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While emerging from the shower this morning, I saw that the wall
clock in my bathroom was covered in steam. This gave me an idea
for an "art nouveau" clock.
What I'm imagining is a clock connected to a water reservoir. The
clock is a typical plastic-covered "wall clock"; it's just a clock face
covered by a slightly hemispherical plastic bubble. This clock
continuously exudes steam through a small hole inside the bubble.
This steam would coat the inside of the bubble, causing the clock to
be obscured and foggy at best. However, the second hand of the
clock is curved outwards slightly so that it rests against the plastic. It
is lined with a squeegee, so that it wipes the steam off of the clock
as it passes around. Thus, a wedge of the clock face is always visible
behind the second hand, but it is quickly filled in again by steam.
||Great idea. [+] Does it blow a steam whistle on the hour?
||+ yeah this is cute!
could it be adapted to eyeglasses that fog up?
||It would be possible to create the hands such that all three swept out separate (annular) wedges. The wedge length of the hour hand would be very short, since it doesn't move quickly. Minute, a little bigger, and seconds fairly long.