10/23/2015 at 15:03 •
200 tiny lightbulbs for $5... More ideas...
These are the ones for "maglite" flashlights, I think... 1.5V, *really* bright... But if I put 'em behind this panel, I think I'd drive 'em pretty dim, get that nice "warm" glow, so the filaments are viewable...
So, what...? Another "matrix" display, probably... I do seem to have a thing for using older technologies for newer things we see every day. But I guess I could be more creative... And it's not like scrolling incandescent text-ridden signs never existed, anyhow.
Incandescents are/were used in old signs, of course. maybe something like a scrolling border... I dunno.
I kinda dig *How* they were driven, they seem to imply a computer of sorts, but sometimes they simply use a spinning drum with a bunch of nibs sticking out that push microswitches, just like a music-box. Kinda cool, since you can *see* the pattern in the "Memory"...
OTOH, again, "maglites" are pretty-durn-bright... and 200 of them would be a lot of light...
I've been thinking, ever since I started messing around with really-simple LCD-driving circuits, that one potential use is as an easily-adjustable filter for e.g. stage-lights.... One of my LCD-driving circuits is nothing more than a shift-register, a crystal, and some DIP switches to select a solid color to fill the screen. (Could probably get rid of the shift-register altogether, if using a Parallel-interfaced display, rather'n an LVDS one).
I don't need a stage-light, per se... but mood lighting might be cool... shine it on a wall... 200 flashlights should be bright enough, eh? And, again, with the "warmth" of incandescents... Hmm...
10/01/2015 at 16:45 •
Took apart an old green backlight for an ASCII LCD... I happen to have 7 of these, about 4 inches long, 1 wide. The backlight contains a shitton of bare green LED dies behind a filter that's easily removed. They're pretty when lit. I just happen to have 7, so might have to make a seven-segment display outta them. And, who knows, maybe throw it behind this LCD for fun.
On that note, also have a "bubble display" which has a similarly-pretty aspect, being that the LED dies are visible. Something about these point-sources are drawing my attention.
On *that* note, also have an old LED display from an old cell phone... it's seven digits of 5x7 (again bare-die) leds. The interface is undocumented, and it's controlled by two epoxy-blobs, but amazingly they put test-points for every row and every column. Driving the rows and columns directly apparently lends to feedback through the epoxy-blobs, as driving one dot ends up driving most of a column. So I might end up seeing if I can scrape the epoxy-blobs (and the silicon underneath) off the PCB entirely. Again, bare-die LEDs, pretty.
And then, just came across this as a nice surprise... Wanted to see what was inside a TO-3 (can) transistor, but hadn't the patience to actually do-so... http://lab.whitequark.org/notes/2014-06-14/transistor-as-a-light-source/
No kidding, the tiny thumbnails don't do it justice, look at it zoomed-in, it's quite cool looking, like a tiny neon sign.
Maybe a magnifying glass under the LCD, who knows.
As far as the LCD color-filter... Well, with LEDs, of course, there isn't likely to be much interesting filtration, but who knows. If nothing else, there's the aspect of turning it "black" when the displays behind it are off, to hide the details, or masking the circuitry, etc. I don't know yet. The VFD color-filter, on the other hand, well, that just makes complete sense. And, yeah, I've come across a few old VFDs from VCRs, etc. that would be quite groovy (again, I kinda dig the custom-shape stuff they're good at).
Speaking of cool-shaped VFDs.... Did I show you this?
d'aww... looks like I missed-out... They were really cheap, too. Not that I'm a car buff, but c'mon, probably the closest to a Corvette I'd ever own ;)
Oh, and did I mention that I have a couple incandescent 7-segment displays? How cool is that concept? Those should be fun with color-filtration.
07/17/2015 at 06:10 •
The competition was fierce, I'm honored this was deemed a worthy Human-Interface :)
$100 in free laser-cutting from https://www.ponoko.com/!
I've plenty of ideas of how to make use of it! An enclosure, of course, but I've no doubt more ideas will come in the not-too-distant future.
Thanks HaD and ponoko!