Nixie Machine II goes IoT with its tantalising tubes

Mixing Wi-Fi and gas in a connected cathode clock
09 May 2017 / 1:06MYT

Nixie tubes are nothing new. In fact, they’re decidedly old school, what with their 1950s heritage. So, too, with the Nixie Machine: a hand-crafted concept clock hewn from the imagination of cathode fan Frank Buchwald, its crab-like form titillated design fans and retro folks alike back in 2015. And now it’s back. Sculpted from brass and glass, its 1.2-metre span is crowned by Wi-Fi connected light tubes, with the internet keeping things on time (and a manual knob if things go sideways). There’s also a host of new features, including time zone settings and day/night dimming. But, really, you should buy one of the twelve £23,000 (around RM129,000) Nixie II’s just to ogle.

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