29 Nov '13, 6pm

GPS-Driven, FPGA-Decoded Nixie Tube Speedometer, Part 1: What can we say? Nixie tubes are vintage-looking and

GPS-Driven, FPGA-Decoded Nixie Tube Speedometer, Part 1: What can we say? Nixie tubes are vintage-looking and

I love all things digital. When I was a boy, my dream was to make a Knight Rider -style dashboard. That would have looked so cool on my bike, but I don't think I would have been able to steer the thing. Unfortunately, parts from RadioShack were always too expensive, so I was stuck building a drastically cut-down version featuring only a single-digit counter. This was based on the classic 555 timer driving a decade counter, which fed into a BCD (binary coded decimal) decoder, which drove a 7-segment LED display. (The Back to the Future dashboard was also really cool -- I'm still looking for an excuse to build one.) The reason I mention all of this is to make you understand why, when I eventually purchased a 1953 International Pickup Truck, I looked for a reason to make it digital. As you can see from the image below, the original speedometer left something to be desired. On...

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Measuring The Lifespan Of Nixie Tubes

hackaday.com 24 Nov '13, 9pm

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golfdigest.com 29 Nov '13, 5pm

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