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Old 04-13-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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LED Clock add-on suggestions for Premiere?

We already severely miss the clock on the face or our Series 3 units (and the OLED program display, but that ain't coming back). I've been looking online for very small LED clocks to put on the top of the 3 Premiere units we got. It's become unexpectedly complicated - there are none that I can find. There's TONS of backlit LCD units, but those aren't as legible at just an old-fashioned green/red/amber multi-segment led display. There's one on the face of antennas we use, but the unit the clock is attached to is too big to stick to the top of each TiVo Premiere. Ideally, I'd like a small unit about 2" wide by 3/4" tall, but at this point I'm willing to compromise - I can't find ANYTHING close, and that's even checking chinese gadget stalwarts like DealExtreme.com.

Anyone know of a place that has what I'm looking for?
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:43 PM   #2
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It may be a bit larger than what you are looking for, but a 3rd generation Squeezebox makes a great clock:





It has a beautiful vacuum florescent display that can easily be viewed from across the room. Since it is internet connected, it can even display real-time weather information. Best of all, it makes one hell of an audio streamer. I don't believe this product is made any longer, but you should be able to find them for sale on eBay.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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It may be a bit larger than what you are looking for, but a 3rd generation Squeezebox makes a great clock
Yeah, WAY too big for the application here.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:34 PM   #4
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That is funny you are looking for the same thing I am, a nice little clock that can also be viewed across the room and looks good! Backlit LCD's are unacceptable. We are compromising with a $9 cheapo clock right now, but it has to go!
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:56 PM   #5
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Funny, I came to post about the exact same thing. I am missing the clock BIG TIME!
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:01 PM   #6
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Funny, I came to post about the exact same thing. I am missing the clock BIG TIME!
Through my work we do manufacturing in China. I'm seriously considering having a bunch made and selling them to TiVo Premiere owners if I can't find something that already exists.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:38 PM   #7
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miss my clock so bad...
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:57 PM   #8
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me too
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:01 PM   #9
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Man...I feel that exact same way. I thought I was the only one aimlessly looking for my Tivo clock replacement!
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:04 PM   #10
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I give up looking for this, so I'm talking with my manufacturing contacts tonight. I'm leaning toward green LED numbers on a black background, but I might be able to do blue or amber/orange. I *do not* want red. Anyone have a preference? If so, what is it, and why?
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:17 PM   #11
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I'm leaning toward green LED numbers on a black background, but I might be able to do blue or amber/orange. I *do not* want red. Anyone have a preference? If so, what is it, and why?
Whatever you do, don't go with blue:

Blue LEDs: A health hazard?
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:24 PM   #12
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Whatever you do, don't go with blue:

Blue LEDs: A health hazard?
Hmm. Interesting. Scratch blue, then.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:43 AM   #13
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I realised quickly after moving the TIVO S3 out of the living room, that the digital photo frame actually has a clock on it, so now that is on 'clock' mode most of the time. Also has auto-on-off which is nice.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:13 AM   #14
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Whatever you do, don't go with blue:

Blue LEDs: A health hazard?
Blue is annoying to me, but not nearly as much as a bright red LED.

".....And blue is brighter in peripheral vision......"

At least I now know that nothing is wrong with my eyes. They've always been brighter in my peripheral vision and when I turn my head toward the blue LED it would be dimmer. I was thinking that something was wrong. I'm glad there isn't.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:54 AM   #15
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Here is a possibility, maybe not at the right price. See here.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:57 AM   #16
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http://www.techkits.com/#clock6

http://www.apogeekits.com/led_clocks_and_displays.htm

http://www.homeloo.com/shop/product_...456&language=1

and here's one that has more functionality.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...4&marketID=282

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Old 04-14-2010, 10:24 AM   #17
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Here is a possibility, maybe not at the right price. See here.
Nice find! That would appear to fit the OP's needs almost perfectly.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:39 AM   #18
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I searched around for a while yesterday and wasn't able to come up with anything. I did, however, stumble across this really cool OLED prototype:







Depending on the ambient light in the room, the numbers change from black to white. Very cool!
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:47 AM   #19
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The TiVo Premiere is my first cablecard device. I never realized how often i looked at the time on the cable box before.

Its a shame they didn't add a clock on the Premiere.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:53 AM   #20
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Luckily for me, we have this specialty store in my area that carries these very hard-to-find devices: clock
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:22 PM   #21
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Here is a possibility, maybe not at the right price. See here.
Heh...yeah, it might work if the price was about $10. I can't justify spending more than $10 for this. I thought it would be simple but...no.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:24 PM   #22
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All of these are too big or too expensive or too big and expensive.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:26 PM   #23
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Luckily for me, we have this specialty store in my area that carries these very hard-to-find devices: clock
Walmart was one of my first trips. Eliminated that one as too big, and the silver casing is distracting.

Also walked Big Lots, Target, Ross, 99 Cent store, Office Depot, OfficeMax, BestBuy, Harbor Freight, CVS, Wallgreens, Rite-Aid, and Ace Hardware. No luck - although CVS had a pretty compact red-LED one that came the closest to ideal. It was about $13.

I also have my manufacturing contact in China already working on a factory quote so I can just make a thousand and sell them (3 to myself first) if all else fails.

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Nice find! That would appear to fit the OP's needs almost perfectly.
Except the $80-$100 price.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:27 PM   #25
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My wife told me not to come home today without a clock.

So yeah, time to start searching...
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:41 PM   #26
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My wife told me not to come home today without a clock.

So yeah, time to start searching...
For a new wife?

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For a new wife?
He he he!
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:38 PM   #28
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Has anyone figured out how the Series 3 interfaces to the OLED? Seems like a lot of potential for hacking there.
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:55 PM   #29
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Has anyone figured out how the Series 3 interfaces to the OLED? Seems like a lot of potential for hacking there.
Long term, I think that's a great project for a USB add-on to the Premiere if the functionality is still in the software to provide the show and time information.

Short term, I'm still looking for a $10 clock that's the right size and an LED, NOT a backlit lcd. Knocked out 4 more stores today- no luck.
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I also have my manufacturing contact in China already working on a factory quote so I can just make a thousand and sell them (3 to myself first) if all else fails.
why not just deal with the folks wjo already make them
the trick is to search for LED clocks for cars
http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/car_led_clock.html


or go with a kit (note the pic is a high priced one but I liked the pic)
http://www.apogeekits.com/led_clocks_and_displays.htm

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