The final song to feature all four Beatles was five decades in the making. Now and Then combines sessions recorded by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in 1995 with vocals recorded by John Lennon in the 1970s. Thanks to modern audio tech, Lennon’s voice was decoupled from a piano track and enhanced to fit into the track. (Thanks, Rob!)
Divoom’s funky-looking Times Gate gadget puts five tiny, programmable displays on your desktop. Each 128×128 resolution screen can display widgets like news, stock information, social media follower counts, and pixel art animations. It also offers a multi-screen digital clock.
Nixon deftly blends the digital and analog worlds with its Ripley wristwatch. It features a rugged, shock-resistant core with a stainless steel top plate. Its LCD background has chronograph, day/date, alarm, dual timezone, altitude, and temperature readouts and can be blacked out in City Mode for a cleaner look.
To celebrate 40 years of G-SHOCK watches, Casio has rolled out this limited series of stainless steel timepieces. They’re made using a recrystallization and deep-layer hardening process, which gives them a unique, crackled finish. Choose from the full-metal GMW-B5000PG in silver or gold, or the DW-5040PG in a mottled matte black.
This high-tech measuring device reinvents the ruler. The NeoRuler uses a sliding marker to measure lengths and shows precise measurements on its digital display. It can display different units and scales, divide into increments, and save data to a mobile app. Add-ons include a pen holder, a magnifier, and a caliper.
We’ve seen a couple of Hans Andersson’s unique digital clocks in the past. Now he’s back with another intriguing design that uses servo-powered layers and colored dots to tell the time. Each layer needs just three faces to form all 10 digits. As the digits rotate into view, all we can think of was how it looks like a Rubik’s Cube.
We’ve seen some unique clocks and timers, but this is the first time we’ve seen one that displays time using the kind of metal filings you’d find in a Wooly Willy toy. B.B. Korry created this electromechanical clock which uses a grid of electromagnets to attract and release iron filings to count down seconds. It’s really loud, though.
Engineer Linus Akesson shows off his typing and musical skills with a performance of Bach’s Prelude from Partita No. 3 on old Commodore 64 computers, along with a 1541 floppy drive which makes sounds with its motors. Stick around to the end of the video or visit his blog for details on the project.
Most smartwatches look similar with a basic square or round face. The Blacktime Celestial 11PM stands out with a pair of domed AMOLED displays. Use the dual screens to display time and another function or split the hours and minutes across them. It has health sensors and its makers are aiming for 10-day battery life.
We’re geeking out over Reekon’s pro measuring gadget: a tape measure with a digital readout and laser alignment for precise measurements. Its OLED display shows the current measurement in real-time, while an E-ink screen in its handle shows the last few at a glance. Data is also synced to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Googol is the mathematical label for 10 to the hundredth power or 1 followed by 100 zeros. If you tried to count to a Googol, even in milliseconds, you’ll never live to see the end of your count. Look Mum No Computer built an electronic counter that he hopes can be kept alive and running well past his time here on Earth.
An old-fashioned hourglass is a handy way to count down fixed increments of time. While a traditional hourglass is filled with sand, Engineercly’s 3D-printed version is completely digital, counting time on a pair of LED matrices controlled by an Arduino Nano. He used an accelerometer to track its angle and to direct the LED dots.
TinyScope’s digital telescope can capture images of the stars, moon, and planets using periscopic telephoto optics. It has an 8.4 MP Sony low-light image sensor, pan and tilt motors, object tracking, auto-focus, and IR/ND/UHC filters. It can also capture nature photography at a distance and ultrawide panoramic photos.
1980s technology had a certain futuristic vibe to it. Maker MarcioT shows off a sweet ’80s-inspired clock he made using an old CRT television and a digital clock he programmed onto an ESP32 microcontroller. The build instructions are available on Instructables with the source code for the Dali Clock on Github.
Get up-to-the-minute information on stocks, bonds, cryptocurrencies, and more with the Fintic desktop scrolling LED ticker. The 128×32 full-color display can also show sports scores, news, weather, instant messages, animated GIFs, and more. It measures 15.3″ w x 4.3″ h x 2.3″ d. Stack multiples for information overload.
This bold 50mm wristwatch has a reverse LCD screen and a durable resin case with a stainless steel bezel. Its functions include a countdown timer, military time mode, three time zones, hydration timer, and daily, weekday, and weekend alarms with sound and vibration. It’s also shock-resistant and water-resistant to 100m.
This tiny cube transforms any screen into a digital whiteboard. It automatically calibrates to screens from 15″ to 300″ diagonal. It uses its camera and software to detect the position of its infrared stylus so that you can doodle in real-time on the screen.
The TickrMeter is a tiny e-Paper screen that connects to the internet to display real-time prices for stocks, cryptocurrencies, exchange rates, and other trading markets. It has a red/green indicator for positive or negative returns and can be programmed to cycle between different tickers. Stack multiples for an at-a-glance look.
This fascinating tabletop clock tells the time by changing the temperature. Instructables contributor Twisted & Tinned created the display using thermochromic foil and surface-mounted resistors that heat up liquid crystals. They previously made a temperature and humidity display using a different
BuyStuffStore is working on something truly awesome – a TV stand that can transform from an arcade machine with a 50″ screen into a horizontal pinball table in seconds. It’s shown here with the AtGames Legends Gamer Pro. It’s not in production yet, but they are accepting a small number of participants for their beta tester program.
While analog watches might have a more classic look, there’s no question that digital watches are easier to read and can pack more functions. Our pals at Everyday Carry have rounded up 10 great digital watches from the back-to-basics Casio W-59 to the feature-rich Suunto 9 Baro Titanium smartwatch.
A while back, expert LEGO engineer and mathematician Alexander Holroyd created a 7-segment display that uses LEGO Technic parts to change digits. Fello LEGO fan and GBC builder Fernando recreated the intriguing machine, and shared video footage of his version in action.