A small team consisting of an electrical engineer and software engineer have created a new vacuum fluorescent display Nixie tube clock in the form of the PhotoniClock. The VFD clock by PhotonicFusion has been launched via Kickstarter this week and is now available to back with earlybird pledges from $149. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the RGB LEDs which illuminate each tube creating colourful effects in a Nixie tube style design.
“When we set out to create the PhotoniClock, we had but one goal in mind: Create a timepiece that’s worthy of occupying the precious space on your table. To achieve that goal, we adhered to a set of simple rules. The PhotoniClock automatically adjusts the brightness of its display (and LEDs) according to the ambient lighting conditions. On full brightness, the VFD display is vibrant enough to be viewed in a sunlit room. Photo below: Sitting on a dark fireplace mantle, the PhotoniClock shows off its colorful effects.”
“One of our most important requirements for the PhotoniClock was the accuracy of the Real Time Clock (RTC). We wanted the PhotoniClock to be better at keeping time than all the discrete clocks we owned. That’s why we selected an extremely low-drift temperature compensated RTC which deviates less than two minutes per year! We open sourced the entire PhotoniClock project! If you are a maker or just want to learn more about the technical details of the PhotoniClock, we encourage you to checkout our Github page: https://github.com/photonicfusion/photoniclock”