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Blub Uno Clock

Blub Uno is a single retro tube clock with a stack of modern features. Made from machined aluminium, glass, bamboo and powered via USB, making a stylish addition to any desk, shelf or bedside table. A modern desk clock which uses a ‘nixie’ tube display to show the time.

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Its unique appearance will allow it to fit in to today’s modern styling trends but still retain that sense of retro nostalgia and sentimentality. Nixie tubes were a popular method of displaying numbers during the 1950′s, 60′s and early 70′s and were mainly used in calculators and scientific equipment.

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Nixie tubes are made from glass and are filled mostly with neon gas. Inside each tube are a series of wire numbers from 0 to 9 which are arranged one in front of the other. Applying power to one of the wire numbers will cause it to become surrounded by a beautiful orange glow. The clock is driven by highly integrated electronics and complex firmware to control the settings, so it is modern retro on the outside and techy on the inside.

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  • Idea: “I’ve always had an interest in contemporary products which use vintage/traditional technologies. They fit in well with today’s aesthetic trends but still retain that sense of nostalgia and sentimentality. Nixie tube technology is a great example of this. I’d seen quite a few tube clock designs online, but couldn’t find one whose character matched what I was after, so I decided to design my own. The prototype clock had a lot of interest and people were asking where they could get one, so here I am on Kickstarter to help me share the design with you and others and set up a small production run.” – Duncan Hellmers
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  • Process: “I started with some sketches to find a shape I liked, and produced some hand renders to demonstrate the design details and materials. I chose the clock body to be made from CNC machined aluminium, bead blasted and clear anodized for durability, and the visible fasteners would give it an honest, industrial aesthetic. I created a CAD model and printed many different 1:1 scale views to achieve the proportions I was after. A couple of drawings later and I was ready to make a prototype. The prototype was CNC machined from solid aluminium, blasted and anodized. The electronics, designed by engineer and physicist Jonas Jasulaitis, were assembled, tested, installed and the aluminium top plate was secured to the body.” – Duncan Hellmers
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Blub Uno is powered via USB, so you can power it by plugging it into your computer or any USB wall charger or outlet. There is a remote control to choose all the settings, including time (12/24hr), date, temperature (C/F), alarm, backlighting colour and display mode (direct, fade or crossfade), or you can use the two buttons located on the back of Blub Uno (just in case your remote isn’t on hand!).

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Duncan Hellmers:

Blub Uno is a desk clock designed by duncan Hellmers which can hold its own as an object of function when you need it and beauty when you don’t.

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process 01-Hand rendering – © Duncan Hellmers

Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the Blub features individual glowing numbers, housed in a glass cylinder, and is a striking alternative to the common digital and analogue displays we’re all so used to seeing. To complement the retro feel of the display, the electronics are mounted in a sleek housing machined from solid aluminium, giving it a modern aesthetic which fits nicely in to any home or office setting. Its petite size makes it ideal for small spaces, yet the large display makes it readable from anywhere in larger rooms.

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Although only having a single digit display, Blub Uno easily shows the time by displaying numbers one after the other. For example, 12:30pm would display as ‘1… 2… 3… 0’. This provides a very simple and natural way to read the time.

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Blub Uno is powered via USB, so you can power it by plugging it into your computer or any USB wall charger or outlet. There is a remote control to choose all the settings, including time (12/24hr), date, temperature (C/F), alarm, backlighting colour and display mode (direct, fade or crossfade), or you can use the two buttons located on the back.

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Data:

Name: Blub Uno
Type: Clock
Materials Combination: Metal + Glass, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: Overall dimensions of Blub are 111L x 56W x 72H (mm) (height dependent on size of individual tubes)
Colour: Black, Silver / Chrome
Year: 2015

The people:

Product Designer: Duncan Hellmers – Sydney, Australia
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Duncan Hellmers, worldarchitecturenews, kickstarter
Images: © Duncan Hellmers

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