For my main project, I will be developing an analog or digital clock using an Arduino and some kind of sensor feedback. Either the water will be pumped to a certain height and dropped on the sensor, ticking the clock on the Arduino and displaying the time on an LCD. I am also thinking about using a cylindrical reservoir for the water and using a sensor to detect the height of the water; as the reservoir fills, the time will tick. Other ideas I have thought about is running water over a water wheel to turn an analog clock. The body of this clock will most likely be made out of acrylic. I find this interesting because it incorporates both water and electricity as well as time.
There are a couple aesthetics I may target with my water/electronic clock. The first aesthetic I am thinking of incorporating is a contemporary theme using primary colors. LEDs could be used to generate the desired colors and could refract through the water and acrylic to create an interesting look. Some examples of what I am thinking are below.
Another aesthetic I am leaning towards is Apple’s aesthetic of brushed aluminum and black and white trims. I have always been drawn to this really clean look. Because my project contains an electrical aspect, I figured this could be an effective aesthetic to apply to my project. Examples of the aesthetic are below.
At this point, I am leaning towards the “Apple” aesthetic. I could use white or black acrylic for the frame of the clock and mount the LCD screen in the acrylic. It will be hard to incorporate the curved lines that Apple uses in its devices with acrylic, however, the colors would get the point across. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
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