INTRODUCING FLUORESCENCE

Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE is a digital clock with vacuum fluorescent tube displays

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Our Design Philosophy: Minimalist

It's the focus on what is most essential. We believe it is color and passion.
To get this experience, we use a timeful acrylic enclosure design.

HIGHLIGHT THE MOMENT

Be a dreamer. Light up the world around you with perfect colors by the lights of FLUORESCENCE

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LEDs WILL GUIDE YOU HOME

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Six of these little lamps, LEDs make Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE shine in different colors. To be precise, you have the power to choose from 99.488.250 different color combinations. That's almost 100 million!

 

THE COLOR SPECTRUM EXPLORERS

 

We went on a discovery trip through the color spectrum and found some of the most marvellous colors that harmonize with the acrylic glass and the tubes. Packed in predefined patterns, they're ready to be unleashed at the touch of a button:

  • Spectrum fade: Cycle smoothly through the HSL rainbow spectrum
  • Cross spectrum fade: Each LED cycles through the spectrum alternatingly
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In a Technicolor beat

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The LEDs are ready to dance on to the tunes you love most. So instead of just hearing them, you'll also see them. Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE turns your song into intense dancing light patterns reacting to beat & rhythm.

 

A Little Love, A little Sympathy?

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We're calculating the right mood based on the colors of your computer monitor*. When you're immersed into a movie scene, Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE will generate matching ambient light colors. You will feel being right in it. Raw. Authentic.

*To enjoy the ambient light LED mode, FLUORESCENCE needs to be connected to a Microsoft® Windows® computer using USB; myOpenVFD app must be running in the background.
 
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Get hours done.

Colorfully.

 

TECHNOLOGY: OUR PROMISES

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ILLUMINATING AHEAD

Each and every tube is statically driven by individual microchips, delivering intense,
uncompromising and flicker free brightness.

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Multiplexed:
Widely used, inexpensive,
producing visible flicker

Static:
Our solution: static driving.
With maximum brightness

 

Sign Of The Times

Of course, the clock of Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE is ridiculously accurate
Powered by a Maxim® real time clock with a temperature compensated crystal oscillator
you will love the fact of not having to set time, ever again (1)

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SAFE AND SOUND

The sensitive internal circuitry of FLUORESCENCE is overvoltage, undervoltage and reverse polarity protected, up to 30V. Every power rail is current limited by precise PPTC fuses that shut down parts of FLUORESCENCE securely when improper operation (e.g. short circuit) is detected

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Powerful To Be One

The heart of FLUORESCENCE is a both reliable and powerful Atmel® AVR® processor, always ready to create beautiful color patterns while keeping the time and processing much, much more simultaneously


To All The
Makers Out There

Arduino® Uno utilizes the exact same processor, and there's much, much more in common with FLUORESCENCE: FLUORESCENCE is based on OpenVFD, which is Arduino® Uno compatible, one hundred percent. When developing,  you will feel like working on a regular Uno!

Extremely EneRGY EFFICIENT

Using state of the art power management circuits from Texas Instruments®, Fluorescence by THE VFD COLLECTIVE delivers high power requirements by the tubes with maximum efficiency of at least 90%, at any time

 

Transparency Matters

Transparent not only from the acrylic glass. It's important to us, that's why we think it's important to you. FLUORESCENCE is based on the powerful open source OpenVFD platform. Everyone can join. We'd love to develop with you!

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(1) With an accuracy of max. ±2 ppm specified and guaranteed in the DS3231 RTC datasheet, the time error of OpenVFD will be below ±63 seconds per year. Ideal calculation based on full supply voltage provided by CR2032 lithium battery. DS3231 is leap year compensated until year 2100. DST needs to be set manually.
 

CREATE WITH US

See us creating FLUORESCENCE. We help and encourage you to create your own VFD tube clock using our powerful OpenVFD foundation and provide everything for you to do that. Be a part of The VFD Collective and share your work with the community!