A 16S8D VFD Panel Revamp: Revision 2.0

This is a deep redesign of MVFD 16S8D Panel Rev.1.0 project which fixes minor and major issues and finally solves the fundamental problem of some parts becoming obsolete. Let’s reiterate the reasons which were the main driving forces of the project to come into existence:

– Single power source (+5V) which makes it possible to […]

Mini Remote Control for 3 AUD

Today we literally bumped into this extremely cheap mini remote control at Reject Shop in Parramatta Westfield. The RC costs just 3 Australian dollars and it includes CR 2032 button cell battery. Even without the battery it would’ve been too cheap so this offer looked to us very suspicious. That is why we bought two […]

How To Make Sound A Total Failure Project

Inspired by the success of VFD MagiClock a decision to make something similar but out of new parts was made. To be fair, despite its appealing look the original clock was assembled using scrapped parts making it really difficult to replicate. In addition to that, rather substantial dimensions and necessity to have cumbersome power supply […]

PCB Manufacturing Deals

These are PCBs recently manufactured for a VFD project. Aiming at very small initial quantity and rather compact 100×25 mm dimensions BatchPCB was considered an ideal service for making our PCBs. But in the end it turned out that shipment from US would be ridiculously expensive and simply not being worth ordering. That was the […]

VFD MagiClock Designing and Assembling Process

The whole process from initial design to final assembling is presented in this video. We aimed to make it alive, entertaining and easy to watch. Hope you will like it!

VFD MagiClock Final Assembling

Assembling process is very simple and it is shown on the pictures below.

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VFD MagiClock Assembled Greets You

VFD MagicClock Assembled Greets You

VFD MagicClock Assembled Displays Day Of Week

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Second Prize in ‘RC Contest’ at Instructables.com

Our ‘Remotely Controlled Camera’ project grabbed second prize at Instructables.com. We’ve been given annual membership at Instructables, a T-shirt and a remotely controlled helicopter! Thanks to everyone who voted for us and special thanks to Instructables and contest sponsors! It was fun!

MagicTale Team and Instructables Theme

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VFD Panel: Building Clock+Thermometer

Now when we have full control over VFD display, it is time to build something meaningful. How about remotely controlled clock with temperature sensor? Boring? Well, it will be unusual device: capable of working from virtually ANY type of remote control, with display activated by a motion sensor, with capability to log current temperature to […]