Reverse engineering vintage Japanese electronics - a vacuum fluorescent display!

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    Today we're reverse engineering a piece of vintage Japanese electronics - a vacuum fluorescent display or VFD.
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edgeeffect
edgeeffect

Parallel is SO MUCH easier if you ditch Arduino and just write some AVR code.

Vor 8 Tage
Kevin Johansson
Kevin Johansson

So, you reversed engineered yourself through the Datasheet in English? Ffs.. and this guy has supposedly studied Computer Science. Stop with the clickbait at least or get good.

Vor 2 Monate
kleetus92
kleetus92

A vacuum fluorescent display display? Any listing of the code anywhere?

Vor 3 Monate
Jorn Navarre
Jorn Navarre

Ahhhh VFD's ! I loved those displays !

Vor 3 Monate
Deepak Kakkad
Deepak Kakkad

Hi, great work. Can you guide me on one issue? I have onkyo tx nr 616. Its display turns all all the segments fully the moment its switched on from power point plug yhat moment its on standby mode. Its totally unreadable since all the segments fully lights up. What could be wrong in that. I have replaced one shoryed transistor, prior to that display was dead, now it comes on but lights up fully meaning it shows unaddressed grids and anodes also. Pkease guide if you can.

Vor 3 Monate
Jolly Green
Jolly Green

Really love this

Vor 3 Monate
Jonas Termeau
Jonas Termeau

So what was the secret project in the end ?

Vor 5 Monate
Moristo Lekka
Moristo Lekka

You can make it as VFD VU Meter.

Vor 6 Monate
M O
M O

This is fascinating content. Wish I kept up with this stuff like I did as a youth. Giving me inspiration! 🙏🏾

Vor 7 Monate
Blake Smith
Blake Smith

my company uses those for vending machines. I am pretty sure we are not paying as much as you mentioned for them...

Vor 7 Monate
julian gardner
julian gardner

Drop me a line so i can help you with your embedded code.

Vor 7 Monate
Kevin Yeandel
Kevin Yeandel

You can get a wide range of VFD display's from aliexpress.com. I've just ordered one like in this video and a very wacky stereo VU Meter!

Vor 7 Monate
DAVID GREGORY KERR
DAVID GREGORY KERR

That sort of used was used in the PHILIPS DCC900 Tape deck

Vor 7 Monate
linagee
linagee

3:25 "WR and CS, but I don't really know what those are." Really? LOL. Write (maybe write enable) and Chip Select?

Vor 8 Monate
Laughing Man
Laughing Man

13:41 The display is screaming to be put out of its misery.

Vor 8 Monate
prateek A
prateek A

the starting limit of the variable i is not fixed from where it should start loop

Vor 8 Monate
Bhasker Sri Harsha Suri
Bhasker Sri Harsha Suri

You couldn't make it simply print "Strange parts" right

Vor 8 Monate
Seven FPS
Seven FPS

Português legends please man :( I love you bro ,i love you job Xoxo from Brazil

Vor 9 Monate
Arghyadip Mondal
Arghyadip Mondal

no int i = 0 declaration

Vor 9 Monate
Quiet_Stormz
Quiet_Stormz

i'm not 100% sure on the date round 1964 to 68 the same principal display text on really old ctr or lcd and ever older is flip displays still stands to day apple still has it in there os to day far as i know but befair i'm a Linux fan.. yes i play game on there not that bad to be frank

Vor 9 Monate
ebg13
ebg13

The 3-pin connector is your friend, it's +5V/Serial/GND. If you ground the serial-pin it goes into demo mode and starts printing the ASCII-table one character at a time. If you want to use the serial interface with an Arduino; solder a bridge on J4 and connect TX on the Arduino to the serial-pin on the VFD and you're done. No fancy code required! I think the default baud rate is 19200.

Vor 9 Monate
Rilum Osmanaj
Rilum Osmanaj

Hello, world! Hi! Hello!

Vor 9 Monate
Icie Flake
Icie Flake

next to try.. A Electroluminescent screen ? =) Much cooler. http://www.panelook.com/product_cat.php?catid=75 or this one that is in China http://www.panelook.com/MD640.400-52_FINLUX_9.1_EL_invitemdetail_164661.html get a USB controller for it to save you the the headache. here ya go noob..http://www.lcdstudio.com/site20/home.php I played with this 18 years ago when I was 12 and a 320x240 graphic screen.

Vor 9 Monate
Sjeune
Sjeune

and as always, im scotty from strange parts, thanks for watching

Vor 10 Monate
maY
maY

you could search for 40 sign customer displays - IBM/Toshiba, NCR, Wincor and a couple more companies still sell them - some are even USB. They get replaced with 8" or higher displays a lot now though.

Vor 10 Monate
Jonny Chooch
Jonny Chooch

some fruit machines years ago used vacuum fluorescent display like this..

Vor 10 Monate
Sayan Goswami
Sayan Goswami

WR = Write, CS = Chip Select (when using a bus)

Vor 10 Monate
Ben Muller
Ben Muller

That board your holding is worth about $500 US (if you can get one). Wow, with those prices someone should be manufacturing after market replacement vacuum flourescent displays.

Vor 10 Monate
Jaap
Jaap

enjoyed this so much more than the whole ATM Jackpot video. Would love to see more in-depth videos on your projects.

Vor 10 Monate
JUSTJEWETT
JUSTJEWETT

Believe my old kenwood headunit had this display

Vor 10 Monate
DrKoktail
DrKoktail

i is declared but never gets a value in c# the compiler would yell at you XD.

Vor 10 Monate
SwagiYo
SwagiYo

uhh... doesn't it just use the same standard as any other LCD?

Vor 10 Monate
TEKnique
TEKnique

More of these!!!!

Vor 11 Monate
Metalhead777
Metalhead777

I have been there with a random VFD I found in a lab. I didn‘t find a datasheet, so I tried to buzz out all the connections and routes, took me a complete sunday afternoon. But after that I stopped, because I also thought the board on the back is some custom thing I can‘t reverse engineer to show something on the display. So thanks for this interesting and encouraging video, my VFD looked surprisingly similar! If I find it again I might give it another shot.

Vor 11 Monate
Uncle Scrooge
Uncle Scrooge

As a software developer thats getting his feet wet in the area of electronics / embedded / system programming, this video really did give me new enthusiasm to keep on going. For example, I know bitwise operators in theory, but still can't wrap my head around their use on the PCB at library implementation level. Now I saw how it's done, hehe.

Vor 11 Monate
Oria Maymon
Oria Maymon

Great and curios vid. love the challenging ones (-:

Vor 11 Monate
Mike C
Mike C

It's not easy, being green.

Vor 11 Monate
Anthony Ege KOPRİ
Anthony Ege KOPRİ

11:14 - You cannot define a new variable inside a for loop and it is the stupidest shit ever.

Vor 11 Monate
Tvn Si
Tvn Si

Yesterday I’ve got the same module (only parallel) ... free of charge, sorry. This video makes my job to revive it much more easier. Thanks! PS.: to publish the code will be pretty :-)

Vor 11 Monate
dash8brj
dash8brj

I remember programmng one of these, the 4x20 model. It was a pain, but once I got it working it was set up to display my computer stats like cpu speed, fan rpm's, temps, unread emails, facebook new messages indicator, and using custom characters, it would switch into spectrum analyzer mode when you played music. A friend accidentally knocked it off my desk and it lost the vacuum. I was not happy.

Vor 11 Monate
Mike Andrews
Mike Andrews

Glad to see you again scotty ,thought maybe you gave up on us here on yt, I really enjoy your videos bro

Vor 11 Monate
Matthew smith
Matthew smith

I have an old VFD in my pc case displaying system info, i love the old look

Vor 11 Monate
Microbios75
Microbios75

What is that case?

Vor 9 Monate
WinDoge From YouTube
WinDoge From YouTube

He be making a strange parts machine

Vor 11 Monate
Sam Friesen
Sam Friesen

Have you tried the Liquid crystal library included in the Arduino IDE? If the display you have had 16 pins should work. It worked for me on an old 16x1 printer display

Vor 11 Monate
Abel
Abel

So it is some sort of loading bar it seems like. (The Project) But now the question remains.... what is it loading?.... a battery level maybe?

Vor 11 Monate
Rafael Ramirez
Rafael Ramirez

I Have a new IPAD 1st generation and I can’t used much cause every app requires IOS 12 This IPAD can’t be update passing IOS 5 There is something can be done? It will be great to find people can use their IPADs

Vor 11 Monate
Luis Alberto Serrano Alonso
Luis Alberto Serrano Alonso

That looks like an older fire alarm panel display

Vor 11 Monate
Michael Russo
Michael Russo

You always look exhausted. Please sleep a little more!

Vor 11 Monate
Luther Burbank
Luther Burbank

Never seen somebody so stoked to play with junk

Vor 11 Monate
Rafael Pernil
Rafael Pernil

Your explaination of sendChar(char c) wasn't clear to me, so I made myself some examples about what you were doing: Input : 01000001 bit shift right 0 -> 01000001 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000001 -> 1 bit shift right 1 -> 00100000 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 2 -> 00010000 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 3 -> 00001000 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 4 -> 00000100 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 5 -> 00000010 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 6 -> 00000001 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000001 -> 1 bit shift right 7 -> 00000000 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 Contatenated Output: 1000010 Input : 01111000 bit shift right 0 -> 01111000 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 1 -> 00111100 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 2 -> 00011110 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift right 3 -> 00001111 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000001 -> 1 bit shift right 4 -> 00000111 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000001 -> 1 bit shift right 5 -> 00000011 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000001 -> 1 bit shift right 6 -> 00000001 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000001 -> 1 bit shift right 7 -> 00000000 -> bitwise and 0x1 -> 00000000 -> 0 Concatenated output: 00011110 So... this functions reads every bit in reverse order (from right to left) If it were to do it normal order (from left to right), it should be like this: Input : 01000001 bit shift left 0 -> 01000001 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 1 -> 10000010 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 10000000 -> 1 bit shift left 2 -> 00000100 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 3 -> 00001000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 4 -> 00010000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 5 -> 00100000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 6 -> 01000000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 7 -> 10000000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 10000000 -> 1 Contatenated Output: 01000001 Input : 01111000 bit shift left 0 -> 01111000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 1 -> 11110000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 10000000 -> 1 bit shift left 2 -> 11100000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 10000000 -> 1 bit shift left 3 -> 11000000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 10000000 -> 1 bit shift left 4 -> 10000000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 10000000 -> 1 bit shift left 5 -> 00000000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 6 -> 00000000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 bit shift left 7 -> 00000000 -> bitwise and 0x80 -> 00000000 -> 0 Concatenated output: 01111000 NOTE: 0x80 is 10000000 It helped me understand what you were doing, so I share it hoping it helps someone else too! :)

Vor 11 Monate
warlockd
warlockd

Humm I have an old 4x20 version of that type. I need to dig it out. Could never get it to power on but maybe it's because I never tried the parallel mode.

Vor 11 Monate
retumbaNalgas
retumbaNalgas

I thought BFD meant Big Fucking Display

Vor 11 Monate
Bartosz Koziel
Bartosz Koziel

You can still buy these new They are exepnsive though Also: I'm currently building a clock with soviet IV-6 VFD tubes and TTL only control circuit

Vor 11 Monate
Helga
Helga

Build a phone powerful phone

Vor 11 Monate
Renegade Show
Renegade Show

Now this is freaking cool man! Looking forward to seeing it!

Vor 11 Monate
Karim Zahriya
Karim Zahriya

Electronics 101

Vor 11 Monate
gambia1011
gambia1011

int i = 0;!!

Vor 11 Monate
Carlo de Guzman
Carlo de Guzman

i can usually keep up with u when ur building things, but when u jumped into coding.. lol u lost me. it brought back horrible memories of my highschool computer science class

Vor 11 Monate
DANI ILHAM
DANI ILHAM

how about use arduino as controller for rgb strip that react of rythm on music, like bass or something else that synced by listen music? i see some one else use arduino as rgb controller that react of music and it cool, i think u as an great enginering guy should try

Vor 11 Monate
Dibyamartanda Samanta
Dibyamartanda Samanta

You haven't declared int I = 0;

Vor 11 Monate
Maarten van Achte
Maarten van Achte

The pin layout look very similar to a standard 20x2 LCD. have you tried using the liquidCristal library?

Vor 11 Monate
Alchemistake
Alchemistake

As a professional developer myself, I noticed the lifecycle of a day in this video: Cool idea -> F.! why it is not working -> AHA! Me stupid! -> WOW IT WORKS MAAAAAAAN -> Let's do random stuff on it

Vor 11 Monate
Kit
Kit

I see VI i Subscribe

Vor 11 Monate
JEWBABYSTEWIE
JEWBABYSTEWIE

Oooooh that's pretty trippy 😂😂😂

Vor 11 Monate
JEWBABYSTEWIE
JEWBABYSTEWIE

Why do people thumbs down your just hating smh

Vor 11 Monate
Darktron
Darktron

Building a robot?

Vor 11 Monate
Mazwan Sams
Mazwan Sams

phone reviewer : read spec from box Scotty : manufacturer, data sheet, glass construction, cb, silk screen.....

Vor 11 Monate
Matthew
Matthew

For anyone interested in working with VFDs that wants *new* VFDs and not just whatever they can scrounge, they don't cost anywhere near $600 for most models. Basic character display models are $20-$50. Larger character models can push up to $100. There are also models running from $200-$400 with other features, like dot-matrix display and touch support. You can also get color filters to layer over the top. They're a really attractive option for simple monochrome displays. Most of the super-cheap character display models can use serial support and many emulate the HD44780 command set. More complex models may support I2C and/or SPI. Check out the Noritake shop at noritake-vfd.com. They have periodic promotions, and sell cables and power supplies. Purchasable models link to another noritake site (noritake-elec) with datasheets and code libraries (including arduino, AVR, MSP430, and STM32). If you've worked with microcontrollers, you should be able to get a simple message up in less than half an hour. I used a low-end Y-series model and I was able to display data with a USB-serial adapter from a PC. A simple program works, but they've also got a sample display application called GUD-10K that's useful for testing the product and confirming your connection. Graphical display and performance will require a lot more design effort. And bit-banging on a high-end computer is hardly the most efficient use of resources, so you'll want a microcontroller for most finished projects.

Vor 11 Monate
OnlyHuman
OnlyHuman

Thank you Audible, very cool.

Vor 11 Monate
Oluwajoba
Oluwajoba

Genius

Vor 11 Monate
Nicholas Croft
Nicholas Croft

Great stuff, as always. When you're finished with your Passion Project, we'd love to seethe kind of knowledgeable deep dive that only you can do on the Chinese "knockoff" X79 Mobo scene. Maybe a collab with the following? Gamers Nexus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNje63vx73s&t= And Phils Computer Lab https://www.youtube.com/user/philscomputerlab/search?query=x79 And/Or Craft Computing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg739TdPFeA&list=PLGbfidALQauJCwEJNfSZktv5VlnmgrVXX

Vor 11 Monate
Marcos Souza
Marcos Souza

Can you make your own Iphone 3?! Greetings from Brazil

Vor 11 Monate
kalibos11
kalibos11

I think my old Betamax had one of them in it

Vor 11 Monate
Danny Chen
Danny Chen

I'd like to see you assemble Chinese-made mobile phones, any brand can, in Huaqiangbei.

Vor 11 Monate
St. Alexiev
St. Alexiev

video is complete garbage

Vor 11 Monate
Zim Zimmerman
Zim Zimmerman

more arduino projects with the programming trial and error would be fun

Vor 11 Monate
Asif Rajekhan
Asif Rajekhan

I challenge you add replace iPhone display with curved display...can u do it?

Vor 11 Monate
Ričards Kuziks
Ričards Kuziks

Make normal hedphones into airpods

Vor 11 Monate
frazer hainsworth
frazer hainsworth

noooob30000

Vor 11 Monate
Aaradhya Desai
Aaradhya Desai

Hey, can you make a video on ticking old smartphones ,like putting higher refresh rates into other old smartphones or latest camera in old smartphones

Vor 11 Monate
GOTH
GOTH

Sorry, no signs of life here or updates, Elon Musk builds a space rocket in less time. unsubbed

Vor 11 Monate
Daniel Bull
Daniel Bull

I bought a bunch of these from radio rally's in the UK for a few pounds and built clocks etc. out of them. I even have one which runs full graphics which I've done scrolling images etc on using a Raspberry Pi. They really are lovely.

Vor 11 Monate
ErCapoAlex GamesGalaxyit
ErCapoAlex GamesGalaxyit

Hii

Vor 11 Monate
Can Doo
Can Doo

Who knew Edward Snowden was such a good fiction writer.

Vor 11 Monate
zignitz
zignitz

Has data sheet.. reverse engineering.. hmmm... one of these things is not like the other.... ♬ one of these things does not belong... ♫

Vor 11 Monate
阪本研究所SK laboratory
阪本研究所SK laboratory

Excellent technical skill.

Vor 11 Monate
gotnoshoes99
gotnoshoes99

Am I the only one who was getting really nervous watching him wave that thing around?

Vor 11 Monate
oH well,lord!
oH well,lord!

No

Vor 11 Monate
Hasan Al Faisal
Hasan Al Faisal

How about modifying old samsung phones like the J7 ....Like an old car with beast underneath the hood

Vor 11 Monate
Simple Music
Simple Music

Oh shit conor mcgregor now interesting in electronic

Vor 11 Monate
King Jiggah
King Jiggah

What happen to china?

Vor 11 Monate
Segicus
Segicus

i loved this video!, true perspective of how a programmer works and tries things up xD, keep it up, greetings from Colombia :D

Vor 11 Monate
Tech Noboundary
Tech Noboundary

WR - write enable CR chip select

Vor 11 Monate
Mopeus
Mopeus

Make an iPhone 11 without a notch

Vor 11 Monate
Ground Hog
Ground Hog

So, what's your take on Hong Kong? Yeah, I'm the turd in the punch bowl. Answer one way and that will show who you are. Answer another way the same thing. Don't answer and we can assume the worst.

Vor 11 Monate
Traveller
Traveller

dragged this out over a month, way too long, I got bored when you normally keep me intrigued. unsubscribing

Vor 11 Monate
Anujith Rajasekharan
Anujith Rajasekharan

Sir, Can you make any phone (android or ios) only with parts from damaged products or old phones ? Without any shopping

Vor 11 Monate
Oliver Sanchez
Oliver Sanchez

thank you so much for knowledge about electronics and all your experiences that you shared to us... its really cool and i very enjoyed watching all of your youtube videos

Vor 11 Monate
Peter Carr
Peter Carr

https://vetco.net/products/noritake-itron-vacuum-fluorescent-display-dm2015e-vfd these guys have a bunch...

Vor 11 Monate
Emmanuel Rodriguez
Emmanuel Rodriguez

When I was giving some training about Arduino to my colleagues I told them that, blink, was one of the most useful sketches of all; they just said it was a silly sketch and a silly prototyping platform xD

Vor 11 Monate
MR MR
MR MR

It's so cool that you got the display to print. Can't wait to see the secret project!

Vor 11 Monate

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