus de 150 000 $ en sociofinancement.

Philippe Chrétien a toujours construit de petites machines comme passe-temps. Cette fois, il a cependant poussé l’audace encore plus loin en mettant au point une horloge dont l’heure est donnée par la célèbre suite mathématique de Fibonacci.

Originaire de La Sarre, Philippe Chrétien habite maintenant Montréal, où il travaille comme consultant en informatique. Il fait principalement de la programmation à contrat. «J’étais entre deux contrats, j’ai donc décidé de meubler mon temps avec ce projet, a affirmé M. Chrétien, en parlant de son horloge basée sur la suite.

«Je suis assez nerd et je suis abonné à plusieurs canaux YouTube qui parlent de mathématiques, a-t-il ajouté. Une série de vidéos parlaient de la suite de Fibonacci et je trouvais ça intéressant, puisque c’est assez connu dans le grand public j’ai décidé de faire une horloge basée sur cette suite.»

«J’ai pas mal toujours fait des bébelles comme ça, celui-là était mon plus récent donc j’ai décidé de le mettre sur Kickstarter», a expliqué Philippe Chrétien.

Ce site permet d’amasser des fonds afin de mener à bien un projet.

Or, le Lassarois d’origine visait 5000$, il en a plutôt amassé 150 000$.

Le succès du projet lui a rapidement fait prendre conscience de l’envergure que ça prenait. «Je m’étais dit que seulement quelques nerds vont triper avec moi et vont vouloir que je leur en construise, a indiqué M. Chrétien. Quand j’ai vu l’envergure que ça prenait, j’ai vécu un moment de stress.»

Les contributeurs au projet avaient finalement l’option d’acheter les plans avec le circuit, une horloge en pièces (à monter soi-même) ou une unité complètement assemblée. Plus de 750 unités complètes ont déjà été commandées ainsi qu’un peu plus de 150 kits.

«Avec le succès du projet, je vais prendre un break de trois ou quatre mois pour me concentrer juste là-dessus», a-t-il mentionné.

Grosse couverture médiatique

Les médias sociaux sont en grande partie responsable du succès du projet. De nombreux blogues et sites ont parlé du projet sur leur site. Des sites comme Gizmodo, Hack A Day, digital trends, The Guardian et Mirror ont parlé de son projet. «Je pensais que Hack A Day et Gizmodo seraient mes deux plus grosses sources de contributeurs, mais c’est de loin le journal The Guardian de Londres qui m’a amené le plus de ventes, a-t-il expliqué. Le canal YouTube qui parle de Fibonacci est basé en Angleterre, je pense que j’ai rejoint plusieurs amateurs.» Plus de 250 unités ont été vendues en Angleterre après la parution de l’article du Guardian.

Futurs projets

Étant donné la popularité de son premier projet sociofinancé, Philippe Chrétien prévoit déjà de nouvelles aventures avec d’autres idées. Il est conscient qu’il sera difficile d’atteindre le niveau de popularité de son horloge, mais un des avantages de Kickstarter est le fait que ses contributeurs seront avisés de ses projets futurs. Avec une bonne base, on peut prédire beaucoup de succès dans son avenir.

La suite de Fibonacci

La suite de Fibonacci est une suite d'entiers dans laquelle chaque terme est la somme des deux termes qui le précèdent. Elle commence généralement par les termes 0 et 1 et ses premiers termes sont : 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc.

Elle doit son nom à Leonardo Fibonacci qui, dans un problème posé en 1202, décrit la croissance d'une population de lapins.

Cette suite est fortement liée au nombre d’or (phi).

 

Sauriez-vous lire l'heure sur cette machine ?

Mario J. Ramos, Ztele.com, 27 mai 2015

L’Horloge Fibonacci, inventée par le Québécois Philippe Chrétien, saura plaire aux mordus de techno et de mathématiques!

L’horloge n’est qu’un écran rectangulaire qui affiche des carrés de couleur. Ces carrés ont une valeur numérique qu’il faut soit additionner, soit multiplier pour découvrir quelle heure il est. Elle tient son nom d’un mathématicien italien du 13e siècle qui créa une suite de chiffres où chaque nombre subséquent est la somme des deux précédents: 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, etc. Pour trouver l’heure, il faut additionner les carrés bleus et rouges. Pour les minutes, il faut additionner les carrés verts et bleus, puis les multiplier par cinq.

Vous n’y comprenez rien, mais vous trouvez que c’est un bel objet? Heureusement, l’horloge Fibonacci a aussi la vocation d’être une lampe ou un objet décoratif!

Il s'agit d'un projet de source libre, ce qui veut dire que le code de programmation sera rendu public et qu'il est possible de reprogrammer l'horloge Fibonacci à sa guise. Il est toujours possible de participer au sociofinancement du projet et de profiter de certains des « cadeaux » exclusifs à la campagne sur la page Kickstarter, incluant un kit pour assembler sa propre horloge Fibonacci!

 

Horloge Fibonacci: un projet québécois devenu viral

André Boily, Canoë Techno, 26 mai 2015

Mariez une belle idée originale, un produit de tous les jours entièrement réinventé, du financement public 2.0 et une bonne dose de communication virale, et vous obtenez un succès comme celui qu'est en train de vivre le Québécois Philippe Chrétien avec son horloge Fibonacci.

L'horloge Fibonacci de M. Philippe Chrétien a été conçue pour les gens curieux et inventifs pour qui la lecture du temps sera à chaque instant un défi... mathématique.

Mathématique, parce que la lecture de l'heure s'effectue selon la fameuse séquence des nombres du mathématicien Fibonacci, qu'il a élaboré au 13e siècle.

L'écran de l'horloge est constitué de cinq carrés dont les longueurs de chacun correspondent aux cinq premiers nombres de Fibonacci: 1, 1, 2, 3 et 5.

Les heures sont affichées en rouge et les minutes en vert, par incrément de cinq minutes. Et quand un carré est utilisé pour afficher à la fois les heures et les minutes, il tourne au bleu. Les blancs sont ignorés.

De plus, l'heure peut être affichée de différentes façons, jusqu'à 16 combinaisons différentes par exemple pour indiquer 6 h 30.

Avant d'oublier, l'horloge Fibonacci de M. Chrétien peut servir de lampe et son fonctionnement est modifiable.

M. Chrétien a accepté de répondre à nos questions sur son projet d'horloge Fibonacci.

QUELLE A ÉTÉ VOTRE RÉACTION DEVANT LE NOMBRE DE CONTRIBUTEURS QUI ONT DÉCIDÉ DE FAIRE LE SAUT DANS VOTRE PROJET?

Jusqu'à 40 000 $ j'étais très très heureux... mais à partir de ce montant, j'ai commencé à angoisser un brin. J'ai pu me calmer en passant une semaine à contacter des fournisseurs et en mettant sur pied un plan de fabrication réaliste. Aujourd'hui j'ai trouvé mes fournisseurs pour toutes les composantes de l'horloge, le travail commence!

À QUOI TIENT LE SUCCÈS DE VOTRE PROJET SUR KICKSTARTER?

Le projet est devenu viral grâce à la publication sur quelques sites clés. La première parution a été sur Hackaday.com, un très grand agrégateur de contenu qui s'adresse à une clientèle très nerd et geek. Par la suite, la nouvelle a été reprise sur Gizmodo.com, un autre portail du même type, mais s'adressant à une clientèle beaucoup plus large d'amoureux des technos et de science.

La grande finale a été la publication dans deux journaux du Royaume-Uni, The Mirror et The Guardian. À ce jour, selon mes statistiques, The Guardian est l'origine de plus de 25 % de mes ventes!

POURQUOI LE NOM FIBONACCI? COMMENT VOUS EST VENUE L'IDÉE DE CE TYPE D'HORLOGE?

Je suis un fan de mathématiques et de sciences. Je suis abonné à Numberphile, un canal sur YouTube consacré aux mathématiques.

Une vidéo de Matt Parker parlait du comportement des suites de nombres comme celles de Fibonacci et Lucas et l'idée m'est venue d'intégrer ça à un de mes projets. Je publie habituellement mes projets sur mon site www.basbrun.com, mais j'ai décidé, cette fois-ci d'essayer l'aventure Kickstarter.

COMBIEN DE TEMPS A-T-IL FALLU POUR ARRIVER AU PRODUIT DÉFINITIF ET COMBIEN DE PROTOTYPES ONT ÉTÉ CONÇUS?

J'ai fait plus de quatre prototypes avant d'arriver au design final que je produis aujourd'hui. J'ai travaillé environ un mois à temps partiel sur le projet lui-même. Pour mettre le projet en ligne sur Kickstarter, j'ai investi un autre deux semaines à temps plein pour produire, le texte, les photos, les vidéos et tout le reste. C'était plus de travail que je ne l'aurais cru.

AVEZ-VOUS LES RESSOURCES POUR MENER À BIEN LA PRODUCTION DE L'HORLOGE?

Oui, j'ai trouvé tous les fournisseurs qui vont fabriquer toutes les composantes de l'horloge. Je suis en train de magasiner des transformateurs et des DEL en Chine et devrais avoir reçu tous mes échantillons d'ici la fin de la semaine. Je ferai alors mes choix et passerai la commande pour le lot total.

DES SURPRISES EN COURS DE ROUTE (LOCALISATION DES CONTRIBUTEURS, RÉACTIONS DES MÉDIAS, ETC.)?

Oui, comme je disais, comme The Guardian est de loin ma plus importante référence, j'ai beaucoup de clients en Angleterre et en Australie. Assez pour justifier offrir l'horloge avec des transformateurs offrant des prises pour ces pays.

Avis aux intéressés, il reste neuf jours pour devenir contributeur.

 

Entrevue

Pierre-Philippe Bibeau, Le Téléjournal Colombie Britanique, ICI Radio Canada, 23 mai 2015

www.ici.radio-canada.ca/mediaconsole

 

Plus de 150 000 $ en sociofinancement pour un Lasarrois

Marc André Gemme, La Frontière, Le Citoyen, 22 mai 2015

Avec son objectif original de 5000 $, le Lasarrois d’origine Philippe Chrétien ne revient pas encore que son projet de sociofinancement ait maintenant dépassé la marque des 150 000 $.

Originaire de La Sarre, Philippe Chrétien habite maintenant Montréal ou il y travaille comme consultant en informatique. Il fait principalement de la programmation à contrat. «J’étais entre deux contrats, j’ai donc décidé de meubler mon temps avec ce projet, a affirmé M. Chrétien. Mais avec le succès du projet, je vais prendre un break de trois ou quatre mois pour me concentrer juste là-dessus.»

Le projet

«J’ai pas mal toujours fait des bébelles comme ça, celui-là était mon plus récent donc j’ai décidé de le mettre sur Kickstarter», a expliqué Philippe Chrétien. Le projet en question est une horloge basée sur la suite de Fibonacci. «Je suis assez nerd et je suis abonné à plusieurs canaux YouTube qui parlent de mathématiques, a-t-il ajouté. Une série de vidéos parlaient de la suite de Fibonacci et je trouvais ça intéressant, puisque c’est assez connu dans le grand public j’ai décidé de faire une horloge basée sur cette suite.»

Le succès du projet lui a rapidement fait prendre conscience de l’envergure que ça prenait. «Je m’étais dit que seulement quelques nerds vont triper avec moi et vont vouloir que je leur en fasse, a indiqué M. Chrétien. Quand j’ai vu l’envergure que ça prenait, j’ai vécu un moment de stress.»

Les contributeurs au projet avaient l’option d’acheter les plans avec le circuit, une horloge en pièces (à monter soi-même) ou une unité complètement assemblée. Plus de 750 unités complètes ont déjà été commandées ainsi qu’un peu plus de 150 kits.

Grosse couverture médiatique

Les médias sociaux sont en grande partie responsable du succès du projet. De nombreux blogues et sites ont parlé du projet sur leur site. Des sites comme Gizmodo, Hack A Day, digital trends, The Guardian et Mirror ont parlé de son projet. «Je pensais que Hack A Day et Gizmodo seraient mes deux plus grosses sources de contributeurs, mais c’est de loin le journal The Guardian de Londres qui m’a amené le plus de ventes, a-t-il expliqué. Le canal YouTube qui parle de Fibonacci est basé en Angleterre, je pense que j’ai rejoint plusieurs amateurs.» Plus de 250 unités ont été vendues en Angleterre après la parution de l’article du Guardian.

Futurs projets

Étant donné la popularité de son premier projet sociofinancé, Philippe Chrétien prévoit déjà de nouvelles aventures avec d’autres idées. Il est conscient qu’il sera difficile d’atteindre le niveau de popularité de son horloge, mais un des avantages de Kickstarter est le fait que ses contributeurs seront avisés de ses projets futurs. Avec une bonne base, on peut prédire beaucoup de succès dans son avenir. Vous pouvez voir tous les projets de Philippe sur son site web basbrun.com.

 

This Incredibly Stylish Clock Might Require Some Math Skills To Figure Out, But It's Worth It

Christi Mulligan, Wimp.Com, 21 mai 2015

Cited by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci, in his book, Liber Abaci, the aptly named Fibonacci sequence was introduced to Western European mathematics in 1202. Even though it was cited in earlier, Indian math, Fibonacci was the one who made the introduction and the name stuck. The sequence itself is built off the idea that the next number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two. For example, the first five numbers are as follows: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5.

Philippe Chrétien, from Montreal, Canada, noticed that these numbers are all you need to express all the numbers from 1-12, and he realized these were all the digits needed to express the positions on a clock. He then took this idea one step further – he created a clock that is based upon the sequence that can be used to tell time to the nearest five minutes. The gentle changing colors resemble the calming ambiance of a lava lamp but also keeps those in need of the time on their toes.

So, the squares on the side lengths equal 1, 1, 2, 3, 5. Looking at a colorless rectangle, the following is true: 

1x1 square = 1 (there are two of these in the rectangle)

2x2 = 2 (the third largest square)

3x3 = 3 (the second largest square)

5x5 = 5 (the largest square)

After that is understood, you must then look at the colors, since the squares are then lit according to color code. To tell the hour, it is simple – count the number of red squares. Green squares are the number of minutes (in increments of five). The color blue makes things a bit tricky. For every blue square, add one to the number of hours and minutes. White squares are ignored.

For an example, see the explanation and image below.

1x1 square = 1 (one is red, the other is white)

2x2 = 2 (green)

3x3 = 3 (blue)

5x5 = 5 (red)

So that is 1 red + 5 red

2 green

3 blue

Remember blue is added to both hours and minutes, so this means:

6 red + 3 blue

2 green + 3 blue

9 red

5 green

9 is the hour and the minutes are in 5-minute increments (so 5 x 5 = 25)

The time is 9:25

The project is currently on Kickstarter and has reached its initial goal.

 

The Arduino Powered Fibonacci Clock

Adafruit.Com, 18 mai 2015

This project tutorial from pchretien on instructables is both visually stunning and well documented.

I present to you the Fibonacci Clock, a clock for nerds with style. Beautiful and fun at the same time, the clock uses the famous Fibonacci sequence to display time in a brand new way.

 

Insolite : Une horloge pour mathématiciens

Jean-François Codère, La Presse + - Section Techno, 17 mai 2015

Il y a des façons simples de présenter l’heure… et des façons compliquées. Le Québécois Philippe Chrétien a conçu une horloge qui privilégie la deuxième option. Son horloge est basée sur la suite de Fibonacci, une séquence mathématique connue. Lancé sur la plateforme KickStarter il y a quelques jours, ce projet a déjà récolté environ 130 000 $, bien au-delà de son modeste objectif de 5000 $.

 

This nerdy, stylish clock made by a Montrealer is blowing up on Kickstarter

Montreal Gazette, 16 mai 2015

It’s raised $135,325 with 19 days to go.

Montrealer Philippe Chrétien was hoping to raise $5,000 to fund his Fibonacci Clock project.

But the idea of a hackable clock using the mathematical sequence took the nerd world by storm.

To tell the time, you need to do some homework.

Each region of the clock is assigned a value based on the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5.

To read the hour, you add the values of the blue and red squares.

To read the minutes, add the values of the green and blue square, and multiply by five. 

That will give you the time to the closest five-minute interval.

Flip to the next screen to watch a video of the clock’s construction.

 

The Fibonacci Clock: the Project Hits 2585% of Its Goal on Kickstarter

PRWEB.Com, 15 mai 2015

Created by Philippe Chrétien, the Fibonacci Clock is an open source clock for nerds with style.

Driven by a passion for technology and mathematics, Philippe Chrétien created a clock using the Fibonacci mathematical sequence. In order to bring his project to fruition, he launched it on the Kickstarter.com site, a platform with the mission to fund creative projects, attracting the attention necessary to finance them and help make them happen.

After launching on May 5, the inventor reached 2585% of his pledge goal in just a few days. The minimum Kickstarter.com pledge goal required to kick off the project and receive financing was $5,000. People can still back the project and qualify for a variety of different packages offered per pledge amount.

The project is driving online chatter all over the world. Some find the idea brilliant; others are still trying to decipher it, but all agree that the project is simply ingenious.

Entirely conceived and assembled in Montreal, Canada, the Fibonacci Clock is guaranteed to spark conversation, especially when guests inevitably notice it; it’s guaranteed to entertain. Fans of new gadgets find plenty to capture their attention, while kids are delighted to take up the challenge of decoding the time at various moments throughout the day. The Clock can also be displayed as a decorative object.

The screen of the clock is made up of five squares whose side lengths match the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The hours are displayed using red and the minutes using green. When a square is used to display both the hours and minutes, it turns blue. White squares are ignored.

To tell time on the Fibonacci Clock, people need to do a little math. Philippe explains: "To read the hour, simply add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are displayed in 5-minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by 5 to get the actual number."

*The Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers created by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci in the 13th century. This is a sequence starting with 0 and 1, where each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two: 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, etc.

The Fibonacci Clock is an open source / hardware project, driven by an Atmega328 micro-controller running Arduino. That means the code running in the clock can be changed by using the official Arduino IDE. The possibilities are as infinite as the Fibonacci sequence. A mode button on the back of the clock will turn it into a modern version of a lava lamp. Two different lamp modes are included with the clock, but people can hack the clock and create their own. The possibilities are limitless.

About Philippe Chrétien 

Driven by his interest in new technologies, Philippe Chrétien started coding at the age of 12 on a TRS-80. He completed his studies in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialty in Computer Science. Alongside his career as a Web developer, Philippe sets time aside to patent and create various electronic projects in his workshop. His blog basbrun.com features a number of his projects and creations.

 

Emission no.347

Denis Talbot, Radio Talbot, 14 mai 2015

www.radiotalbot.tv

 

Canadian Crowdfunding Campaigns You May Want to Fund This Week

Techvibes NewsDesk, 12 mai 2015

It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.

Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:

NEA 3D: Stylish & Upgradeable 3D Printing for All

It’s kind of crazy how many 3D printers and 3D printing accessories launch on crowdfunding sites. But there’s clearly a demand for it.

This 3D printer comes in three sizes and has a stylish design that’s reminiscent of a fancy coffee maker. The creators say it will be easy to use and it’s modular, so it can be upgraded as new upgrades come out.

Early backers can get the NEA Pro Mini for US$495 (about $600 Canadian), the Pro for US$845 (about CAD$1019) or the Pro+ for US$1095 (about CAD$1319).

The campaign is looking to raise US$75,000. It shot past that in one day - reaching $88,999.

Fibonacci Clock: An open source clock for nerds with style

This is a pretty impractical clock unless you’re good at math. But either way, it looks nice. It’s a clock that uses colours that correspond with number and the first five numbers in the first Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5.

You have to know which number the colours on the clock go with and then do some math to figure out the time and in a world where many people no longer know how to read an analog clock, you gotta admire something even more obtuse. Honestly, though, it would probably get pretty easy after a while and the thing looks really cool.

$115 gets backers a fully assembled clock while $75 gets the do-it-yourself kit. There’s also a middle tier and for $15 you can get the circuit board and a list of parts to really do it DIY style.

The campaign is looking to raise $5,000 and was almost halfway there after a couple days.

LOUD on Planet X

This looks pretty cool, it’s an arcade-style rhythm game featuring Canadian bands like Fucked Up, Metric and Tegan and Sarah and some other ones that I don’t really know but who are probably popular with the kids these days.

It looks like fun, it seems pretty original and the fact that it’s all about Canadian indie bands is pretty neat. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Steam, iOS and Android.

$10 gets the game. Other backer levels have things like guitar picks, t-shirts and vinyl records.

It’s looking to raise $50,000. With 30 days to go it was at $17,807. 

 

This Fibonaci clock forces you to do math to tell the time

Krystie Vermes, Digital Trends, 11 mai 2015

Some people like a little challenge in the morning, and that’s what Philippe Chretien hopes to offer with his new device. He is the man behind the Fibonacci Clock, which is exactly what it sounds like: a clock that uses the Fibonacci sequence to display the time.

To back up a little bit, it’s essential to understand the Fibonacci sequence. Developed by mathematician Fibonacci in the 13th century, this sequence of numbers starts with one and one. Each subsequent number is the total of the previous two numbers (so one and one makes two, two and one makes three, and so on). To create this clock, Chretien used five terms: one, one, two, three, and five.

The screen of the clock has a series of glowing, colorful squares, and each one corresponds to a number in the sequence. Hours are depicted in red, while minutes are shown in green. If a square is used to show both hours and minutes, it turns blue. All of the white squares are for decorative purposes; you consider them null while adding up the time.

Of course, you’ll need to do a bit of math in order to get the time of day from this alarm clock. To read the hour, you add up the values of the red and blue squares. For the minutes, you do the same with the blue and green squares. Minutes are displayed in five-minute increments, meaning you have to multiply your sum by five to get the accurate total.

Once you get used to the math, the clock serves as more than just your wakeup reminder; it can be programmed to act as a lava lamp with changing colors.

Additionally, Chertien made the clock to be hackable. The device itself is powered with an Atmega328 microcontroller that runs Arduino, and users can change the clock’s code using Arduino IDE. He designed the alarm clock to be an open-source hardware project, and he welcomes you to customize it to your liking.

For about $95, you can make a pledge on the Fibonacci Clock’s Kickstarter campaign page and receive one in the mail by October 2015. However, you can pledge $62 to receive a DIY kit including everything you need to create your own Fibonacci Clock if you’re feeling adventurous.

 

The Fibonacci Clock requires you to do math to tell the time

Atmel | Bits & Pieces, 11 mai 2015

This open-source clock is for nerds with style, and even doubles as a lava lamp.

Over the past couple of years, various iterations of modern-day timepieces have emerged on Kickstarter. While Makers have come up with just about everything from nixie and binary to projection and word clocks, none of them have ever required a little math in order to tell the time. That was up until now.

In what may very well be the nerdiest clock of all-time, Canadian software developer Philippe Chrétien has devised a gadget that uses the Fibonnaci Sequence to reveal the time. For those unfamiliar with the sequence created by the Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci back in the 13th century, the pattern begins with 1 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, etc. For this device, the Maker only used the first five terms: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5.

The screen of the aptly named Fibonacci Clock is comprised of five colorful squares, whose side lengths match the first five sequential numbers (1, 1, 2, 3 and 5) and are backlit with LEDs. Red illuminations are used to denote the hours, while green for the minutes. When a square is tasked with displaying both the hours and minutes, it emits blue. All of the white squares are there for decorative purposes and can be ignored.

Unlike its digital counterparts, which simply require you to glance over at the time, this clever timepiece calls for you to hone your mathematic skills along with some color-changing effects. To read the hour, add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are shown in five minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by five to get the actual number.

For instance, take the time of 9:25. 9:00 would be indicated by a red 5, a red 1 and a blue 3, in other words 5 + 1 + 3 = 9. Meanwhile,  the 0:25 would then be made up of green 2 and blue 3, or 2 + 3 = 5. 5 x 5 = 25 minutes. Confused? Turns out, there are actually multiple ways to display a single time.

“To add to the challenge, the combinations are picked randomly from all the different ways a number can be displayed. There are, for example, 16 different ways to display 6:30 and you never know which one the clock will use,” the Maker writes.

Chrétien says the clock is ideal for “curious and inventive people who like a timepiece that keeps them on their toes.” And there seems to be plenty of them out there, as the gadget has well surpassed its asking goal of $5,000.

What’s more, the Fibonacci Clock can also be transformed into a lava-like lamp by pressing the mode button on its back. Two different lamp modes are included, yet in true open-source fashion, users can hack the clock to make it their own. That’s because the innovative accessory is driven by an ATmega328, which means its code can be modified using the Arduino IDE. The electronics are all housed inside an aesthetically-pleasing wooden case.

“The possibilities are as infinite as the Fibonacci sequence! I can’t wait to see what you will come up with,” Chrétien writes. Sound like the clock you’ve always wanted? Head over to its official Kickstarter page, where its creator is currently has already garnered over $100,000. Users can choose between a fully-assembled and DIY electronics kit. Shipment is expected to begin this fall.

 

What time is it? Using a Fibonacci clock to tell the time

Eamonn Sheridan, Forexlive, 9 mai 2015

Ok all you Fibonacci forex traders - forget an iWatch, you're gonna need a Fibonacci clock!

Yep - tell the time using the Fibonacci sequence.

Here is how it works (its only accurate to 5-minute intervals .... 9.25, 9.30, 9.35 etc .... its no good for times not ending in 5 minutes).

The squares in his clock have side length 1, 1, 2, 3, and 5. The squares lit up in red tell you the hour, and the squares lit up in green give you the minutes (in multiples of five). A square lit up in blue means it is to be added for both hour and minute. White squares are ignored.

 

Fibonacci clock: can you tell the time on the world's most stylish nerd timepiece?

Alex Bellos, The Guardian, 9 mai 2015

Don’t you find clock faces quite aggressive, their hands and numbers constantly reminding you of the passing of the time?

If so, this beautiful invention is for you.

The Fibonacci clock lets you know the time more subtly, by changing colours and requiring you do some adding up.

The Fibonacci sequence is the sequence beginning 1, 1 and where each number is the sum of the previous two. Its first five digits are:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5

Philippe Chrétien from Montreal, Canada, noticed that these numbers are all you need to express all the numbers from 1 to 12.

1 = 1

1+1 = 2

...

1 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 5 = 12

Which means that it is possible to use them to describe the twelve positions on a clock, and therefore tell the time in 5 minute intervals.

Here’s what he did. It is possible to arrange squares whose side lengths are the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence into a rectangle. (This is the famous golden rectangle - here’s a previous post about that).

The squares in his clock have side length 1, 1, 2, 3, and 5. The squares lit up in red tell you the hour, and the squares lit up in green give you the minutes (in multiples of five). A square lit up in blue means it is to be added for both hour and minute. White squares are ignored.

I’ll do the first one below: for hours, you have red 5, red 1 and blue 3. 5 + 1 + 3 = 9 o’clock. For minutes: green 2 and blue 3. 2 + 3 = 5. Then 5 x 5 = 25minutes. So, the time is 9.25.

Philippe Chrétien says the clock is for “curious and inventive people who like a time piece that keeps them on their toes.”

And there are lots of them out there. Since Philippe put the clock on Kickstarter this week he has already reached way over his target.

I think the clock is rather lovely. Although you would stare at it adoringly for a while before realising you were late.

 

Fibonacci Clock, un reloj con estilo matemático que busca financiación en Kickstarter

wwwhat'snew.Com, 9 mai 2015

No es complicado conseguir relojes friki en la red, tanto de pulsera como de escritorio y pared, pero pocos son los que cuentan en su diseño con algo tan “geek” como una placa Arduino, luces LED para activar un modo “lámpara de lava” y la sucesión de Fibonacci como guía.

Este último ingrediente es el que más sobresale en el Fibonacci Clock, un reloj de escritorio que como da pista su nombre, usa la sucesión de Fibonacci; Para los que no la conocen o no la recuerdan, se trata de una simple sucesión matemática de hace más de 700 años, con múltiples aplicaciones, que comienza con un par de unos y luego empieza a armar una secuencia de números más sumando parejas recursivamente: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc., o sea, 1, 1, (1+1), (2+1), (3+2), (5+3), (8+5), etc.

En fin, el hecho es que puede verse geométricamente y eso es lo que aprovecha el Fibonacci Clock con sus luces LED para dar la hora, específicamente, con cinco cuadrados proporcionales que alumbran en diferentes colores y que representan los primeros cinco términos de la sucesión (1,1,2,3 y 5). Nada más hace falta, excepto saber las operaciones básicas porque para conocer la hora, se necesitar sumar rápidamente los valores de los cuadrados como se muestra en su video promocional:

Para las horas se suman los valores de los cuadrados de color rojo y azul, y para los minutos se suman los verdes y los azules -sí, otra vez- y el resultado se multiplica por 5; Los blancos indican que no se requiere el valor de ese cuadrado.

Ahora, si en algún momento causa aburrimiento, basta con oprimir un botón en su parte trasera para activar su modo “lámpara” con apariencia de lámpara de lava pero más moderna.

El proyecto anda buscando financiación en Kickstarter pero aparentemente ha causado bastante interés en el público porque ya lleva más del 500% de su monto base, y eso que le queda casi un mes aún para seguir recogiendo. Por cierto, sus precios van desde los 55 hasta los 135 dólares dependiendo de sus detalles -se puede pedir incluso para armar en casa-; En todo caso, se podrá adquirir e incluso mejorar gracias a su placa libre Arduino que hará posible programarle funciones extra.

Enlace: Página del Fibonacci Clock en Kickstarter

 

Are you clever enough to tell the time on the world's most complicated clock ?

Jasper Hamill, Mirror, 8 mai 2015

A designer has unveiled a bewildering clock which uses a mathematical formula to tell the time.

Canadian software developer Philippe Chrétien's baffling timepiece is called the Fibonacci Clock, a striking object aimed at "nerds with style".

It uses the Fibonnaci Sequence to tell the time and costs about $115 for a fully-assembled model and $55 for a DIY kit.

"The Fibonacci Clock has been designed for curious and inventive people who like a time piece that keeps them on their toes," Chrétien wrote.

But are you clever enough to read it?

Many readers will recognise the Fibonacci Sequence, which was discovered by an Italian mathematician in 1202.

Basically, you start with a pair of ones and then add them together to make two. The sequence then continues by taking each new number and adding on the one before.

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144

Simple, right?

Well, yes, but how on earth does that allow you to tell the time?

Here's what Chrétien said about reading his clock:

"The screen of the clock is made up of five squares whose side lengths match the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The hours are displayed using red and the minutes using green. When a square is used to display both the hours and minutes it turns blue. White squares are ignored.

"To tell time on the Fibonacci clock you need to do some maths. To read the hour, simply add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are displayed in 5 minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by 5 to get the actual number."

A lot of internet shoppers must be feeling pretty good about their intellect, because designer Philippe Chrétien has raised more than $6,000 on Kickstarter, smashing his goal of $5,000 with 28 days of funding left to go.

Chrétien said the "biggest risk involved in this project is that it gets too popular" and he can't meet demand.

"This would be a great problem to have," he added.

"Since everything is built by me here in Montréal there are limits on how many clocks I can produce."

We'd suggest a far bigger problem is the mass unemployment this clock could cause.

Anyone looking to avoid getting sacked for lateness might want to make sure they can tell the time using the Fibonacci clock before buying one.

 

A Fibonacci Clock Is Hands-Down The Nerdiest Timepiece

Chris Mills, Gizmodo.COM, 8 mai 2015

There are many possible ways to broadcast both the time and your level of nerdiness to the outside world. A Star Wars projection clock, for example. A watch that tells the time in binary also works. But far, far more effective than any of these is a bedside clock that uses the Fibonacci sequence.

As you may remember from that Dan Brown novel, the Fibonacci sequence is an integer sequence formed by adding the last two numbers together to form the next one: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and so on. It’s the math behind the golden spiral, a logarithmic spiral that occurs a creepily large number of times in nature.

In the hands of Philippe Crétien, however, the Fibonacci sequence can also tell the time in a brilliantly simple way. His clock has five squares, representing the first five terms (ignoring 0) of the sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The squares light up different colors depending on the time: add the red and blue squares to get the hour, and add the red and green squares (multiplying by five) to get the time, to the nearest five minutes.

The Fibonacci clock is up for pre-order on Kickstarter, with $115 getting you the fully-assembled kit. Alternatively, for $55, Crétien will send you a DIY electronics kit to make your own. Let’s be honest, if you’re considering this, you can probably handle a little light soldering. [Kickstarter]

 

Wie spät ist es auf dieser Fibonacci-uhr ?

Mathias Windhager, Gizmodo.DE, 8 mai 2015

Es  gibt viele Wege, sich die Zeit auf nerdige Art und Weise anzeigen zu lassen: Star Wars-Projektoren oder Binär-Uhren sind da nur zwei Beispiele. Doch nicht jeder wird euch die Uhrzeit mithilfe dieser Tischuhr mitteilen können, die auf der Fibonacci-Folge beruht.

Die meisten werden vermutlich durch Dan Browns Roman Sakrileg schon einmal von der Fibonacci-Folge gehört haben, die darauf beruht, die letzten zwei Ziffern einer unendlichen Zahlenfolge zu addieren, um die nächste zu erhalten: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 und so weiter. Hieraus resultiert auch die bekannte Spirale, die sich erstaunlich oft in der Natur wiederfindet.

In den Händen von Philippe Chrétien jedoch ist die Fibonacci-Folge in der Lage, die Zeit auf brilliant einfache Art anzuzeigen. Seine auf Kickstarter erfolgreich finanzierte Uhr ist in fünf Quadrate unterteilt, welche die fünf ersten Ziffern (die 0 ignoriert) der Folge, also 1, 1, 2, 3 und 5 repräsentieren. Die Flächen leuchten in Abhängigkeit der Zeit in unterschiedlichen Farben auf: Die Stunden werden rot angezeigt, die Minuten grün (auf dem Titelbild eher gelblich dargestellt). Wenn ein Quadrat sowohl Minuten als auch Stunden repräsentiert, leuchtet es blau. Weiße Flächen werden ignoriert.

Um nun die Zeit von der Fibonacci-Uhr ablesen zu können, ist etwas Mathematik notwendig. Für die Stunden werden die entsprechenden Werte der roten und blauen Quadrate addiert. Für die Minuten wird dieser Schritt mit den grünen und blauen Flächen wiederholt. Da die Minuten in Fünferschritten, also von 0, 5, 10 bis 60, angezeigt werden, muss dieses Ergebnis noch mit fünf multipliziert werden.

Da es häufig mehrere Möglichkeiten gibt, ein und die selbe Uhrzeit anzuzeigen, hat sich Chrétien gedacht, es wäre eine nette Herausforderung, jedes Mal eine andere mögliche Lichtkombination anzuzeigen. So gibt es alleine 16 Darstellungen für 6:30 Uhr, aus denen stets zufällig eine ausgewählt wird. Darüber hinaus gibt es einen einfachen Lampenmodus.

Spoiler: Auf dem Titelbild ist es 7:55 Uhr.

Lösung: Stunden: Blau + Rot = 5 + 1 + 1 = 7; Minuten: (Blau + Grün)*5 = (5 + 1 + 2 + 3)*5 = 55

 

Un reloj que habría hecho las delicias de Fibonacci

Manuel Lopez Michelone, Unocero, 8 mai 2015

Los artistas han incorporado la proporción aúrea en sus trabajos por muchos años y cuando pensamos en proporciones, ésta en particular es mucho más placentera estéticamente. Lo sabían los griegos y el Partenón es una de esas construcciones basadas en esta razón aúrea. Fibonacci tiene mucho que ver en esto y con su desarrollo de su famosa sucesión, que aparentemente rige el crecimiento de una colmena, o de una comunidad de conejos. Las matemáticas parecen estar en todas partes.

Por ello, Philippe Chrétien creó un reloj basándose en Fibonacci y sus ideas, que si lo hubiese visto el matemático italiano, seguramente hubiese aplaudido la idea. El reloj está hecho de cuadros que representan los cinco primeros números de la sucesión de Fibonacci. Los cuadros se iluminan vía unos LEDs, los cuales se definen: rojo para las horas, verde para los minutos y azul para representar cuando se sobreponen horas y minutos.

Simplemente añádase los cuadros rojo y azul para obtener la hora y añádase los cuadros verde y azul para obtener los minutos. Los minutos, de hecho, se despliegan con incremento de cada 5 minutos porque no hay suficientes cuadros, por lo que hay que multiplicar. ¿Ya lo confundimos?  Es importante entender que hay muchas maneras de desplegar ciertos tiempos usando estos métodos, y cualquiera de ellos puede usarse. Philippe dice que hay 16 maneras diferentes de representar las 6: 30, por ejemplo.

El reloj funciona gracias a un microcontrolador ATmega328P y está dentro de una caja de madera. Los diagramas esquemáticos y el código están disponible en el sitio de Philippe si usted quiere construir el suyo e incluso, se da una detallada descripción de cómo leer el tiempo con este simpático reloj.

 

Den här Fibonacci-klockan måste vara världens nördigaste

Christoffer Malm, IDG.SE, 8 mai 2015

Många trodde att det inte kunde bli nördigare och mer invecklat en än klocka som visar tiden i binära tal, eller varför inte Steve Wozniaks Nixie-klocka?

Men frågan är om den här klockan inte tar hem priset.

Den är baserad på Fibonaccis talföljd, en matematisk doldis som hamnade i rampljuset när Dan Browns Da Vinci-koden blev ett världsfenomen. Där kallas ju bokens protagonist in för att lösa en mystisk kod, som visar sig vara Fibonaccis talföljd – om än i oordning.

Hur som helst. FIbonacci-klockan avkodas genom att man känner till sekvensen: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 och så vidare. De fem fyrkanterna representerar 1, 1, 2, 3 och 5. Rutorna tänds i olika färger beroende på vad klockan är. Man plussar ihop röda och blå rutor för att få reda på timmen. Därefter lägger man till röda och gröna rutor (och multiplicerar med fem) för att komma inom närmaste femminutersintervall.

Ni förstår själva att få kommer orka med den här klockan. Men för den som mot all förmodan tänker att “gud så smidigt och roligt, den måste jag ha” så finns en Kickstarter där ungefär 950 kronor ger dig en alldeles egen nördklocka. 

 

Are you smart enough to read this weird Fibonacci clock ?

Kim Komando. Komando.COM, 8 mai 2015

Canadian software developer Philippe Chrétien just created a clock that doesn't look like a clock at all. It looks like a box containing a confusing assortment of colors. But, if you're smart enough, you can actually use it to tell time.

The clock tells time using a mathematical number sequence known as the Fibonnaci Sequence.

Basically, you start with a pair of ones and then add them together to make two. The sequence then continues by taking each new number and adding on the one before.

So, the sequence would start 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144. If that is already starting to sound complicated, wait until you try telling time with it.

If you buy this clock, get ready to do some math. You've got to memorize the Fibonnaci Sequence and know the clock's color scheme to use it to tell time.

"The screen of the clock is made up of five squares whose side lengths match the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The hours are displayed using red and the minutes using green. When a square is used to display both the hours and minutes it turns blue. White squares are ignored.

This image shows what a few sample times look like on Chrétien's Fibonnaci clock.

"To tell time on the Fibonacci clock you need to do some maths. To read the hour, simply add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are displayed in 5 minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by 5 to get the actual number."

Chrétien is currently funding the clock project on Kickstarter. He's already brought in over $12,000, which surpasses his initial goal of just $4,127. You can get your hands on a fully-assembled clock by donating $115 to the campaign. You can also donate between $5 and $100 to get various electronics and DIY kits to build a clock yourself.

 

Um relógio de Fibonacci é a forma mais nerd (e difícil) de mostrar as horas

BOA Informatiçao.com.br, 8 mai 2015

O engenheiro da computação Philippe Chrétien adora projetos faça-você-mesmo baseados na plataforma Arduino. Normalmente, são empreitadas individuais, cujos detalhes ele divulga em seu site. Desta vez, ele preparou algo que pode chegar a mais pessoas: o relógio de Fibonacci.

Trata-se de um relógio de mesa baseado na sequência de Fibonacci: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21… Ela é formada pela soma dos dois números anteriores: 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, e assim por diante.

Isto pode ser usado para mostrar as horas de uma forma agradável aos olhos (e deliciosamente desnecessária). O relógio tem cinco quadrados, representando os primeiros cinco termos da sequência: 1, 1, 2, 3 e 5.

Para saber a hora, você soma os quadrados vermelhos e azuis. Na imagem acima, são 9 horas e… quantos minutos?

Bem, para saber os minutos, você soma os quadrados azuis e verdes, e multiplica por cinco (será uma aproximação de cinco minutos). Na imagem, são 9h25. Os quadrados na cor branca podem ser ignorados.

Este relógio pode exibir o mesmo horário em diversas formas diferentes, selecionadas de forma aleatória. Philippe diz que há dezesseis maneiras de dizer 6h30, por exemplo.

Achou confuso? Tudo bem! Você pode apenas usá-lo como uma luminária, e escolher cores diferentes (há uma paleta Mondrian com vermelho, azul e amarelo, por exemplo).

O relógio de Fibonacci está à venda no Kickstarter. São duas opções: por US$ 115, ele virá completamente pronto; por US$ 55, você receberá um kit para montar.

A campanha já ultrapassou a meta de US$ 5.000, o que nem sempre é algo positivo – não é fácil lidar com uma avalanche de pedidos. Mas Philippe é bastante honesto na descrição do projeto:

"O maior risco envolvido nesse projeto é que ele fique muito popular, o que seria um grande problema! Uma vez que tudo é construído por mim aqui em Montréal, há limites para quantos relógios eu posso produzir.Caso o número de pedidos exceda muito as minhas expectativas, eu já tenho fornecedores que poderiam ajudar na produção para que tudo seja entregue a tempo."

E, mantendo o espírito maker, Philippe vai publicar os esquemas do relógio Fibonacci sob uma licença aberta, para que qualquer pessoa (com ferramentas para madeira e solda) possa fazê-lo em casa – mas só quando a campanha no Kickstarter acabar.

 

Fibonacci clock is hard to read, looks good

Bryan Cockfield, Hackaday, 7 mai 2015

Artists have been incorporating the golden ratio in their work for many hundreds of years, and it is thought that when proportions are in line with this ratio, it tends to be more aesthetically pleasing. With that in mind, the clock that [Philippe] created must mathematically be the best looking clock we’ve ever featured, even if it is somewhat difficult to tell time from it.

The clock is made up of squares which represent the first five numbers of the Fibonacci sequence. The squares are backlit with LEDs, which will illuminate red for the hour, green for the minute, and blue representing the overlap of hours and minutes. Simply add up the red and blue squares to get the hour, and add the green and blue squares to get the minutes. The minutes are displayed in 5 minute increments since there aren’t enough blocks though, so you’ll also have to multiply. Confused yet? If not, it turns out that there are several ways to display certain times using this method, any of which can be randomly selected by the clock. [Philippe] reports that there are 16 different ways to represent 6:30, for example.

The clock is driven by an ATmega328P and is housed in a wooden case. There are schematics and code available on [Philippe]’s site if you want to build your own, there are detailed descriptions of how to tell time with this clock. You’ll probably need those. If you like getting confused by clocks, you might also like this one as well.

 

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