Real time redstone clocks are a marvel of redstone technology. Not only can they keep track of time, they are capable of powering other more complicated redstone machines. Regardless of whether a redstone clock runs a ten second or twenty-four hour time span, they operate on the same principles, which can be easy and straightforward to understand.
How to Create a Redstone Clock
The counter on our redstone clock will be a piston array. We've built similar piston arrays in the past. As you may know, all non-glass blocks on piston arrays translate to a redstone signal. In the case of our redstone clock, each signal will correspond to one second on a ten second timer.
Step 1 Build a 9-Row Piston Memory Array
Build a simple piston array containing nine rows of memory, each five blocks long. For a complete walk through of the memory array, see our previous article on the subject.
Step 2 Create a Redstone Display
Step 3 Connect the Memory Array and Display
Step 4 Fire Up the Clock
Now you have a simple, compact, and efficient redstone clock and more importantly than this, you've taken a further step towards redstone mastery! Feel free to play with the design and the size of the memory array, and let us know what you create.
A special thanks to everyone who participated in last Saturday's Weekly Workshop.
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