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The 'Glassy and Glowy Clock' thread

Discussion in 'Electronics & Electrics' started by Symon, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. RobRoySyd

    RobRoySyd Member

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    New Nixie tubes are now available as well as clocks using them:



    Before you get too excited each tube takes around 6 man hours to make and they're priced accordingly.
     
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  2. BlueRaven

    BlueRaven Brute force & optimism

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    Matt's pretty lucky that people are willing to send him USD$1000 Nixie clock kits to review!
    He deserves it though, great content creator (I'm a supporter of the channel via Patreon) and he's definitely shown his appreciation for "Nixie art" in several of his earlier videos.

    As I posted in a youtube comment, I just love the aesthetics of Nixie projects but the cost is too prohibitive for me to get the real deal.
    Obviously these niche components are never going to reach mass-market-production status ever again.
    But maybe, just maybe, if guys like Dalibor Farny and the team at Milclock have some measure of commercial success, the price of new tubes might come down a bit over time.
     
  3. RobRoySyd

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    That's an interesting point.
    Having watched the tubes being made I'd be somewhat amazed if the amount of labour involved could be significantly reduced. For sure machines today can make anything but for that kind of product the complexity and hence capital cost would be large. Then you end up with a plant that could make 100s per day and there just isn't the market at any price point.
     
  4. cvidler

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    Not a clock, but if any audience will appreciate it's you guys
     
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    Symon

    Symon Castigat ridendo mores

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    That is insanely cool!
     
  6. davros123

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    Oh - a clock thread cool! Made this world time clock for my three important time zones...Melb/London/NewYork. The blue was a mistake (not as bad as it looks in the photo) ... I will likely get another color for London time.
    They are wired together and hot melt glued behind a $10 frame from officeworks with glass sprayed white. Works a treat!
    I used these from aliexpress. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32876094666.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4d06pXmx
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  7. cvidler

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    hope you've got some way to sync them, being out of sync would drive me insane.
     
  8. davros123

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    nope...OCD triggered :)
     
  9. mjunek

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    We do a family Kris Kringle each year now that everyone is adults.
    Whoever got me last year knows I'm a geek.

    Loved putting this project together. 6x IV11 VFD tubes, and a bunch of RGB vomit LEDs.

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    Your inspiration to make the clock - It was a Christmas present as a kit.
    Type of display - 6x IV-11 VFD Tubes
    How do you set the time - Has an IR remote control feeding microcontroller to set date/time + format, leds, alarm etc.
    Microcontroller used - STC15F2K
    Programming language used - NFI, chip was pre-programmed
    RTC clock chip (if used) - DS3231 RTC.
    Any other features or information -
    • Scrolls between Time, date and temperature
    • Temperature captured with DS18B20 1-wire sensor.
      • This is quite inaccurate. At a guess the default code is polling it way too fast and it's self-heating. Typcially reads 3-4 degrees too high.
      • There's also additional heat coming from nearby driver chips for the tubes. I'll move it one day.
    • 3x banks of RGB LEDs.
      • 6x Under Tube LEDs driven from some yum-cha driver chip,
      • 2x LEDs for the dividers,
      • 1x LED which changes colour based on day of week.
     
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