EZ-B + ArduiNIX Nixie Tube Driver

 
#11

I LOVE IT! Love the use of 6's and 9's! What gave you the idea?

#12

Nixies are too cool to be relegated to the domain of fancy time-pieces for aging hipsters... But I think it was Paul who come up with the idea!

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#13

Seriously, I had been trying to figure out what to do for my Omnibot's eyes for quite some time. Then a few weeks back I was playing around with a loose IN-4 Nixie tube when I noticed how nicely it fit into the Omnibot's eye sockets. I'm pretty sure my son then said something like "Yeah, that would be cool!" when he saw what I was doing - which I wasn't actually seriously considering until I heard his enthusiasm for the idea!

After wiring everything up I found through trial and error that 9's and 6's worked well as sideways glances. Some of the other numbers (like 7's) could be useful as well once I come up with a solution to rotate the tubes.

Anybody have any ideas on how to mount the tube socket board to the back of the Omnibot eye socket to allow it to freely rotate? Miniature Lazy Susan bearings? Some sort of plastic ring fitting?

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#14

I think in addition to random blinking and random eye movement that you could make him look in the direction he is turning. Smile

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Quick test of Vanilla's fancy new IN-4 Nixie Tube Eyes, installed in his recently restored Omnibot head/body!

Also installed and functioning are the 7 light pipes and LEDs that comprise his brain and are connected to an internal, WiFi, 7-antenna array by Ruckus Wireless - the LEDs visually represent the activity occurring on each antenna. And yes, this means he's an autonomous roaming WiFi access point!

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#16

Bus Rider

#17

Upgraded Vanilla's eyes from standard-size IN-4 Nixies to the larger and quite rare National Electronics NL-7153 Super Nixies. Digit height is now 20.5 mm vs 17 mm for the IN-4's.

Also added a BlinkM MinM I2C-Controlled RGB LED to each eye for dynamic back-lighting. The BlinkM's are running the Thunderstorm script throughout the video but will eventually be controlled and scripted for emotive effect...

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Sattelite

#18

very cool.

#19

Ok, I see how the eyes open and close. Very cool.

But, what is making the blue rings around the eyes? That is a very nice effect. It looks like a circle of LEDS. Is that what they are? and where do you get them? and Exactly what size are they around?

ultracool!

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Just a quick eye test after replacing and rewiring the MiniM LED back-lights. An intermittent short in the old wiring harness ultimately got the first pair perished...

Running a short wake-up & sleep script coordinating the NL-7153 Nixie Tube eyes with the BlinkM MinM eye socket back-lighting...



Surgery and post-op pics:

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