Ever thought that looking at time was just too easy? Well, meet Albert. This wall clock for children breaks down the current time into math problems. Named after Albert Einstein, one needs to solve the mathematical equation in order to tell the time.
Both equations for hours and minutes are separated as hours in the top line and minutes in the bottom. A simple math problem declares both the hours and the minutes. For example, for “9pm”, the equation is “12-3/1.”
According to Alex Schindlbeck, the designer of the product, “Had Albert Einstein owned such a clock, he probably would also have become a brilliant mathematician.” The clock was designed in an Art School in Germany by Alex. According to him, Einstein’s “child-like glee” while researching was his inspiration for the product.
The clock improves along with the math skills of a child. The questions are easy at the beginning, but start getting more difficult with time. The idea is to force the kids to think, hence the problem’s difficulty is set accordingly. Equations on the clock are completely random and change every minute of the day. The difficulty rating can be set by the user according to their needs and the frequency with which the equations change can also be set.
The company behind Albert is raising funds on Kickstarter. Those who back the company early will be getting a clock from one of the first shipments that are supposed to go out in February 2016 for US$136. The company will also be releasing a mobile app later this year that can be purchased for just $1.14.