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1  Projects / Your Projects / Re: ArduiNIX + EZ-B Robot Controller + BlinkM MinM + NL-7153 Nixies = NIXIE EYES on: September 12, 2011, 06:24:11 AM
Yep, RGB with full real-time control via I2C...  There's actually a stock script called Old Neon that matches fairly well out of the box.  However, during my testing it looks like I may have jacked something up as one of the LED's appears to be stuck on the R while the other is stock on G!  Hopefully I didn't burn anything out on them and they just need reset.  I have more on order but I should be able to troubleshoot the ones I have over the next few days.

The last thing I need to do is build servo mounts to independently rotate the eyes.  Been working over a few different concepts in my head but haven't settled on one to actually start building yet.  Any ideas?   Roll Eyes
2  Projects / Your Projects / Nixie Eye Upgrades! on: September 09, 2011, 06:16:18 AM
Upgraded Vanilla's eyes from standard-size IN-4 Nixies to the larger and quite rare National Electric 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...

Vanilla Ice Omnibot Project (
Retrobright Whitening Tutorial (

3  Projects / ArduiNIX / PROJECT - Omnibot Robot with Nixie Eyes! on: August 29, 2011, 06:03:40 AM
For pics and videos, check out the complete thread in the Projects forum: ArduiNIX + EZ-B Robot Controller = NIXIE EYES

4  Projects / Your Projects / Re: ArduiNIX + EZ-B Robot Controller = NIXIE EYES on: August 29, 2011, 05:55:52 AM
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!

Vanilla Ice Omnibot Project (
Retrobright Whitening Tutorial (

5  Projects / Your Projects / Re: Military issue Nixie Display on: August 25, 2011, 08:52:10 AM
If you want to use the on-board drivers you can still use the ArduiNIX as your high voltage supply.  However, if you prefer a separate power supply I have this Nixie Power Supply Module from KOSBO.

You might also want to consider the Taylor Electronics Nixie Power Supply and this Dual HV Power Supply 110V-450V.

Frankly, if this is your first build I would recommend starting with the ArduiNIX and one of the corresponding IN-17 tube boards to get your feet wet...
6  Projects / Your Projects / Re: Military issue Nixie Display on: August 24, 2011, 12:48:23 PM
I just received mine in the mail two days ago!  I would definitely recommend picking one up on eBay before they're gone.  Mine came with the original manuals and various schematics in Russian and all the hardware you see in the pictures.

The necessary resistor is already present on the board so you should be able to get the tubes working with the ArduiNIX by connecting one Anode line to the resistor and connecting the 10+ Cathodes high up on the board, by-passing the tube board's K155ID1 driver.  Of course, you can utilize the tube board's driver, but that somewhat defeats the elegant simplicity of the ArduiNIX solution.  Now if you wanted to connect say two of those modules for a total of 12 tubes, you should be able to use a combination of the tube-board's K155ID1 drivers, the ArduiNIX, and a Mux shield to provide the additional I/O lines needed to independently control that many tubes.  At least that was my plan to get past the 8-tube limit on the ArduiNIX!

Anyone else have any thoughts on the best way to wire these modules up using the ArduiNIX?
7  Projects / Your Projects / Re: ArduiNIX + EZ-B Robot Controller on: August 24, 2011, 12:04:44 PM
This is a pair of Russian IN-4 Nixie tubes mounted sideways in my Omnibot's eye sockets.  I'm waiting on bare socket boards from KOSBO (thank you Konstantin!) to complete the initial design and add color-changing LED back-lighting for mood indication.  Check out the video to see it in action...

Here's Rico!
8  Projects / Your Projects / ArduiNIX + EZ-B Robot Controller + BlinkM MinM + NL-7153 Nixies = NIXIE EYES on: August 08, 2011, 08:08:19 AM
Updated on 9/9/2011 - Go to end of thread for more...


I originally created a post on the EZ-B forums for this little project.  So far this is just an EZ-B Robot Controller mated to an ArduiNIX as I haven't quite decided what I'm going to use it for yet. I did, however, finally have time to hook up an IN-4 Nixie to test everything out and she works beautifully!  Enjoy...

EZ-B on the Bottom

One Ribbon to Light Them All

All Wired and Ready

Flip the switch Leon!

All Fired Up

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