Nixie Tubes are the mysterious components that turn ordinary things into the fantastic, which is precisely why I’m excited about this watch I found posted on Hackaday. As you can imagine, tubes need space, and maker prototype_mechanic includes a large aluminum case fit for Tony Stark. Here’s the tech details according to the post:
The case is machined out of solid aluminum and sports a quartz glass crystal. The pair of IN-16 tubes lives behind a bezel with RGB LEDs lighting the well. There’s a 400mAh LiPo battery on board, and an accelerometer to turn the display on with a flick of the wrist.
The display actually seems to do different functions including a backlight based on the wrist flick, which adds yet another cool factor to the watch. The circuit design includes an Atmel chip, but unfortunately the maker’s drive failed, so a lot of valuable building notes are missing. What is available is posted on this Instructable. If you aren’t able to duplicate this process but you desperately want a nixie watch, the maker has a few ready to purchase. Of course if you would rather not get involved with the complexity of nixie tubes but would enjoy a large tech watch, we’ve got you covered. Have a look at our Solder: Time II DIY Watch. It’s a sandwich of acrylic and PCB, and it’s Arduino hackable with its Atmel 328P. Take advantage of a 7×20 LED matrix and piezo buzzer to make your dream DIY watch.
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