Entirely conceived and assembled in Québec, 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.
Few informations about the project :
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’ll need to do a little math. 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 you can change the code running in the clock using the official Arduino IDE. The possibilities are as infinite as the Fibonacci sequence! Press the mode button on the back of the clock and it will turn into a modern version of a lava lamp. Two different lamp modes are included with the clock, but you can hack the clock and create your 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.