Interesting substrate used to position LEDs of this Word Clock

[Ivan] decided to build a Word Clock as holiday gift for his parents. He pulled it off, but as you can see above, it meant a lot of point-to-point soldering. One small piece of proto-board is used to host the power supply and a few integrated circuits, with the rest of the device mounted on an interesting choice of material.

The substrate that holds the LED array for the display is a plastic mesh. You’ll find the stuff in any craft store, it’s meant for use in yarn work. It comes rated in several different sizes designated by holes-per-linear-inch. This is fantastic because it makes precision spacing a snap. The face plate itself looks great, especially when you consider that all of the letters were cut out from a piece of black foam board by hand. This bezel was then put in a picture frame, with a bit of tissue paper as a diffuser.

They tell us that the code was written in assembly for an ATtiny2313 microcontroller. It uses a DS1305 RTC chip to keep time and you might be interested to see how the communication protocol was implemented in assembly. The project is based on [Doug's] Word Clock which we covered in this links post.

Comments

  1. ss says:

    Nice work. Is it a bug that the clock skipped 5 to 12 o’clock? It jumped from 11:50 to 12.

  2. John V. says:

    Nice work, this looked like a fun project to build.

  3. jwrm22 says:

    Nice clock! I would personally go for the DS1337 its 1337!

  4. antibore says:

    Nice build. By looking at the rats nest of wires, I didn’t expect so clean end result =)

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