Before dot-matrix displays took over the known world, Nixie tubes — glass lightbulbs containing light-up tubes for the digits 0-9 — were the best way of displaying changing numbers. One designer had the bright idea of taking the Nixie tube technology (and bulbs), and building a surprisingly beautiful analog clock.
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If you've got decent soldering skills, a soft spot for dated 1950s technology, and $150 burning a hole in your pocket, this DIY Nixie desk clock kit will let you experience what gadget lust was like for your grandparents.
In the 1950s folks didn't have snazzy LCD displays, but they did have cold cathode neon readout tubes. Let's take a look inside one of the more popular brands of these tubes—the NIXIE—and marvel over its clever design
Figuring out where to put all 81 numbers in one of those Sudoku puzzles so that no row or column has any number more than once? No problem. Figuring out how to use 81 nixie tubes for same? No clue!
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MAKE's got three different DIY kits that you can buy to build your own Nixie Tube clock. If you're not familiar with Nixie tubes, you're obviously not reading us often enough. You can buy your own kit for $150, which is a small price to pay for something that's too bright and will keep you awake at night. Plus, you…
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Nixie tubes, otherwise known as numicators, were hawt stuff back in the pre-LED/LCD 60s if you wanted to display numerals in their digital form. Now do-it-yourselfers are creating retro clocks using the things. We've seen lots of nixie clocks before, but this one is the Mother of All Nixie Clocks, using 103 tubes and…
Nixie displays are the old tube-based displays that were widely used in electronics back in the 1960s to display numerals and symbols. Their retro style is what makes them attractive to do-it-yourselfers now.
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