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Tidey clock features a real-time animated display of local tides

Tidey clock features a real-ti...
Although pictured on the beach here, the Tidey tidal clock is designed for use in the home
Although pictured on the beach here, the Tidey tidal clock is designed for use in the home
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A close look at Tidey's construction
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A close look at Tidey's construction
Although pictured on the beach here, the Tidey tidal clock is designed for use in the home
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Although pictured on the beach here, the Tidey tidal clock is designed for use in the home

Whether you're a surfer, a sailor or simply a beachcomber, it's important to know the current cycle of the tide at your favorite beach. And while apps do provide that info, the Tidey tidal clock does so in what is claimed to be a much easier-to-understand fashion.

Invented by British sea swimmer, surfer and product designer Gareth James, Tidey uses a home's Wi-Fi network to access an online database of over 1,000 beaches located around the world. When users first set the device up, they use a smartphone or computer to choose their beach (or at least the closest one to it) from that list, which is categorized by country.

From that point on, Tidey's animated RGB LED display continuously shows both the height and direction of the tide at that location – it's claimed to be accurate to within 10 thousandths of a second. If the user relocates, or just decides that they like another beach on the list better, they can change their beach selection via an online setup page.

A close look at Tidey's construction
A close look at Tidey's construction

The device itself is made mainly of 100-percent recycled card stock, along with a biodegradable PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastic screen. At the end of its lifecycle, the whole thing can be returned to the manufacturer for recycling and reuse of its parts. Additionally, in order to save power, it automatically goes into a low-brightness sleep mode at night.

Should you be interested, Tidey is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Assuming it reaches production, a pledge of £80 (about US$107) will get you one – its planned retail price is £95 ($127). A one-year data subscription is included, after which you'll have to pay £4.99 ($7) annually.

There's more information in the following video.

Tidey tidal clock

Sources: Kickstarter, Tidey

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This doesn't seem to have any provision to tell how many feet the water level changes with the tide. This is pretty important in shallow waters or going under bridges. In areas with barrier islands, the inland tide can lag the ocean tide by several hours from one side of the island to the other. Being accurate to within 10 thousandths of a second seems like hype and I'm not sure I want something that is made of cardboard around the water.
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That is way too expensive for a novelty tide clock.