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).