I built a clock!

September 13, 2012 by alex

I’m mainly a software guy, but I’ve always wanted to learn more about building real things. I’ve got a workbench just for that purpose, but it doesn’t get used as much as I’d like.

But now, I actually built something. Sara got me this very snazzy clock kit from AdaFruit. I stayed up way too late Monday night soldering it together, and now I’ve got the coolest looking alarm clock ever.

What’s better than that? It’s built to be hacked! Lots of people have written custom software for this clock to do things like automatically dim the display at night, or to set the time via GPS - since GPS is fundamentally a system of hyper-accurate clocks. So cool what people come up with!

Sometime soon I’m going to try adding the auto-dimming feature. I also plan to change the way the alarm goes off. The frequency is a little too urgent for me at 6:30am, and I’m just a few lines of code away from changing that for the better. :)

I still have to learn how to actually load modified firmware into the clock, and that’ll probably be my next project. Until then, bask in the glory of watching time blink by on one of my favorite birthday presents ever:

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