Monday, December 6, 2021

Exhibit Design Inspiration -- Literary Clock

Maker (and manager of the electronics workshop at the Royal Academy for Arts) Jaap Meijers released this Instructable that shows how to repurpose an old e-reader into a very special type of clock -- a Literary Clock!

What is a "Literary Clock" you might ask?  It's a device that tells the time by quoting "timely" passages from literary works.  The "literary time" updates every minute, so for instance at 9:23 in the evening, it will read:

My father met me at the station, the dog jumped up to meet me, missed, and nearly fell in front of the 9:23 pm Birmingham express.

This is an incredibly inventive concept, and I kinda want to see one in every library.  If you don't have an old e-reader handy, you can still use this Web-based version called "Literature Clock" that was developed by Johannes Enevoldsen, inspired by Jaap Meijers' original idea.

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