There Is Now A Digital Sundial

Posted: Dec 5 2016, 7:30pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

There is Now a Digital Sundial
Credit: Mojoptix
 

It was around 1500 BCE when our ancestors figured out how to tell time using a sundial. Now, these triangular devices tend to sit in our yards and look pretty. Still, the shadows they cast reveals the hour.

They aren't as handy as having our phones in our pockets, but they do still work really well. However, a French engineer though they could use an update, so now there is a 3D-printed sundial that displays the time digitally.

It technically isn't digital, but it looks it at least. The sun shines through a very intricate system of tiny holes printed onto the sundial that then displays the number.

Watch it in action below:

The engineer goes by Mojoptix, there are a series of carefully designed holes on the triangular part of the sundial that project onto the plate. 

Of course, there are some limitations, like the fact that it doesn't display at night. It is also only accurate between 10AM and 4PM for now.

You can purchase Mojoptix's ready-made version on their Etsy store, or 3D print your own at home using their open-source instructions and the tutorial video below:

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