The DREADED Hard Drive Tick!
If you have been around computers for very long at all, you or someone you know has had the dreaded hard drive tick, or the tick of death as it is called. Well, hopefully you made a recent backup. Because at this point, unless you want to spend $500-$1000 for a data recovery service, more than likely your data is gone, and your hard drive is dead and worthless........until now!
A Useful Piece Of Art Made From A Piece Of Junk
Take that piece of junk hard drive that you just want to throw against the wall, or set on fire, or run over with the car, and turn it into something useful and beautiful; a POV clock. It can be placed in the bedroom, in the living room, in the office at work; it can even be hung on the wall if you like. It's a great conversation piece and adds color to any environment. It also makes a great gift for that geek in your life that you have a hard time buying for.
POV - Persistence Of Vision
POV stand for Persistence Of Vision. POV means the eye retains everything we see for a small fraction of a second and blurs the images together. It's why we see a 30 frame per second movie as smooth and fluid motion. It also is what causes this hard drive clock to appear to have a limitless, palette of rainbow colors, even though there is only 1 color being shown at any given time through a very small slit in the hard drive platter.
I have a working prototype as seen in the video; the software is 90% complete and the hardware is 75% complete. The circuit is currently on a breadboard. I need to finish integrating the battery backed up RTC (real time clock) chip so the time is not lost when the power is lost. And I need to finish up some software changes and have the design sent out to get professional printed circuit boards made. I still need to do some design on the front cover plate, and fabricate a suitable stand. The HDD Clock also fits nicely in a variety of 4x6 picture frames. I am open to suggestions and want your input. Depending on the consensus, I will consider adding in an option that I may not have considered. I will also write some software would allow you to hook the clock up to your computer and make any design you want, with any colors you want. So for example, if you have a favorite sports team, you can select their colors to be displayed on your clock.
My goal as a final product is to have a circuit board that anyone can connect to their dead hard drive(the spindle motor must still work correctly) and have a working clock. This means the hard drive must be disassembled, some of the electrical components taken out, the LED light strip glued in, and reassembled. I know some people are not conformable doing this. So, I will also be offering a complete, out of the box clock that you plug in and enjoy. And for those DIYers, there is a blank PCB option, and a kit option that includes everything you need to build the clock, except the hard drive. Please see the Backer Reward for more details.
I would like to send out my thanks to others who have shared with me the excitement of electronics and putting together a hard drive POV clock. Below is a YouTube link of the project that inspired me. It demonstrates what a finished clock may look like. This POV hard drive clock was built by mb1988mb1988. Enjoy....
Here are some other ideas of what a completed clock may look like. The possibilities and colors are endless. It's whatever you want to make it. You can have a different theme for each holiday, season, sports team, hobby, etc.