The project was born of inspiration by other RGB LED clocks. I always felt that they didn't play enough with what was available. The LEDs were often bare, or facing directly to the viewer.
Most clocks I've seen would only highlight one or two LEDs for each "hand" I wanted a more beautiful method of telling time so that this could be part art piece part clock
Finally, I made it using the new(ish) esp8266 chip as I wanted a way to change the colours, and an HTML interface seemed to be just the trick.