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Moving Pictures

Thanks to Dakota I am now the proud owner of a Pong Clock and $300 poorer.

What really struck me about the Pong Clock is, well it’s a clock that tells time by playing Pong.

But past that it’s a piece of art that’s in constant motion.

Having nicely framed art on your wall is great but it’s static.

And it’s 2006, it really doesn’t need to be static.

LCD’s and other display technology is cheap; computers are cheap; wifi is cheap.

Plenty of do-it-yourself hackers have taken old laptops and converted them to become digital picture frames. The Pong Clock makes me want to do that too, although I’d want mine to do more than just show pictures. It should be playing Super Mario Clouds or running some processor intensive screensaver but also grab photos from my Flickr feed and show those too.

And I could hack something like that up if I had time, but really, I just wish someone smarter and more clever than me would build a cheaper, mass-produced version that I could buy.

And I wish someone with better artistic sensibilities than me was in charge of populating it with neat stuff, and I could subscribe to it.

That would be the genius - the company would sell it not as a device, but as a device with a constant stream of quality updated things to show. You’d be buying buying updated art for a year - not just some screen.

The more art-fuck version that I’m really enamored with is making a few custom displays, and then selling custom, updated art that shows up on someone’s wall. The only ways to access the updated art files would be hardcoded into the machine and fetched secretly, so the only reasonable way to access it would be via the digital frame.

If you make it I want a cut.

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