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]


  1. spyder_21 says:

    cool, but why not just control it all from your computer. Set an array of them up would make for a cool effect.

  2. Pete says:

    I hadn’t heard of a Rubens tube before. It would make a pretty cool demo for kids teaching them about standing waves.

  3. charlie says:

    I was thinking, thats the wierdest looking rubik’s cube i’ve seen yet.

  4. Xeracy says:

    @Pete: funny, i first heard of this via this educational video.

  5. M4CGYV3R says:

    @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.

  6. Alex says:

    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.

  7. M4CGYV3R says:

    @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.

  8. M4CGYV3R says:

    doh, I meant Reuben’s Cube.

  9. Nate says:

    didnt know what it was called but our physics teacher had a ruben tube in the class room and that was the neatest part of the class

  10. iR377 says:

    Those flames aren’t nearly big enough! More power!!

  11. robomonkey says:

    Great, now everybody will want a flame display frequency panel. LEDs are SO last year.

  12. Milton says:

    That is pretty epic. Now what he needs to do is realize that his Ruben tubes give off IR light (hey, they’re FIRE!) and use those as input for the Wiimote camera..

  13. Drew says:

    I always think it’s funny when people incorporate wiimotes into their projects for no reason.

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