It is no secret that we’re fascinated by clocks at Akafugu.
We’re also big fans of the hugely popular Discworld series
by the venerable Sir Terry Pratchett.
Lord Vetinari is one of the many recurring characters in the
series. He is a powerful man, and the ruler of the biggest
city on Discworld, Ankh-Morpork.
He is in possession of a very strange clock: It ticks irregularly
but still keeps accurate time. It hangs in his waiting room, and
is designed to be unnerving for the people who are waiting to meet
We’ve turned this concept into an easy to solder electronics kit!
Available now in our store, either
bundled with a wall clock to modify or standalone so that you can
modify your own clock!
The concept and firmware is based on a design by Simon Inns,
and everything is released as
open source hardware
The Vetinari Clock comes as an easy to solder kit with everything you need
to create your own clock that ticks randomly, but still keeps accurate time!
A simple soldering kit that allows you to modify an analog clock to tick erratically, but in a way that still keeps accurate time!
We recommend the wall clock bundle even if you are planning on modifying your own clock. It is a low-cost clock
The vetinari clock board is run by the same kind of 32kHz crystal typically found
inside simple analog clock mechanism, so expect a similar level of accuracy.
Modifying the clock mechanism may destroy it if done improperly (such as being reckless when opening it up so that some
parts are damaged).
PS: As of January 2014 we are shipping the Vetinari Clock with a new clock mechanism. The PCB and rest of the components are unchanged, but the firmware has been slightly updated to work better with the new clock mechanism.