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Are you smart enough to read this weird Fibonacci clock?

Are you smart enough to read this weird Fibonacci clock?
Philippe Chrétien

Canadian software developer Philippe Chrétien just created a clock that doesn't look like a clock at all. It looks like a box containing a confusing assortment of colors. But, if you're smart enough, you can actually use it to tell time.

The clock tells time using a mathematical number sequence known as the Fibonnaci Sequence.

Basically, you start with a pair of ones and then add them together to make two. The sequence then continues by taking each new number and adding on the one before.

So, the sequence would start 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144. If that is already starting to sound complicated, wait until you try telling time with it.

If you buy this clock, get ready to do some math. You've got to memorize the Fibonnaci Sequence and know the clock's color scheme to use it to tell time.

"The screen of the clock is made up of five squares whose side lengths match the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The hours are displayed using red and the minutes using green. When a square is used to display both the hours and minutes it turns blue. White squares are ignored.

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This image shows what a few sample times look like on Chrétien's Fibonnaci clock.

"To tell time on the Fibonacci clock you need to do some maths. To read the hour, simply add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are displayed in 5 minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by 5 to get the actual number."

Chrétien is currently funding the clock project on Kickstarter. He's already brought in over $12,000, which surpasses his initial goal of just $4,127. You can get your hands on a fully-assembled clock by donating $115 to the campaign. You can also donate between $5 and $100 to get various electronics and DIY kits to build a clock yourself.

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Source: Mirror
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