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Blub Uno is a single retro tube clock with a stack of modern features. Made from machined aluminium, glass, bamboo and powered via USB
Blub Uno is a retro desk clock with a stack of modern features. Made from machined aluminium, glass, bamboo and powered via mini USB
Blub Uno is a retro desk clock with a stack of modern features. Made from machined aluminium, glass, bamboo and powered via mini USB
190 backers pledged AU$ 57,505 to help bring this project to life.

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Blub Uno - A single retro tube clock

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How often do you want to keep looking at a clock after it has already told you the time? Probably not often! We have time-telling products all around us, but we only tend to notice them when we need them. I wanted to create a clock which can hold its own as an object of function when you need it and beauty when you don't. This became Blub Uno. The individual glowing numbers, housed in a glass cylinder, are a beautiful alternative to the common digital and analogue displays we’re all used to seeing. To complement the retro feel of the display, the electronics are mounted in a sleek housing machined from solid aluminium, giving it a modern aesthetic which fits in to any home or office setting. Its small size makes it ideal for small spaces, yet the large display makes it readable from anywhere in larger rooms.

I had some great feedback from backers on my last Kickstarter project (also being chosen for Wired Magazine UK's Gear of the Year 2014), and I’ve put all of it towards this new design to create a smaller, smarter and more beautiful desk clock.

Front view.
Front view.
Rear view.
Rear view.
Available in Aluminium and Bamboo, Plain Aluminium and Limited Edition Black.
Available in Aluminium and Bamboo, Plain Aluminium and Limited Edition Black.

Blub Uno is powered via USB, so you can power it by plugging it into your computer or any USB wall charger or outlet. There is a remote control to choose all the settings, including time (12/24hr), date, temperature (C/F), alarm, backlighting colour and display mode (direct, fade or crossfade), or you can use the two buttons located on the back of Blub Uno (just in case your remote isn’t on hand!).

Although only having a single digit display, Blub Uno easily shows the time by displaying numbers one after the other. For example, 12:30pm would display as ‘1… 2… 3… 0’. This provides a very simple and natural way to read the time.

The body of Blub Uno is machined from solid aluminium.
The body of Blub Uno is machined from solid aluminium.
All bamboo used in Blub Uno is FSC certified.
All bamboo used in Blub Uno is FSC certified.
Blub Uno showing 12:56pm (in direct display mode).
Blub Uno showing 12:56pm (in direct display mode).

The tubes are very easy to replace in the unlikely event one burns out. No tools necessary, just remove the old and push in the new! Spare tubes will be available also.

The tube is easy to replace with the 'push in' socket.
The tube is easy to replace with the 'push in' socket.
Choose a backlighting colour to suit your mood using the Blub Uno remote!
Choose a backlighting colour to suit your mood using the Blub Uno remote!
Blub Uno's remote control.
Blub Uno's remote control.
Powered via USB!
Powered via USB!

I'm looking for your help to make a production run of the parts, as making them myself by hand is a bit too tricky and time consuming for any more than a couple of units. The funds will also help with certification testing and protective packaging. I hope you enjoyed looking through my project and thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges

Through my experience having created a Kickstarter project before, as well as being an Industrial Designer, I have learned to manage risks and challenges throughout the product development stages. I have already developed good relationships with suppliers and manufacturers to support the fulfillment of Blub Uno and will provide regular updates with photos along the way!

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    For your kind pledge of $5 you will be inducted into the Brilliant Bunch of Blub Backers club (and be the envy of all your friends!). You'll also get your name listed on the Blub website as a backer and you'll be kept in the loop on project updates!

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $19

    For $25 you will be a Brilliant Blub Backer with a Blueprint! I'll send you a beautifully printed A4 size blueprint of the Blub Uno, showing an exploded view of the parts so you can see what makes it tick. You'll also get your name listed on the Blub website as a backer and you'll be kept in the loop on project updates!

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    Pledge AU$ 299 or more About $232

    Blub Uno - Plain Aluminium.
    You will receive a Blub Uno in Aluminium with remote control, mini USB cable and nixie tube installed ready to go! You'll also get your name listed on the Blub website as a backer and you'll be kept in the loop on project updates.

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    Pledge AU$ 329 or more About $256

    Blub Uno - Aluminium and Bamboo.
    You will receive a Blub Uno in Aluminium and Bamboo with remote control, mini USB cable and nixie tube installed ready to go! You'll also get your name listed on the Blub website as a backer and you'll be kept in the loop on project updates.

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    Pledge AU$ 349 or more About $271

    Blub Uno - Limited Edition Black.
    You will receive a Blub Uno in Black Aluminum with remote control, mini USB cable and nixie tube installed ready to go! You'll also get your name listed on the Blub website as a backer and you'll be kept in the loop on project updates.

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