Ramos Alarm Clock

We have some good news! Over the past few months we've been busy creating a factory here in the US to make Ramos clocks. After lots of design iterations we have created the first batch of production LED Ramos clocks using all mass production techniques. Even better is that they are the nicest ones we have ever made.

We've made our own tools for various operations, perfected the finishing techniques, made sure we have suppliers for every component, nailed down the tolerances and much more. From the start of this project we knew we wanted to make the clocks ourselves. Creating a process to make hundreds of these clocks, each one being perfect, has proved to be the hardest thing we have ever done. But we are now happy to say that each Ramos clock will be handmade by us in our shop in Jersey City.

We've made some changes to the design to make the product better. The prototype had two toggle switches which had to be both flipped at the same time to access time or alarm setting mode. This was awkward and we found a much better solution by putting a switch in the knob. By pressing the knob and having the toggle switch pressed, you now cycle between hours and minutes, and this makes time setting even quicker. We also added a filter to the LED Ramos to makes it easier to see in sunlight.

The defuse panel has undergone a complete redesign. The slapped together prototype used a very basic RF module stuffed inside a picture frame with lots of exposed leads. On top of that, there was no chance it was going to pass any FCC/CE compliance tests. The new keypad (which is what all Ramos clocks will have) houses a very robust long range RF module with an internal antenna. Range will vary from house to house, but it for us it works 2 floors down from our apartment. It is encased in a CNC machined and hand finished wooden housing. 

So right now we're working on finishing the Nixie Ramos development and getting it out to the testing lab for compliance and safety testing. We have started production of the LED Ramos units, and will keep beta testing them until we are absolutely read to ship. Here's a video of Serial #2 in action! Oh and correction: the keypad uses triple A batteries not double. 

Written by Paul Sammut — August 30, 2012

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