Word clocks are hot right now and are a fun way to tell time in an informal manner. Now your clock can tell you the time in the same way your friends would: rather than a digital display that reads 7:49, your clock could say “It is ten to eight.” Although slightly less accurate (you could be off by two minutes or so), clocks that use words are becoming popular in places where you don’t need to see a second hand all of the time.
Word clocks are especially popular right now as home decor and make great conversation pieces. They are available as physical clocks, computer programs and iPhone apps, so you can find the word clock that fits your life.
A famous option is QLOCKTWO by Biegert & Funk. Retailing at almost $1600, this clock is pretty expensive, but its sleek design and extra features are very nice. The QLOCKTWO is designed as a wall art piece and is made of a solid square with letters arranged in rows, like a word search. The letters light up to tell the time.
If you’d like to try some of the QLOCKTWO features without the huge investment, Biegert & Funk have an iPhone app in the iTunes store that utilizes the QLOCKTWO design. The app is only $0.99, so if you’re looking for a clock app, it could be a good option. However, the app cannot currently be set as a screensaver for the iPhone.
If you are familiar with electronics, there is an instructable to make a clock that is very similar to the QLOCKTWO design. The instructable version, called “A Word Clock,” is a different aesthetic; it’s less sleek, but much more custom looking. It could easily be made into a steampunk or other design.
If you’re looking for a clock screensaver, Word Clock is a free download for Windows or Mac and is just $1.99 in the iTunes store for the iPhone or iPad. This clock has two versions, a rotary version and a paragraph-style linear version. This program lets you fine-tune the typography, including font face, color and kerning. You can get it to display exactly as you like it.
A few apps have been released, for Mac, iPhone and Windows, that are known as fuzzy clocks. These are simlified versions of the above clocks and usually only show the exact time phrase, like “Ten to Two.” They are often focused less on design and more on simplifying timekeeping, but a fuzzy clock could be a good option if you prefer a simple app.
Word clocks and fuzzy clocks are becoming popular as people look for ways to make timekeeping less formal and strict. They are fun and can add a touch of design to your everyday life.
For More Information
A Word Clock @ Instructables (http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Word-Clock/)
Word Clock (http://www.simonheys.com/wordclock/)