After having seen so many propeller clock POV videos on Youtube, but no real description of how they work or how to build your own, I set out to make one and document how it was built. The Pyro Propeller Clock POV design criteria was short and sweet: be as simple as possible in order to encourage others to make their own, DIY style.
Purpose & Overview of this project
The goal of this project is to make a single color propeller clock that uses POV for a cool optical illusion. The propeller should be able to display at every angle 0° - 360° in 1° increments. An IR transmitter receiver pair should be used as a 'home' point for the propeller clock.
To keep things simple, all parts will be off-the-shelf and modified for our needs. The propeller clock will use two power supplies, one on-board the clock and another to drive the clock motor. The basic operation of the propeller clock will be: starting from 'home', every 1° display a specific LED output that correlates to that location until home is reached again (at 360°).