Tag Archives: clock

CuVoodoo #021 – on my mark

building a digital clapperboard:
Clapperboards are often used to synchronize audio and video recordings. I'm also using such a tool for the podcast, so I decided to make my own digital version of it. After all I only have to show the scene, take, video and audio recording numbers. This can easily be done using electronics instead of having to write everything down myself. For that I used a DS1307-based RTC module using the I²C protocol, seven TM1637-based 7-segment 4-digit displays using an I²C incompatible protocol, two MAX7219-based 7-segment 8-digit displays using a SPI compatible protocol, a piezoelectric element, and a custom power control circuit. We will also see how these communication protocol work.

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Published: 2017-06-06 by King Kévin

CuVoodoo #017 – listening to a radio clock tower

adding DCF77 time synchronisation to the LED clock:
By adding a DCF77 receiver to the LED clock presented in episode 16, the clock can automatically update the time (in Europe) in order to compensate for the RTC drift. I've also used the opportunity to find out how the "analog" clock works.

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Published: 2016-08-01 by King Kévin

CuVoodoo #016 – colourful times

use LEDs on a wall to show time progress:
The LED clock is an add-on for round wall clocks. The purpose is to have LEDs on the circumference of the clock to show the progress of the time using coloured light.

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For that you will need:

  • a WS2812b RGB LEDs strip (long enough to go around the clock)
  • a development board with a STM32F103 micro-controller and 32.768 kHz oscillator for the Real Time Clock (such as the blue pill)
  • a coin cell battery to keep the RTC running (optional)
  • a GL5528 photo-resistor to adjust the LED brightness (optional)

Published: 2016-04-15 by King Kévin