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.
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.
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.
Videos, other repositories, tools, elsewhere on the internet.
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.
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.
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 instructable detailing several more word clocks, including C3Jr mentioned in the first ITP Camp Clock Club session.
NY Horological Society they watch-making classes and hold public events for those interested in horology.