Samsung Approximation Clock
By John Smout / Clock-It / Price Unknown
I found this clock while searching for clocks to feature and reminds me a lot of the Verbarius clock. It is a large VFD display that spells out the time and appears to be able to display other information. Sadly, it seems that only four of these clocks were ever made. Go check out Clock-It now, he has some good stuff there.Samsung VFD display in grey metallic finish case
This clock was made in conjunction with a friend, Andrew Jardine, who also introduced me to PIC programming, which opened up a whole new world to me. At last I can make my electronic dreams come true... maybe.
Not much to say about the case, it is a minimal shape made from thick polycarbonate to house the displays and my driver board that sits on the back of it. As the display itself runs off 5v and has all the necessary components to make the display work, all I needed to do was feed it serial data and off it went.
The aim of this clock is to display words much as a person speaks when you ask them the time. About six o'clock, nearly half past six, that kind of thing. So it approximates to the nearest ten minutes and gives an appropriate response.
In addition there are a few other modes. A static rather than scrolling clock, one that dissolves snowflakes into the characters.
I have made four of these clocks. Andrew has one, two have been sold and I kept one.
I have a small quantity of the displays left and Iintend to expand the repertoire of words with an EEPROM.
Originally from Clock-It
p.s. I want one!