Over the course of 2 weeks, we designed and built a Turbull Encabulator powered Ice luge / Rubens’ tube/ fountain of Red Bull. Here in the southern most edge of Oregon Ice luges are not as popular as on the east coast so most of the participants and makers in the video had no previous experience with it or the Rubens’ tube concept.
To see more submissions to the contest check HERE
Step 1: Design a Rubens' Tube
We had to perform many experiments and of course we started them outside so that we wouldn’t burn the house down. The problem with Rubens’ tubes is that the slightest breeze makes it impossible to see the effect of the speaker, so we had to put it in the garage so that it worked better which was fine because that’s where the party was anyways.
We also experimented with bending the tube and found out that the tube can be bent. However, it does lose its effect faster. Maybe with a larger diameter it could be bent in a circle.
Step 2: Program the Turbull Encabulator
We also wanted the lights to flow with the waterfall. After alot of trial and error we found out how to get the strip to interact properly. Below is the additional code that you would add to the beet wire zip file. At first we used a delay but then the other code stopped working while it was delayed, then we used a wait and it gave us less problems. Our final code just uses an if else statement.
Attached is the code we changed you will want to add to the code from HERE.
I'm not sure how much I can help if you have problems with the code.
Step 3: Assemble the Project
Step 4: Video
click on the links for some instructions we referenced.