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Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE is a colorful digital clock with vacuum fluorescent tube displays based on Project OpenVFD.
Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE is a colorful digital clock with vacuum fluorescent tube displays based on Project OpenVFD.
Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE is a colorful digital clock with vacuum fluorescent tube displays based on Project OpenVFD.
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56 backers pledged €10,835 to help bring this project to life.

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FLUORESCENCE: IV-11 VFD Tube Digital Clock

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  • Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE is a digital clock with vacuum fluorescent tube displays. The goal is a simply beautiful clock featuring amazing light effects with a minimalistic design philosophy.
IV-11 VFD Digital Clock based on OpenVFD, 1st generation prototype
IV-11 VFD Digital Clock based on OpenVFD, 1st generation prototype

So wait a second. VFD and Nixie clocks have always been THE geek and nerd thing. Like which EE student hasn't built one him or herself over the years (yes, of course, including me)? Ever since I've started this project, I wanted and I hope to break that. My vision here is to create something that simply works, just like magic, but way more beautiful than magic. Without thinking of what is actually behind. Fluorescence by The VFD Collective is made for you and me. Everyone. 

What if you belong to the curious people, just like me? And you like to dig deeper? No problem! Fluorescence is entirely programmed in Arduino C code. OpenVFD, the Open Source platform created for FLUORESCENCE implements a cost-effective version of a complete Arduino Uno USB connected platform to make it compatible and easy for everyone to understand, take apart, expand and improve.

Visit The VFD Collective to see an introduction of FLUORESCENCE. By backing this Kickstarter project you can either get a fully assembled FLUORESCENCE clock or a DIY kit to solder yourself. If you wish to start off from scratch, please take a look at my Instructable which takes you through the process of designing your very own VFD clock based on OpenVFD.

Block Diagram of the latest PCB version (used for FLUORESCENCE)
Block Diagram of the latest PCB version (used for FLUORESCENCE)

To-Do-List:

  • The Kickstarter project is meant to finance building FLUORESCENCE using all the parts and its manufacturing process
  • The Kickstarter project is meant to finance the development of further tube clock projects based the OpenVFD platform such as a smaller version with IV-6 and one with IN-14 Nixie tubes and pledging not only rewards you with either Fluorescence or Fluorescence DIY kit but also supports in prototype designing further projects.
  • A small IV-6 FLUORESCENCE is in development and needs funding for prototype design
  • An iPhone app is coming to FLUORESCENCE and the OpenVFD platform. The app can be used as a color remote control and will communicate over Bluetooth

There is one trailer created for the first PCB version. Although the first PCB revision looked very... well... prototype-ish (please don't pick on that), you might still feel the mood set by this clock :)

    

So what do you get for...?

160€?

The DIY kit. An idea of how it might look like. Not pictured: Assembly manual, power supply, USB cable
The DIY kit. An idea of how it might look like. Not pictured: Assembly manual, power supply, USB cable
  • Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE as a DIY (build it yourself) kit with all parts. The EcoPower Module as well as the hard to solder protection circuit comes soldered
  • 5V DC power supply, USB cable
  • Assembly instructions (available soon!)
  • Please note that SMD soldering skills and proper soldering equipment are required. The assembly instructions are easy to follow if you have some basic electronics knowledge

240€?

  • Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE: 6 Digit IV-11 VFD Tube Digital Clock Lite. 
  • The lite version does not come with an integrated protection circuitry (OVP, UVP, OCP, RCP). Everything else is exactly like the standard version.

250€?

  • Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE 6 Digit IV-11 VFD Tube Digital Clock
  • 5V DC power supply, USB cable
  • User manual, quick start guide
Pastel rainbow colors!
Pastel rainbow colors!

 

30€?

EcoPower Module. Generating right voltages for VFD tubes efficiently
EcoPower Module. Generating right voltages for VFD tubes efficiently
  • EcoPower module designed for OpenVFD, used in Fluorescence by The VFD Collective
  • EcoPower converts 5V to the VFD tube voltages of 1.65V and 30V effortlessly and efficiently using TI® power management ICs

Risks and challenges

FLUORESCENCE is in its final development stage.

- There are issues joining pieces of acrylic glass cut by a laser cutter together seamlessly. The challenge is to find a clear and durable solution.

- Right now, manufacturing is done at home (hand soldering). At larger quantities, the PCB production and part placing can be done at a factory. This will result in a cleaner, more professional looking circuit board and enables higher quantities.

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    EcoPower Module for Fluorescence

    This is the magical little circuit that generates the high anode (30V @220 mA) and low cathode (1.65 @660 mA) voltages from 5V.

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    Fluorescence by The VFD Collective DIY

    Build it yourself! Get a DIY Kit of FLUORESCENCE, a digital clock with soviet ИB-11 vacuum fluorescent display tubes based on OpenVFD including PCB and all parts required.

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    Pledge €240 or more About $281

    Fluorescence by The VFD Collective Lite

    Digital clock with soviet ИB-11 vacuum fluorescent display tubes, hand crafted in the heart of Berlin, Germany. Without protection circuit.

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    Pledge €250 or more About $293

    Fluorescence by The VFD Collective

    Digital clock with soviet ИB-11 vacuum fluorescent display tubes, hand crafted in the heart of Berlin, Germany.

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    Fluorescence by The VFD Collective

    Digital clock with soviet ИB-11 vacuum fluorescent display tubes, hand crafted in the heart of Berlin, Germany.

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