It’s black, it’s white, but it won’t be tough for you to get by with this ingenious light-sensitive OLED clock that automatically shifts colors so that it is readable by day or night. The perfect antidote to boring digital wall clocks, the Black & White Clock can be stuck to any surface and displays the time using energy-efficient Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED). Depending on whether it is light or dark out, the clock will shift colors so it can be viewed at any time of day.
The Black & White Clock has no wires and no central controller – each figure can be set independently and keeps accurate time. As the day fades into night, the lights automatically sense the change in daylight and switch to white so you can see them in the dark. When morning comes again, the lights sense daylight and change to black. Without any wires, the figures can be affixed to any surface however you like.
Each of the 4 individual figures that has its own power source and they are touch sensitive, making it easy to change each unit’s mode and time settings. The OLED inside each casing is powered by lithium-ion accumulators, each figure measures 6 cm x 11 cm x 1 cm and is made from translucent white polycarbonate.
Although the clock is currently in conceptual stage, we hope that designer, Vadim Kibardin finds a manufacturer soon and brings this bright idea to light.
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently announced a breakthrough in OLEDorganic light emitting diodes, and we can’t wait to see their further integration into our everyday appliances. technology that shatters all prior efficiency standards, reducing the ultra-thin lights’ energy consumption by 75%! That’s no small number – the development stands to raise the bar for energy efficient lighting by leaps and bounds. Literally (and figuratively) a cool technology, we are already enamored by the skinny profile of
Hobgoblin Hall, William Wordsworth’s House, Rydal Mount, 1904.
The most commonly known Hobgoblin is the character Puck in Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck, however, is only another name given to a much older character named Robin Goodfellow. However, the origins of his name can be controversial.
Hobgoblins seem to be small, hairy little men who—like their close relative, Brownies—are often found within human dwellings, doing odd jobs around the house while the family is lost in sleep. Such chores are typically small deeds, like dusting and ironing. Oftentimes, the only compensation necessary in return for these was food. Attempts to give them clothing would often banish them forever, though whether they take offense to such gifts or are simply too proud to work in new threads differs from teller to teller.
While Brownies are more peaceful creatures, Hobgoblins are more fond of practical jokes. They also seem to be able to shape-shift, as seen in one of Puck’s monologues in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Robin Goodfellow is perhaps the most mischievous and most infamous of all his kind, but many are less antagonizing. However, like all of the fey folk, hobgoblins are easily annoyed. When teased or misused excessively, Brownies become Boggarts—creatures whose sole existence is to play tricks and cause trouble for people. They can be mischievous, frightening, and even dangerous, and they are very difficult to get rid of.
The term “hobgoblin” has grown to mean a superficial object that is a source of (often imagined) fear or trouble. Probably the most well-known example of this usage is Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s line, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” from the essay Self-Reliance.