Awesome Stuff: Nixie Tube And Oscilloscope Clocks
from the retro-steam-punk dept
Okay, so the idea of Nixie tube clocks is hardly a new idea. Nixie tubes have been around for decades, of course, and a good friend of mine has had a Nixie tube clock for years, but new variations keep popping up on crowdfunding sites, so for this week’s awesome stuff blog post (in which we look at interesting crowdfunding projects), I thought I’d look at some Nixie tube projects — and one non-Nixie tube project, but which feels like it fits right in.
- First up, we’ve got Blub, which is a pretty standard Nixie tube clock, but with some modern styling to the base. Not just a clock, it can also display the date and the temperature, and has a few nice features, like an alarm clock and a night time shut off.
- Nixie tubes scream out retro, so of course there would be a Steampunk Nixie Tube Clock, with some astounding steampunk designs from Kyle Miller, someone who has a long history of designing amazing Steampunk pieces, though traditionally just doing custom pieces. This is his first attempt to create a line of steampunk offerings.
- Okay, so that last one involved someone doing an elaborate design for you. But what if you’re more the DIY kind of person? Well, then there’s the Smart Nixie Tube offering, which is an expandable Nixie tube display module, with built-in Arduino Uno compatible hardware, allowing you to basically build whatever you want with Nixie tubes fairly easily. You can build your own clock, or whatever else you might want to display.
- Finally, this last one isn’t a Nixie tube clock, but rather an oscilloscope clock kit that certainly fits right in to the general feeling of the Nixie clocks. The video presentation is pretty terrible, unfortunately. Given how many examples there are of good Kickstarter videos, I’m always amazed at projects who don’t seem to put any effort at all (this video is just someone just doing a video moving around the clock, with no voiceover or explanation).
That’s it for this week…
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Comments on “Awesome Stuff: Nixie Tube And Oscilloscope Clocks”
Steampunk? Sir Reginald would disagree.
reminds me of Steing;gate
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I don’t know anything about a steins;gate but I know about a Stargate.
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Erm feeling kinda nerdy over that comment!
Poon, Hooters ,Beer, football, Pain killers! phew saved it.
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Stiens;gate an anime that only tangentially related to nixie tubes. And it’s ok, stargate is pretty damn cool too B)
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You mean this
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I guess my fossilized dinosaur turd sundial is a bit outdated .
“a clock using a cathode ray tube to display time. “
So its a small crt monitor hooked up with a simple clock.
It’s a vector display. I see you don’t appreciate technical elegance.
These, especially the Blub, are some of the ugliest and most tasteless nixie clocks I’ve ever seen. Compare them to what you see here – http://www.tubeclockdb.com/ – or on Etsy.
Kickstarter's mixed legacy
While Kickstarter is a great idea for niche items that would never be made via normal funding methods, Kickstarter has been a disaster for gaming. It’s turned into a way for game developers to generate income without any risk (or apparently, without completing an actual game). It’s led directly to the “early access” phenomenon of games being released in early alpha form. As far as I can tell, the number of “early access” games that have actually been completed and are available as finished, professional games is very tiny compared to the number of Kickstarted game projects.
Worse, it’s induced professional game developers and even some pretty big companies to go the Kickstarter route, which is kind of insulting, especially considering they rarely result in an actual game.
I don’t have a problem with people asking for charity, but if you want my money so you can manufacture something, you should be prepared to sell me stock and include me in the profits. If you want people to donate so you can make something, by all means go ahead. But it’s the risk that appears to be a necessity to quality consumer products.
2013 was one of the worst years for video games, despite the release of two next-gen consoles and computer hardware being more powerful than ever. I attribute the lack of great games in part to the Kickstarter effect.
The oscilloscope one could be something nice but it’s clear the ones behind it didn’t even want to put a tiny amount of effort behind it. You don’t need to make a professional video but I’m sure you can do better than that with a minimal amount of effort…