German artist and maker Felix Vorreiter has created this pretty cool clock that uses encoded strings to display a digital readout of the time. As you can see, the string passes through rollers to form 5 lines which when everything lines up, reads the time. His clock advances the string in a traditional 1 second at a time format, which I think would make it much too difficult to actually read the time. Also, his rope is only long enough for 2 hours of time. He estimates it would take 0.7 miles of rope for a full 24 hour day. To that I say it’s time to re-think the pattern painted on the string. Re-use some of the painted lines, sure, that would be a much more difficult algorithm to figure out,but that’s why we have computers!