The Weasley family in Harry Potter have a special place in my heart, because they never fail to be just the right amount of quirky. Like, remember the clock that had little pictures of each Weasley member (looking mortified to be immortalized on a clock), showing where they were at any given time? ‘School,’ ‘Lost,’ Work,’ ‘Mortal Peril’… that thing was mighty perfect and hilarious – I’m sure you agree.
Now guess what, a computer science guru called Trey Bagley (AKA Imgur user tbornottb) has made a complex digital recreation of the awesome clock for his parents, using the shell of a broken antique clock. And yes, it’s fully functioning, syncing with his six family’s iPhones and GPS trackers to determine their whereabouts. Apparently his sisters were weary of participating in anything that allowed their parents to keep tabs on them, but they felt comfortable with this set up because it meant they could make their own rules – i.e. the clock is customizable, containing only whatever information you feed into it. If you change your mind, that works too.
Trey posted a set of instructions for anyone who wants to attempt this DIY project themselves, which is pretty generous of him. And if you’re technically savvy with computers, he’s posted the code as well. Otherwise, all you need to know is that there were a lot of wires involved, along with the use of a free location-based web service called If This Then That, which alters the clocks hands according to movements in their GPS location. The next most important thing is obviously what triggers the ‘Mortal Peril’ location, and as tbornottb explained to Mashable, it’s “whatever each person wanted.” For him it’s triggered by the radius of his rival school. For his sister, a forecast of unsavory weather.
The elegant ‘B’ at the bottom of the clock is backlit by different colored LED lights, each color responding to the family member whose location is about to update. All in all, I wish this centerpiece was smack bang in the middle of my living room, because what a sweet conversation starter.
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HT: Huffington Post