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Before the world comes to an abrupt end, I thought it would be pertinent to look back on the last year, and highlight some of my favorite Tech Instructables. Initially, I was going to make this a top 20 list, but with over 5,600 Technology projects to choose from, had trouble narrowing it down. After much mental gymnastics, I managed to narrow it down to a respectably-sized list of 30 great projects. I present to you now - in no particular order - my list of highlights for 2012.


Randy Sarafan
Technology Editor
 
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The Pandora's Box Internet Radio Player helped 'cracked the lid, - so to speak - on some of the amazing features of the Raspberry Pi. I think this simple and clever project is going to prove inspirational to many more projects to come.

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One of the cutest projects of the year was the Animatronic Cat Ears. While they are not very technically advanced, they are probably one of the most incredibly fun projects on the site. In fact, it is their ease, accessibility, and immediate payoff that makes them a great beginner's project, and perhaps one of the best posted this year.

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FireHero turns guitar hero into an extreme sport by visualizing the notes in giant bursts of flame. Now you can virtually rock so hard that it scares your neighbors. This project makes me take back all of the terrible things that I have said about Guitar Hero over the years.

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The 360 Degree Analog Camera Hat shows us that not all Tech innovation needs to be "high tech." Play Editor Mikeasaurus has zip tied a bunch of disposable film camera round a plastic hat and then uses remote control servo to press down on all of the shutters at once. After the film gets developed, he stitches all of the pictures back together to create a low-tech panorama shot. I am still waiting on someone to invent the digital version!
nerd74731 year ago
I think this is awesome!!! good job man
robochick1 year ago
Great job! These are all really awesome projects! You always post great Instructables!
kisshunter1 year ago
Quite cool that Pandora's Box!
crazyg1 year ago
cheers, i dont get out much
heato1 year ago
A zeppelin has a rigid structure. This would have to be a blimp. (technically) :)
Nice catch , it's worst then that though . A zeppelin is a rigid airship made by the Zeppelin Airship Company . Any others are rigid dirigables " steerable airships " . Still it's a great idea . Nice to know there are other airship fans out there .
myakka1 year ago
sounds like you had a "Communication Breakdown" get it? you know like the song?commu... ok i'll stop now
Great collection. Just going through all of them makes me feel charged to jump to my desk and make something new...
JTomM1291 year ago
Thank you! I've benn following Instructibles for about 5 years and it just keeps getting better. This is a great way to see both the breath and the best on the site that is becoming a bit too large and intimidating sometimes. My only other comment is maybe do this monthly instead of once a year? Thanks again!
randofo (author)  JTomM1291 year ago
Thanks for the feedback. Noted. I'll keep an eye on what a monthly overview might look like.
Wow, to find my Pico Blimp among a selection of such great projects!

Thanks!
bajablue1 year ago
Visions of Apocalypto are now dancing through my head!
rimar20001 year ago
Thanks for doing this excellent selection for us.
Tomdf1 year ago
I still can't get over how clean that freeform headphone amp is. It's just perfect in every way.
This is a great list, there are always so many cool projects here it's easy to miss them. I was surprised at how many I'd not seen before!
These are really cool.
eyesee1 year ago
Very good
As a bonus, project 31 should add the Prank Box, made by Randy.
A technology project mixed with mischief, this sealed box has only a key slot (key came separately) and a warning not to use the key slot. I like this project because you deliberately want to disobey the warning and crank that key, no matter your better judgement, which will inevitably complete the prank you know is coming.

Randy pranked me with this; he pranked me good.
Qtechknow1 year ago
Cool!!! Thanks for putting me in there!