Friday, December 2, 2011

Buy Complete Wise Clock 4 kit - includes display and enclosure

When you buy the "Complete Wise Clock 4 kit", you get, on top, of the Wise Clock 4 kit, the 3216 bi-color (red/green/orange) LED display from Sure Electronics, plus the enclosure, consisting of two laser-cut plexiglass plates and the required hardware (spacers, screws etc) to assemble it.

Please read the main reason for the price drop.

  US$125 US$115 - free shipping to North America

The "complete kit" comes with everything you need to build a functional Wise Clock 4. You will need to add your own FAT16-formatted SD card (with the necessary files on it), the miniB USB power cable and, eventually, the XBee module (if you want Wise Clock 4 to display remote messages, sent through internet, for example).



















The assembly guide, written by StefanK, can be found here.

15 comments:

  1. I just got by Wise Clock 4 and I thought I'd share since I've written a new clock for it. Probably boring for most of you though. This is an alarm clock for my toddler who can't tell time (of course). It uses colors to tell him when he should be sleeping and when he should get up.

    I didn't need to, but I wrote all the code so its self contained including setting multiple alarms, setting the time, and turning the audio on and off.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFkEhJCB8zM

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    1. What are the differences between the Wise Clock 3 and 4? Why would someone want 4 over 3 or the other way around? Thanks.

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    2. Very Cool - do you have your code in a repo somewhere that we can play with?

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    3. Chris,
      Please take a look at this post:
      http://timewitharduino.blogspot.ca/2012/04/guest-post-wise-clock-34-apr-2012.html
      It also has a link to the source code. For some reason, google code says "deprecated", but it's not.

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  2. This is great! Definitely not boring.
    Should be in its own (guest) post. Let me know if you want to write a short presentation of the features, eventually publish the code.

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  3. Hi Florin,

    As a Wise Clock 3 owner, I would like to know if it is possible to only buy the Wise Clock 4 board because I already own the rest of the hardware.

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    1. The board has all SMDs soldered on it, so it's not really "only the board". PM me and we'll work out the details.

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  4. 1. Are the LED driven in a dimmable fashion?
    2. Any code for getting the time via some wireless method?

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    1. Dwight,
      1. The LEDs are driven by LED driver chip HT1632. The display board itself, built by Sure Electronics, has 4 such chips.
      Yes, the current software allows 5 levels of brightness for the display, user-selectable through a button.
      2. Yes, either though GPS, as shown here (http://timewitharduino.blogspot.ca/2012/01/wise-clock-4-time-synchronization-with.html) or through WiFi (in the code already, but not explained in any post yet).
      I hope this helps.

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  5. Is the lowest level of brightness set where it doesn't light up the room at night? I see that the board allows for 16 levels of brightness, so the the code should be tweakable fairly easy...

    The GPS option looks great!

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    1. The display allows for 16 levels of brightness, but the difference between adjacent levels are almost imperceptible, so I decided to have only 5 steps (every button push increases the level by 3). That can be modified, of course.
      The GPS option adds about $40 to the cost, with no obvious benefit, considering that the RTC in itself is extremely accurate (+/- 2 minutes per year).

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    2. At the dimmest level does it light up the room at night?

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    3. Not lighting up the room, but it can definitely be seen clearly. After all, these are LEDs :)

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  6. Another question, does the clock auto-dim based an ambient light or time of day? Seems like that would be useful.

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    1. Currently, the kit does not include a photo-resistor (nor a place holder for it) for automatic dimming. One customer added that though, see this post: http://timewitharduino.blogspot.ca/2012/08/status-update.html

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