Numeric Displays for FOMOphobia Arrive 2

By a sheer stroke of Ebay luck, I found the LED display find of the decade.

There is a super spendy industrial numeric display that I coveted early on in this project. Four inch high letters, super bright LEDs, built like a tank, RS232 serial communications, but unfortunately in the $4- to $500 range. I called the company and asked if they’d be willing to donate a few.  No dice. I think their exact words were, “I can’t help you -CLICK-.”

I flirted tentatively with sketchy Chinese LED manufacturers who assured me that for a mere $70 a pop, they could get LED displays here yesterday. I kinda doubted their timeline, and had some apprehensions as well, based on online reports, about whether I’d ever really receive anything at all.

However, as luck would have it, a seller on Ebay was offering a $400 industrial display for $50. Checking with him further, it turned out he has a large lot of them. Most of them unused and unopened in their original packaging.


I bought a half dozen.


They arrived over the weekend.


They are so industrial-styled that they don’t have connector, only screw terminals to directly connect power, serial, etc. Hawt.

2 thoughts on “Numeric Displays for FOMOphobia Arrive

  1. Reply Jeremiah Nov 19,2013 10:19 am

    I have NSFW comments about all this geek-porn. This is the best donation I ever made.

  2. Reply andrea Nov 19,2013 3:08 pm

    Awesomeness! I love deals like that. I bet the seller is pleased they are going to a cool project too!

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