egzthunder1 · Oct 28, 2010 at 06:00 am

Hamster Powered Clock Project for Android Needs Help

From time to time, we step back from posting about completed projects and bring forward some projects or ideas that are trying to take off. This time, we found a project started by XDA member zamolxees and he has come up with a rather original concept for a new clock widget / application for Android. The whole concept is that of having a pet in your device that will be in charge of letting you know the time. As any good hamster, he will be running in his wheel and generating enough power to move the clock hands to the right position.

The project is refreshing and quite original and the dev will make all of his drawings available for coders who would like to help with the coding of the actual app. If you have the required knowledge for this to become a reality, please drop by the thread and give the dev a hand.

I’ve been looking for a nice clock for my desire ever since the sense clocks got so old for me. The market provides mostly image+clock arms widgets, and the closest I’ve come to something really nice (not to say there aren’t any other really nice ones that I don’t know of) is semicuda’s typoclock http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=814054

So I thought of a different kind of a widget. I’ll lay out my idea here:

The main character is a very lazy hamster (any name ideas?). This guy realized that he is somewhat overweight and unfit so he is asking you, brave developer to build a hamster wheel for him.
The hamster wheel turns as he reluctantly runs, which in turn engages a dynamo and all the other cogs and wheels inside.
Every once in a while, our guy gets tired and goes to sleep. So when you unlock your phone you will find him sleeping but quickly getting up and getting exercise. Or he will run so fast that the wheel and hamster will seem one. Or hamster will slow so much that he needs a jolt kindly provided by the machine to resume running.

You can find more information in the project thread.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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