Tech-Geek Interlude: Nixies

Nixie tubes are pretty spiffy, though their uses are somewhat limited; that, I suppose, had always kept me from playing around with them… until now. (If you don’t know what a Nixie is, Wikipedia has all the answers to your questions about these spiffy vintage electronic displays.) Since everyone seems to like looking at these things, I thought I’d whip up two very short videos of a Nixie in action. Here’s the smallest, cheapest, arguably most common Soviet indicator tube, the IN-17:

…and here’s a look at the same tube, only this time from the side, so you can see how not only how the ten digits are layered atop one another, but that they – somewhat surprisingly, at first – don’t run in order. (They’re, I’m told, layered intentionally so as to provide the clearest view of each element…)

Alrighty, then.

Published in: Geekiness | on November 17th, 2008| 1 Comment »

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  1. On 11/18/2008 at 1:14 am Ben Said:

    I picked up two HP devices at Norton Sales, one with a large 4 digit nixie tube display, the other with a smaller 7 digit display. $20 each. I think it was worth it for the tubes alone.