Non-Tube Clocks: LED and other random clocks

By Industrial Facility (UK) for IDEA International, Japan

Price: $40 (US)




This clock just makes sense. There isn’t any retro-steampunk-vacuum-tube display. There isn’t any innovation in the way that time is displayed. Instead, there is just a great interface and clean lines to define this clock. The focus is on utility with an unusual two display layout. One shows the current time and the other shows the time for the alarm.



From their site:

“The design is informed not by the shape but by interface. The ambition was to create a digital alarm clock with such simplicity that it would render a manual unnecessary.” However, there is a manual included that has only this diagram in it.:




Industrial Facility

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By Lexon Studio / Brieuc du Roscoät

Price: 95.00 Euro (~$130 USD)




This is one of those clocks, like the Think Geek Epoch Clock, that you would get simply so that no one else could read it. This clock is made out of plastic with a glass face covering the display. In the photo above, each block represents one unit. So, the time reads 12:38. It is all powered by two AAA batteries and looks pretty simple to setup. There even appear to be brackets behind the display so you can set it up like a photograph in a frame. It isn’t an oh-my-god-I-have-to-get-this clock…but it would go well in your average IKEA furnished apartment.

Buy the Lexon E8 Wallclock LR 108 here

By Jeff Thomas / Resonant Instruments LLC - (not in production)




A few days ago Jeff Thomas emailed me with some photographs of a Pong style watch he was working on. His modified an OLED photo key chain to display the time instead of small photos. Like the other Pong Watch, his displays the time as the score. In his words:

I tinkered with something similar a year ago, repurposing an OLED picture fob into a simple pong watch by directly pumping the display controller with an external PIC processor.

The program (PIC assembly) was forwarded to the OEM, with the hopes they’d release a new pong wristwatch as a variant on their picture fob using the internal MCU.

Those digital picture fobs are down to $5 now that the market is saturated with them, so I figured they would jump at the chance.
Unfortunately I never heard back from them.

Jeff Thomas / OLED Pong Watch #1



All photographs are owned by Jeff Thomas / used with permission here.

OEM Unknown

Price ~$59.00




Does anyone know more about this click? I can’t tell if I love the design or if I hate it. The photo above doesn’t look very flattering but the angle view in the gallery blow looks kind of neat. At $60, it is overpriced for what it is but it may be a neat addition to some collections.

The once concern that I have has to do with all of the non-used pixels. For example, there are dots in the middle of letters, above the hours / minutes separator that will never illuminate. Do those elements look any different?

From the website:

Product Specifications:

  • Special design and high quality clock
  • PM indicator
  • Alarm indicator
  • Snooze button
  • Function switch
  • Alarm On / Off switch
  • Reset button
  • Down / Up / Mode key
  • Size: 235*72*60mm
  • Weight: 340g
  • Options:
  • White
  • Blue
  • Packages:
  • Jumbo Display LED Alarm Clock
  • AC adapter


    $59.00 -



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