BUILD IT YOURSELF
By Craig A. Lindley
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LED clock in operation.
As you can see, the LEDs are very bright!
The time shown is between 9: 55 and 9: 59.
March 2014 33
As hard as it might be to believe, I have never built an electronic clock
of any kind. I've always thought
electronic clocks were passe and not
worth the time to design and build one.
In addition, I thought that all the really
interesting electronic clock designs had already
been built, so why bother. However, as I was
looking around for something to do with the
15 feet of RGB LED ribbon I purchased from
Adafruit.com, it occurred to me that I could use
a short segment of the ribbon ( 14 LEDs’ worth)
to build a unique electronic clock which used
the RGB LEDs to display the time and date,
function as a mood light, and also run some
animated bright and colorful patterns. I also
decided to control the clock with an IR remote
control so no physical access to the clock would
be needed. Maybe designing and building an
electronic clock could still be cool after all.