Lit-Up House Number is Not a Clock

Lit-Up House Number is Not a Clock

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Taryn Williford
Mar 3, 2009

When we first saw this photo, we were thinking, "Whoa! Cool clock!" But then we read the caption underneath (a good habit to get into to avoid confusion on a plethora of subject matter), and realized this isn't a clock at all. It displays one number and one number only for the entire life of the product. This feature makes it useful for only one purpose: as a house number. But there's still one big problem...

Isn't the main function of house numbers to be hyper-readable from long distances? We can barely make out the number sitting right in front of it with no obstructions.

Still, it comes with one handy function we like in a super-tech house number: the lights turn off during the day thanks to an internal photocell.

The entire thing is "assembled" by punching out tabs to "spell" out your number. Pick a color and voila! Your very own punch-card house number. As a Floridian, I know this simple assembly is sure to confuse old ladies. Maybe they—and all of us, actually— should just stick to basic house numbers that don't get too tech-y.

This illuminated house number is from Tangible Interaction and was spotted at MoCoLoco.

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