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Everybody loves nixie tube clocks. But why stop at 4, 6, or 8 tubes? Why not 81 tubes?  Inspired by ArduNIX and ogi lumen I decided to build a nixie tube sudoku game. Gotta love open source hardware.

Displaying the puzzle from Cleve’s Corner.

Recursively solving the Wikipedia example puzzle using a modified version of this code.

All of the design files (schematics, boards, source code, and case design) are available here.

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8 Comments

  1. Amazing work!

  2. Hello –
    May I use your video & description on tubeclockdb.com ?

    -Brian

    • Definitely. Your database has been a very useful resource for information and inspiration.

      • Thank you! I really like your invention, it is one of the more innovative uses of nixie tubes that I’ve seen.

  3. Very nicely done!

  4. Ah, the neon field form.

    Beautiful boards.

  5. The perfect thank you, and share information.

  6. it would be great if it blinks all numbers whet completes the game

    what was the cost ?


11 Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. By Nixie Sudoku - Hack a Day on 09 Jul 2010 at 4:15 pm

    [...] should only have a handful of Nixie tubes? Without a good answer to his query he went ahead and built this Sudoku game using 81 Nixie tubes. There’s not much of a description for his work but here’s how we [...]

  2. [...] Source [Trashbear Labs] [...]

  3. [...] Trashbear Labs built this Nixie Soduku board using 81 individual tubes, arranged into a grid, and controlled by a couple of dials and a keypad. There’s even a built-in solver algorithm, in case he gets stuck trying to solve a particularly challenging puzzle. [...]

  4. [...] Vous pouvez trouver les schémas et les codes sources de ce montage électronique sur trashbearlabs.wordpress.com [...]

  5. [...] board, built by tinkerer John Sarik, has two knobs for selecting the correct square and a keypad for punching in [...]

  6. [...] Trashbear Labs build an arduino controlled sudoku board using 81 nixie tubes. There are two potentiometers and a keypad to play the game. More info on the link below. [...]

  7. [...] an awesome competition to see what everybody can make using parts from SparkFun and Ponoko. My Nixie Sudoku uses many parts from SparkFun and custom case from Ponoko, but unfortunately neither company sells [...]

  8. By Maker Faire Rhode Island « Trashbear Labs on 27 Aug 2010 at 2:42 am

    [...] in Uncategorized I’m going to Providence this weekend to show off Nixie Sudoku at Maker Faire RI. Come and check it out! Let’s hope the tubes make it there in one [...]

  9. [...]  |  Trashbear Labs  | Email [...]

  10. By Zes gave nixieprojecten » Mancave on 09 May 2011 at 12:04 pm

    [...] je nixies in overvloed, doe eens gek en bouw een nixie-sudokugame. 81 nixies gaan er in dit project. Het resultaat mag er [...]

  11. [...]  However for more information on the nixie-tube Sudoku, visit John’s website.  [...]

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