Yes, you read it right. This is not an electric cheese grater, it really is a clock and one designed to confuse the hell out of any poor sucker who hasn’t spent three days studying the manual. It works on a binary basis.
For those of you who slept through physics class, that refers to each of the 20 LEDs having two outputs, either on or off, and between various combinations of ons and offs it’s possible to express any time on the 24 hour clock. There we go, clear as mud. Don’t even ask me what time the clock is set in the picture, I haven’t a clue.
It does look good though and I do appreciate the novelty factor of confusing friends and family and I can see it as quite a devious way of making sure that certain acquaintances miss their last trains and end up having to stay the night. What I don’t fancy though are the first three months of over-sleeping, being late for work and waking up in the night utterly confused at this blue-lit alien language. Try that after an evening on the sauce.
It doesn’t seem to have an alarm but fortunately it does come with a 90-day guarantee in case you really can’t get to grips with it, that’s assuming you haven’t already smashed it to pieces in a fit of rage, confusion and defeat. Still, a reasonable loss at only £29.95.
Binary Clock (via Gadgets Club)