Wireds Special über die Corpus Clock in Cambridge


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Diese Uhr ging schon im September 2008 durch die Blogs, auf ihr sitzt eine Heuschrecke, die die Zeit frisst. Sie ist bereits Teil einer Verschwörungstheorie und soll auf eine magische Art schuld an der Finanzkrise sein. Kein Scheiß! Wie auch immer, Wired hat ein Special zur Uhr, in dem sie erklären, wie sie funktioniert.

At first glance, it doesn't look like a clock. There's the giant fanged insect on top. And instead of hands, it uses glowing blue LEDs to tell the time. Called the Corpus Clock—it's installed at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England—the timepiece was designed by John Taylor, an alumnus, clock collector, and lifelong inventor who wanted to blend 18th-century tech with a hypermodern aesthetic. The bug is called a Chronophage, or time-eater, and it's actually a scarier version of the grasshopper escapement, a 1720s breakthrough that transformed clock making. But in this case the pendulum-driven heart is wedded to a silicon brain, which lets the device do surprisingly un-clocklike things—slow down, stop, even run backward. "I wanted a clock that would play with you," Taylor says. How steampunkeriffic.

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