This DIY device is putting the ‘Matrix’ in matrix clock

While we’ve seen our fair share of DIY LED clocks in recent months, none may be as unique as Dan Hamer’s latest project which literally puts the ‘Matrix’ in matrix clock. Unlike the others, time is replaced in a Matrix digital rain-like animation, which trickles from above. Originally spotted by our friends at Hackaday, the project is best described as an incredibly compact, Arduino-powered clock with 16 x 8 LED display.


Based on the Arduino Leonardo (ATmega32U4), the Matrix Clock is fully compatible with the Arduino IDE and can be easily updated or customized with new sketches via its built-in USB connectivity. Meanwhile, a coin cell powered real-time clock calendar keeps track of the time and date when the unit is not powered.


Not only is the device equipped with three different animated transitions and clock displays, the Matrix Clock can also play personalized musical alarms that can be easily reprogrammed with new tunes. Given its small form factor, the gadget can be fitted into any number of housings,many of which can be 3D-printed.


Interested in one of your own? You can access all of its schematics and other details on Hamer’s official project page here.

While we’re on the topic of DIY clocks, don’t forget to check out some of our favorite timepieces from 2014.

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