|dismantled, old CRT monitor pretends to be an oscilloscope|
I happened to have an old monitor that needed to be thrown out, so why not take it apart and see how it works.
A little research indicated that two deflection coils were present for either axis, and while one was a sawtooth waveform at around 35KHz, the other swept in the vertical direction at a modest 60Hz. If no input signal is applied, these two ensure that the electron beam scans the entire screen 60 times per second.
Poking around the electronics (Careful! High voltages meant for the electron gun! ) , I located the wires to each of these deflection coils, and obtained confirmation by momentarily disconnecting either of them and observing the beam trace a straight line instead of scanning the entire screen.
|DIY greeting card with variable lighting effects|
RGB LEDs with built in ICs that gradually change hue are widely available.
Add them as backlights to a greeting card with stained glass paintings made on transparency sheets, and a bunch of optic fibers(with scratches to induce light leaks at favourable points) , and you’ve got a greeting card with a nice touch.
Consumer grade optical fibers made from plastic can be easily sourced from showpieces .
The photograph doesn’t really show the details well, but you could try it out yourself.