Vacuum Fluorescent Display Repaired to Scroll Sensor Data, is Powered by Raspberry Pi #IoT #IoTuesday #RaspberryPi
Hacker Jeroen Domburg bought a few VFDs and then set about the task of turning one of them into a scrolling clock and sensor display for IoT data. The project includes troubleshooting burn-in on the screen, a beautiful flat-flush seamless case design, and a particularly brilliant hack of removing the MB621468 IC and jumping a number of wires to re-establish connections (part 3 of the build). Check out the results below and read the full step-by-step here on the SpritsMods blog.
Ofcourse, it would be very easy to take a tablet or a Raspberry Pi plus a LCD, install a webbrowser and point it at a statistics page, but where’s the fun in that? We nowadays have enough LCDs around and although IPS panels nowadays are pretty good, the viewing angle still can be a problem. There’s also the aesthetics bits: LCDs are everywhere nowadays, and I wanted something different.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.