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Read the time with this Arduino-compatible, full-color word clock

You pick the color, ClockFOUR Chronogram tells you the time.

You’re probably pretty familiar with clocks —chances are you’ve been reading the time since you were young. But what if you were to actually read the hours and minutes in words, not numbers?


Introducing the ClockFOUR Chronogram, a stylish timepiece with 182 individually addressable, full color pixels that are arranged in a unique 14×13 word clock matrix. The device has two buttons — one for the color, the other for selecting the mode. There’s also a reset button on its back, should that be necessary. A light sensor adjusts the clock’s brightness, and the display is powered through a standard wall plug. However, a battery backup logs in the time when the clock is moved or if there’s ever an outage.


The first thing you’ll notice about ClockFOUR is that it’s very bright. The gadget uses a new kind of individually addressable LED technology, allowing each pixel to be up to 10 times more lit-up than its predecessor, the ClockTHREE. The clock comes with a color match feature that gives you the freedom to set it to any hue. Simply hold down the color button, wait until the desired tone is displayed on the screen and let go — easy as that! There’s a few fun effects as well, which include a slow fade and a party mode that randomly cycles through the spectrum. And what’s more, the device is completely hackable thanks to its Arduino-compatible software and Python code that enables you to personalize the faceplate and backplate to your liking.


The brainchild of WyoLum’s Justin Shaw, this isn’t his first rodeo with the clock. Back in 2014, he developed his first prototype using PGB pixel strips attached to a basic IKEA frame, an Arduino Mini (ATmega328), and an RTC module. The second iteration was achieved with a WyoLum TiM board built inside an A4 picture frame, while his third take employed a custom all-in-one board designed in partnership with Seeed Studio.

“If Arduino can do it, there is no easier way,” Shaw explains in his bio. After experimenting briefly with the Basic Stamp and PIC mircocontrollers, he came across the Arduino platform and has never looked back.

Want one of your own? The time is now! Measuring just 28cm x 28cm x 3cm in size, it’ll be a welcomed accessory to any nightstand. Hurry over to ClockFOUR Chronogram’s Kickstarter page, where Shaw and the WyoLum team have surpassed their $5,000 goal. Estimated delivery is January 2016.

18 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This smart accessory attaches to just about anything and notifies you as soon as it’s left behind. THE O is currently seeking $48,606 on Kickstarter.



This powerful, six-axis desktop robot arm is geared towards Makers looking to bring their ideas to life. 7Bot is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This wireless, weatherproof and motion-detecting floodlight has an HD camera inside. The Sengled Team is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.



This intelligent gadget transforms your smartphone into a radar so you can record pitching speeds, capture video, analyze performance, and share data with others. SCOUTEE is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This first-of-its-kind drone has six-legs and is powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core. Erle Robotics is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

LIVV Headphones


This pair of headphones combines an MP3 player and Bluetooth functionality to give you with the freedom you need while staying active. Mark Clayton is currently seeking $75,000 on Kickstarter.



This add-on video stabilization device allows you to capture action shots without the bulk or hassle of a Steadicam or gimbal. SteadXP is currently seeking $167,715 on Kickstarter.

CLOCKFour Chronogram


This open source, full-color clock tells the time with words, not numbers. Justin Shaw is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.



This simple, Bluetooth device can track, alert, chart and monitor the temperature and humidity in up to 9 locations. Vencipio is currently seeking $5,000 on Indiegogo.

Zyntony Torch


This ultra-durable, portable and rechargeable light is perfect for your next outdoor adventure. Zyntony is currently seeking $235,000 on Kickstarter.



This wearable for children features two-way calling, real-time GPS tracking and a gaming ecosystem. Brillar is currently seeking $85,000 on Indiegogo.



This elegant piece of sound technology lets you listen to your private soundscape and the world that surrounds you, all through bone conduction. StudioBananaThings is currently seeking $150,000 on Kickstarter.



This connected home starter kit consists of a MagicCast HDMI stick, an LED Wi-Fi bulb and a smart power plug. MagicHome is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.

Wi-Fi Smart Switch


This open source board is equipped with an ESP8266 module, a relay and an ATtiny85 MCU (with Arduino bootloader). Armtronix is currently seeking $300 on Kickstarter.



This fully-digital, packet-switched handheld is a two-way radio based on Linux and TCP/IP protocol stack. Wireless P2P Technologies is currently seeking $35,565 on Kickstarter.



This BLE beacon is a next-genertion reminder tool that sends location-based alerts to your phone. Grant Adams is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This handcrafted, 1930s-inspired wireless speaker offers audiophiles and music lovers the ability to swap out its interface. Princeton Audio is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This plug and play GPS wearable lets kids have fun while enabling parents to check up on their whereabouts. C-way is currently seeking $111,638 on Kickstarter.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here. Also, if your project is powered by Atmel MCUs and you’ve been featured on our blog, be sure to download the respective badges here for use in your ongoing marketing efforts. 

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