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Binary LED clock display on the cheap

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If you're into clock building, you're probably good with mechanical gears, woodworking, precision work, and, in some cases, you're a lubrication expert. Aside from the mechanical variety, do you delve into the electronic variety at all? As in LCD or LED displays and electronic timers?

There's nothing like a bright red LED display to evoke memories of that late 1970s-era Texas Instruments calculator, or Mattel handheld Football game, and there's still something to be said for clocks using this kind of display. If you're handy with a simple breadboard, some LED segments, and a power source, you're set.

If you'd like to go past a standard LED clock in true geek-speed fashion, how about going out binary-style with your very own LED binary wall timepiece? Only code monkeys and computer science PhDs need apply here, but this is one cool clock design and build that will get conversations started by those that eat and sleep 1s and 0s. Check out the video below, and geek it out, will ya?


  • David Olsen

    Hi Brian,

    In November Black & Decker is introducing its new VPX Interchangeable Li-Ion Battery System of power tools and home products? Are you interested in receiving a few of the products to test. And then if worthy, write up on your blog? Best,

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