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June 23, 2010

Multimeter Clock – Styled after the Simpson 260 Multimeter

at 12:17 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Vintage Electronics


I had great fun working on a cool Multimeter Clock project which got picked up by Design News for their Gadget Freak series. I thought it would be cool to have a clock that looks like an old Simpson 260 multimeter. The clock consists of three multimeters, the first meter displays hours, the second displays minutes and the last displays seconds. A 16F628A PIC microcontroller keeps track of time and outputs a calculated current to each meter to display the current time. The process to get it published took a bit of time and one of the most interesting aspects was going for the project photo shoot, the picture above is one of the outtakes.

I will be publishing tons of build details on my project site shortly, sign up for the mailing list to be alerted when the full project is up.

UPDATE: The full project page is now complete. The kit is also now available.