Albert Clock: This Digital Timekeeper Uses Math To Tell You Time

Do you want to turn your apartment’s shabby walls into a style statement? Consider hanging some designer clocks that can bring a breathe of fresh air to your favourite living area. Now what about a clock (Well, if you want to call it so) that not only satisfies to your style-hungry persona, but also helps you improve your kid’s math skills?

Let me introduce Albert to you. Yes, it’s essentially a digital clock that wants you to solve equations to know what it is. Sounds odd? Well, you can’t help it.

Named after Albert Einstein, Albert Clock can turn math not just into a game, but a brain exercise for you and your kid. The equations are fairly easy. You won’t be exposed to anything beyond addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. But once you get familiar with it, the equations gradually become more difficult to solve as your kids get better with their math skills.

“Children enjoy racking their brains and making calculations when they’re allowed to take a playful approach. The Albert Clock, however, isn’t exclusively for kids: If you want to get the ALBERT CLOCK for your little ones because of its educational value you might soon as well take pleasure in being put to the test and having to figure out the correct time,” according to the company’s website.

The design

No, you won’t call it a clock at the first glance.

Liked the design? The credit goes to Axel Schindlbeck, who dsigned Albert Clock that comes in three colours — red, grey and black. Although there’s a detachable wall mount, you’ll be just fine even without it as the clock sits perfectly on a table.

Dimensions, you ask? Albert is 35 cm wide, 15 cm high and 5 cm thick. It supports both 12h and 24h format that you can choose from the menu.

Albert Clock is a good blend of simplicity and an attractive design. You’ll find only a set of three physical buttons on its right – the first one lets you to enter and skip through the menu while the other two allow you modify the values in the menu.

What if you press the second and the third buttons directly? They will let you change the level of difficulty of the equations.

The clock can be used with 110 V and 220 V. No batteries required. Even if you switch Albert off, all your settings will be saved for a period of approximately 48 hours.

How does it work?

It’s all about solving equations.

When you look at Albert Clock, there’re two lines telling you the time — hour on the top and minutes on the bottom. Each line shows you a math equation, which you need to solve to know the exact time. For instance, if Albert displays “12 – 4 hours and 25 + 5 minutes”, you should read it as 8:30 am.

Note that the equations are random, and they change every minute of the day by default. But you have the option to adjust the frequency of the equations to as quickly as every 10 seconds. On top of that, you can also set the level of difficulty from 1 to 6.

Check out the slideshow below:

  • Albert Clock: Level 1

    That's too easy! Bring them all...

  • Albert Clock: Level 2

    This is so easy!

  • Albert Clock: Level 3

    Ok... That was something!

  • Albert Clock: Level 4

    Manageable. What's next?

  • Albert Clock: Level 5

    I can smell it now.

  • Albert Clock: Level 6

    Hmm... Are we really dealing with time?

Albert Clock costs 279 euros (about $335 or Rs. 21,551). Once ordered, it will be shipped within 10 to 15 business days, worldwide.

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