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#1
Hey pit.

I know I haven't done a whole lot for this forum too recently, but could you please fill out this survey? It's only 10 questions and your views are all really valuable.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MWWVM23

If you're not sure what a word clock actually looks like, here's a pic to give you a basic idea. It's pretty self-explanatory.



Thanks very much to everyone who contributes.
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#4
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#5
done mate
It's over simplified, So what!

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#6
I answered no for number six but then number ten has no "0" answer, so I couldn't do this. Sorry.
#8
Done. To give you a bit more of my thoughts:

I like the idea of a word clock. Most are ugly, IMO. I don't like the one you spoiler'd either. If you could find a way to make a minimalist word clock that's more visually striking, you'd probably do better.

I would never want to buy something so expensive if it wasn't aesthetically appealing and artistic looking rather than just a weird clock.

I don't have many suggestions. Maybe make it with a nice wood with a nice grain and properly lacquer it.. Like a nice guitar wood.. Walnut, burl maple, cocobolo, rosewood, ebony, etc. Or maybe make it really futuristic and sleek looking for all the apple nerds. But don't half-ass it. Make it a specific design that will REALLY appeal to certain demographics, rather than a more general design that is more likely to have a smaller, but more universal appeal. Find your niche.
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#11
Did the survey without looking at that clock. I like it more than I thought I would upon actually seeing it
#14
those are really cool
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#15
Answered. Personally I think it is nothing more than a novelty/man cave show off item. Once again that is personally. I do like how you did include the bit about assisting people with dyslexia and all that and that makes sense. Product just isn't for me though.
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#17
I can see it as an aid for people who have trouble reading numbers, but why couldn't you make it digital, like an app?

That example clock seems really difficult to read, especially in the wrong lighting.

Clocks in general are becoming obsolete.
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Clocks in general are becoming obsolete.


Sun dials making a come back? Or hourglasses? Whatever your chronograph of choice, you do need something to keep track of time.
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Sun dials making a come back? Or hourglasses? Whatever your chronograph of choice, you do need something to keep track of time.

I meant clocks as in devices solely for the purpose of telling time. Most cell phones/computers/TVs have some sort of time telling feature readily available.

An app that says something like, "Hey, it's three minutes after five in the evening, sucka!" could be useful.
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#20
The word choice for the clock are ehhh. Id hate this thing if I used public transportation tbh. Cool concept though. Oh and done
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Done. To give you a bit more of my thoughts:

I like the idea of a word clock. Most are ugly, IMO. I don't like the one you spoiler'd either. If you could find a way to make a minimalist word clock that's more visually striking, you'd probably do better.

That's quite interesting because that is exactly what I am planning to do. I've got several ideas in mind, but the one that I think could appeal the most is having the words scrambled amidst random letters so that it resembles a crossword.

Another idea is using one-way glass to make the words that are not lit to be invisible, so only the lit words can be seen.

I've already built a couple of prototypes of each design idea to promote my portfolio, but I haven't taken pictures of them yet. The camera i've got is crap
I would never want to buy something so expensive if it wasn't aesthetically appealing and artistic looking rather than just a weird clock.

I don't have many suggestions. Maybe make it with a nice wood with a nice grain and properly lacquer it.. Like a nice guitar wood.. Walnut, burl maple, cocobolo, rosewood, ebony, etc. Or maybe make it really futuristic and sleek looking for all the apple nerds. But don't half-ass it. Make it a specific design that will REALLY appeal to certain demographics, rather than a more general design that is more likely to have a smaller, but more universal appeal. Find your niche.

That's what I was thinking, it would raise the price significantly. And the biggest advantage I have over other competitors is that after pricing the components to make one, I could sell them at retail for around £150-200 and still have a decent profit margin. A lof of the products that look very similar to what I have built prototypes of sell online for over 3 times that.

I think that's a pretty massive advantage, but perhaps another model that could be made at around the same price of the competitors, but made from much finer materials like as you said, out of something like Rosewood, Mahogany, curly maple etc. That does seem like an excellent strategy to take given the niche market I'm going for.

Thanks for your feedback prog. Its very informative.
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#24
Why the fuck is that clock so disorganized? Its kinda cool, but that one in the picture at least seems like it would be a bitch to tell time off of quickly, especially if the lighting made it hard to see what was lit up. I feel like you aren't helping people with disabilities much if you make the clock confusing just so it looks cool. It works better as a novelty piece then, but I think if you're actually concerned about helping people with special needs, it should be more organized and orderly.

Now that I think about it a mechanical one could be cool, like the old digital clocks with the numbers that flipped, but with words instead. That would be a million times easier to read.
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#25
It is seriously driving me crazy that three and two are switched on the clock in the picture. the rest of the numbers are in order, but they had to go and switch the two and three for no reason. also, there is a lack of am or pm on that clock.

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#27
I don't have time for this.
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#28
looks cool and i did the survey but i wouldnt spend more than $30 on a clock.
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#29
Alright, now this is some freaky coincidence shit. I read this and looked at the clock you posted and did the survey, then hop over to tumblr and this is the first post I see:



a watch with that design. not posted by anyone I know from UG. this is the first time I've seen or heard of a word clock in my entire life. What are the odds?

#31
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#32
" In the past 6 months, which of the following hobbies have you participated in? (Please select all that apply.)"

What if I check all of them as well as "none of these"

I won't but what if u no
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#35
Shit questionnaire, I closed the window at:

3. What is your ethnicity? (Please select all that apply.)

What is your ethnicity? (Please select all that apply.) American Indian or Alaskan Native

Asian or Pacific Islander

Black or African American

Hispanic or Latino

White / Caucasian

Prefer not to answer



I'm neither of them, so what? I'm meant to put "prefer not to answer"?

**** you
#36
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That's quite interesting because that is exactly what I am planning to do. I've got several ideas in mind, but the one that I think could appeal the most is having the words scrambled amidst random letters so that it resembles a crossword.

Another idea is using one-way glass to make the words that are not lit to be invisible, so only the lit words can be seen.

I've already built a couple of prototypes of each design idea to promote my portfolio, but I haven't taken pictures of them yet. The camera i've got is crap


Send me what you have when you get around to it, it sounds interesting. I'd definitely be down to give you some in-depth feedback if you want.

I like your ideas, because one of the things I hate about the clock is seeing all the other times not lit up. The scramble is cool, so is the one way.

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That's what I was thinking, it would raise the price significantly. And the biggest advantage I have over other competitors is that after pricing the components to make one, I could sell them at retail for around £150-200 and still have a decent profit margin. A lof of the products that look very similar to what I have built prototypes of sell online for over 3 times that.

I think that's a pretty massive advantage, but perhaps another model that could be made at around the same price of the competitors, but made from much finer materials like as you said, out of something like Rosewood, Mahogany, curly maple etc. That does seem like an excellent strategy to take given the niche market I'm going for.

Thanks for your feedback prog. Its very informative.


You can only justify a high cost if it's ****ing gorgeous. Straight up. However, you'll also have much more success in selling a high-ticket item if you market it to a niche. Making a generally appealing but expensive item will only work if there aren't much cheaper alternatives. Like, a Toyota Camry is a lot of money, and it's not a niche type product, but cars in general cost thousands of dollars.

If you want to make something expensive, you have to make something that will cause a select group of people will go, "Damn, it's like this shit was MADE for me."

I'd suggest figuring out the general design and maybe make some interchangeable faceplates. That way you could do different types of wood, you could even do holiday and season themed ones so that people could change them depending on time of year. You could also have other, nonseasonal different themes, and if they're swappable, once people have the clock itself, they'll probably want to change up the faceplate every now and then.
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Send me what you have when you get around to it, it sounds interesting. I'd definitely be down to give you some in-depth feedback if you want.

I like your ideas, because one of the things I hate about the clock is seeing all the other times not lit up. The scramble is cool, so is the one way.


I manage to get in contact with my dad and he happens to have a photographs of a couple of prototypes. We have about 7 different protos, but most of them are variations of the same thing, just little things like different colours of lights, such as green and orange or just plain white. Whether or not the words are scrambled, a couple of different frame sizes etc.

But these photos will give you some idea of how they look, regarding the word scramble and the 2-way mirror glass ones. They're all made by hand and they're all manufactured using an electronics module that is proprietary that my father has designed and built himself. We're also considering selling these clocks in a kit form.


The blue square is an LCD display which displays the time. We put it there just to see how it looked and how it adds to the overall complexity of assembling the clocks electronics. It was just an experiment.

(sorry about the MASSIVE resolution, just zoom out on your browser to get a full look at them.)









The clocks are all set using a pair of small buttons in the bottom of the frame.

And to prove to you that we didn't just buy these off the shelf and that they are legit prototypes, this is on the back of the mirror glass one.




You can only justify a high cost if it's ****ing gorgeous. Straight up. However, you'll also have much more success in selling a high-ticket item if you market it to a niche. Making a generally appealing but expensive item will only work if there aren't much cheaper alternatives. Like, a Toyota Camry is a lot of money, and it's not a niche type product, but cars in general cost thousands of dollars.

If you want to make something expensive, you have to make something that will cause a select group of people will go, "Damn, it's like this shit was MADE for me."

I'd suggest figuring out the general design and maybe make some interchangeable faceplates. That way you could do different types of wood, you could even do holiday and season themed ones so that people could change them depending on time of year. You could also have other, nonseasonal different themes, and if they're swappable, once people have the clock itself, they'll probably want to change up the faceplate every now and then.

THat would be an interesting idea and standardizing the parts as much as possible would make the materials costs far less. It's just that figured wood is really pricey, but it's doable. I really dig that idea.
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#38
figured wood isn't really that expensive. obviously AAAAA flamed maple will be ridiculous, but there are plenty of nice cheap woods.

i'm just a sucker for figured wood though. i guess that's always why i've preferring veiny, throbbing cocks.

edit:

anyway, if you run with my ideas (of course you will, they're great), I'll expect a cut. Nothing too big, just ~15%
#39
pfft...
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