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KlockFun: Cuckoo Alarm Clock from Hard Drive

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Hi All,
This is my first Instructable and it's a cuckoo alarm clock from hard drive: KlockFun.

I love clocks and I want to I started designing a best alarm clock from an old hard disk drive, the earliest LED displays and a cuckoo bird. I want to bring the world of LED to as many enthusiasts and hobbyists as possible. The added bonus of being able to connect this shield to Arduino compatible boards gives you the ability to easily create endless possibilities for this clock.

I liked the vintage displays, such as Nixie tube and Oscilloscope screen, they can make a beautiful clock,

Therefore, I decided to make a clock for myself.
Take a look on Ebay, OMG, I seen a LED character display very nice and cheap. I know I need it for my project, you can check it on Ebay.See more about the vintage display here, I choose HPDL 1414 display.
I found a very nice glass tubes at a local store and decided to buy it. Glass tube diamension 24mm and 2 feet long with $8.
With a 2.5" hard disk drive, I think the clock will be more amazing.


Welcome to my Instructable, I hope you enjoy.
FuneLab

 
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Step 1: Remove a Hard drive and RC servo testing

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Remove Hard drive...
I use a hexagonal screwdriver to open the lid of the hard drive, this is fairly easily.
Next, disassemble all the components of the drive. Note: keep the surface of the disk is not scratched.

and RC servo testing...

I chose Tower Pro MG996R because it 's strong are all metal gears.
Next, connect three pins of the RC servo motor with the Arduino board respectively and open Arduino IDE.
Find an example RC servo test and upload it to the Arduino board
Power on and check your RC servo motor



ritzanab6 months ago

hi great project! can you please make a list of all the materials needed and possibly a link to where I can buy them?

funelab (author)  ritzanab6 months ago

I just launched my projects on Indiegogo, check it out for a KIT and tell your friends!
http://igg.me/at/FuneLab/x/6124484

iek funelab3 months ago
hi, im very interested in this HPDL1414 LED clock... is there any way for me to buy it now since the campagin on indiegogo has ended?
pls email me directly at ycchan51@gmail.com

many thanks

cheers
YC Chan
ritzanab iek1 month ago

hi! I was wondering the same thing..I really would love to do this project over the summer! please let me know where I could find a kit..!

magiceye5 months ago

I recently found my first digital clock i had build in the 1970`s it was made on veroboard with 14 IC`1s with 4 x 7 segment display.

I would love to built this (maybe with a talking clock)

In live in London were time GMT /UTC) is were time begins and ends

My hand built Digital Clock.jpg
legless magiceye5 months ago

Interesting you think that at UTC 0 that time starts there each day. Odd then that my day starts 10 hours before yours does and New Zealand is 2 hours ahead of that..

magiceye legless5 months ago

The Greenwich Meridian was chosen to be the Prime Meridian of the World in 1884. Forty-one delegates from 25 nations met in Washington DC for the International Meridian Conference. .

The decision, essentially, was based on the argument that by naming Greenwich as Longitude 0º, it would inconvenience the least number of people. Therefore, the Prime Meridian at Greenwich became the centre of world time, and the starting point of each new day, year and millennium.

http://www.rmg.co.uk/about/history/royal-observatory

As you can see these are the facts.

jkjax1436 months ago
nice work
power0006 months ago

Tht is veerryy nice!

Can you please tell me with program did you make the video?

funelab (author)  power0006 months ago

Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas

dregalia6 months ago

Are you sure on the Sound Module? I can't find it anywhere.

WDT588D

funelab (author)  dregalia6 months ago

I'm so sory. It is WT588D.

MuGuFuTsu6 months ago

shut up and
take my money!

marsdeng6 months ago

Looks AWESOME!!! Well done

pawprintsq6 months ago
very impressive can. I have one
jbreyes6 months ago
maybe u can post a video of it working. looks really nice.
haasjeover1236 months ago
I'm flabbergasted ***** !
yes the glass tube with leds and metals ends is really a work of art. if it is something you think you would like to do I would try a kickstarter to manufacture them and see if people would want to buy them.
funelab (author)  onedumbtrucker6 months ago

Thank you! Good idea

awesome,but please try to post bigger resolution pics,your posted pics are very small

funelab (author)  abhishek7xavier6 months ago

Thank you! I'll fix it.

shizumadrive6 months ago
cool could use a list of all parts at beginning.

Good, rly good dude :D

I mean you should try a kickstarter.

this is awesome

audreyobscura6 months ago

What a cool project, and you did a great job with the your whole post! Thanks for sharing on Instructables.

funelab (author)  audreyobscura6 months ago

Thank you very much!

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