Wiimote controlled Ruben’s tube

While we could be content following our “kiddie d-day” as [Caleb Kraft] suggested. We know you can’t continue such an awesome Friday without trying to blow yourself up first.

This Wiimote Rubens’ tube caught our eye. A PVC Aluminum irrigation pipe is drilled with holes and propane is pumped through. A speaker on one end creates changes in pressure and a neat light show follows suit. [ScaryBunnyMan] went further though, with a collection of software and a Wii Remote he “plays god” controlling the music, and thus, the fire. Check out a fun video after the split.

[Via Make]

13 thoughts on “Wiimote controlled Ruben’s tube

  1. @Xeracy That’s also the first place I saw one. For all of the ICE and Science Guy shows I saw as a kid with liquid nitrogen and tesla coils, I’m surprised I never saw this.

    It seems like you could do so much cooler things with a wiimote and a tube of fire than sweeping the pan and volume of music.

    I’d also be curious to see what it looks like if you put the gas into the tube via a center tap and run each of the stereo channels to opposite ends of the same tube. I may just have to build myself one of these.

  2. Wow! I did not expect that to sound musical at all. Most ‘experimental midi controller’ type things end up sounding awful (or at least non-melodious), but that was quite a spectacle of sight and sound.

  3. @charlie I’m curious if it would work as a Reuben’s Tube? I think the cylindrical shape of the pipe has a lot to do with the SWR effect. A box might do SOMETHING but probably not as coherent as this.

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