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Nixie

The Art of Making a Nixie Tube

The Art of Making a Nixie Tube

Before LEDs and LCDs, the best way to display digits or text was using vacuum tubes that contain layers of bent filament, each of which can display shapes when current is applied. After Nixies went out of production, glass artist Dalibor Farný started making his own.

Millclock ZIN18 Nixie Tube Clock

Millclock ZIN18 Nixie Tube Clock
~$1075+  Pledge Comment

Instead of sourcing vintage nixie tubes, Millclock made its own tubes for its ZIN18 clock. The handmade tubes are longer, more durable, and are rated to last for 200,000 hours of operation. The clock can be controlled via its touchpad or companion mobile app.

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Gixie Clock

Gixie Clock

The Gixie Clock is an affordable alternative to authentic nixie tube clocks. Instead of nixie tubes, it uses RGB LED tubes, which last longer and draw less power. Its tubes can also be set to display in a variety of modes and colors.

Nixoid & Glower Nixie Tube Watches

Nixoid & Glower Nixie Tube Watches
$215+  Pledge Comment

The Nixoid and Glower watches use nixie tubes found in military warehouses in Ukraine. They have silicon straps and cases for an eye-catching casual look. The Nixoid has a 55mm diameter while the Glower has a 49mm diameter. Both last up to 20 days per charge.

Retro Tech: Random Number Machine

Retro Tech: Random Number Machine

Techmoan loves to collect and examine unusual bits of technology from our past. One of the more interesting gadgets he’s come across is the Nu-Spin – a single purpose device which generates random numbers and displays them on cool old gas-filled nixie tubes.

Chronos Art Nixie Clock

Chronos Art Nixie Clock
$99-$111  Buy Comment

A surprisingly well-priced nixie tube clock, with a bright, easy-to-read display made from vintage soviet front-facing tubes. Each one is handmade with a solid wood case, and features a 7-day alarm capability. Available with or without RGB LED backlighting.

Nixie Horizonte Watch

Nixie Horizonte Watch
~$850  Buy Comment

An absolutely stunning retrofuturist timepiece, featuring four miniature Soviet-era Nixie tubes for its display. The circuitry is housed in a body milled from a block of aluminum, and can activate automatically when you turn your wrist. Includes a wireless wooden charging stand.

Nixie Tube Spectrum Visualizer

Nixie Tube Spectrum Visualizer
~$4250  Buy Link Comment

This amazing bit of retrofuturist tech uses over 1400 electronic components to display a visual representation of audio using 32 vintage Soviet era Nixie tubes. The base is made of solid acacia and oak with brass accents, and it can accept analog or digital audio inputs.

M.A.D. Gallery Nixie Machine II

M.A.D. Gallery Nixie Machine II
$30K  Buy Comment

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.

Relay Levitating Nixie Clock

Relay Levitating Nixie Clock
~$315+  Buy Comment

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.

Nixie Chess Set

Nixie Chess Set
~$636  Buy Link Comment

A truly unique chess set that uses old-school nixie tubes as its game pieces. Each tube displays a symbol on top representing its position, and they glow without wires or plugs thanks to wireless inductive power. Also available as a DIY Kit for about 1/2 the price.

Cherry Wood Nixie Clock

Cherry Wood Nixie Clock
$750  Buy Comment

California artist J A Woodwork handcrafts fantastic desktop timepieces from uniquely charactered woods. Our personal favorite is Clock #017, which is made from a chunk of insect-bored cherry wood, with its six Nixie gas tubes mounted horizontally.

Blub Uno Nixie Clock

Blub Uno Nixie Clock
$299+  Pledge Comment

While it wouldn’t be the first Nixie tube clock we’ve seen, there is something nifty about the minimal design of the Blub Uno, which displays digits one at a time on its single numeric tube. It also has date, temperature and alarm functions.

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