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Next optical atomic clock chip is smaller than a coffee bean

Next optical atomic clock chip is smaller than a coffee bean

Most of us take time for granted and presume that seconds are just, well, seconds. For some applications in science and technology, however, being precise down to the millisecond can make a world of difference. For that kind of precision, atomic clocks are the name of the game and the NIST's in-development clock has a beating hart so small that a coffee bean would stand tall beside it.

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Amazon announces the Echo Wall Clock because honestly why not

Amazon announces the Echo Wall Clock because honestly why not

Apparently Amazon wasn't kidding when it said it had a lot of new products to show off today. Unquestionably one of the quirkiest reveals of the day is the Echo Wall Clock. While it may not function as a standalone Echo speaker, it'll interact with your IoT setup in ways that no traditional wall clock can, that's for sure.

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The 10,000 Year Clock that Jeff Bezos is funding is being installed

The 10,000 Year Clock that Jeff Bezos is funding is being installed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has begun the installation of his 10,000 Year Clock, where each tick happens just once a year. The project had begun drilling at its mountain installation site in Texas back in 2009, though it's only now that the 500 foot high clock has begun to be fitted into place.

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iHome iGV1 puts the Google Assistant in a nightstand clock

iHome iGV1 puts the Google Assistant in a nightstand clock

One of the most useful spots for a smart speaker is arguably next to your bed, and that's where the iHome iGV1 wants to be plugged in. Packaging the Google Assistant into an alarm clock body, it's designed to replace your existing clock-radio with a much smarter version that gives control over your connected home before you've even lifted your head off the pillow.

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2016 will get an extra second to keep precision time devices precise

2016 will get an extra second to keep precision time devices precise

I'd wager that we are all familiar with the leap year, this is the year when February gets an extra day. Some will be familiar with a similar concept called the leap second and the last time a leap second was added to the clock as June 30, 2015. 2016 will get a leap second to keep precision clocks that precisely track time accurate. This leap second will come at the end of 2016.

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Scientists create hyper-accurate single-ion ytterbium clock

Scientists create hyper-accurate single-ion ytterbium clock

Have you ever had a clock that runs a little fast, or a little slow? Well, technically speaking, every single timepiece you've ever owned is off, at least by a little bit. Time is actually such a strange thing that scientists are always searching for a new way to make a more accurate clock. And today, they have reached a level of precision that has been little more than a theory since the early 1980's.

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This clock needs your finger to touch it

This clock needs your finger to touch it

There's a circular clock out there in the wild today that uses an array of lights and your finger to display the time. It goes by the name Shadowplay, and we wouldn't at all be surprised if some big-name manufacturer ripped the design off from the fine folks at BreadedEscalope before the end of next year. Expect this piece of art to be popping up in a store near you before you can say "where can I buy that." For now, it is just as you see it - a single, wall-mounted piece of artwork not meant for mass production.

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New atomic clock doesn’t lose a second for 15 billion years

New atomic clock doesn’t lose a second for 15 billion years

Physicists have invented a new atomic clock that is the most accurate clock ever invented. According to the team of scientists that have worked on the clock, it won't gain or lose a second over 15 billion years. The record setting timepiece is an optical lattice clock that uses strontium atoms and is three times more accurate than the clock that held the previous record.

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Coolest Clock is a smartphone-connected projection clock

Coolest Clock is a smartphone-connected projection clock

Coolest Clock is the wall-mounted projection display that you never realized you needed. It's up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo and has blown its goals out of the water, reeling in over $230,000 USD when its original goal was only $20,000 USD. This device looks sleek and compact while projecting all kinds of up-to-the-minute live info like weather, social media, and news. It also tells time, but I'm sure you have something in your arsenal of devices that can already do that. If you want to buy Coolest Clock, it's not to tell time. You would buy it for its live projection screen update of information, and of course, because it's the Coolest Clock out there.

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Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Some people have a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and for that reason a nearby snooze button is its own sort of addiction. Ramos is a smart alarm clock designed specifically for these non-morning people, forcing users to get out of bed by limiting how many times the snooze button can be hit before they have to get up and take their phone to a paired off-site beacon. Bringing one's phone and the beacon together allows one to enter the "defuse code", which finally, mercifully, silences the alarm.

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Twelve24 ClockONE: a giant e-ink clock powered by a tiny battery

Twelve24 ClockONE: a giant e-ink clock powered by a tiny battery

Tired of squinting to see the clock? That won't be a problem with Twelve24's ClockONE, a giant e-ink clock styled after traditional alarm clock displays featuring a magnetic wall "hook". The ClockONE is simplistic, and most notably it is powered by a single coin-sized battery, which will allow it to run for an entire year. There aren't many features to it because features aren't the point: it aims to be simple to use, doing what it does well without any unnecessary frills or hassle.

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Scientists create most accurate clock in the world

Scientists create most accurate clock in the world

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created what they say is the most accurate clock anywhere in the world, able to keep its ticking rate to a variation of less than two parts per every quintillion. This number, not only too infinitesimal for the average mind to comprehend, is also 10 times more accurate than any other clock out there.

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