Make a Glass Nixie-Like Display with LEDs

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You know those nixie tube displays? Well, 14-year-old Spanish maker pinomelean made an edge-lit glass nixie that consists of ten etched glass plates stacked atop each other, with SMT LEDs lighting them up individually — similar to this display we blogged last year. Read more »

Magic Eye Audio Spectrum Display

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Sylvain, AKA MicroSyl, wanted to build an audio spectrum display using old “magic eye” vacuum tubes: After doing some project with vintage tube I got the idea of doing an audio spectrum display with “magic eyes tube” and driving those with an AVR MCU with Fast Fourier Transform. The enclosure... Read more »

Steampunk Webcast


Steampunk fans won't want to miss 'Vintage Tomorrows' authors Brian David Johnson and James Carrott's webcas this Friday, November 30, at 10am PT. They'll be talking about what Steampunk (as a genre, movement, lifestyle, and philosophy) teaches us about the ways people are thinking about their relationships with technology. Read more »

Nixie Tube Chess Set

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This beautifully conceived and executed chess set was made using vintage Russian Nixie tubes. The tubes are illuminated without visible wires; they glow when at rest on the gameboard surface. Kudos to Tony of Lasermad for producing what, IMHO, is quite clearly a masterpiece. Read more »