Chronochrome: [Almost] Resistor Color Code Time.


Pictured at left is the “Chronochrome“.

Cool idea; use colors to represent numbers, thus creating a neat colorful clock. Like binary clocks (of which I built one of these as one of my first kits ages ago), it is a pleasant bit of blinky art to the uninformed and those given the “secret” can tell the time, further baffling the uninformed.

At first, the pink band made me think the designers were dumb. That instead of going with the standard resistor color codes, they invented some random color mapping.

Not the case.

It is the standard set of colors, just with pink substituted for brown.

I would rather have the brown, but would imagine it is exceedingly difficult to create a “brown” light that doesn’t look black or otherwise odd.

Of course, I full expect to see an AVR based RGB LED implementation of this within about 3 days…

3 Responses to “Chronochrome: [Almost] Resistor Color Code Time.”

  1. John C. Randolph says:

    Hmm.. Wouldn’t brown just be low-intensity orange?


  2. Steve says:

    Still have my binary clock as well as a few other kits of that era.
    I can still smell the wood and smoke of the electronics lab.

  3. bbum says:

    Camp Watonka is still, apparently, going quite strong!

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