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.
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.