A cuckoo clock that shows sickness instead of time.

We have clocks that, in addition to telling time, report the phases of the moon and astrological information.  What if we could make a clock that reported something useful, like your health and showed how you were progressing through illness?  Here is first attempt to see what that might look like.  This automaton has two functions.  When I turn the crank, the figure gets sick rapidly and drops.  This is followed by a gradual recovery.  The dial on the front cycles between two states, sickness and health.

This isn’t programmed using real data, but that wouldn’t be hard.  A more sophisticated mechanism could show different symptoms, rather than a total collapse.

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