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Last Clock [iPad]

13:56:02 Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Developed by NewMediology (Danqing Shi), Last clock is a clock app that uses popular slit scan technique to keep you in factual time, human time and remote time. Just like any other analog clock, the app has three hands: one for seconds, minutes and hours. The hands, however, are made of a slice of live video that gets scanned to the clockface. With different refresh rate for the three hands, the three time circles reflect the rhythms of the space at different temporal resolutions. The app also allows you to stream the last clock camera feed over the internet.

13:56:02 Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (above)

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The visual appearance of the Last Clock is highly influenced by what the camera is looking at. The composition, the colour range as well as the focus between the circles is very different depending on the target.

Last Clock was originally created in 2002 by Jussi Ängeslevä and Ross Cooper when at the Royal College of Arts in London. Here they started to rethink the display of time using live camera feed as a source, inspired by the earlier works looking at computational processing of time, and chronicled on Golan Levin’s reference pageThe Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica festival in 2003 throttled Last Clock to a world tour in various exhibitions for years to come. | | construction)

Platform: iPad
Version: 1.0
Cost: $3.99
Developer: New Mediology

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  • So Jussi & Ross were involved in making the app? Just found this page:

  • Yes, mentioned above.

  • Yes, mentioned above.

  • Chris O’Shea

    Sorry, I know they created the Last Clock :) What I wondered is if they were involved in creation of the iPad app, or had NewMediology copied their student project. I asked Jussi and he said they were involved :)

  • Shidanqing

    hey, Filip, this is Danqing, I was working with Jussi to bring the clock to iPad, I was the developer not the designer, so could you please clarify this a bit in the first setence “Created by NewMediology (Danqing Shi),”, 

  • Ian Wilkins8

    This is awesome.

    Would the technology by transferable to an actual wrist watch?

  • this is great idea!

  • OMG! Amazing clock!

  • Danny Bordschardt

    I know that Blaans “Noim” Thoemens and his twin sister Bille “Foim” Thoemens were involved in the quantization of the octophase processors? If this is so why couldnt the bactoid operate at 4.71 relft as opposed to the existing 2.33? (They are known for maximization and it just seems slow if you factor in Thuman’s theory)

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  • Margaret Schülmann

    Hello Danny,
    I studied with Foim Thoemens at Gerping – it was her presumption that lead to the progression from quadphase to octophase (she doubled it in less than 2 months!) but she felt that a higher relft was unnecessary as the waveform kickback was unchanged with octophase, and even decaphase. However, Noim showed later that electronic pubing on any measurement of time can interpelt the phase lapse (even analog pubing will interpelt a miniscule but detactable amount) and in this case leads to inaccuracies which of course defeats the entire purpose of any clock.