Wimpney of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Analog AOL Clock
submitted his entry with this letter:
"So, this is a clock, as you can
probally tell. We decided that we'd film it in non-linear
stop motion, because your mailbox probably wouldn't hold the
30fps real time one, and my hard drive was getting full anyways.
you can possibly tell from the pictures, I used a deceptively
large number of cd's, as the gears are all 4 disks thick totalling
24 disks, 22 of which are aol, not to mention the 20 or so
which exploded during early development. Including Aol version
3.0, New version 3.0, Titanium version 5.0, and the funny
4 coloured one without a version number. And last but not
least, The clock faces are printed on peeled cdr disks, due
to the fact that Aol has not yet released the "AOL Stealth
edition" Eventually, I plan to expand this from a simple minute/hour
clock to a second, minute, hour, and day of the week clock,
using the remaining 75 or so cd's which i did not yet use.
future reference, the only good way to cut polycarbonite is
using a grinder. I tried all of the fancy tools first. Milling
machine, lathe, and hacksaw. But finally ended up cutting
the gear teeth freehand with an autobody grinder. Effective
but MESSY. I'm still coughing up plastic dust.
you can tell what's going on... Haven't got a good camera,
so we took all the pictures with a friend's camcorder, hooked
to an ati all in wonder video card. I took some pictures of
the individual parts, so you can understand how it works,
in spite of the mediocre photography.
P.S.: If you're ever stuck for ideas on another contest, Hard
drive platters will handle a lot more torque than AOL Disks
the pictures Nick included:
also included a stop-motion AVI of his clock in action, and
you can see it here.
Talk about elaborate! It must have been a huge pain in the
ass just getting this thing to work, let alone build. Very
original and very well made, so we won't tease Nick about
his last name =)
did notice the top two winners are both Canadian. Don't you
guys have anything better to do up there?
to Third Place ->