Paragon Project: AI Poet & Clock

Paragon Project: AI Poet & Clock

Apparently, it must be “Clock Week” for Paragon Projects. On Tuesday, we wrote about the worst smart watch ever and today we’ve got to cover this fantastic AI clock. Viktor Shin over at has come up with a simple ChatGPT-powered clock that can also recite poetry, tell jokes, and provide you with the temperature.

It’s called “Poetic Ticks”.

All-in-one clock with AI put together by Viktor Shin. As Viktor puts it, “Poetic Ticks is an innovative and multi-functional device that marries the practicality of a digital clock and thermometer with the whimsy of a joke and poem generator.”

Along with the time and temperature, the LCD display will show a ChatGPT-written poem every 15 minutes and a ChatGPT-written joke every hour.


For this, Viktor used a Raspberry Pi Pico, a WIZnet ethernet HAT, and an LCD screen to display the time and poems. You could, alternatively, just use a Pico W for WiFi access along with an LCD.

AI Clock and Poet
Credit: Viktor Shin.

Diehard readers of the blog know that I love projects that revolve around the Pico. And I especially love the Pico W, as it’s cheap, versatile, and usually runs without a hitch.

Check out a selection of our articles on projects with the Pico and Pico W:


So, the first thing to note is that if you use Viktor’s setup and code, then you’re going to need to flash firmware that supports the wiznet5k library.

However, if you go with a Pico W, then you’ll be able to stick to the standard Pico W firmware.

Based on MicroPython, the code does multiple things: (1) sets up SPI communication with the LCD, (2) displays the current time and temperature, and (3) displays the text that ChatGPT spits out.

Just as with the worst smart watch ever, the idea here is to get the device hooked up to an Network Time Protocol (NTP). That way, it can tell you the time.

AI Clock and Poet
Credit: Viktor Shin.

If you want to get your hands on the code, you can check it out over at

You can see more Paragon Projects that we’ve featured in this series by clicking here.

And do you have any questions or if you’d like to suggest a project for this series? Comment below!

What would you do with an AI poet and clock?

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