Open-Frame Digital Clock


Here’s an interesting project from several years ago. The clock design itself isn’t too noteworthy, but the construction is definitely inspired. You’ll notice that there is no breadboard or PCB, the frame actually is the circuit. The tubes he’s using are Numitron tubes,  which aren’t as high voltage as Nixies or even VFDs.  This means that there is only 12V maximum going through the exposed rails. He discusses some possible future upgrades such as LED or Nixie or VFD, but since this project is a few years old, who knows if he is still working with it.

[thanks Agent420]

13 thoughts on “Open-Frame Digital Clock

  1. i love weird clocks ;-)

    numitrons are also cool, you can drive them directly from 5V ttl or ucontroller io. you get the tube look without a lot of hassle, and there not as over-exposed as nixies.

    i remember when these were used in gas pumps, they might have been the first digital displays for that use.

  2. chango… dont know much about electricity do you…

    Unless the cat is soaked in gasoline and you can get the thing to spark there is zero chance of fire if tipped over or even beat with a hammer.

  3. sometimes the safety mindedness of hackers surprises me ;-) i’m sure you unplug all your wallwarts before disconnecting them in case the end touches something metal.

    this thing is no danger. but perhaps that is part of it’s appeal.

    i really dig the structural circuit design.

  4. I thought you said Open FLAME clock. Now that would have been impressive. But this is cool too. I dig the Numitron tubes. It needs a protective Plexiglas case. I can just see some little kid grabbing the frame or some ones beer hitting this thing.

  5. this looks like a fun project i may have to do this. its a good way of displaying how a clock works.for those of you that think this things a fire hazard you aught be shot!. its low voltage harmless! pussys.

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