Manuel Azevedo did a review of Akafugu’s modular VFD clock: I discovered this wonderful tiny VFD clock by chance, while browsing Tindie for novelties. As I’m a newcomer to this Nixie/VFD world, I was not aware that Brian Stuckey already did an article in 2014 on a previous incarnation of this clock (Akafugu Modular VFD […]
Daniel has a nice write-up about building his Manhattan style VFD Clock based on the MSP430G2553 microcontroller and the MAX6921: I know that and IV-18 based clock isn’t anything original. In fact, Adafruit used to sell a kit for this exact purpose. I don’t really care that it’s not original, because all vacuum tubes are […]
Johngineer wrote an article detailing the build of his ChronodeVFD wristwatch: The ChronodeVFD is a personal project I’ve been working on for a couple of months. It’s a wristwatch built around the IVL2-7/5 VFD display tube. I originally purchased a few of these tubes to build a standard desk clock, but after playing around with them, […]
Coyt Barringer has been working on a programmable VFD display and ticker project: The goal was to make a small programmable display so I can quickly check the current Bitcoin or Dogecoin price, see the time, weather, etc as I walk into my room. The display also had to look cool – I tried to make […]
VFD clock with SNMP and NTP by Pyrofer: It sets itself via NTP and adjusts for daylight savings time so no buttons and it never needs adjusting. It can be monitored via SNMP for logging the temperature and checking system uptime. The entire SNTP stack was written from scratch and it all fits in one […]
Kerry Wong shows off his VFD clock he built after he completed the filament driver and the circuit to drive the multiplexed VFD segments we cover previously: After I completed the filament driver and the circuit to drive the multiplexed VFD segments, it is time to finish the VFD clock project I had in mind […]
Kerry Wong posted an update on his vacuum fluorescent display driver we covered earlier: As I mentioned before, there are many driver chips (e.g. MAX6921, MAX6931) readily available for interfacing with VFDs. The driver circuit I am showing here is a bit more complex as it uses only the generic 74HC’s and discrete transistors. The basic […]
Kerry Wong documented his VFD filament driver built: I recently salvaged a vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) from a piece of old test gear. The VFD is a 13 digit 7-segment multiplexed display and I thought it would look great in a custom digital clock or something similar. While it has the model number FUTABA 13-MT-54NA, […]
This week we’re giving away 2×20 character vacuum florescent displays to three winners (2 each). It interfaces just like a typical HD44780 LCD, but the display uses blue-green VFD characters. VFDs are always very popular, but also very expensive. Pulls are the only affordable source we’ve found. Leave a comment on this post with a […]
Added IN-12 Nixie socket (pictured above) and the IV-22 VFD socket (picture below) to our Eagle parts library. As you may have noticed from our recent updates, we’ve been playing around with Nixies and VFDs a bit lately…
This little VFD cutie comes from our trip to akihabara in Tokyo last year. A block of 6 of these will go on the Nixie vfd thing.
Haris built this handsome IV-11 VFD clock and wooden case. VFD tubes are similar to Nixie tubes, but use much lower voltages. Via the forum.
Edouard Lafargue let us republish his demonstration of a Noritake GU140x32-7002 Serial VFD screen (may prompt about a secure certificate). The Noritake VFD used here is a “Show and Tell” 140×32 semi-graphical VFD. This display has the big advantage of being able to display graphics and manage so-called ’user windows’, making it a good choice […]