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Michael Ciuffo’s clever QR Clock generates each of the 1,440 daily QR codes on the fly, rather than referencing a array of pre-configured codes. His boards feature a built-in ATMega328.

[T]his clock points out the ultimate irony of QR codes which is that they are a technological convenience that really isn’t convenient. In order to read this clock, the user will require some sort of QR scanning device which is guaranteed to have a time-telling function built into it already.

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  1. Jordan Dietrich says:

    Nice touch with the millions of clock apps on the phone :)

  2. Shotgunner says:

    I love that he has scores of clock apps on his QR code scanner. This is a digital representation of the “The Most Useless Machine”. In fact it is definitely misnamed. It should be “The Most Useless Clock”. Great work!

  3. eKalb says:

    Not to mention, buy the time you look up the time, it may no longer be correct.

  4. Agnieszka says:

    Yeap, veeery geeky :D Nice to see, stupid to have ;p

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  6. Alan S. Blue says:

    If you make something similar with “one QR per digit”, I’m thinking it might actually be human readable. That’s only ten patterns to lock in on pattern-recognition.

    Perhaps one QR for the 24-hours would work as well. A color ‘sweep’ where the existing pixels are could eliminate the “minute” QR code entirely. That is – just one QR going from 0 to 23. And a band of color rotating like a minute hand that just affects the already lit pixels.

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  8. Chris Whittington says:

    Saying QR codes aren’t convenient because you need a scanner to read them is just plain silly. We have scanner-free codes. You are reading them now.

  9. Camden says:

    There is nothing ironic about QR codes… they are made to be machine readable, not human readable. Still, a very slick clock design.

  10. Durdle says:

    Reblogged this on RobDurdle.com and commented:
    Amazing QC Clock… worthless for “real time” time telling, but wow, amazing :)