Strobeshnik Hard Drive Clock

If you can’t figure out what to do with your old hard drives lying around the floor, you could always try and emulate what modder Svofski has done. Dubbed the Strobeshnik, it’s a hard drive that’s been turned into a clock that uses a stroboscopic effect to make it look like the numbers on the clock are persistent on the face of the drive platter, when in reality the platter is spinning very fast. The set of LEDs behind the platter, coupled with a custom controller circuit creates the effect you see in the video (below). When it first starts up, the numbers don’t mean anything, but when it works itself up to speed, it does look quite cool. The funny thing is, this clock’s platter spins counter-clockwise, which seems rather ironic for a clock. Video after the jump.

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