A slick new take on vintage Nixie tubes. The open-source Lixie display uses LED edge-lit acrylic sheets to display different digits. Unlike Nixies they can be any color, and don’t require high voltage to operate. Designer Connor Nishijima explains how it works.
For the 5th anniversary of MB&F’s M.A.D. Gallery, industrial designer Frank Buchwald teamed up with nixie tube specialist Dalibor Farny for an updated version of Buchwald’s incredible Nixie Machine. The steel and brass clock can be tuned manually or online via Wi-Fi.
This could be the most complicated clock ever built. We cannot imagine the engineering involved in getting all of its gears, pulleys, and pendulums to work together to tell time. Mark Frank and Buchanan’s masterpiece has been under construction for over a decade.
LaserMad shows off a sweet retro-modern clock that uses high voltage vintage Nixie tubes which float in the air using electromagnets, get their power using a copper induction coil, and transmit the time to the digits using infrared light. Available in kit form or fully-assembled.
This unique wall or table clock uses the power of magnetic levitation to float its hour hand (er, hour sphere) off its surface, creating a dramatic and minimal display as it casts a shadow on the wooden surface beneath. Want the exact time? An LED matrix display hides beneath the wood.
Marathon Watch Company’s bedside clock not only displays time, indoor temperature, and humidity, but you can choose from 256 different LED backlight colors to suit your mood or environment. It’s also got a pair of USB charging ports built in, increasing its usefulness.
Retro video game fans will love this clock which displays animated pixel art from the classic arcade game. Its 512 individual LEDs show the time along with pixel-perfect art of Pac-Man and his ghostly nemeses. Officially licensed by Bandai Namco. Measures 7.8″w x 4.2″h x 2″d.
Clickspring edited down footage from their extensive 23-part video series of a long-term build which took them over 1,000 hours to create – an elegant, fully functional timepiece built entirely in their machine shop. Sit back and chill for the next 12 minutes of wonder.
A modern take on the old 1970s mechanical flip-dial alarm clocks. The animated LCD face mimics the flip design, but eliminates mechanical issues and the ticking sound which could keep light sleepers awake. It’s also got a super loud alarm that’s sure to wake you up.
Each of the 12 hours and two hands on designer Mark Prommel’s unique wall clock is made using a single length of stiff wire, formed into shape using a CNC wire bending machine. This striking timepiece turns any white wall into a work of modern art. Measures 28″ diameter.
Artist Felix Vorreiter’s unusual timepiece uses a single, long piece of string that feed through a series of pulleys. The rope is marked with dots which align to display the current time. The current clock only has 120 minutes of string, as it would take about 4000ft to cover a full day.