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Can You Imagine Time Machine Tabletop Clock

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  • High quality wooden spiral track
  • 3 drop/connecting holes
  • Helix: 14 3/4 long, 9 1/2 inch diameter
  • Accelerator: 1 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches Ages 4+
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9 x 12 inches ; 3.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported
  • ASIN: B0000BEWO6
  • Item model number: 5413
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Batteries 4 C batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,500 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Time Machine is the clock that's fun to watch! Just turn it on and its precise mechanism transfers a chrome ball every sixty seconds for the perfect time. With its custom acrylic display case and ultra-modern design, Time Machine is destined to become the centerpiece of any room or office and will entertain and amaze for years!

Product Description

Watch time pass while observing the science of physical energy and the power of machines. -- A battery-operated motor lifts a steel ball bearing onto a durable concentric track at regular intervals. Here it moves with others on a slow downward course, both halted and propelled by 'see-saws' that tip when correctly weighted. Correct time can be read by observing the numerals that the balls are aligned with - hours and minutes are both indicated. -- This intriguing conversation piece is encapsulated in a clear, impact-resistant case. The base measures 10" x 6", the clock mechanism stands 8" high. -- Powered by a 6V AC adapter (not included) or via 4 "C" batteries (not included). -- Resources: -- » See It Work (Flash Movie)

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Customer Reviews

It is very sturdy and well made.
K.L.
One was not working when I received it; Two stopped working after a few months.
eyorecherry
The arm that lifts the balls would not turn.
C. Spagnuolo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Mickey W. Mitani on August 17, 2008
I had the original ball clock back in the mid-70s but it didn't survive a move so when this version came out we bought a couple this time.
Unlike the original, you don't have to put it together, which was a positive. Also unlike the original, the arm doesn't move constantly, which turns out to be both a positive and a negative. On the positive side, the arm moves faster than one revolution a minute, which means it is less likely to drop a ball, which happened often with the old clock. On the negative side, the gearing that keeps the arm stationary for most of the minute failed after 9 months, rendering the first clock useless. The arm moves constantly now, picking up several balls per minute.
The second clock was found to have been put together slightly off true, so the balls get stuck in the vertical tube instead of rolling to the pickup point. So neither clock works now and they're not worth sending back for fixing, although I might try to swap the motors to see if I can get one good clock out of the pair.
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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By aquapt on July 28, 2007
I had always wanted one of these, and finally got one a few years ago. I'm still very fond of it, but I rarely plug it in. It's fine if you're actually sitting and watching it, but there was nowhere I could put it in my house that the incessant clunking of balls wouldn't drive me nuts the rest of the time. Don't even *think* about putting one of these in a bedroom, unless it's occupied by somebody with severe hearing loss. Other than that, though, these clocks are fascinating and great fun.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pedro R. Schaeffer on September 21, 2011
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I got this clock and after reading the reviews I would like to suggest a few steps that will lower substantially the mechanical noise of this clock.
As most people say, this clock is very noisy, and I must agree, so, I decided to improve the noise level and the result is a much improved overall noise level. One must keep in mind that this is a device that is made of plastic and has dozen of steel balls circulating on its troughs, so, don't expect it to be as quite as a conventional clock.
First thing to improve the noise level is to set the clock on top of a soft pad to minimize the vibration of its structure with a hard surface, like a glass top or wood.
Second, fill all the empty space underneath the clock with plastic foam (as the one used in computer packaging or even a kitchen foam sponge). To do so, remove the batteries, remove all the balls and flip the clock over, and you'll see many empty spaces underneath. Cut pieces to fit snugly into the empty spaces until everything is filled with foam. Flip the clock back to its working position on top of the pad, place the balls in the proper places to show the correct time and replace the batteries and their cover.
Very important, always use this clock with the plastic cover that came with it. This cover has two notches underneath the top that hold the motor tower on the right position, thus avoiding a misalignment of the moving arm that catches the balls.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Angela Reads on March 24, 2008
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My husband was thrilled with this gift. He had one as a child and talked about it often. He says he could just sit and watch it all day. It does not seem very durable, however, and the clear plastic case arrived with scratches on the sides and back. I'm not returning it though, because my husband is too enthralled with it. It's noisy but we just don't put it in our bedroom!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on November 3, 2011
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The product is not working properly and the provider CYI (Can You Imagine) is a disaster, I sent an email claiming and asking for support, they answered that Customer Care was going to contact me but never happened, I sent additional emails and they didn't respond me back, very disappointing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cycomps on January 24, 2012
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I purchased this item because I collect clocks and it would have made an interesting addition to my collection. However, only after 2 months of operating, it messed up. The ball pickup arm started acting strangely. It would only go halfway around then stop. After another minute, it would go the rest of the way around then stop, thus taking 2 minutes to pick up a ball instead of 1 minute. I have been in contact with the manufacturer but so far have only gotten an email back stating that "the clock only has a 45 day warranty on it" which I already read before I sent the email to their customer service. I was asking if there was a replacement part that I could order but so far all they mention is the fact the the warranty had expired. I believe that is only as far as I am going to get with them. It looks possible that this particular problem may be common with it. I am very disappointed with this item at this time.

UPDATE:
I just received an email back from the customer service lady that I have been corresponding with saying the she received "special permission" to extend the warranty this one time only on my clock and that they will replace it for me. It's good that some companies will listen to their customers. I have to take back what I said in my earlier review. We'll see how the replacement does before I say anything further about it.

UPDATE 2:
I returned the clock to them and as of today 2-17-12 I have not heard back from them or received the replacement clock. I think they really do not intend to replace the clock like they said they would otherwise I would have received it back by now. I do NOT recommend this product to anyone because it seems to have inherent problems with the ball pickup mechanism and that the clock will only last a few months.
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