ClockTHREE is a clock that tells the time in words a la QlockTWO and the Worduino. Each of these clocks contains an array of LEDs behind a lettered faceplate. The faceplate itself is like a word search that hides all of the words needed to spell out the time. The words become visible only when they are selectively backlit with computer-controlled LEDs.
Although the spacing is a little different, the clock is read left to right, top to bottom. Care has been taken to ensure that the the displayed time is a complete sentence, that, when spoken, flows naturally.
ClockTHREE opens up several advantages to both QlockTWO and the Worduino. QlockTWO is a beautiful piece that would look great on any wall, but, since it is closed source, it is very difficult customize, say to add a new language. And personally, I don't believe any word clock is complete without a designated time every day: "BEER THIRTY." There is no way to add this to QlockTWO.
The Worduino has fixed LED word groups. So it is also very difficult to modify without hardware redesign.
Both of these clocks are limited to a single color LED behind each letter.
ClockTHREE, our third clock, contains an array of multi-color red/green/blue (or RGB) LEDs, each of which can be controlled completely independently. You can think of this array as a very very low resolution TV screen with 16 columns and 10 rows of RGB LEDs. This array allows for a much more dynamic display. Now, with a new faceplate and some custom programming, any written language can be supported. So far English and German are supported.
Applications are not limited to word clocks. I think the coolest app for ClockTHREE will be the sunclock. At a glance you can see where on the Earth the sun is shining. I'm going to add small digital display to show the actual time.
In the above image, the illumination of each LED is simulated. In this application, the LEDs will backlight a translucent map to indicate where in the world the sun is shining.
A great non-clock application idea comes from our friend Nat in Laramie. He'd like to know the temperature outside in plain English like "IT'S ASS COLD OUT THERE" or if it's nice "YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT WEATHER WITH A STICK."
What would you do with this array? We want to hear from you!