Part Clock, Part BOM (Bill Of Materials)
Digital clock components, each a well defined entity, are strewn about, sharing a common plane - the wall or ground (not GND).  The components remain disconnected (no wires).  The components appear to interact with one another as evidenced by the clock’s emergent ability to tell time.  The witness understands that the LCD display is unable to calculate and keep time on its own.  And, how is it powered if not for the battery below.  You’d need those buttons to set it and that piezo buzzer to alarm.  But, how are they all connected?

Emergent behavior is achieved by integrating all of the system’s components, on a much smaller scale, within a single larger component, the primary point of user interaction - The LCD Display.  The LCD Display is a fully functional clock, comprising a small ic, tiny buttons, a battery and surface mount buzzer.  On its own, the LCD display would be identified as a small digital clock and dismissed.  By placing it amongst potential clock components, the user is left with questions.  The extraneous components are merely a distraction.

The user can place the components however they wish.  ‘Part Clock, Part BOM’ comes with the following component push-pins:

BOM (Bill Of Materials)
- buttons (2)
- piezo sounder (1)
- coin cell battery holder w/ battery (1)
- uC (1)
- LCD Clock (1)

*The component push-pins can be used to attach documents or photos to a surface.  The push-pins could also be replaced with strong magnets or double sided-tape and made to order.

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