I don’t know what it is about Nixie tubes that catches my eye. The gentle glow? The provisional delicacy? Or undetected fondness for slightly forbidding, Communist Bloc electronics?
Monkeylectric has been making things to make pictures in bicycle wheels for a while.
LEDs are a staple of Gadget Master – see, our LED tag for example – and so this one caught my eye. Cypress Semiconductor is highlighting its CY3267 PowerPSoC LED Lighting Evaluation Kit. Basically it is an “out-of-box evaluation experience” of using the company’s PowerPSoC Main Board, an RGBA LED daughter card, and an Intelligent Lighting Control GUI. The default ...
Here on Gadget Master lo-fi is fine and dandy, so thanks to Sue P for highlighting the Lightie, the solar bottle light – a solar-powered light that fits inside a standard fizzy pop bottle. Gizmag describes it as a “small light with big ambitions”. Its noble aim is to help provide a lighting solution for the poorest people on the ...
Nixie tubes always catch my eye – so how about this one? Nixie Tube Chess! Rather than the usual clock dimension, these enthusiasts pursued a more cerebral challenge, using “real ex-Soviet” nixie tubes for the pieces. To be honest, maybe Nixie Draughts would have been easier on the eye! There would be a bit of eye strain after a game constatly ...
Here is an excellent resource, certainly worth bookmarking if you are creating your own LED lighting systems - the LED series/parallel array wizard.
Essentially, it is another safety initiative that gives a visual warning of a biker braking, with LEDs tucking up the end of the handlebars. It is based on an 3-axis accelerometer board, provided by Pololu.com, to detect the act of braking.
Take a look at this stunning little timepiece, the Nixie Concrete Clock, featuring six Nixie tubes in a reinforced rough concrete body.
Well here's another great video of the system in action, features 256 RGB LEDs in a 4-spoke system that apparently mounts into standard bike wheels.
Wow! What a strange but clever idea: a "Bulbdial clock" - applying the principles of a sundial to (adjustable) electric light.