Nixie tube thermometer – Part 3

In the third part of this series, I want to talk about the PCB design and the custom case for the electronics. I’ll also revisit the transistor array, which I didn’t finish in part 1 of this series and I test the completed project and show it in action. Continue reading Nixie tube thermometer – Part 3

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VGA signal generation using discrete electronic components

It’s been a while since I published this series of articles on nerdhut about monochrome video signals for an old Macintosh CRT. I wanted to post a short follow-up article about VGA and how to generate such signals. This article will also be a follow up to the custom CPU series and it will be another step towards the custom computer, I always wanted to design and build.

However, in this article, I only want to take a look at how the standard 640×480@60Hz VGA-Signal can be created using a screen testing device, made from discrete electronic components, which can be used to test monitors without the need of a computer being around. Continue reading VGA signal generation using discrete electronic components

Nixie tube thermometer – Part 1

Years ago I bought a bunch of IN-14 Nixie tubes from the Ukraine and I had them lying around since then. I always wanted to use them for a custom device and so I decided to finally tackle this project and build something that utilizes this almost ancient way of displaying digits, but for now I didn’t want to build a Nixie tube clock (I thought that was a bit of a cliché thing to do and for now I’ve had enough of fancy hipster clock projects), so I thought: Why not build a thermometer for my room that can be activated by clapping? Continue reading Nixie tube thermometer – Part 1

USB volume knob for Windows, Mac OS and Linux – Part 1

In this article I want to take a look at the Atmel ATmega32U4 8-Bit microcontroller, which has a USB 2.0 controller built-in and therefore should enable anybody to make their own USB compatible HID devices. I’ll try to show the process by building a USB volume knob, which will allow the end-user to change the volume or completely mute all sounds on the device it is connected to. Continue reading USB volume knob for Windows, Mac OS and Linux – Part 1

Homemade DIY word clock – Low cost variant

In this article I want to cover an alternative I’ve come across while building the “real” word clock project. This version will not feature a 12×12 LED-Matrix display. Instead it’s made with LED strips and only the significant words on the clock can light up. With this method you can’t display custom messages, but the whole build won’t cost you as much either. Read all about this build in this article or watch this video:

Continue reading Homemade DIY word clock – Low cost variant