Happy new year instructablers! c ya next year!

Topic by Danny 


Gnaw's First Instructable! Feedback Welcomed

I couldn’t wait any longer, I'm just too excited! This is my first-ever instructable that took over a month using my free time! I hope it's ok to publish, I know it's not perfect and there are some more pictures I would like to add in the near future, as well as, some things that need to be fixed. This could be the VERY LAST instructable to be published in 2006!Ladies and Gentlemen I give you, project Big RedPlease let me know what you think, as well as any suggestions as to what might make this instructable even better! I can’t wait to get started on my second one!Happey NewYear everyone!!!

Topic by Gnaw 


Why did this happen?

I was trying to make an led light out of the bulb and a battery. I connected the - to the + side(with a paper clip) and put the bulb on the plus side. It worked, but after about 10 seconds, I took it off and the plus side was really hot. I am a newb at this stuff so please tell me why this happened.

Topic by MichaelS   |  last reply


Still a few days left to document the gifts you made!

The Homemade Gifts contest ends at the end of the day Monday January 1st. Since I know you don't want to go into work this week, take a bunch of pictures and show us what you made, how you made it, and who you gave it to.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


cutout tool (yay or nay)

I found drill bits that I can use on a drill (duh) that can cut wood sideways, like a cutout tool. would this be a good cutout tool alternative? or should I just get a cutout tool?

Topic by bronevaya   |  last reply


RGB Moodlight

Hello, I am new to instructables and I am not sure about this thing: I made an instructable for a RGB Moodlight, so I was wondering it could be added to the projects of this group. Thanks in advance

Topic by peterrus   |  last reply


nothing

Nothing

Topic by something   |  last reply


Putting a 1/4in Stereo Jack into a computer :)

I'm thinking this will be my first instructable. I plan to put a 1/4 in stereo jack in the front panel of my PC. I can do that. The problem is, I need to figure out a way to amplify the sound, since my 30-year old earmuffs use a 1/4 inch jack and suffer from low power. I'm thinking USB power. Any suggestions? I know comps, I know how to do this, I just know nothing about amps :)

Topic by mikesty   |  last reply


Contest Rules

A forum confirming the rules of the knex gun contest

Topic by Loosewire; SOE Operative   |  last reply


knex gun forum

Theres a new forum for discussing knex gun designs http://z8.invisionfree.com/knex/index.php? just posting so you know

Topic by nick.z   |  last reply


Help - DIY Digital Picture Frame

I was finishing up a digital picture frame for my mom for Xmas, and decided to try to solder up some buttons to the on-circuit ones, but, unfortunately, the soldered wires didn't hold, and pulled some of the printed pattern off. Now the rubber button works at less than 25% efficiency. Any way to get this working better would be appreciated, thanks.

Topic by Samster1214   |  last reply


Contest at work need help please!!!!

I'm trying to win a contest at work you get 4 weeks free Online movie rentals for a free trial the more free rentals I give away the better pass this around to your friends and family www.blockbuster.com/bbfamily enter code 1647ta

Topic by gdeath79   |  last reply


Ship of Theseus - Philosophy of Identity

This past saturday there was a show on TV about the advancements in the field of prosthetics and human augmentation. I only watched less than half of it - but the timing was interesting. I came across an article about the Ship of Theseus (from Greek Legend) and have been reading quite a bit about "identity" and similar topics. This is philosophy - so there's really no right answer, but I have found it very interesting to think about and thought I'd share and see what others think.The gist of the story: Say we were to preserve Theseus' ship. As parts deteriorated and rotted away, we replace them with new (better/stronger) parts. Eventually, we replace each part with a new one. The question now is - Is it still the same ship? I'm willing to bet most of you will say yes.Now lets say that instead of replacing the ships components with new ones - we take all of the parts from the warehouse (where the parts are being stored) and reconstruct the ship from these new/better parts. Which ship has the "identity" of Theseus' ship? This is an interesting question because I'm again willing to bet that the "first" ship mentioned is your answer. But why? The parts would have gone to the "first" ship if not into the "second" ship. Why should this be different?Third Case:We take Theseus' ship and we tear it completely down in dry dock. In its place, we reconstruct using new parts. Is it still Theseus' ship?Now lets look at a digital device - my laptop for instance. Let us say that I have an "identical" machine (spec wise) and I cut and paste each file from this hard disk to the "new" machine. Does this "new" machine take the "identity" of the "old?" Can we say this "new" laptop (ship) is in fact Theseus' laptop? Talking with my colleagues - their answer (unanimously) was no - it is not the same.So here is where I get to the human side of things... Biological process have our bodies continuously replicating cells. In about a year, roughly 90% of the cells in your body will die. But no worries - they are continuously replaced with new ones. So, does that mean we are a different person compared to 12 months ago (I've read this question from several sources)? How about amputees? Today, prosthetic limbs can allow them to do what many of us choose not to do - run marathons. Are they any less of what they were before? <-- I know that sounds "wrong" - put put "political correctness" aside (but by no means am I putting down the situation of an amputee).Again, I'm willing to bet many will say yes - we're the same person. One argument is that our memories make our "identity." Fair enough. Now lets entertain the future. We now have the technology to save your memories digitally. We can digitize the human brain preserving its intelligence and thinking ability. Just entertain this idea for a few minutes. So if my brain (and its memories) are now digital and I copy it to another vessel. Is it still me? Do "I" still have the same identity? I'd like to think yes, but what was your answer about copying a laptop's memory (was it no - they are not the same)? Why should my digitized memories be any different than that of a laptop's digitized memory?At this point, my colleagues were floored. They figured out where I was going a few sentences before I said it. That's what makes the topic so interesting (in my opinion).If anyone has ever heard of HAL-5 - you already know what a feat it is. HAL-5 (yes, that's a play off of a space odyssey) is a human exoskeleton designed to assist those whom otherwise would be unable to walk for long periods of time. The user can lift heavy weights (80kg - say a dishwasher) among other helpful tasks. How does it know to move? Sensors on the skin detect electrical impulses in the brain that tell the muscle to react. Those signals are processed and turned into mechanical motion. All of this happens before the muscles have time to move. That is, the machine is moving before you even do.So if we replace our bodies and even our nervous system with mechanical devices - what makes us the same person? AND, are we the same person if we can simply copy ourselves to a new body?So last point - and it's not even my own. One of my colleagues brought this to the table today (literally at the lunch table) :P We were talking about the advancements and the potential/reality of human augmentation. Then he says something that makes complete sense to me. He said that we are at the point where our brain is evolving at a rate faster than our human bodies are. Just give yourself a minute to contemplate and wrap your head around the potential of that statement. To a degree - we have already done this (just not internally). Why else would we fly in a plane or drive a car? Well, I for one sure can't fly or run at 70+mph.1. I apologize for the length.2. I'm curious of your thoughts -- if you have another aspect of this, please do post.3. Remember there is no "correct" answer, this is just philosophy.4. There will always be more question than answers on this subject (at least I think so).HAL-5: http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/29/hal-5-robotic-suit-ready-for-mass-production/HAL-5 (mountain climb): http://www.engadget.com/2006/08/08/hal-robot-suit-almost-summits-with-quadriplegic-man-in-tow/

Topic by trebuchet03   |  last reply


Another Newbie xD

So... im the new one here.. i want to make something simple... with leds.... xD that would require lots of skill :> i got leds resistors....soldering kit and othere tools xD any ideas for newbie ? :>

Topic by iZaP 


IP-phonet on Promotron

• Support SIP 2.0, TCP/UDP/IP, RTP/RTCP, HTTP, HTTPS, ICMP, ARP, DHCP, NTP/SNTP, TFTP protocols.• Support STUN and symmetric RTP for NAT.• Interoperable with various 3rd party SIP end user device, Proxy/Registrar Server, and gateway products.• Advanced 32bit embed MCU + DSP technology to ensure superior audio quality.• Advanced adaptive jitter buffer control, packet delay and loss concealment technology.• Support popular vocoders including G.723, G.729A, G.711(a-law and u-law), G.726(40K/32K/24K/16K).• Support standard voice feature such as Caller ID Display, Call Waiting, Hold, Transfer, in-band and out-of-band DTMF,three way conference.• Support Silence Suppression, VAD(Voice Activity Detection), CNG(Comfort Noise Generation), Line Echo Cancellation(G.168), and AGC(Automatic Gain Control)• PSTN pass through port, with auto switch between PSTN and VOIP on inbound call and manual switch on outbound call. It becomes PSTN phone when unit power is off.Linkman:EricaSkype: erica888wQQ: 541006495MSN: w888160@hotmail.comTel: +86-755-22015114, 27918959, 26626155 LEAD TECHNOLOG DEVELOPMENT CO., LTDWeb:www.elecic.com

Topic by cobbyzhou   |  last reply


support SIP, Mutil-user managerment, international professional communication IC gateway with one,two,four port on sale

Call Features1. 3-way Conference2. Auto Answer3. Call History- Most Recently Missed Calls- Most Recently Received Calls- Most Recently Dialed Numbers4. Call Hold5. Call Forwarding6. Call Mute7. Call Rejection8. Call Transfer9. Flexible dial map10. Call Waiting11. Caller ID12. Do Not Disturb (DND)13. DTMF Relay- In-band, Out-band and SIP Info 14. Hotline15. support SIP domain, DNS name i. of server16. Multiple Proxy, Registrar, Redirect Servers17. Supports 2 service domains18. Volume AdjustmentManagement1. Firmware Upgradeable2. Upgrade firmware through boot monitor3. Config through Web, Telnet 4. Upgrade firmware and configuration file i. through HTTP, FTP, TFTP5. Support Syslog6. ND5 EncryptionProtocols1. SIP RFC3261 RFC3262 RFC3265i. Backward Compatible with RFC25432. SDP (RFC2327)3. RTP/RTCP (RFC1889 and RFC1890)4. NAPTR for SIP URI Lookup (RFC2915)5. STUN (RFC 3489)6. ARP/RARP (RFC 826/903)7. SNTP (RFC 2030)8. DHCP/PPPoE9. HTTP Server for Web Management10. TFTP/HTTP for firmware upgrade11. DHCP Option Codes for SIP (RFC3361)12. 802.1P TOSApplications1. Voice Mail Integration2. NAT Traversala) Static NAT Routeb) Traversal by STUN/UPNP3. Support Firewall4. Support Route/Bridge mode I/O Interfaces1. 2 RJ-452. Dual 10/100 Switched Ethernet Port3. 1 RJ11 for Phone(FXS) , 1 RJ11 for LifelineUSB-phone

Topic by cobbyzhou 


Replacing rivets in jeans

My wife recently replaced pockets in some jeans. It would have much easier if we could have removed the rivets and then replaced them (or similar ones). Anyone know how to do that ?

Topic by johncar   |  last reply


Do you want to use Skype out more comfortable and convenient

Inside 128M USB Disk. It can be changed as the clients wish 128*64 Dot Matrix LCM, it can show multi-language and information of calls wonderfully It can show the date and time Compatible with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) solution such as SKYPE It can make a PC-to-PC calls for free and PC to PSTN or MOBILE calls through Internet. Echo-cancellation for better sound quality Can set speed dials, design as mobile phone There is a DTMF dialing keyboard, can dial on the phone as normal phone Can make a call to SKYPE by using SKYPE software, or make a call to normal phone by SKYPE out Professional processor and special arithmetic for high timbre quality Use I2C port, more simply and convenient Inside LED, shows the statement of coming calls, calls, silence, dialing, on hook, name list It can save the received calls and the dialed number as many as you wish It can make a call through SKYPE calling list Several types of ring tones for incoming call alert, The display of USB Phone and SKYPE can be concurrence As a speaker to broadcast music from PC No need superfluity power supply Can adjust the volume during a call Connecting statement auto-checking No need to bear the ‘earphone and microphone’, just answer the phone when it rings One phone for VoIP, make it more convenient Can use as the earphone of Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, MS NetMeeting, Talk and so on, supports dialing by USB We can exploit more functions according to the customer's inner information about the operation details So if you have any requirement of VoIP equipment, please contact us. TEL:+86-755-27918959 MSN: cobbyzhou@hotmail.com Skype: cobbyzhou Yahoo Massager: cobby_zhou E-mail: cobbyzhou@hotmail.com

Topic by cobbyzhou   |  last reply


USB-phone of perfect voice quality on sale

Our company has many kinds of USB Skype Phone. Each design das more than 10 colours.1 Without screen:100% digital timbre with high quality, the same as PSTN2 U-disk: inside 128M U-dsik. It can be changed as the clients wish, save the charge of another U-disk take the files and phone with you, small and convenient.3 LCM:128*64 LCM, it can show multi-language and information of calls wonderfully, has many designs4 LCD:640 LCD、support English display, each letter shows 5*5 dot matrix. Better than common LCD5 Earphone port:Beside common features, it can use earphone to answer the phone, let your hands free.6 Desktop:Has the speaker function, use as the normal telephone, can be used as the loudhailer of your PCUSB Phone is the communication equipment that connected to the USB port of the computer, through the Internet; make a PC-to-PC call or a PC-to-phone call by Skype or other software. It offers high voice quality and cheap cost for the clients. It can call other PC or PSTN like common phones, or can be used as audio-device of PC or other voice massager software. It has special design as a mobile phone, used as a mobile phone, more convenient for making a call.Compare with common phones, USB phones don’t use the PSTN but the Internet. In the WAN, you can keep in touch with your families, friends, or clients, if you have a USB phone. When you communication with you Skype members, it is for free at all.Linkman:EricaSkype: erica888wQQ: 541006495MSN: c888160@hotmail.comTel: +86-755-27918959, 26626155,22015114LEAD TECHNOLOG DEVELOPMENT CO., LTDWeb:www.elecic.com

Topic by cobbyzhou 


How do I add an Instructable to my favorites???

This might be a silly question, but I have been looking for the way to add an Instructable to my favorites list, but I dont know how to do so, or were to find the instructions. I have seen others people's profiles and I see the have them bookmarked. Can somebody help me? Thank you!

Topic by Titere   |  last reply


ChaCha.com invites open!

For those of you who may be interested in becoming a ChaCha.com guide, invitations are now open again. I have some available. You can email me your qualifications at magicbeambuyer@inbox.com

Topic by magicbeambuyer   |  last reply


Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level! Project Contest Winners

I hope your Thanksgiving was as exciting and competitive as mine! Of the 42 people that came over for dinner, I beat them all by gaining an unprecedented 5 percentage points of body fat over the course of the dinner!Ok, maybe not that much, but I did eat until I was literally sick, and can feel comfortable saying, "I took Thanksgiving to the next level."From their projects, it's clear the winners of the Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level contest did too.Grand PrizeThese three projects will win beta Eye-fi Eye-Film cards. More information here.green chile fried turkey by drEelmodular pie-cosahedron by turkey tekPumpkin Cheesecake Pie by dently First Prize PackageThese three Instructables will win On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee and a Tanita UM080 Scale with Body Fat and Body Water Monitor.Cloth Napkins by HeresyOfTruthTurkey Treats by FrenchCrawlerXtreme Buddha's Non Vegan Delight in a Skin Tube by MrMunki Second PrizeThese projects will win one year magazine subscriptions to their choice of Make (digital or print version), Craft (digital or print version), or ReadyMade.$7 Non-Stick Rolling Pin by jess'Antique' Holiday Molasses Cookies by ianCranberry Relish by LasVegasDIY 41-inch uberHDTV (3 150 x 1 680) - 3 x 20" monitors in portrait by acfouHow to fry a turkey by rbhaysLeftover cranberry relish cake by lisareaPumpkin Pie Dessert Squares by GregDDCScratch Pumpkin Pie by Tool Using AnimalStatistical Analysis of Turkey Cooking by trebuchet03Thanksgiving Calculator by spacejockeysUSB-Powered Apple by randofoThanks to everyone to who entered and to the people who helped judge the contest: canida, honus, kinawera, leahculver, mever, noahw, numberandom, puffin_juice, and zieak.Original Thanksgiving contest instructions here.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


Your best choice of VoIP equipment

Shenzhen LEAD Technology Development Ltd. is the profession one of developing, manufacturing and selling in VoIP field Now, our products is on sales. Main products is USB Phone, Gateway and IP Phone USB Phone have many styles, with LCD, without LCD, with USB disk. Gateway use the SIP as the main protocol, they have the compatibily with other SIP equipments IP Phone are very simple, similar with the normal phone, but have more functions?£ All the equipments is easily set up, has many styles And we also offer the SIP service The price isn't changeless, the bigger quantity, the cheaper price TEL: 86-755-27918959 MSN & E-mail: cobbyzhou@hotmail.com Skype: cobbyzhou Cobby Zhou

Topic by cobbyzhou 


New here

In my months long efforts to find plans for making a Malibu outrigger, I find this interesting forum. Very cool off the path stuff. BigMike

Topic by bigmike809 


Blue LED ciruit

I am attempting to make this device pictured here. I am looking for someone with a knowledge of LED circuits to help me develop the board used to power the 6 flashing blue LEDs which, when first switched on has LED number 1 lit, then when a non-locking button is pushed the 2nd LED lights and flashes with the first still lit and flashing, and so on until all 6 LEDs are lit. When finally the non-locking switch is pushed all 6 LEDs are switched off? Is this possible. I'm new here and would appreciate any help you could offer. Thank you

Topic by anachronistic_protagonist   |  last reply


My favorites from the week of 2006-12-11

It's kind of an incestuous list this week, but what the heck.Run out of toilet paper 1/12th as oftenI'll admit that I've thought of doing this, but Noah actually acted. Simply wonderful.Revive Nicad Batteries by Zapping with a WelderGreat combination between video, images, and text -- plus I've got a dead nicad I need to zap.Pan-fried Scallops with Sesame Lime SauceScallops might be my favorite food, and these were near perfect.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


Who won the contest?

So when shall we know who was the best?

Topic by DELETED_rbhays   |  last reply


URGENT Need Hard Drive Converter Recommendation SATA --> IDE

My parent's laptop took a crap on them. I'm 60% sure it is hardware related (well, not the HD that is).Unfortunately, they never backed up their photos and our family trip to Mexico is on there (the photos :P). What really sucks (kinda) is that the HD is SATA. It sucks because I don't have a SATA enclosure (but I do have an IDE).So do I go with a SATA to USB2 converterSATA to USB2 converter -- or a SATA to IDE converterSATA to IDE converter?This is urgent because I need to determine if its the HD or some other component so that it can be sent in for warranty repairs. Crossing fingers that its some sort of hardware.

Topic by trebuchet03   |  last reply


Inflatable Fabrics

Out of curiosity - does anyone know what kind of fabric is used for inflatable structures... like inflatable kites? At the same time -- how is it sewn to hold pressure? I'm curious because earlier I was thinking why inflatable tents (for say: camping) are not too common. I mean, it seems like a good idea. No poles and such to worry about -- just inflate and go. Any thoughts?

Topic by trebuchet03 


12v 1.8w solar panel to charge AA 1.2v NiMh batteries

Would i be able to use a 12v 1.8w solar panel to charge AA NiMh batteries? i built one of the mr16 halogen bike lights with the instructable found here and now have 10 AA NiMh batteries that i would like to charge, and i only have a 4 battery wall charger. A 12v 1.8w solar panel is on sale for $15. its specs are: # Includes quick-connect hardware: connecting wire, DC clips, 12 V socket plug and barrel plug, mounting hardware/accessories # Built-in reverse current protection; won't deplete the power-supply system so can i use this to charge AA batteries? if so how many, 2,4,6,8,10?. i would want to keep it simple so i would just wire my battery holders to the panel if possible.

Topic by ThePopesBone 


Painting wood (any tips?)

I want to refinish a cabinet, is there a way to make the paint super smooth? (without the ugly brush strokes)

Topic by bronevaya   |  last reply


Broken ibook what to do?

Ok, so the logic board died on my old g3 800mhz ibook. I've since bought a new macbook and wanted to do something interesting and constructive with the ibook. Give me some ideas....Thanks.

Topic by onemisterchristian   |  last reply


Gifts for the intelligent designer -- what do you want for the holidays?

PT over at Make asked a few people around Squid and Instructables what they would like to receive for the holidays. Check out Leah's, Saul's, and my gift lists, and tell us what you'd like.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


60 Second Time delay for photo cell LED's

Ok here is my dilemma. I have created hallway lighting with leds using the same setup as the blue bawls photo cell lights Blue Bawls . so what i need now is a way to delay the "on" time of the leds for 60 seconds after i break the beam. The trigger is a laser pointed at the photocell so when i break the beam the leds turn on. its currently running on 7.5V dc. Any suggestions or schematics are greatly appreciated .

Topic by AgentDanny   |  last reply


electronics knowledge magazine online www.circuitseed.com

Provider schmatics electronics circuit such microcontroler ,hobby electronics ,rs232 full duplex, etc if you want to experiment at home leaning by doing it you self see you as soon as posible on www.circuitseed.com[:D]

Topic by phruchya_2498   |  last reply


Running 12 volt off 240 volt

Any one have any ideas how i can (as cheaply and easily as possible) run a winch made to be ran off a 12 volt ATV battery off Australian mains(240 volts)?(this winch to be precise)Cheers, Will

Topic by willj89   |  last reply


Trent I know you are kind and compassionate

Trent,you sent me a poem , a year or so ago. My beloved father is a Musician, with a background in teaching and played live on stage with Australia's The Voice John Farnham. You wrote me several sweet e-mails. However, I wrote fluff in my posts as I had been ill over my brother's tragic death. I am in remission now. I know you are very sweet and compassionate and I hope you can forgive me for my silly mails.

Topic by PrettyMaiden   |  last reply


Discovery Shuttle Launch - Photos

Discovery Had Successful Liftoff about 15 minutes ago... I live in Orlando, FL so I am about 50-60 miles from the spaceport. She lit up the horizon, and I took a few pictures from a point and shoot camera (so of course its kinda funky). Yes, we could hear it rumbling ;) I need to see if I can lighten it -- but I have a picture of the SRB separation -- you can see three objects. After than, the shuttle looks like a really REALLY bright white star.

Topic by trebuchet03   |  last reply


How much damage can a wall socket do to a person?

I took apart my cell phone charger and put the two prongs in the outlet so that i wouldnt lose them and as it turns out, metal conducts electricity, and i shocked myself. (it was kinda fun) i know that isnt serious, but how many times would it take for there to be lasting damage to my brain or something?

Topic by J-Fly   |  last reply


N00b electronic hobbyist

I am wanting to get into tampering with circuits and stuff. I see all the cool LED projects and circuit bending seems fun. I'd really just like to learn the basics before I do big stuff (well, I guess it's kind of necessary.) My soldering skills are pretty good from working on guitar cables. If anyone can hook me up with some good online guides for beginners projects and such, I would really appreciate it. -thanks.

Topic by Johnny Yugoslavia   |  last reply


can a a cell phone be made into a walkie talkie?

I was thinking can a cell phone be modified into a walkie talkie ive got 4 or 5 old cell phones i know the power wattage is low but is there a way to retinker it into a walkie talkie? or a wireless intercom?

Topic by Ogrecycle   |  last reply


Instructables in the Sydney Morning Herald

Instructables got a nice write up in the Sydney morning Herald as part of the December 4-10, 2006 "the guide" section. I got a copy hand delivered by a friend who happened to be flying across at the just the right time.

Topic by ewilhelm 


Surface Mount LEDs

I need almost 200 SMLEDs for a project. However, I only want 6 colors of 36 each. If anyone wants to buy the extra 300, or something like that, please make an offer. I will get 6 from this list, but I need them all to look different enough: White Red Orange Yellow Lime Green Green Blue Green Blue UV Or, if anyone knows a place where I can buy them in small quantities, please let me know :-)

Topic by zachninme   |  last reply


GPS route optimizer

My type-A personality never lets me stop trying to optimize everything in my life. Recently, I’ve started taking data on my commute to work: time of departure and time of arrival versus a number of different routes. This is endlessly amusing to houseguests, and a point of constant annoyance to Christy (who typically records the data while I drive; I record it myself when I bike to work). The result of all this data would be a 2-D color map that could give me an estimate of the shortest route depending on the time I was leaving. However, on further thought, I realized such a chart would only tell me about routes I already knew and would be very sensitive to my route ordering. For example, if there are three ways to get to work, how do I order them? By length? By number of turns? By my perceived annoyance of that particular route? I then got to thinking of taking time measurements between each possible node in a route. Those segments could then be built into routes I’ve never explored before. You can just imagine the look Christy gave me when I suggested this. Clearly, this is best done by a computer. So the question: has anyone seen anything like this, or a GPS unit hackable enough to permit this without carrying a laptop as well (I’d like to do this on bike, too)? Wouldn’t the final version of this be sweet?! You tell it where you’re going, and based on past experience, the time of day, and real-time traffic data it suggests the optimal route. (I’ve seen GPS + real-time traffic, but my guess is that traffic data isn’t nearly as useful as past experience data.) To everyone that can relax while commuting and not worry about 16 versus 17 minutes: I envy you.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


My favorites from the week of 2006-12-04

Ski BikeI'm a real sucker for winter weather contraptions, and this looks like a ton of fun.Pocket TripodI carry around one of those mini tripods on my camera bag, but this looks more useful because of the ability to wrap its legs around objects. I'm sure to make one.Typewriter Computer KeyboardAs someone who takes his keyboard and pointing devices perhaps a little too seriously, this makes me smile.Use firefox drag and drop extension to upload imagesThis will save you so much time and mouse clicks both on and off Instructables.Free Yacht Chapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.Who can get enough of the Free Yacht saga anyway? If you're in the Bay Area, come out for sail with us!

Topic by ewilhelm 


New Project

I think im gonna start making third party knex accessories for all sorts of stuff and i think my next projects is case for my xbox 360 and i might start work on my own knex gun design

Topic by cam001001   |  last reply


Backlit Mosaic (HELP!)

I've come up with a pretty cool idea for an artsy-type project, but I need a few sheets of acrylic. I need about 20" x 40" (~1m x .5m) of clear acrylic about 1/4" thick, and about half as much transparent black and opaque black (thickness doesn't matter). The idea is to make a backlit, tri-tone, grayscale mosaic, with 10cm square blocks. The transparent sheet will be the base, and needs to be 1/4" thick so I can put white LEDs around the edge (unless someone has a better idea). It will need some kind of frame to keep the light focused on the inside. Anyways, the main point of this post was to see where I can find acrylic sheets. Since it will be an inherently "pixelated" type image, I guess I could use smaller sheets of acrylic bonded together. Does anyone know where I can buy this? I would prefer to buy it locally so I don't have to pay shipping, but Lowe's and Home Depot don't carry it as far as I can tell. So there it is... my next project. I would love anyone's ideas, especially about using thinner sheets with LEDs, and ideas for a frame would be nice... Also, what's the best way to cut and bond the acrylic squares? Thanks Edit: added picture

Topic by mrdice87   |  last reply


Building a monitor stand

G'day I am an average woodworker but rweally enjoy it. I have recently built a rudimentary monitor stand that works. I can send specs if anyone is interested. I am looking at building a monitor stand. I am playing around with specs and was thinking about 25cm wode, 20 cm deep, and 12 cm height. That is a bit more than the books that my monitor is currently standing on. Has anyone built one recently and if so, what specs did you use. Thanks in anticipation

Topic by snowy   |  last reply


Laser Etching Acrylic for 3D Chess - Can I borrow some time on the machine?

Hey Squid Labs, I have a question/favor to ask. I'm looking to make a Raumschach board. It is a 3D chess variant with 5 decks using 5X5 boards. Well actually, I'm not sure which chess variant I'm going to go with just yet (its down to either Raumschach or Millennium chess). In any case, I bought the necessary raw materials today - threaded rods, cup washers, nuts, end nuts, threaded rod and acrylic. All from my favorite surplus store, Skycraft. I was wondering if I could possibly send you the raw material and CAD files and have the chess board etched. I would, of course, pay for return shipping. If not, that's fine - I'll probably just use tape and sand paper. But if I can have it done from a CAD file, I can make it a little more custom (I could even include instructables or squid labs logo if you want :P). Thanks ~Paul PS: For anyone wondering why I am not considering Tri-Dimensional Chess (as seen on Star Trek).... Technically, there's no official rules or setup of the game as created by the television show. Not to mention, moving attack boards and getting pieces into the "Neutral Zone" takes a long time (according to semi official rules on chessvariants.com)

Topic by trebuchet03   |  last reply


can you add an instructable to a group with out the auothers permision

I recently created a new group, Fun with Fire, and want to add instructables to it but i am to polite to add without permission. any thoughts?

Topic by In The House Of Ill Repute   |  last reply