August 06, 2013

Make a binary clock from a "Connect4" game board

When building a project and wanting to take it to a more permanent stage, one of the hindrances can be finding a useful and inexpensive enclosure in which to house the finished product. However this wasn't a problem for Instructables user "Emacheen22" who has fitted their binary clock project into the vertical board from the classic "Connect4" game. With an LED behind each player's piece stacked in the board, the indirect glowing effect makes for a pleasant display and looks good, for example"

And with such a large diameter, there's plenty of room to fit a variety of LED sizes, giving the creator a great amount of flexibility. To find out more about the project as well as binary numbers and information, visit the clock's Instructable page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

The most important part of any clock project is the inclusion of an accurate real-time clock IC. Here at Freetronics we have the Maxim DS3232 real-time clock IC module:

Apart from keeping accurate time for years due to the temperature-controlled oscillator and having a tiny coin-cell for backup, it is very simple to connect to your Arduino project. A driver library allows your program to easily set or read the time and date. Perfect for clock projects, dataloggers or anything that needs to know the date and time. Furthermore it contains a digital thermometer and 236 bytes of non-volatile memory to store user settings and other data. For more information, check out the module page here


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