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…The Corpus Clock loves to eat time?

Corpus ClockJohn Taylor’s Corpus Clock, aka the Chronophage, or ‘time eater’, is an impressive looking beast of a clock that was made as a tribute to eighteenth-century clockmaker John Harrison’s grasshopper escapement, a low-friction mechanism for converting pendulum motion into rotational motion.

Despite it’s massive size (over 1.5 meters in diameter) the Corpus Clock’s inner workings are all mechanically controlled, including the world’s largest grasshopper escapement that adorns the top. Electricity does power an electric motor, which winds the clock, and blue LEDs which light up the hours, minutes, and seconds, but the blinking eye, moving mouth, swinging hands and everything else you see is all old-school mechanical.

Another interesting element of the clock is that it’s only accurate once every five minutes. The rest of the time, the pendulum can stop, the lights can lag, and then everything can race to catch up, symbolizing life’s “irregularity”. Despite this irregularity though, the clock is expected to stay accurate for the next 200 years or more.

At a cost of over one million pounds, this solid 24-karat gold clock definitely wasn’t cheap, and it took over five years for the two hundred people involved in the making of the clock to get everything put together, but if you’re going to design the world’s strangest clock, no one ever said it was going to be easy.




[Via: BBC News]

…FEIST looks fantastic?

FEIST

FEIST is a terrific looking indie (and Mac exclusive) game by Florian Faller and Adrian Stutz.

You can download a beta copy HERE, and view the trailer below, and though not much more is known about the game, what they’ve got so far looks impressive.

[FEIST]

[Via: IndieGames]

…EepyBird is at it again?

EepyBird Sticky Note Experiment

EepyBird, the two man team that brought you the Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment, is back in the lab, and this time they’ve teamed up with ABC’s Samurai Girl to bring you The Extreme Sticky Note Experiments:

Though it’s not as surprising as the Diet Coke and Mentos video, it’s definitely impressive/beautiful, makes you look at Sticky Notes in a whole new light.

[Via: EepyBird Via: NOTCOT]

…It’s Things Thursday: corbusBOARDS?

corbusBOARDS

Those looking for a custom way to ride down the street should definitely check out corbusBOARDS.

Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, the corbusBOARDS are made of aluminum, and are designed to be “fully functional, impressive to ride art objects”.

From the maker:

    Knowing that the classic wood structure was limited I turned to aluminum streamlining the design until I came up with sleek silhouettes at around the same weight of traditional long-boards — and just as ride-able. These custom boards are a completely original cross between a long-board and a short-board for a smooth cruising ride that is also focused on independent vision and comfort. These are not trick boards, but they are tricked.

[corbusBOARDS]

[Via: Core77]

…Wood gadgets are good for nothing?

If you liked the San Francisco toothpick tour, then check out this hand cranked machine made entirely out of wood and glue (no nails or screws).

The video takes you step by step through each one of the functions, and it’s impressive to think that you can build something like this with a lot of time and determination.

[Via: The Automata]