The perfect clock for analog aficionados

The Voltmeter Alarm Clock uses dual analog meters to tell time – one for hours and and one for minutes.

With the holiday shopping season officially underway, do you find yourself wondering what to get the electrical engineer in your life? How about a Voltmeter Alarm Clock?


Developed by Awkward Engineer, the device strikes an uncanny resemblance to an old-school analog voltmeter, except that it displays hours and minutes instead of volts and amps.

“Think of the clock as replacing digital LCDs with analog readouts. Instead of seeing 04:57, the hours meter will point to the 4 and the minutes meter will point to 57. Just like a clock rolls over at midnight and noon, the time meters rolls over zero,” its creators explain.

The stylish yet functional gadget initially appeared on Kickstarter last year, where it successfully garnered $36,000. The Massachusetts-based startup has since enhanced its original design with an alarm function, which is set using a toggle switch on its side.


Built around an ATtiny44, the Voltmeter Alarm Clock features an AM/PM indicator LED, an optional backlight on its display and mode-select knobs on top. Unlike its predecessor, the latest iteration is powered by USB, which can be plugged into a standard wall outlet using a “wall wart” adapter.

If you’re looking for an industrial-chic way to wake up in the morning, the Awkward Engineer team has the perfect thing for you. The Voltmeter Alarm Clock’s sheet metal exterior comes in two different colors — olive drab and grey — and expects to begin shipping next spring.


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