Night and Day Clock!

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Introduction: Night and Day Clock!

(This is a simple conversion of FlorinC's amazing Wise Clock 3

This project displays an animated map that dipicts where the sun is shining on the surface of the Earth.  No need to set a timezone here.  This is truly a global clock. 

I've always admired the GeoChron clock but for normal people it is just too expensive.  I had visions of using ClockTHREE to make a world clock, but the resolution wasn't there.  Then, when I saw the WiseClock3, I had it.

I love this clock; it has been very cool to see the approach of winter as the sun sets on the North pole as it rises on the South pole.  I hope a few people out in Instuctables land share my enthusiasm.

To build this clock is simple:

1. Buy or build a Wise Clock 3 from FlorinC with an extra acrylic plate.
2. Upload  the Night and Day sketch with Arduino (I'd be happy to program this ATMega644 for you)
3. Print the map onto thick velum paper.
4. Install the two front faceplates with the map sandwiched between (see photo).  This extra space allows the LED light to de-focus just the right amount so that the individual LEDs merge together. 
5. Enjoy and watch night follow day and Winter follow Fall.

UPDATE!
FlorinC has added a "Night and Day" add on kit for $10.

http://timewitharduino.blogspot.com/2011/09/night-and-day-add-on-kit.html

Thanks FlorinC!!!

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    13 Comments

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    ZoDo
    ZoDo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome clock. Voted for you.

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    WyoJustin
    WyoJustin

    10 years ago on Introduction

    FlorinC has added a "Night and Day" add on kit for $10.

    http://timewitharduino.blogspot.com/2011/09/night-and-day-add-on-kit.html

    Thanks FlorinC!!!

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    El_AMPo
    El_AMPo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    That is amazing, congratulations nice job!

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    WyoJustin
    WyoJustin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for sharing our enthusiasm El_AMPo!

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    wilgubeast
    wilgubeast

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is really awesome. I have friends in Asia and Europe and am awful at memorizing time differences. I really just need to know night and day.

    Great elaboration on a great project. Kudos to you and florinc.

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    WyoJustin
    WyoJustin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks wilgubeast. I really like this project too! Let me know if you need any help getting one set up.

    Justin

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    tjesse
    tjesse

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Holy crap! Nice clock! Would like to see an instructable on it.

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    WyoJustin
    WyoJustin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks to you Florin! That's your hardware!

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    florinc
    florinc

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I have a handful of the thin (1/16") plexiglass plates, perfectly suitable for this conversion. Anyone who wants it, just let me know, and will get one for free.

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    anool
    anool

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome. Looks super. I'm going to try this too.

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    WyoJustin
    WyoJustin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for checking it out! Send a pic of your finished product.