Flash drives used to have some value, but these days, I’ve got boxes full of them – mostly handed to me by vendors presenting their products. To garner attention, companies have handed me USB drives that look like everything from a metal horse, to a twig, to a key fob from a $100,000 car.
The Luminous Electronic Bar Graph Clock looks pretty cool. This isn’t some lame digital clock or a common round analog clock. This clock is a bar graph. Just like the ones, you made back in fifth grade.
Most nixie tube clocks are based on tubes that show numerals. Tungsten Customs is no stranger to such clocks, but its latest product uses nixie tubes to create an analog-style digital clock. The Nixie Radian’s IN-9 bargraph tubes serve as the clock’s hour and minute hand.
Most of the nixie tube hacks and mods we’ve seen involve clocks, which isn’t surprising considering the tubes were primarily used to show numbers. But there are also tubes that display symbols, and those are the ones put to good use by Lasermad in its Nixie Chessboards.
I’m a sucker for the warm orange glow of Nixie tubes. There’s just something just so retro-modern about the way they look – all I can think of is the technology in the movie Brazil. I just stumbled across a really cool Nixie tube clock which accents the tubes with modern LEDs, adding even more to the look.
There’s just something so cool about the design of Nixie tubes – I think it’s just that for such an old technology, they’re still sort of timeless. It’s been a little while since I saw a really good looking Nixie clock though, but this one was definitely worth the wait.
Looking for a cool and unusual gadget to add to your media room? This unique VU meter combines old-school Nixie tube technology with modern electronic circuitry to display sound levels in a dramatic way.
I’ve always had a place in my heart for the delightfully retro-tastic look of Nixie and VFD tubes. Most of the time, they turn up in clocks, or maybe an old calculator or radio. But I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve seen a Nixie tube necklace.
Alarms clocks are a dime a dozen, but this beautiful bedside clock aims to shake things up a bit. Designed and engineered by Paul Sammut, the Nixie Ramos is part of a Kickstarter project featuring two decidedly different versions of the same clock.
By reversing the rules of geocaching, Arduino Forum member RickP has come up with a great way to hide treasure or play a game. In case you’re not familiar with the game, geocaching involves looking for hidden containers – geocaches – using GPS devices.
This has got to by my favorite Nixie tube creation in a very long time – a fully-playable Soduku board.
Trashbear Labs built this Nixie Soduku board using 81 individual tubes, arranged into a grid, and controlled by a couple of dials and a keypad.
This awesome clock was put together by Jason von Nieda, and I have to say that it looks great. It’s definitely one of the best vacuum tube clocks out there!
Jason put together this clock in about 4 months.
This wondrous steampunk contraption may looks like something out of an H.G. Wells time-travel story, but it’s actually modern broadcast video control system, concealed under the shell of a victorian-styled retro-mechanical facade.
I’m not sure if this clock design qualifies as “steampunk” or simply anachronistic, but it sure looks different than just about any timepiece I’ve ever seen.
Combining retro Nixie tubes with a baroque antique bronze enclosure, it’s definitely different.