What are the best new products or inventions that most people don’t know about?

Answer by Abhishek Naik:

Fibonacci Clock : The world's most stylish nerd timepiece…

Don’t you find clock faces quite aggressive, their hands and numbers constantly reminding you of the passing of the time?

If so, this beautiful invention is for you.

The Fibonacci clock lets you know the time more subtly, by changing colours and requiring you do some adding up.

The Fibonacci sequence is the sequence beginning 1, 1 and where each  number is the sum of the previous two. Its first five digits are:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5
Philippe Chrétien from Montreal, Canada, noticed that these numbers are all you need to express all the numbers from 1 to 12.

  • 1 = 1
  • 1+1 = 2
  • 1 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 5 = 12

Which means that it is possible to use them to describe the twelve  positions on a clock, and therefore tell the time in 5 minute intervals.

Here’s what he did. It is possible to arrange squares whose side  lengths are the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence into a rectangle.  (This is the famous Golden rectangle).
The squares in his clock have side length 1, 1, 2, 3, and 5. The  squares lit up in red tell you the hour, and the squares lit up in green  give you the minutes (in multiples of five). A square lit up in blue  means it is to be added for both hour and minute. White squares are  ignored.

The first one below goes like this:
For hours, you have red '5', red '1' and  blue '3'.
5 + 1 + 3 = 9 o’clock.
For minutes: green 2 and blue '3'.
2 + 3 =  5. Then 5 x 5 = 25 minutes.
So, the time is 9:25

Some more examples:

The clock in action:

It has a lava-lamp mode too, when you just want to forget the time for a while…
Cool, huh? 🙂

1) Interested people can support, and buy this cool, nerdy invention from this Kickstarter page… 🙂
2) Vaibhav Jalan has made a cool website version of this. Do check it out.

What are the best new products or inventions that most people don't know about?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s