The Clock by Gislain Benoit

February 27th, 2015 | Robot

The Clock Gislain Benoit 5

“The Clock” is the culmination of a 3-year project by Gislain Benoit. It’s made up of 1,916 hand-soldered components and weighs about 14 lbs. Of course, the end result is something that can be accomplished by a $10 digital watch found at your local convenient store, but the beauty is in the details. The clock looks like it could be some sort of mini hadron collider.

The Clock Gislain Benoit 1

The Clock Gislain Benoit 2

How it Works:

“The clock reference, in other words the heart beat of this clock comes from the AC outlet. Here in North America, the outlets supply 120 Volts, in 60 cycles per second, called 60 Hertz. This 60 Hertz signal is taken by the clock and is divided by sixty to produce a pulse of 1 hertz, which is one pulse per second. The same circuit which does this division is also used to animate the ring of LED lights around the clock digits. The 1 Hertz pulse is then taken to the seconds counter, then to the tens of seconds counter, then to the minutes, and so on, till the tens of the hours.”

The Clock Gislain Benoit 3

The Clock Gislain Benoit 4

I wonder if he was inspired by Leonardo Ulian?

For more, check out Gislain’s site.


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