As soon as I heard about the 555 timer contest, I knew I had to come up with something inspiring! My buddy Jay recently introduced me to Nixie Tubes, and I thought… hmm, how can I use a tube and the 555 timer? I noodled on it for a while, and ultimately came up with the notion of a KEYCHAIN! Simple really, take the smallest Nixie Tube that displays digits, and make it display a ’5′ in the smallest package possible and put it on a keychain. That was the idea… and it took quite a journey to complete.
A Nixie Tube Keychain – [Link]
Here are some examples by manekinen of what can happen when an apparently high reverse voltage is applied to several AVRs. [via]
Exploding an AVR – [Link]
Welding with a buzz-box (AC arc welder) is much easier if you don’t have to scratch-start the arc. A high-frequency start circuit puts a high voltage (AC) in series with the low-voltage high-current welder output. Then, when the welding electrode is brought near the work, the high voltage (HV) ionizes the air and creates a path for the low-voltage and high-current arc.
High-Frequency Start Box – [Link]
This project is a high voltage plasma speaker that is using two mosfets in half bridge to drive the flyback transformer. This reduces the load on the FETs, and thus reduces the heat produced by them. To find out how plasma speakers work see the bottom of this page. [via]
A reliable Plasma speaker - [Link]
This project is a VU meter using 14 IN-13 bar-graph Nixie tubes. The producing effect is really nice. Each of the tube is connected on driving circuitry that include bandpass filters of 60, 150, 400, 1000, 2500, 6000 and 15000kHz pass. Then each filter output is converted to DC and converted from logarithmic to linear scale suitable for Nixie tubes.
Nixie VU meter - [Link]
This project is a Nixie Clock using 4 tubes and common components. This clock is designed to be easy-to-build and it’s build using two boards one over the other. Clock works at voltages from 7.5V to about 14V and consumes around 200mA. The shield board has 4 RGB LEDs under the Nixies that can be turned off if you don’t like how it looks. It shows time, full date and temperature.
Nixie Clock with 4 tubes - [Link]
This project shows how to build a Panaplex display using some electrodes and a jam jar as the vacuum chamber. Panaplex is a gas-discharge plasma display related to the Nixie tube. The builder, Lindsay Wilson, explains how it works:
The entire thing is based on using a jam jar as a vacuum chamber. Each of the cathode electrodes is made from a 2cm length of copper wire. A stainless steel M3 screw is soldered to the middle of the wire. This allows it to be screwed to the support plate, which is made from a piece of ceramic tile. It was very easy to drill the 3mm holes with a diamond drill – the tile is made from sintered ceramic powder and is quite soft. A solder tag is mounted on the back of each cathode screw which allows electrical connection to be made to the respective cathode.
Homemade Panaplex display - [Link]