Erik van Zijst writes about the design of a 24-hour digital quartz clock with self-dimming LED display:
After 20+ years of programming, I wanted to get some understanding of the electronics that make my career possible.
I had built the basic individual logic gates with transistors on a breadboard, but to build anything meaningful I needed loads of them and so I bought a somewhat random collection of logic chips on Amazon which introduced me to the 7400-series and the concept of datasheets.
After a few simple projects I wanted to build something more useful: a quartz clock with LED display.
Here is a video of the clock:
The board is shared on OSH Park.
We have no idea if the background story is true or not, but we’re not going to let something like “truth” get in the way of a good story. The way [Kwan3217] tells it, first there were hours on sundials. Then when these were divided into sixty minute sections, they were called “minutes”. “Seconds” comes…
via [Kwan]’s Clock Displays Seconds, and Thirds — Hackaday
Nick Sayer created a LED desk clock driven by NTP on a Raspberry Pi Zero W:
When I was in college, I bought and built a Heathkit GC-1000 WWV clock. Since then, I’ve been somewhat interested in accurate time measurement. I recently designed a GPS driven clock, but sometimes your local WiFi reception is better than GPS (say, indoors). For those circumstances, a clock that gets time from NTP over WiFi would be preferable. The newly released Raspberry Pi Zero W makes this quite a bit simpler to achieve
Elliot Williams writes on Hackaday:
[Max K] has been testing the battery life of his self-designed watch under real-world conditions. Six months later, the nominally 3 V, 160 mAh CR2025 cell is reading 2.85 V, so the end is near, but that’s quite a feat for a home-engineered smart watch
Nick Sayer created this simple desk clock that gets time from GPS:
GPS is best known as a ubiquitous, accurate positioning system (obvious from the name), but the way it actually works requires distributing hyper-accurate time information. This makes it possible (and, actually, pretty easy) to make a clock that you never have to set as long as it gets good GPS reception.
Yes, this is way overkill… but GPS is getting so cheap that you might as well.
The source code is available on GitHub:
Nick has hacked together a tenth digit for the clock:
Here is a video of the GPS clock in slow motion:
davedarko wrote in his LED displays on Arduinos – a collection project log on hackaday.io:
With 4 of HP QDSP-6064 bubble displays in a drawer I felt ready to do something with them and the “Clocks for Social Good” – call on hackaday.com finally got me going
The design files are available on GitHub:
davedarko’s mum gave him some small jam jars and it inspired him to design this clock:
30ml jam jars hopefully turned into beautiful LED displays – nixietube like looking without the higher voltage fuzz – fake LED nixietubes
The design files and source code are available on GitHub:
Here’s a video of the clock in action: