Part of The definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009
Clocks and watches - This year there are some really timely additions to the list, clocks! From a retro Russian tube clock to an open source watch. These time pieces are open and timely.
The Bulbdial Clock Kit The Bulbdial Clock kit is based on an original design concept from IronicSans.com and developed at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. It works like an indoor sundial, but with three shadows of different length. You tell the time just like you do on a normal clock, by reading the positions of the hour, minute, and second hands. Price: $65.00 Visit the project pageClockit This is a great kit to learn the basics of soldering. ClockIt is a basic alarm clock with buzzer based on the ever popular ATMega168. Price: $24.95 Visit the project page
IceTube clock kit Somewhere at the junction of modern open-source hardware and early 80′s Russia lives a beautiful new DIY kit called the Ice Tube Clock. The centerpiece of this old-meets-new clock is a Russian-made, 9-digit, vacuum florescent display (VFD). These types of displays were typically used in electronics form from the late 60′s through the mid 1980′s. Remember those bright green VCR and boom-box displays? Yep, those were most likely a type of VFD. Price: $70.00 Visit the project page Buy one @ Maker Shed
Makerbot watch It’s a open source affordable and fashionable watch that is can run the Arduino platform. Price: $30.00 Visit the project page
TI eZ430-Chronos eZ430-Chronos, the world’s first customizable development environment within a sports watch. Taking the popular line of eZ430â„¢ development tools to the next level, the kit allows developers to easily harness the leading integration, ultra-low power and wireless capabilities of TI’s CC430 microcontroller (MCU). According to some not-public announcments (yet) TI is publishing the CAD files, source, everything and allowing commercial use. We’re keeping this on this for now and talking to them, rules are bent a little, hope this works out. Price: $49.00 Visit the project page