Incredible Alarm Clock Manipulates Magnetic Fluids to Tell the Time – Design You Trust

Incredible Alarm Clock Manipulates Magnetic Fluids to Tell the Time

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Zelf Koelman of the Eindhoven University of Technology has designed an alarm clock that resembles a Rorschach test in motion. The clock—which is known as the Ferrolic—relies on the manipulation of magnetic fluids to display the time.

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“A few years ago I fell in love with the magical characteristics of a little black ‘blob’ in a bottle,” Koelman explains.

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“One could manipulate the position and shape of a floating drop of Ferro Fluid with a magnet. The dynamics and shape of this liquid body was much like a living entity. I decided to allow this entity to live its own life and have a function. A year of research and engineering eventually resulted in Ferrolic.”

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Not only is Ferrolic able to tell time, it’s also customizable. Users can display text, shapes, and transitions by operating a web app that transmits information to the clock. This transforms the device into a tabletop piece of art that one can display around the house.

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Only 24 of these fascinating clocks have been made thus far, but the Ferrolic team has hinted that the appliance may become more accessible in the future.

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Via My Modern Met, Netorama

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