The ultimate way to be cool, geek and to improve your mathematics skills. The current time is displayed in vertical columns, one digit per column. A column has four dots/lights/thingies, meaning the powers of 2 (2^0 = 1, 2^1 = 2, 2^2 = 4, 2^3 = 8), actually the digits of the according digit of the current time in binary. When a dot lights, then that digit of the binary number is one, if it does not, it's zero. It may sound complicated but it takes only a little practice to be able to read it as fast as you read a "normal" clock. Aviable as a Gnome applet, Windows software, or you can order it in parts or assembled as a desktop or wall clock. Unfortunately, no wrist-watch version (dumb, geek way to amaze girls) is known to exist.

Though not quite the same as the binary clock described above, RSI Digital, based in Norway, does offer a binary watch. Starting at 25 US dollars, you can confuse the hell out of your less-enlightened cow-orkers. And they just plain look cool, even if you choose to leave the watch in its base 10 display mode.

The watch's display, instead of having dots, simply has a ones-and-zeroes time, like this:


Which, of course, translates to 13:11:32.

This version also incorporates the more mundane features most of us expect in a digital watch these days -- stopwatch, alarm, timer, and Indiglo-style backlighting that they can't call Indiglo because Timex probably trademarked the hell out of the name.

Refer to to buy one of these digital marvels for your own wrist. This is not a paid advertisement; I just think the one I bought is really neat.

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