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This article was published on March 9, 2010

    Hard Drive Platter Clock Tells Time, Makes Noise

    Hard Drive Platter Clock Tells Time, Makes Noise
    Jacob Friedman
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    Jacob is a tech blogger and IT professional living in Chicago, IL. Follow him on Twitter here, like him on facebook here, or email him here. Jacob is a tech blogger and IT professional living in Chicago, IL. Follow him on Twitter here, like him on facebook here, or email him here.

    Some enterprising Russian techies have created an amazing fantazein-like clock out of a bunch of LEDs and an old hard drive.

    The clock, which consists of a hard drive platter with numbers etched into it, is spun by a custom circuit which also strobes the LEDs in time with the rotating platter to create the illusion of numerals. Unfortunately, the setup is a bit too noisy to be practical, but it could have a future as an art installation.

    What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen done with a piece of disused tech?