Obsolete Time Lite

Minimalistic Nixie clock designed to fit in an ALTOIDS tin!

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Obsolete Time Lite or O;TL for short, is the natural evolution of a previous project aiming to design the perfect desktop Nixie clock.

> Minimal design
> Small form factor
> WiFi capable
> USB power
> Various atmospheric sensors.

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The original O;T project taught us a lot about what would make the perfect Nixie clock. A few years has passed since we started this initiative. While we were busy staring at the orange glow of the Neon-Argon mixture, new parts became available, our design skills evolved and the realisation to start fresh slowly grew.

Now O;TL will be a stepping stone in order to test our new design and the implementation of new features such as:

  • Compact minimalistic, all in the beloved ALTOIDS tin form factor
  • Powered via USB, no more need for the 12V source.
  • App/Web interface for an over the air button-less interface
  • WiFi connection using the ESP8266 μController
  • High accuracy DS3231 RTC with battery backup
  • The BME280 environmental sensor
    • Pressure,
    • Humidity
    • Temperature

  • 3D models!

    opeRaptor6 days ago 0 comments

    Matt has been working on the models. We will use the tube model on our PCB render next (assigning the model to the part in Kicad)

    Eventually we will be able to export the PCB back into Blender and have a render of the whole assembly!

  • PCB render

    opeRaptor03/20/2017 at 20:19 0 comments

    We have been working hard on the layout... Here is the first render of the complete board. A little more looking around for mistakes and we should be ready to send to the fab house!

  • Control!

    opeRaptor03/20/2017 at 20:16 0 comments

    Powered using a single cell USB battery and controlled via an ESP8266!

  • PSU success!

    opeRaptor03/20/2017 at 20:14 0 comments

    If you followed our previous project O;T you know we have been working a long time toward a PSU capable of stepping up ~5V to 170V for the Nixies to light. We have succeeded!


    opeRaptor03/20/2017 at 20:10 0 comments

    Cant make a minty Nixie clock without ALTOIDS mint right?

  • 3D Renders

    opeRaptor03/20/2017 at 19:53 0 comments

    We have been doing some rough models to see how everything would fit together and see if the ALTOIDS box had enough room to house the tube well while minding the general look.

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