This was a collaboration between me and my pops. He did the artwork and I did the electronics. The sculpture plays random machine sounds, has blinking LED eyes, and two weird Russian Nixie tubes embedded in his forehead. It’s got a rechargeable lipo inside with a USB-C charging jack hidden in a sliding door under the frame. Runtime is about two hours or you can leave it plugged into a charger and run continuously.
The Nixie tube controller board is the same PCB I designed for the Nixie Dice but with different firmware loaded into it. The board can be freely downloaded from OSH Park here.
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