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    In the Comments Below:  Let Us Know Making Time Project Ideas!


    Your Project Can Involve Anything that Uses or Alters Time!


    The theme this month is Making Time and it is inspired by a suggestion from dwinhold , as well as, a suggestion from Workshopshed .    You can do clock making projects such as you would do with a microcontroller, LED, or whatever you come up with.  Or, you could do any project that uses or alters time such as a project involving egg timers, photographic timers, clocks, calendars, and delay lines.  This competition is a good opportunity to think about time, and the various ways we use technology we use to not only mark, but help manipulate time. For example, you could do anything from a time delay for photography, an egg timer for the kitchen, to a clock with intelligence such as a smart alarm project with modern features such as voice assistance, streaming music, video, camera, an SBC, weather alerts, news alerts, moon phases, appointments from your phone, oled or LED screen.  Another idea, would be to create a smart wristwatch.   


    Here are some projects to help inspire you:


    [Pi IoT] Alarm Clock #Summary by fvan:



    AIS Alarm - Everything Working by fmilburn:






    Self-adjusting clock with e-display by kk99



    kk99 set out to make a self-adjusting clock, making it work with CET time zone and supporting daylight savings. For the source of time, he used a GPS signal received from a NEO-7M module that had a serial port, a 2.9 inch module with e-ink display, and connected all this to an Arduino Nano. This is a really interesting application of e-ink technology that uses a low-powered Arduino and automatically updates using smart technology.  He provides schematics and source code which can be used to expand this project even further!


    Object Sensing Clock by guycarver




    This was the first Project14 from guycarver and it was a definite winner.  If you've ever been annoyed by the glowing LED from traditional alarm clock,  this smart alarm clock uses an IR Temperature sensor as the trigger for the display. Simply wave your hand and it will turn on when you want to see the time at night. He came up with this solution to prevent the light from keeping him up at night and provides source code at !


    Tempus Fugit by balearicdynamics



    balearicdynamics found an incredibly nice alarm clock from the past century and upcycled it into a smart alarm. Alex is a digital alarm clock, dating back to 1978.  It was only partially working and therefore it could be had on the cheap.



    Topsy Turvy Clock by Workshopshed




    The hands are independently controlled with 2 stepper motors that also have a slotted disk which allows them to "home" and hence know their start position.


    Experimenting with E-Paper Displays: Building a Clock! by shabaz:


    Episode 423: Programmable Arduino Synthesizer Watch :




    Your Chance to Win


    Be Original
    Stick to the Theme
    • You could come up with a clever name that make's your project memorable!
      • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • Your project could introduce something new or that is not commercially available or affordable!
    • If you have an idea for a project that doesn't fit the current theme then submit your idea in the comments section of the monthly poll.
    List the Steps
    Submit Video Proof
    • Provide the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images).
      • This could be a step by step how-to-guide, vlog, schematics, coding, napkin drawings, voice narration, or whatever you think will be useful!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this is more about the journey than the end product.
    • A short video is all that is required but you can shoot as much video as you like.
    • You are encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible!


    Your Project Examples


    Making Time
    Self-adjusting clock with e-display Experimenting with E-Paper Displays: Building a Clock!




    Your Prizes


    One Grand Prize Winner Wins a $200 Shopping Cart!Three First Place Winners Win a $100 Shopping Cart
    • One Grand Prize Winner Wins a $200 Shopping Cart!
    • 3 First Place Winners a $100 Shopping Cart!




    Your Project, Your Ideas!


    About Project14

    Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.


    What are Monthly Themes?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) a new theme will be posted on Project14.
    • Submit your ideas (proposals) for your projects to get feedback from the rest of the community.
    • Submit a project entry in the Theme space once you start working on it.


    What are Monthly Theme Polls?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) there is a project theme poll.
    • Vote on which project competition you want to see for the following upcoming theme.
      • The themes voted on during the previous poll decided the upcoming theme.
      • If you submit an idea for a theme that is not used then it can still be used in a future poll.
    • Themes comments and ideas from the comments section of the project theme poll.

    Step 1: Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.


    Be sure to include video proof of your project!


    Visit:  Making Time or tag your project blog MakingTimeCH


    You have until January 14th End of Day to submit your completed project!





    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!



    In the Comments Below:  Let Us Know Making Time Project Ideas!


    Your Project Can Involve Anything that Uses or Alters Time!


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