It would seem that gas-discharge lamp indicators are forever a thing of the past. However, Scots engineer Tony Adams did not agree with this. Adding a bit of modern technology to the relics of past years, he created a steampunk-style levitating tube clock, which has joined the already very numerous line of “flying” household items.
To create a magnetic "cushion", the engineer installed rare-earth magnets at the bottom of the watch, and with the help of electromagnets he stabilized the object in space. The magnets are powered from the mains, but in case of disconnection there is a backup power source - a rechargeable battery designed for 30 hours of operation.
Gas discharge indicators receive energy wirelessly from the base to the display via copper induction coils. The time display is formed in the base, which interacts with the display using an infrared signal. The time is set at the touch of a button or via a smartphone app.
Tony Adams is gradually increasing the production of his unusual products. Having enlisted the help of Kickstarter, he offers them to potential buyers in two versions - with five lamps, where hours and minutes are displayed, and a one-lamp version with a beacon, which sequentially displays hours, minutes and seconds. They will cost 463 and 562 dollars, respectively. If successful in fundraising, retail sales could begin as early as December.