A new new Solar Powered Single-Tube Nixie watch from Australian designer Michel van der Meij
A Nixie tube, also called a cold cathode display is an electronic device used for displaying numerals or other information. The early Nixie displays were made by a small vacuum tube manufacturer called Haydu Brothers Laboratories, and introduced in 1955 by Burroughs Corporation, who purchased Haydu.
The Nixie name comes from “NIX I” which is an abbreviation of “Numeric Indicator eXperimental No. 1.”, they were made from the 1950’s to 1990’s in hundreds of variations.
Nixie tube watches have been around for a while, they require a lot of power to run though, and to help overcome this issue Australian designer Michel van der Meij has created a solar powered one. It will run for a full year on a single charge if you view it 30 times a day.
A single tube Nixie was used in order to make the worlds smallest nixie watch. The watch, known as the Kopriso Mi Esposita is chunky but not intrusively so, and it features removed sections on the sides to offer the possibility of interchangeable designs or customizations should you create your own.
They are hand-assembled by Michel and he sells them for about $1,000 on eBay.
You can find out more information about this Nixie watch at Michel van der Meij’s Nixie watch facebook page.
This an interesting video from Techmoan not only about the Kopriso Mi Esposita nixie watch but Nixie tubes also.