The brainchild of Paris-based Axel Schindlbeck and Fred Mauclere, the concept behind the Albert Clock is to transform boredom (including in the classroom) into time spent improving mental maths skills. So, rather than just show you the time, you must (correctly) solve simple maths equations to reveal the time. For instance, instead of showing 10.45 AM, the clock will show 8+2 hours and 32+13 minutes.
The clock can be set to six different levels of difficulty. In standard mode, the queries change every minute. If you're feeling up to a challenge, you can set the clock to its fastest mode where queries change every 10 seconds. Yikes.
People have a lot of mixed feelings about the clock:
@UberFacts don't worry I'll follow sunrise and sunset. But damn that Guy was a genius— PLAY (@d_realodion) March 15, 2017
@UberFacts how frustrating if you really need to know the time!— Randy C Bernardino (@randycbernardin) March 15, 2017
@UberFacts WOW sounds like a great way to exersise ones mind. It would make American people smarter.— Paul Moore-Zwinak (@MooreZwinak) March 15, 2017
There's only one thing the clock is missing and that's an alarm button. As the designers of the Albert Clock clarify, it is intended to be used for a single purpose - to calculate the time. Literally.
While the clock retails for about $300, there is also a free app available to download for iOS and Android. So, each glance at your phone will present you with a new mathematical challenge.
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