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Twixie

Adam Meyer of bildr wrote in with this cool project, an Arduino-powered Nixie Tube Twitter Follower Counter, aka Twixie:

The orange glow is enough to drive a man mad from obsessing over it – but what to do with it? I wanted something that would be for bildr and, if possible, connect to the internet – doesn’t everything need to? So, I decided to do what any self-obsorbed site-creator would do: I was going to make a nixie display that showed the amount of twitter followers bildr had, and then recheck every 30 seconds.

It took a lot of time to make it look great, but in the end I have the coolest looking twitter counter I have ever seen. It is really beautiful in person.

AND!!! You can interact with it by joining our twitter feed ( @bildr ). It checks the stats every 30 seconds, so let’s see how high we can get it.

bildr: nixie + twitter = twixie

What’s more, bildr is holding a competition (see the end of their post), with the winner getting tubes, controller boards, power supply, and a $50 credit at Ponoko for materials and laser cutting.

Brian Jepson

I’m a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I’m not tinkering, I’m probably editing a book for Maker Media.


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