Clock Club

A collection of materials for students and practitioners of interactive design who want to make timepieces.

Projects in this Repository
Bibliography
Parts and Suppliers
Inspirational Examples

View the Project on GitHub ITPNYU/clock-club

“The first rule of Clock Club is that no one checks the time at Clock Club.”

About This Repository

This repo is written with students and scholars of interactive design in mind. It’s a collection of materials we’ve gathered for our own projects and interest in the subject of time. There are software examples of how to make clocks here, microcontroller-driven hardware examples, and fabrication examples of how to make hands and mechanisms. There are also readings and links to other material we’ve found useful.

Who We Are

Clock Club started at NYU’s ITP in about 2016 because a handful of us like making timepieces and wanted external motivation and convesation to work on them. The group includes designers, programmers, electronics hobbyists, fabricators, and scholars.

What You Need To Know

We assume you’re interested in time and timekeeping, probably have a background in interactive design, but aren’t necessarily an engineer or professional programmer. You know a little about computer programming. Examples are written in a few programming frameworks that are common in interaction design programs. For further reading on some of the basics we assume, you might want to check out the ITP Physical Computing Site, the ITP Fabrication Site, or the ITP Intro to Computational Media site.

Tools and Platforms Used in This Repository

External References

Videos, other repositories, tools, elsewhere on the internet.

Instruments

ClickSpring is a YouTube channel that’s all about handmade mechanics, specifically clocks. In this series, they are reconstructing the Antikythera Mechanism, a mechanical computer built in ancient Greece.

Suncalc is a javascript library for calculating the apparent position of the moon and sun given a date and latlong. Mooncalc is the same for the moon. This web app by Don Cross shows the movement on a map of many solar system objects, updating in real time as you move the map.

Armillary Sphere An animation for the Museum of the History of Science Oxford explaining armillary spheres.

Astrolabe Tom Wujec explains astrolabes.

Paper Astrolabes An exhibit of paper astrolabes from the 1500’s, with instructions on building them.

Patents

Accutron patent, one of several, that shows the electromagnetically driven tuning fork timing mechanism. This page has a list of several more Accutron documents.

Tom Shannon patent for a synchronous world clock with Fuller-Sadao map. “A synchronous world clock which allows a user to determine the exact time at any location on earth is disclosed”

Clock-Making Instructions

Clock instructable detailing several more word clocks, including C3Jr mentioned in the first ITP Camp Clock Club session.

Organizations

NY Horological Society they watch-making classes and hold public events for those interested in horology.