Full Circle (the explanation behind my new prototype design)

The design for the prototype I recently finished that suspends my two computer monitors from the wall is based on a number of mathematical principles:

  1. A circle can be approached as a polygon approaches an infinite number of sides. This is shown in the following image:

    image 1: Polygons

    However, we can never actually reach it, since each side would need to have zero length, which would give us a dot.

  2. Binary numbers can code decimal numbers arithmetically. To do this, we compose a decimal number by powers of 2.
    Here is an example:

    image 2: Binary and Decimal numbers.

    However you count, you always start with 1. Then, just like a computer would count, in my mount design we go to 2 (2-sided – flat) flat screen monitors hanging by arms which are attached to a 4-sided (square) beam. Each side then bifurcates to create the vertices of an octagonal (8-sided) cross section. In the last piece, similar to what is sometimes seen in diamond cuts, the octagon flows into a 16-sided polygon (the hexadecagon).
    At this point, the polygons are almost being perceived as circles.

Finally, the name of the project “Chimæra” comes from the name of a Greek mythical creature that had 2 heads of different animals and a body of a third animal.

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