Designing a DeLorean-inspired time circuit clock with ATmega32u4

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shh….”

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While the DeLorean may have been the most iconic part of Back to the Future’s time-traveling machine, we can’t forget the flux capacitor, Mr. Fusion and of course, the future time circuit display, that made it all possible.

Paying homage to the cult classic, Maker Phil Burgess recently recreated the futuristic clock along with an accompanying tutorial on Adafruit so any movie fanatic could bring their favorite ‘80s movie prop to life. Though the creator admits that he doesn’t own a DeLorean, or any car for that matter, using it as desk or Halloween decor should work just as well.

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The base of the clock is comprised of a set of LED displays in a metal-painted, laser-cut acrylic housing, controlled by an ultra-slim Teensy dev board (ATmega32u4).

Ready to channel your inner Doc Brown? Access the entire step-by-step breakdown of the time circuit by flying over to its official Adafruit page.

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