“Time On Your Hands” Clock displays the time on a manikin hand – both literally and figuratively.
This is one of my most ambitious projects to date. The Time On Your Hands clock “tells” the current time through the articulation of a manikin hand that uses ASL (American Sign Language) to sign each of the four digits of hours and minutes.
UPDATE: 9 June 2016
The Time On Your Hands clock is signing “T” “I” “M” “E” followed by the four digits of the current time (hours and minutes).
Can anyone tell me what time I took these videos?
And another a second (just for people lying down)
Now this is handy!
The design, or at least this incarnation of the project, is now complete although I may redesign the case down the road (so expect another CNC project). The software and hardware port from the Arduino test environment to the WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266 final board is complete but was a slow and arduous process, largely based on the lack of documentation for the latter. All of the electronics and connections to the five servos are enclosed inside the 1″ thick base.
Upon power on, the software connects to the local WiFi (more on this topic below) and requests a timestamp from the US National Institute of Science and Technology atomic clock. This accurate timestamp is then used to set and maintain an internal real-time clock. When the user pushes the button (lower left), the servos operate to articulate the fingers and thumbs to sign out the tellers T I M E followed by four digits of the current time (hours and minutes) in a 24 hour format.
Many thanks to Chris (The Canadian Maker) for his help in refining the finger movements.
To establish WiFi connectivity, my software uses the “WiFiManager” library built for the ESP8266 platform. At power on, an attempt is made to connect to the local WiFi using previously stored channel name and password. If it fails to connect with these credentials, the ESP8266 starts a local server (http://192.168.4.1) prompting the user to select the appropriate WiFi channel (SSID) – selected from a list of found channels – and enter its password. These are then stored in the ESP8266’s EEPROM and the connection re-attempted.
Here are some pictures of the project during its design and construction.
Time On Your Hands: Manikin hand modified to allow articulation of the fingers and thumb with servos.
Very much a work in progress, the manikin hand started as a 8″ tall articulated wooden hand modeled on a ladies left hand and sold for use by artists as a drawing guide. This wooden hand is sold as making “… a perfect reference tool. Perfectly proportioned and flexible fingers, the models are used for study of the human hand and the basic shapes in its design… ” and is “perfect for helping artists to capture all the correct scale and shadows for their drawings and artwork”