If you are in the market for something a little more original as a timepiece for your home or office you may be interested in a new creation by Howard Constantine in the form of the Nixie Clock III.
Constantine has become a bit of an expert in the field of Nixie Clock design and has once again taken to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to raise the funds to create his third version of the iconic Nixie Clock which comes complete with IN-18 nixie tubes.
Watch the video below to learn more about the inspiration and design of the new Nixie Clock III which is looking to raise just $1500 over the next 30 days via Kickstarter. Howard explains a little more :
The IN-18 Nixie clock is a unique creation designed by my wife and myself. We have created a prototype with both boards professionally made and are also developing a kit for DIY. We designed the IN-18 nixie clock to be aesthetically pleasing and sturdily built as well as long lasting. One of the features that sets it apart from other nixie clocks is the unique homemade enclosure.
I fashion these out of a 1/4″ plexiglass base and a thermo-formed 1/8″ plexiglass shroud or dust cover. The nixie tubes are completely visible from all sides and the neon bulbs used as colons are inside the small glass enclosures. Another unique feature is the circuitry design: it is built using entirely replaceable/repairable parts. The components are all standard sized and selected to be large enough to easily handle the wattage generated. Also, the two layer design gives the clock a more solid form than other designs.
The power supply is integrated in the bottom layer pc board, so there is no external AC adapter, just a standard electric cord & plug, no “wall wart”. The input can be set for 120VAC (U.S. standard) or for 240VAC (some countries) by simply setting a small jumper on the bottom board (please see picture). Battery backup is optional using a nine volt battery. The top layer board contains the micro controller running my original firmware and decoder as well as digit driver circuitry and the nixie tubes. Altogether, this makes the IN-18 Nixie clock very unique and attractive, as well as durable and easy to maintain.
Jump over to Kickstarter for more details via the link below and to make a pledge for a fully assembled clock from $285 with shipping expected to start during February 2016.