α Clock from Sony Puts You in Control of Timelapses

Sony’s had an elegant app in the app store for a while: α Clock. It is a collection of fixed point images from around the world, highlighting many beautiful landscapes and cities. Now Sony has added TV support to the app, allowing any Android TV user to download it as well. It works as a standalone app and as a Daydream.

Alpha Clock

When you first load it, you see the instructions. Throughout the day, the photo updates based on the actual time, showing you the same location in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Alpha Clock

Alpha Clock

However, Sony’s added “time-shift UI”, meaning you are able to control the photo currently displayed. While in the app, just hit the up or down button and you’ll view a menu. You can go earlier by pressing up and later by pressing down.

Alpha Clock

If you want to check out another location, you can scroll through a list by pressing left or right. Each series of photos need to be downloaded on their own, presumably to save storage space. This list seems to continue being updated as more photos are made available. You are also able to delete photosets you no longer want in order to save memory.

This app seems to be adapted for TVs very well. The UI is elegant and also easy to understand. Plus the photography is amazing. I am a bit disappointed that neither the daydream nor the standalone app displays the real-world time, as that’s something I like to have in my daydream.

Alpha Clock

You may wonder what Sony’s purpose is in doing this, and what the α means. The photos were taken by a Sony camera, part of the α series. This app is a collection of photos that Sony has curated in order to demonstrate the picture quality of their cameras. It’s an idea that has become a great interactive art display, although it is missing a bit in functionality that would make it a more useful app.

The app is free to download on Google Play.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterLinkedInGoogle PlusReddit