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Recently I was looking through a local antique warehouse when I spotted the glint of glass in an old cardboard box on a shelf in one of the booths. Sure enough...
Dec 10, 2010
Is there a safe and simple way to test my B7971's before I start building my smartsockets?...
Dec 9, 2010
some questions concerning the ZM-1350 Firmware
Hi Chris, I have nearly finished a Smartsocket-
Display with 12x ZM-1350. During this I encountered 2 Problems: The enumeration of the smartsocke usually fails...
Sep 28, 2010
I have aquired bunch of Phillips made ZM1000 tubes. Since I have no clue of their quality I need to test them. I am looking for suggestions on how to build...
Sep 15, 2010
SmartSocket - Arduino
Anyone make a program running the sockets directly with an Arduino yet. And would they be happy to show? Can the arduino directly drive the sockets (serial)...
Jul 13, 2010
Miscellaneous B7971 SS Questions
Hi all, I can't recall if I've posted before, but I've been around the group for quite some time now. I recently (finally!) started building my SmartSocket...
Jun 3, 2010
Text to Smartsockets windows program
Hey Group, With some help from a programming friend, we have put together a little windows app that will let you send RSS feeds from the internet to the...
Jun 2, 2010
One or two very-beta testers sought for IV-17 SS
Is there anyone in the UK (preferably, for the sake of postage) who would be interested in beta testing an IV-17 smartsocket ? You would need to build a...
May 5, 2010
LED Starburst smartsocket files in the \files
92;Smart LED starburst di
Hey group, I have updated the readme and eagle files for the the LED starburst smartsockets, there were a couple of wiring errors in my first version! I have...
Apr 17, 2010
Collection of Rare Russian Tubes
Hello members of Smart Sockets community. I have a collection of rare Russian tubes. Right now I thinking about changing my hobby, so I am considering selling...
Apr 7, 2010
I've had the time to do some more work, and this is where I am http://www.youtube.
v=UeQWgSccD6Q The date and time number fonts are programmable, the...
Apr 3, 2010
Modificatios needed if pins are changed, Starburst LED displays
Just now, I've uploaded two files. I'm not sure if it's the latest version, but it does show where changes are needed. On my design, only 4 pins were changed. ...
Mar 29, 2010
Smart LED starburst
Simon is working on a smartsocket version for alphanumeric starburst LEDs. I have converted the pin assignments to better suit those displays. I have uploaded...
Mar 23, 2010
IV-4 command update
No video of these I'm afraid (awwww, shame !), Just lots of text .... In order to make highly animated displays using the current versions of software a large...
Mar 18, 2010
IV-4 Smartsocket Update
Yes, another update ! The basic 4 tube socket is working well when configured as a standard array of four smartsockets, and also it now has a 'Letterplay
Mar 15, 2010
IV-17 Smartsocket, 4 tubes or 6 ?
Does anyone want to express a preference about how many tubes the IV-17 Smartsocket should have ? I can get the device to work with 6 tubes just as well as...
Mar 14, 2010
Current limiting requirement for VFD's ?
While working on the IV-4 vfd smartsocket I haven't used current limiting for any of the segments and this morning I noticed that the phosphors on the segments...
Mar 14, 2010
16 Segment LED Smartsocket
Just a few lines of code needed to be changed of the IV-17 Smartsocket and using a couple of 74HC4094 shift registers replace the HV5812 (they were all that...
Mar 11, 2010
16 segment LED smartsocket?
Hello peoples, After seeing John Taylor's segmented LED test bed, I thought it would be cool if you can make a mini smartsocket for the 16 segment LED's. The...
Mar 4, 2010
150 Smartsocket boards available
users, Today another batch of 150 B-7971 v.2 boards arrived from the PCB supplier and are available for sale. For futher detail check my...
Mar 3, 2010
At the risk of spamming my own group (!), I enjoy reading these teardown articles, probably because they give a reasonably balanced insight into what can be...
Feb 25, 2010
Nixe Driver (B7971) - Ethernet/Serial
Has anyone tried using an SBC (Single Board Computer) to drive nixies. Meaning to drive B7971 with a web interface. I have seen SBCs that have serial and...
Feb 25, 2010
B-7971 - Bidding Mistake? :)
Think someone made a mistake on bidding? heh _http://cgi.
Feb 22, 2010
Hahaha, I have just read this at Circuit Cellar, I hope it is not too relevant to the new IV-17 Smartsocket ! ...
Feb 15, 2010
IV_17 FLW video
I don't know what happened to that last upload. Here it is again. http://www.youtube.
Feb 13, 2010
IV-4 vs IV-17
I am still not sure and haven't found a direct answer. What is the difference the two? Which is better and why? I believe they are the same size. Nothing...
Feb 13, 2010
B7971 6 digit clocks
I am interested in a 6 digit 7971 clock using these type of features, with GPS stability. I have not seen any good kits out there, and the smart socket lends...
Feb 12, 2010
Free 1386 (Revised B7971 smartsocket) to first reply to this post
I built up a board so I could take pictures for a pin soldering instructional and verify in-circuit programability of the soldered in PIC. I will send it to...
Feb 11, 2010
IV-17 Smartsocket with four letter word functionality
Just for fun I downloaded John Smout's list of four letter words into the PIC which controls the four IV-17's of this device. Then I added some random word...
Feb 10, 2010
A new smartsocket command - delayed digits
Because the Smartsocket system has been designed to create a flexible and programmable display, I have found myself writing routines which reveal each...
Feb 9, 2010
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