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Awesome Clocks

NixieX Nixie Alarm Clock + Speaker

NixieX Nixie Alarm Clock + Speaker

This unique tabletop alarm clock features a vintage IN-12 nixie tube display and a built-in Bluetooth speaker. Adding to its retro look is a glowing analog VU meter that shows the audio level. Its case is made from aluminum alloy, and it comes with a clear cover to protect its tubes.

Servo-powered Word Clock

Servo-powered Word Clock

These days, it’s pretty easy to find a clock that tells time with words. But this clock from Twisted&Tinned is the coolest variant we’ve seen. Behind each of its 114 letters is an individual servo motor that moves the letters into focus as they light up, adding a sense of depth to the display. A DIY kit is available on Tindie.

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Transparent VFD Tube Clock

Transparent VFD Tube Clock
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This retro-modern table clock from Vintage Tube Clocks incorporates a new old stock IV-18 vacuum fluorescent tube at its center, displaying the time or date in a cool blue-green hue. It’s built into a see-through acrylic enclosure, exposing its circuitry from both front and rear and wrapped in a stainless steel frame.

Time Twister 5 Electromechanical Digital Clock

Time Twister 5 Electromechanical Digital Clock

We’ve seen a couple of Hans Andersson’s unique digital clocks in the past. Now he’s back with another intriguing design that uses servo-powered layers and colored dots to tell the time. Each layer needs just three faces to form all 10 digits. As the digits rotate into view, all we can think of was how it looks like a Rubik’s Cube.

ZIN-70 Giant Nixie Tube Clock

ZIN-70 Giant Nixie Tube Clock

If you love the warm orange glow of nixie tube clocks, Millclock makes a variety of them. In addition to their more accessible models, they now sell the ZIN-70 series, which has the largest nixie tubes available, with each of its handmade tubes measuring 4″ tall. Techmoan got to test out this impressive timepiece.

Eptora: A Unique Mechanical 7-Segment Clock

Eptora: A Unique Mechanical 7-Segment Clock

Engineer Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi came up with this unique mechanism which displays digits by flipping segments into place. Its cams push levers that lift the segments into the proper position based on signals sent from a controller circuit and a pair of stepper motors. You can read more about the project Hackaday.IO.

100 Cuckoo Clocks in 100 Seconds

100 Cuckoo Clocks in 100 Seconds

Most of us rely on our phones or watches to tell us the time. But there’s something just so magical about using letting a mechanical bird announce the time instead. Clock Shop posted this video of a roomful of cuckoo clocks sounding off in sequence. We like to imagine they’re all saying “Here!” like an avian roll call.

LEGO Mangle Rack Clock

LEGO Mangle Rack Clock

A while back, LEGO expert Akiyuki showed off a series of mechanisms called mangle racks. Now they’re back with a much more complicated build based on the same principles. This fascinating clock uses a mangle rack to gradually spin its hands around the dial. A time-lapse at the end shows how remarkably accurate it is.

CODE41 Mecascape Pocket Clock

CODE41 Mecascape Pocket Clock
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This extravagant clock features the kind of high-end movement typically reserved for luxury wristwatches. It’s designed to be able to fit in your pocket and features dials for hours, minutes, seconds, date, and GMT. It features a titanium case back for durability, along with a metal display base for desktop use.

Capsule Gravity Timer Gadget

Capsule Gravity Timer Gadget

At first glance, the Capsule Gravity just looks like a travel alarm clock. But it’s more than that. This portable gadget combines a clock, calendar, kitchen timer, workout timer, stopwatch, and an emergency 5000 mAh power bank. Its dot-matrix LED screen has a cool retro look and is set into a colorful polycarbonate body.

Playing Card Flip Clock

Playing Card Flip Clock

We’re suckers for electromechanical displays like those airport boards and flip clocks. Maker Shinsaku Hiura created an unusual take on the idea by replacing the usual digits with numbered playing cards. Mechanically, it works like other flip clocks, but this one shows the time on top and the bottom half displays card backs.

EleksTube X4 LCD Screen Clock

EleksTube X4 LCD Screen Clock
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This four-digit modern clock uses similar mini-display technology to EleksTube’s tube clock. Each of its four IPS LCD screens can display digits in 20 different styles, from nixie tubes to LEGO bricks. It has RGB backlighting, and you can even create custom themes with a Windows PC. Available with a white or black case.

Cybertube VFD Clock

Cybertube VFD Clock

This unique tabletop clock combines retro and modern tech for a cool cyberpunk look. At its core is a vintage IV-18 vacuum-fluorescent display that sits atop a custom circuit board. It can show the time, temperature, and date, complemented by ambient RGB lighting effects. Its modes are controlled by touch sensors.

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Nested Circle Clock

Nested Circle Clock

Thanks to his Swiss heritage, Alexandre Chappel felt obligated to build a timepiece of some sort. So he set about making a unique tabletop clock that tells time on a series of nested circles. He used a CNC machine to cut all of the wooden gears. He should probably add a pointer, so you know where to look for the time.

Making a Digital Hourglass

Making a Digital Hourglass

An old-fashioned hourglass is a handy way to count down fixed increments of time. While a traditional hourglass is filled with sand, Engineercly’s 3D-printed version is completely digital, counting time on a pair of LED matrices controlled by an Arduino Nano. He used an accelerometer to track its angle and to direct the LED dots.

Orbit Table Clock

Orbit Table Clock
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Go back to the atomic age with this 1950s-inspired table clock from Pendulux. Weighing in at a hefty 5.75 pounds, it’s made with a solid cast aluminum body and a thick convex glass lens that sits atop its green gradient face, held in place with brass clips. Measures 8″ H x 8″ W x 5″ D.

Trash O’Clock

Trash O’Clock

There are many ways to tell the time, but this is the first time we’ve seen a clock that does it with garbage. Artist Martin Baas set up an overhead camera to capture video of two workers pushing around lines of trash with brooms. They repeated the task for 12 hours straight, completing the movement of each line once per minute.

Cloudnola Flipping Out Clock

Cloudnola Flipping Out Clock
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A more compact version of Cloudnola’s flip clock. Like the TextTime, it tells time using words instead of numbers. The battery-operated clock can sit on a tabletop or be wall-mounted. It’s available in white-on-black or black-on-white with a red base. Made from metal with PVC flip panels.

Rynx Mechanical Tube Display

Rynx Mechanical Tube Display

German company Rynx is working on an innovative kind of mechanical signage that display text or numbers on a series of turning rings. They can be used individually or stacked for multi-line displays, and come in white-on-black or black-on-white. They’re taking pre-orders in Europe now with deliveries starting in Q3 2022.

Xbox Alarm Clock

Xbox Alarm Clock
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Gamers will love to wake up and see this alarm clock, inspired by the design of the Xbox wireless controller. Its looks just like the white version of the controller, complete with thumbsticks, a D-pad, ABXY, and shoulder buttons. Just don’t pick it up and expect to play Gears of War with it.

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Retro ’80s TV Clock

Retro ’80s TV Clock

1980s technology had a certain futuristic vibe to it. Maker MarcioT shows off a sweet ’80s-inspired clock he made using an old CRT television and a digital clock he programmed onto an ESP32 microcontroller. The build instructions are available on Instructables with the source code for the Dali Clock on Github.

Sky Watcher Tourbillon Clock

Sky Watcher Tourbillon Clock

This unique mechanical clock model features a spherical tourbillon at its top that rotates on three axes. A spring-wound mechanism provides up to 3 hours of power for the tourbillon and the hour and minute reels at the bottom of its tower. The 338-piece model is for advanced builders and takes about 15 hours to assemble.

Air Bubble Clock

Air Bubble Clock

Engineer Yukio Shinoda created this unique desk clock that tells time with air bubbles. As they rise to the surface of a glycerin-filled tank, the bubbles form dot-matrix digits. He’s also built a larger version that can display multiple digits and wider graphics.

7200-Segment Display

7200-Segment Display

Numeric displays typically have seven segments. Artist and engineer Chris Combs linked together 288 four-digit displays for a total 7200 segments once you factor in the colons. It can be programmed to show large digits or other moving images. It’s on display at VisArts’ Concourse Gallery in Rockville, MD through 10.17.21.

The Wall Fall Clock

The Wall Fall Clock

A young engineer named Burke McGabe got it in his head to build something totally unnecessary but nonetheless entertaining. What looks like an ordinary wall clock is designed to automatically fall off the wall any time he looks at it to check the time. It’s seen better days after all of its crashes.

Flyte Story Clock

Flyte Story Clock

This unique wooden clock tells time using a hidden LED display behind its face, while a floating metal sphere orbits around its perimeter. In addition to a standard clock mode, it works as a timer or counts down to an important event. RGB or warm white LED backlighting give it an extra pop.

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