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Great looking VFD modular clock

VFD or other tube based indicators and clocks always look great. Akafugu has polished his IV-18 8 digit based VFD clock which also comes as kit that can be assembled without a drop of solder. Clock is based on LPC1347 ARM Cortex -M3 microcontroller. It comes in two options, with or without GPS. The clock has all basic features you would expect including battery backup, alarm, optional GPS which is used to set time automatically, seconds can be counted with four different letter words. Project is based on open source firmware which can be hacked with your specific needs since there is plenty of memory and processing power left. Source is developed with mbed online ide and compiler. Continue reading

Digital Numitron clock uses IV9 and IV16 tubes

Numitron tubes are special type of displays, where digits are constructed out of segments like in 7-segment LED displays. They can be driven with standard 74HC595 shift registers. Numitron indicators require about 20mA of current so interfacing them to microcontrollers is fairly easy. Kalshagar have built really nice four Numitron digits based digital clock. He wanted clock to be modular so that different parts could be reused in other projects if needed. To do so, he split design in to two boards – a display board which carries only tubes and driving circuit; while another part where microcontroller, RTC and backup battery is. He has done several versions of board and enclosure while eventually he stayed with rusty metal casing which looks really great. Continue reading