Nautilus Shell has Inspired Maker's of Zen Alarm Clocks
The Zen Alarm Clock wakes you with a “Golden Ratio” progression of chime sounds
The Zen Clock’s progressive chiming takes place over about 10 minutes. This progression is measured from the first strike of the chime until the clock reaches its final cycle of continuous chiming, about every 5 seconds, until shut off. The sequence of chime strikes within this 10 minute cycle is designed to approximate the “Golden Ratio.” The Golden Ratio, also known as the “Golden Mean”, the “Divine Proportion,” or simply “Phi,” is a special relationship between any given whole and a specific part thereof. Nature uses the Golden Ratio as its formula for creation.
The simplest expression of the Golden Ratio is in the division of a line: A line with a given length is divided into a small part and a large part. The relationship of the small segment of the line to the large segment of the line is in the same proportion as the relationship of the large segment to the line as a whole.
The Golden Ratio has been used since ancient times by artists, architects and designers to express harmony and balance. The beauty of the Golden Ratio is that all three parts––the small part, the large part, and the whole––are in perfect proportion with each other. Nature uses this divine proportion to grow from within itself. Golden Ratio relationships are everywhere in nature––from the human body to the solar system. The progressive sequence of the Zen Alarm Clock’s chime expresses the Golden Ratio by dividing the 10 minute time “line” into smaller and smaller Golden ratios. The first chime divides the line at 3 minutes and 27 seconds. The next chime divides the large part of the original division (the remaining 6 and a half minutes of the 10 minute cycle) by the same ratio. The process continues as illustrated below. The interval between chime strikes thus diminishes from within itself according to the Golden Ratio.
The self-accumulating growth which is the essence of the Golden Ratio finds its most elegant natural expression in a “golden spiral.” A golden spiral is one which grows narrower as it turns inward. Nautilus shells, galaxies, whirlpools, and even your fist are examples of golden spirals. The progression of the Zen Alarm Clock’s chime forms an audible golden spiral. The clock thus echoes nature’s expression of divine harmony as it provides for a progressive awakening.
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