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Poem/1 AI clock displays time as a poem

Poem/1 always displays the time as a poem. (Image: Acts Not Facts)
Poem/1 always displays the time as a poem. (Image: Acts Not Facts)
A new poem every minute that cleverly contains the current time - the Poem/1 promises no less. To make this possible, the clock combines an E Ink display with a network connection and the poems are generated by artificial intelligence.

Acts Not Facts has created one of the most unusual clocks in the world, the Poem/1. Instead of simply displaying the time as numbers or words, a new poem is displayed every minute that shows the time as a rhyme, although this only works in English.

Technically, this works relatively simply: a central server asks ChatGPT for a new poem every minute, which is then distributed to all Poem/1s connected to the network. The server-as-a-middleman reduces the number of requests that need to be sent via Open AI's API, thus reducing fees and avoiding the need for a paid subscription. Changing the server URL to display other content is also possible.

The poems are shown on a rectangular E Ink display with a resolution of 960 x 540. Although the screen is non-reflective, it is not illuminated and so cannot be read in dark rooms. Power is supplied via a USB-C cable. The clock also has openings that allow for wall mounting. If the funding target of just under $103,000 is exceeded by 11%, the developer will add a button that allows you to send a poem to yourself as a note.

Price and availability

Poem/1 is currently being funded on Kickstarter. Those who support the project with GBP 119 (approx. $150) plus shipping costs are expected to receive the E Ink clock in August 2024. The purchase price includes the OpenAI fees for five years worth of generated poems, after which fees may be due in order to further use the clock.

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Hannes Brecher, 2024-02-22 (Update: 2024-02-22)