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Exploding Inverting Cube Clock

clock face metamorphosis
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This timepiece is a cube with one corner and three sides toward the viewer. The hands are on a long shaft extending from the corner to the clockwork on the wall. All six sides are separate, translucent squares, and each is controlled, at its outer corner, by a rod that also goes to the wall support.

Every hour, accompanied by the desired chime/rumble, the cube clock splits into its six parts that spread out, change places and form themselves into a new cube of a different color. The three front sides rotate as they move outwards and backwards to become the rear sides, while the rear sides move forward in a similar fashion.

The three-dimensional geometric dance resembles the opening and closing of a flower, compressed to a few seconds.

FarmerJohn, Jun 17 2003

diagram http://www.geocitie...nnie/exploding.html
[FarmerJohn, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Thinking outside the box, as always.
krelnik, Jun 17 2003
  

       Functional art. I like it.
Freefall, Jun 17 2003
  

       It's kinda like those folded paper finger game thingies we had as kids? Outstanding and most likely quite patentable.   

       You probably ought to be developing your stuff commercially, but as long you're sharing it with us, I'm delighted to be amused by it.
snarfyguy, Jun 17 2003
  

       What holds it together?
phundug, Jun 17 2003
  

       [phundog] The wall support base (not shown) contains the clockwork and controls the horizontal rods that support and move the six sides. Their fit should be sufficient to give a solid look to the cube.
FarmerJohn, Jun 17 2003
  

       snarfy: I've long argued that this guy should be out there making these things for real.
DrCurry, Jun 17 2003
  

       What everybody said. ++
thumbwax, Jun 17 2003
  

       Great marketing gimmick, you can display two different messages on one clock and people will even look when it explodes.
kbecker, Jun 18 2003
  
      
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