Water Clock Uses Magnets: Kind of Like Divining Time

Water Clock Uses Magnets: Kind of Like Divining Time

Range Govindan
May 8, 2009

We all need clocks. Clocks tell us what time it is. Some of us can actually tell the time without using clocks, but that ability is rare. Actually, it's possible to develop it, but in the end, would you really trust yourself to tell the time accurately when minutes are important? That's why I really like this Water Clock. Instead of using dials or digits, it uses magnets to move balls around. Even though it seems archaic, this clock actually tells the precisely, which is really cool.

This square white clock has got a ceramic base with two powerful electromagnets sitting inside. One of those controls the red ball, which shows the hours, and the other controls the white ball, which shows the minutes. The two balls are buoyant and float in any water-filled receptacle, from a glass to a bowl. They can also sit directly on top of the ceramic base. The Water Clock was designed by Kouichi Okamato with the help of ceramicist Daniel Jo.

This awesome clock makes looking at time a real fun thing to do. It's kind of like looking into a divining pool. Naturally, you have to be careful not to get water all over the place, but it's one fun way of finding out the time. The photos from the designer show some delicate looking bowls, but you can use any vessel, from beer glasses to bongs. The Water Clock is available over at Generate for $299 (USD). [via Technabob]

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