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I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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As an example of the extent of the problem of fake goods online...In a recent survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold by Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

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Saturday
Nov022013

The Amazing Solar Powered Nixie Watch

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know that I like unusual digital clocks. One of the more interesting things I saw while on holiday this year was the clock tower in St Mark’s Square, Venice which displays the time digitally in Roman Numerals.  I had assumed that digital clocks were a relatively modern invention, but this clock's mechanism dates back to 1857.

I always enjoy expanding my knowledge, and that’s why when a chap called Michel from Australia got in touch and asked me if I’d like to make a video about his new Solar Powered Single-Tube Nixie watch, I jumped at the chance. 

Michele, like myself, is a one-man operation but that’s where the similarity ends because his skills far exceed anything I can comprehend. Being able to design and manufacture something as complicated and intricate as a solar powered nixie tube watch requires an exceptional set of skills developed over many years and Michele tells me that he has been working with electronics since he was about five years old.

 

If you are interested in buying the Kopriso Mi Esposita watch or just want to learn more, you’ll find some useful links below. (Michel is based in Australia and therefore some prices shown may be in Australian Dollars).

Here is Michel’s ebay page - his watches will go on sale here as and when he makes any more.

Here is a link to an old completed auction (to give you a bit more info).

Here is a link to his Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/nixiewatch (Lots of info here)

Oh and if you want to see more of those crazily expensive and eccentric watches I mentioned at the start of the video - the Unique Watch Guide is the site to visit.

 

Looking for Ready-made Nixie clocks? 

Here are two ebay sellers with comprehensive ranges 

Mr NeonTube Nixie Clocks

Numitronix Nixie Clocks

Any of these clocks would make an excellent and unusual Christmas gift.

 

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Reader Comments (9)

Very Cool! Thanks for showing us your new watch. I appreciate your passion for blending old & new technology together.

November 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

That is so cool. I've seen these displays but had no idea what they were called or that they were still available. Definitely getting a nixie click... One for me and one as a prezzie.
Thanks for bringing them to my attention.

November 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBiddy

Biddy, when you give your Nixie clock gift, its worth embellishing the truth a little and tell the recipient that the tubes are the same as the ones used in old Russian Nuclear Missile Guidance systems, and they've been stored and forgotten about in a bunker in the Ukraine since the 1970s. Makes for an even more interesting gift.

November 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks... now I have a new addiction I must find a way to fund. The Numitronix ones looks nice, but I wonder if the case is plastic or metal (like the one in your post)? Does it cheapen the overall look of the clock?

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Woops, that was a scare...one of my favorite websites shows watches of my favorites watchmaker:-)
Btw this was his first batch of watches..i made the curved glasses for them. Enjoy!
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/441239/kopters/Gsmpics/Gsmpics/Gsmpics/IMG_20130509_212958.jpg
metal case with batttery and curved anti- mirror glass on top.

Kasper
www.newdwf.com

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKasper

You should get the Oscilloscope Watch when it's available.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/920064946/oscilloscope-watch

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Would you please post or e-mail some pictures or video of your Nixie clock?

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Chris, What kind of things do you need? I don't think I've got anything saved at the moment.

December 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

have a look at this

www.techno-notice.com

June 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFun With Nixie Tubes

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