An easy to sourc,e EASY to build, cheap laser cutter instructable

Would anybody be interested in creating a new laser cutter instructable. I saw this one: https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-cutter-start-slicing-stuff-for-under-50-dol/?ALLSTEPS , But it seemed WAYY to difficult, to difficult to get the parts, and not super high quality. If anybody could do an instructable for this, (possibly with a RAS PI, it would be much appreciated. We want a cheap Laser CUTTER!!!!

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Fixing a charger

I was charging my Toro 20360 when my son tripped on the cord, jerking the wires out of the plug (mower end).  I checked with Radio Shack and they only have 4 connected prongs instead of single ones.  Where can I get replacements for the prongs that insert into the plastic plug in? MK

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Would anyone be able to make a loot chest/locker from borderlands the game?

Borderlands has very interesting loot chest/lockers, and I think it would be a great idea to try and build some of them. Like the way they open up are amazing. It would be a great idea to make as a actual storage unit. I will be doing some research myself, but I am a noob at this. so it would be easier if someone with experience would be able to build one.

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The Gluten-Free Contest is starting Monday, August 26th!

We want to see all your best gluten free recipes - especially well-loved and everyday recipes! Gluten free pancakes, gluten free cakes, gluten free bread, gluten free cookies, etc. :D We've got a great programmable slow cooker up for grabs as well as some books and kitchen accessories. Check out the official Gluten-Free Contest page and get brainstorming!

Topic by jessyratfink   |  last reply


Why won't my draft publish?

Why won't my draft publish? I go to create my draft on whatever it is I am posting, then try to publish it because you have to publish the draft to have it viewable by others right? Every time I hit publish, it doesn't publish it. It just refreshes the page (or at least it looks like it is refreshing). Why is it doing this and how do I solve it?

Topic by ajensen19   |  last reply


No provision on my instructable to add a step!

I have posted a new instructable, but when I went into edit mode, to add a new step, there is no provision for doing so: Here's my instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Quickly-Field-Estimate-the-Weight-of-a-Stan/ I tried using Internet Explorer 8, Opera 12, and Mozilla Firefox 23, but to no avail. This is the first time this has ever happened with one of my instructables. And please, don't hesitate to be verbose with your answer, as others on this forum have posted the same problem, and the posted answers are not helpful at all. For example, others have answered "... click the add step button..." when the post indicated there was no add step button, or "... maybe the instructable was not set up as a step-by-step instructable" and simply left the problem still hanging there.  Hey guys, these are not complete, problem resolving answers. And problem repetition (with lack of suitable answers) does clutter up our help section. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, shastalore

Topic by shastalore   |  last reply


Regular Knex sets?

Does anyone know if it's possible to buy knex sets that are entirely composed of the standard sized knex? I've noticed that micro knex dominated over many of the value tubs. I intend to find a set to build knex guns

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Cheap calculator hack

I put together a Solarbiotics Magbot Pendulum and it has a period of one second. I measured this by using a stopwatch and counting the swings for five minutes. . What I would like to do is count the number of times it swings back and forth over an extended period of time, for example 24 hours.   I came across an article showing how to use a cheap calculator to count the number of turns a shaft makes. A cam attached to the shaft presses the "+" key each time the shaft turns one full turn. to use it, you clear the calculator and press the "1" button. Then every turn the cam presses the "+" button and 1 is added to the sum being displayed. Every cycle of the pendulum causes the LED to flash (pulse)  once. I'd like to use these pulses to do the electronic equivalent of pressing the "+" button.  It might be possible to count these pulses using electronic circuitry (decade counters) but electronic calculators only cost about a dollar of two and I'd like to give that a try. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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need help taking one LED from RGB 5050 strip, also remote and voltage questions

So I have an RGB 5050 LED strip.  It's cutable every three lights.  I need just one LED.  So I'm figuring (correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm a total newbie to this) that I need to solder the 3 pins on one side together, and put a resistor on each of the other pins (with the red getting the resistor that's a different value).  Problem is, I don't know which pins are which.  There's a little mark on the corner of the LEDs; do I put the resistors on this side, or the other side?  This strip is meant to be used with 12 volts.  Also pictured is a remote with receiver and a mini controller (I will use one or the other).  These are also for 12 volts.  I'd like to use them with less.  I tested with a 9 volt battery, and that worked.  3 volts did not work, not sure why.  I haven't yet tried 6 volts.  Is there anything about the controllers that requires more voltage, or is it an issue with the LEDs?  I do not have any specs on the LED strip, but don't pretty much all LEDs work with a 3 volt coin cell?   Since the resistors were being used for all three LEDs, how does it impact things when I switch to just one LED?  I also took apart an LED candle that has a similar remote, and it was also meant to run on 12 volts.  It works perfectly on 3.   I would just use this, but sadly its round shape doesn't fit. Any help is very much appreciated.  Thanks. edit:  Just tested with the remotes, 3 LED strip, and 6 volts, and only the red LED works.

Topic by aliasjanedoe   |  last reply


JEWELLERS ROLAND JWX 10 Milling Machine FOR SALE CAD CAM Technology

CNC MILLING MACHINE, JEWELLERS ROLAND JWX 10 Milling Machine FOR SALE CAD CAM Technology, BARGAIN $3000 Australian Hi, I have a used ROLAND JWX 10 for sale including all running software, reason for sale were doing a major upgrade, I`ts for sale again, I had offers and really didn`t want to get rid of this machine!  I love it!, you will too

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help with a transistor circuit that acts like a latching relay

Hello all,, I just joined and this is my first post even though I have lurked here for some time. Now my question. I am trying to build a circuit that behaves like a latching relay. I can build a latching relay from ordinary spdt relays, however im working on a project that is going to require several of them and size is an issue. Im pretty sure a few transistors will do what I want and im sure I could figure it out on my own. I just figured I would ask here to see what kind of answers I get. I don't want any arduio stuff or microcontrollers.. My goal is to keep it as simple as possible and completely solid state and electromechanical.. basically I need it to be triggered by a negative pulse and stay on until a different negative pulse is sent to turn it off.. If possible I want to work into the circuit an adjustable output, either - or + so I can just set it to suite my purpose. It wont need to handle much current, I can add relays to the circuit to handle the higher current stuff.. I have basic to moderate experience and knowledge with electronics so I can understand some terms, but please keep it worded as plain as possible.   Thank You...

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LED Car Badge/Emblem/Shield

Hi there, Firstly, I am a mechanical engineering student with a limited knowledge of circuits and electronics, so therefore I may be a little out of my depth. However I am very keen to learn about electronic circuits and have completed other simpler projects and that is why I am attempting this project. So onto my dilemma, I want to use my universities Shield of Arms to make a car badge for the single-seater racecar we are building as a project. However this badge won't just be a run-of-the-mill plastic car badge. I want it to be made from stainless steel (laser cut) and acrylic with the idea that I will solder a bunch of LEDs in series and when the ignition is turned on, the LEDs light up one at time until they are all lit, after which they all flash three times together and then remain lit up until the ignition is turned off. The LEDs I intend on using are 0603 SMD LEDs and the aim of this whole design is that it is reasonably thin (No more than 1/4 " or 6.35mm thick for the PCB however ideally I would like it to be as thin as is physically possible. The dimensions of the badge will be very similar to a Porsche badge (51mm by 69mm). I have included the Shield of Arms in question and also the Porsche emblem for comparison. Also price is an issue since as I am a student, I have limited resources, so if someone could point me to some cheap electronics parts shops etc it would be greatly appreciated. (I live in the United Kingdom so a lot of American shops will be unavailable to me) I don't really know how to read schematics but I do have friends working on this project who do,  however if anyone can guide me in the right direction with maybe a couple of how-to's (particularly the requirements for the lighting up process) and some really good pointers, it will be very much appreciated. If I have not made myself clear I do apologise and I will be happy to explain further should you need to. Thank you all in advance. I hope to hear from you soon. H

Topic by hmacdonald1   |  last reply


arduino beginners padded cell

#ok hi everyone, void setup() { this bit is for those of us just trying to work out how we are going to use arduino; also those of us whom programming doesnt come natrually or just have a short attention span; it can be frustrating, difficault or just plain annoying at times; so here is a space to have a moan about things, the idea is you get it out your system, feel better then figure out a solution or work around. } // i havnt got a clue what im doing at the moment :-D, void setup() { my personal current beefs are: iv just discovers it hasnt got the power to run motors directly, u have to use a mosfet tranny (iv got one but its missing a pin lol) it does have the power to make pretty patturns with leds; the instruction book i bought separatly, has a section on 'what is electricity' what am i ? 5?!. when books get that patronizing its really hard to look out for the useful nuggets of information; } im not looking for smarty pants answers, everybody learns via their own path, in their own way, in their own time. so if you have a possibly unreasonable problem that has given you the hump (with your arduino platform) and want to express it without breaking your computer or boring/irritating your friends, there are answers,its more satisfying when there worked out by the questioner, without some one relaying you need a flumbutter on your whattaucallit, this section is aimed at those of us who dont have a jargon database. good luck getting your brains around that blue circuit board ,(i know i will need it) the space below is there for you to use, if using sentence enhancers remember the  %*$ keys please. (hey maybe someone official will read it and get some feedback of our initial stumbling) wondering if this topic will be 'moderated' .i hope people 'get it'. its not in any way intended for maliciousness, i percieved a need and have tried to provide a space, i was looking for a page with this function but couldnt find one. this is not a place for spaming!

Topic by crazyg   |  last reply


Photography tutorial (get your work featured!)

One of the keys to getting your work featured is good photography. At the very least, a really good thumbnail, taken from your first Introduction image, helps bring casual browsers to look at your work, and is good for sharing via Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. This link focuses on a woodturning project, but has a lot of good advice useful for all Makers, including processing your images afterwards. Highly recommended to anybody who cares about their projects. LINK Via @TomsWorkbench Image from Three Seasons Woodturnings

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Thinking about making a skype group chat for you knexersss

If you're interested, please message me with your skype-name and I'll add you. I think this would greatly increase the collaboration aspect that if I remember correctly, was quite important when building with these plastics. I'm not implying that we'll be in a call all the time or anything just that there should be a place (much like KIchat, could go there too) to get help/feedback a lot faster than making a new thread and stuff.

Topic by ZakS   |  last reply


Bluetooth Trackball for the spinal cord injured.

Bluetooth Trackball for the spinal cord injured. I'm a quadriplegic and I'm looking for a Bluetooth trackball like the old ones from Kensington or Logitech. They were the larger trackballs that have 4 buttons. I know there is a large population of people with disabilities who would greatly appreciate help in locating someone to design, engineer, and produce. There is definitely a large demand for one of this type. I know there are wireless USB units currently on the market however moving from computer to computer I'm afraid that I will lose the USB receiver plug. Something like the link below… http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/menet/item/ma-tb38r/ If there is somebody out there brave enough to help, please let me know. Thanks for your help! Steve

Topic by SpinalCordInjured   |  last reply


5 black cardiges

Is there a way to control five same model cardriges. let say 5 pieces hp26a they all gonna print same text all together same time. like inject coders.

Topic by korguncelik   |  last reply


Help/Request?

Hi, guys. I just made my account (like 2 minutes ago), but I've looked at the site far longer than that. My question is that I've noticed a select few of posts about  DIY Daft Punk helmets, preferably with programmable LED messages/animations. So, being that the cost of one on Etsy is 700 dollars and the shortest amount of time I saw someone build one like this was 17 months...I was wondering if someone could link me to an Instructable, or any site, where I can have instructions/material lists (maybe price?) on how to build something to the extent of a simple Daft Punk helmet. No, it doesn't have to look like one. Literally, all I want is a cool looking helmet/mask that I can program LED's with. Here's something I was thinking, I thought this was kind of cool: https://www.instructables.com/id/Harder-Brighter-Flashya-Strobyer-DaftPunk-LED-Helm/ I want something like this. Could I buy/make one? Again, doesn't really need to be as complicated as a Daft Punk helmet. Thanks.

Topic by bh112298   |  last reply


Any requests?

Hey ppl! Anyone want me to make an instructable for anything on here? Hope you request something for me to do any instructable on! Thx! =D

Topic by lil_unicorn   |  last reply


ATtiny85 memory and ATtiny2313 memory?

Ok I just looked at the datasheets for my ATtiny85 and my recently bought ATtiny2313. The 2313 has 20 pins, and the 85 has 8. What I don't get is the ATtiny85 has 8000 bytes of memory and the ATtiny2313 only as 2000 bytes of memory!!? Why does the ATtiny85 have significantly more memory and it's only 1/3 the size of the ATtiny2313? I know this sounds silly but why? How can I find other chips like ATtiny2313 but with more memory? Thanks!

Topic by HavocRC   |  last reply


K'nex WAR 2013!

08/25/2013 Another great K'nex War!!!!! some pics of the war and video. Also I have several mods for my TR8-2013 from the war! pics on the TR8-2013 ible coming soon! For now here are some of the mods pictured below. The K'nex War will be held in Fremont Ohio on August 24th at 12 noon! Below is a link to the park we will be having the War! https://plus.google.com/102662708119502106245/about?gl=US&hl;=en-US Hope to see you there! Please message me or comment below if interested.

Topic by Knex Lego Maniac   |  last reply


wow

 Wow i almost have 600,000 views . My cabin instructable is getting tons of views for some reason ..Nice...

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What's the best way to lower 6 volts to 5 volts?

Hey friends!  I have a question. I want to be able to use 4 AAA batteries (6v) to power an IC. The IC's max voltage is 5.5. Is there any kind of way I can use two resistors as a voltage divider to lower the voltage 1 volt or should I just use a diode(which would lower it by 1.4v)? Thanks!

Topic by HavocRC   |  last reply


Looking to commission cardboard optimus prime costume

I want someone to build this for me https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-Optimus-Prime/ since i cant do it myself.. Xl any offers? :D

Topic by Elong52   |  last reply


Can't Fully Add Instructables to Our Group

Hi there instructable wizards! I'm the admin for a somewhat new Instructables group and we're having trouble adding our Instructables to our group. We found two ways to attempt to add an instructable to a group - Go to the group page (in our case The Rabbit Hole) and on the right hand side press the +add your Instructable Or - Go to your Instructable and on the middle right there is a Add Instructable to "Group" button Either way, if someone uses these options, as one of the admins, I get an email saying that a new add request has been submitted, but then when I follow the link to the admin page, there are no pending instructables to approve. I've tried this many times on Windows 7 in FF, IE and Chrome...also tried it on Linux in FF When I visit the URL I see the image included here:   It says 12 items found, displaying all items. 1 But willschm and another member of our group have already submitted new projects that should be in the pending section Also noticed that something considers that I have added an Instructable to the group because I can't attempt to add it again from the group page thanks fro the help!

Topic by mazzmn   |  last reply


My Jontron/Peanutbuttergamer inspired Video Game web series - Would love some feedback!

Hey all! I recently started a gaming show on my Youtube channel after being inspired by the likes of Jontron, PBG, Egoraptor, Game Theory and a few others. I want these to be as good as they can, and are made to a professional standard (in my opinion), with HD footage from both games and live action shots (courtesy of a camera I won in an instructables competition!), and the commentaries themselves are recorded with a professional studio microphone with a pop shield.  Anyway, there are 2 episodes out so far, and I would love to hear your feedback on them! The sonic one was the first one released, and I got a lot of feedback on that which I tried implementing in to second one (Animal Crossing). TL;DR I'd love your feedback for this new series I'm attempting, and I hope you enjoy the videos! :-) LATEST EPISODE: EPISODE ONE (sonic the hedgehog for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYTz0XOIhE4

Topic by Lowney 


Best knex set for the money

Which knex sets have the most pieces for the least amount of money?

Topic by pongopeter826   |  last reply


Basic info on the Rasberry Pi

I heard that you can install Android on a Rasberry Pi. Could I get one and do that and be able to do these three things?? 1. Download apps and use them 2. Go to the internet 3. Listen to music Thanks!

Topic by HavocRC   |  last reply


Easiest low voltage cutoff (ensure minimum startup amperage for solar fan project.)

So, if I weren't so electronically derped, I'd know this. I've seen a few easy ideas for a 12v solar fan.  Basically stick a capacitor on it. However, I'm trying to work from a few low amperage panels (~100ma@12v total).  Since I want this to keep my tent feeling cooler once the sun comes up, I don't want to be stuck for an hour or two in the morning until the minimum amperage comes out of the panels. Anyone have an easy idea of what I could use with simple parts from scavenge boards or electronics teaching kits to make it have a low voltage cutoff (so that it won't go to the fan until it hits a minimum voltage on the capacitor (so that it has a minimum startup amperage))  That way, even in the morning, at least it would pulse on for small whiles even when it didn't have enough power.

Topic by TheRevJester   |  last reply


Math Problem

I need a formula to answer a question such as this: If a 7 feet 300 lb man can have 24 beers before becoming intoxicated, how many beers can a 5 feet 100 lb man consume before becoming intoxicated. Or direct me to a site where I might have this answered. Thanks in advance.

Topic by Sovereignty   |  last reply


Let's Do Some Testing for a 3-Month Pro Membership

One of the things that I have always wanted to do since I started "K'NEXing" (building with K'NEX) is to just sit down and start measuring, testing, and trying out new guns, different types of ammo, things like that. Then I realized something... I am way to lazy to do all that "work." So then I thought, well, maybe I could...*cough*... bribe other people to do it for me. So if you are at all interested in winning a 3-month pro membership, read the rest of this post. In order to win a 3 month pro membership (and a patch) you must do one of the following things: 1) Build a TR8 (no mods please) (only using 2 size #64 bands) and use it to shoot the following ammunition: Finned red rod Red rod Yellow rod Oodammo round White rod Fire all five of these ammunition types five times and take the average of each. It is preferred that you take videos proving the range, but this is not necessary for you to win the the pro membership. In order to enter your stats, you must have a picture of your gun, AND a picture of the ammo that you used. 2) Build a NAR (no mods please) (only using 2 size #64 bands) and use it to shoot the following ammunition: Finned red rod Red rod Yellow rod Oodammo round White rod Fire all five of these ammunition types five times and take the average of each. It is preferred that you take videos proving the range, but this is not necessary for you to win the the pro membership. In order to enter your stats, you must have a picture of your gun, AND a picture of the ammo that you used. In order to win you must present your pictures and stats in the most professional way possible in the comment section below. Happy testing! This forum post may be subject to change, and there is not guarantee that any one will win. Forum post expires September/30/2013.

Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch   |  last reply


Forum topic or inble on a "story" written to illustrate Asperger's

I am looking for the post, forum topic, or Instructable, about a story to illustrate how Asperger's feels like; the illustration was for NTs, and was about a "crash landing, on a planet, where the language spoken was close enough to understand much of the time, but a lot of times things didn't "make sense".  The story may NOT have been about asperger's exclusively, but more about problems in communication. My reason is, I came across this episode of ARTHER and in part of the story, a very similar story line is used. I am not accusing anyone of anything, but wanted to let all parties know of this in case it was borrowed from the original writer for use in the show.

Topic by Goodhart   |  last reply


Motorcycle owner wanted for customized PC case mod on TV SHOW

Hi there! I'm working on an amazing TV series for History Channel called Counting Cars, and I'm reaching out to anyone, who is interested having their motorcycle made into a PC case mod on the show! Counting Cars is an automobile customization and restoration show spun off from the highly rated Pawn Stars, featuring Danny Koker and his shop, Count's Kustoms. We are gearing up for our third season, and would love help spreading the word to anyone you think would be interested! Happy to answer any additional questions you may have, please email me at countingcarscasting@leftfieldpictures.com Best, Amy

Topic by CustomCarsTV   |  last reply


TV SHOW casting motorcycle owner for customized PC case mod

Hi there! I'm working on an amazing TV series for History Channel called Counting Cars, and I'm reaching out to anyone, who is interested having their motorcycle made into a PC case mod on the show! Counting Cars is an automobile customization and restoration show spun off from the highly rated Pawn Stars, featuring Danny Koker and his shop, Count's Kustoms. We are gearing up for our third season, and would love help spreading the word to anyone you think would be interested! Happy to answer any additional questions you may have, please email me at countingcarscasting@leftfieldpictures.com Best, Amy

Topic by CustomCarsTV 


TV SHOW casting motorcycle owner for customized PC case mod

Hi there! I'm working on an amazing TV series for History Channel called Counting Cars, and I'm reaching out to anyone, who is interested having their motorcycle made into a PC case mod on the show! Counting Cars is an automobile customization and restoration show spun off from the highly rated Pawn Stars, featuring Danny Koker and his shop, Count's Kustoms. We are gearing up for our third season, and would love help spreading the word to anyone you think would be interested! Happy to answer any additional questions you may have, please email me at countingcarscasting@leftfieldpictures.com Best, Amy

Topic by CustomCarsTV 


Best way to cut plexiglass without a laser cutter?

I need to cut a 9" diameter circle out of a 12"x12", 1/8" thick piece of clear cast acrylic (making an infinity mirror). I've cut this stuff with laser cutters before but don't currently have access to one. I have a circular glass cutter but I'm not really clear how that does me any good - it scores a circle but the acrylic doesn't seem brittle enough to snap off nicely along a circular line. I have a jigsaw with a wood blade but that just snagged and made the acrylic shatter. I have made rectangular cuts before by scoring a straight line with a utility knife, then lining that cut up with the edge of a table, and hitting the suspended piece of acrylic with a mallet - it snaps right off. I'm just not sure how to make a circular cut. Finer-tooth jigsaw blade? Approximate it using the score-and-snap method for a many-sided polygon with a bunch of straight cuts?

Topic by Ben Finio   |  last reply


Error adding to collection

I have several collections of little items I like, and lately when I try to add more Instructables to it, it says "error adding to collection". Also I think some of the Instructables have disappeared from my Altoids tins collection. Has anyone else had this problem? Can it be fixed?

Topic by tinyweasel   |  last reply


ReCaptcha not working

Hi, Since yesterday I have been trying to reply to a comment on my instructable but each time I do the following happens: I click reply I write the post I click post Then receive the message to type in the two images in the ReCaptcha. I type in the two words and then I receive the message again to type in the two images in the Recaptcha. I have retried several times and the same thing keeps happening. I have cleared my cache in safari, cleared and removed all website data and restarted my laptop. This is extremely fraustrating. I had no problems with it last week and have not made any changes to my laptop. I use an apple macbook and all of the software is up to date. Please see the screen grab attached. Hope you can help. Abs 

Topic by lacrochetdiva   |  last reply


A tracker to find your lost item or keys

Hi guys, i want to make a tracker device which can track keys or items, but i have no idea what sensors do i use to work in a small parameter, any help? 

Topic by anepzamri   |  last reply


Powering 12v LEDs from 12v Deep Cycle Battery

Hey all, I'm trying to power some 3528 LED strands to hang from a shade structure I have outside. I picked up a 115 Ah 12v deep cycle marine battery, but I just wanted to make sure I could wire them directly to a distribution block without blowing anything up. The strands draw 6A of current so I was going to find the closest fuse to that value (10A?) to prevent any chance of overpowering the control boxes. Does this seem correct? Image shows roughly what I'm trying to do (black boxes around red wire are fuses, 1-3 are the LED control modules) Greatly appreciate any help!

Topic by synaptech   |  last reply


how to brush your 3 year old's teeth

step 1 get a tooth brush and tooth paste     step 2        put the tooth paste on the toothbrush                                           step3 brush your 3 Year Olds teeth then put there pajamas onn then put them to bed                           ps im new                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Topic by jason4433   |  last reply


Kickstarter - Fos - A hackable, fabric-based Bluetooth LED display

Hey guys, There's a new wearable device on Kickstarter called Fos: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/erogear/fos-a-truly-wearable-bluetooth-led-display-system It's indistinguishable from fabric yet receives real-time video streams so you can draw text, graphics, 3D objects or whatever on your body or wearable gear via your smartphone. This means you can do GPS-guided turn signalling for cycling, display current real-time athletic stats, wear dynamic fashion designs and more. It's affordable and comes with a free SDK to give you 100% control over every pixel, all the time. I promise to only spam you once, I've got one shot at this. =] -Anders

Topic by ufanders 


The new me

It's been a toughweek for me, people. School started a week ago and something strange happened. Friends have been abandoning me one by one, and everyone acted soulless in front of me. It seemed like everyone was unhappy with somehing. Then i started to realize that everyone was unhappy with me.  This morning, i received messages from my friends saying why they hate me. Apparently i was an arrogant little ****. My friends were trying to deal with my arrogance for too long, and they couldn't take it anymore. I then logged on to instructables, yet having more controversy on my 'ibles. If you want to know why i am arrogant, I was considered to be a 'perfect kid'. I have a 3.8 gpa in high school now, and i am taking 4 AP classes, and one honors. I also made varsity tennis and JV basketball in freshman year, so i was considered good at sports (not bragging). I also won 3 karate sparring tournaments, which raised my self confidence even more higher, to the point where i almost became a kanye west duplicate. I was incredibly egotistical and happy with my self, because i was good at almost everything. I felt as though i was on top of everyone else, and i have always tried to maintain that position. But that happiness vanished during this week. Even in my first couple of 'ibles, i was overhappy and arrogant, and i used to demand respect and recognition. But i later realized that this wasn't right. I have made my mistakes of being an arrogant D-bag, and i am introducing the new me: a still happy person who doesn't cross the line towards arrogance. - IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Everyone has done bad things and made mistakes. If you haven't done bad things, you are a liar. Ask yourself this: How many times have you cheated on anything? Did you steal from anyone (even something worth a penny)? How many times have you lied to anyone? How many times have you broken the rules of your household, school, or anywhere else? There are many questions i can ask, but i will stop right here. We all make mistakes, but you are a good person as long as you LEARN from your mistake. I have learned from my bad things i have done in the past. I will be more mature and still maintain above a 3.8 gpa and still do my sports, but i will change my attitude and i won't be so arrogant and immature. This is a new me.

Topic by CODawesome   |  last reply


Wanted: a decent long-range paintball gun, or a site to buy them from

I have recently been initiated in the game of paintball, and want to purchase a gun to practice with. Sadly, money is  an issue here, so I would appreciate any help on the best places to get them, or if someone does not want theirs anymore. thanks!

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any use for crock pot heating element pan, broke ceremac bowl

I broke the ceramic bowl to the crock pot.  i was wondering if their is a use for the heating portion before i toss it, anything g to salvage, or a use for the heater. i was thinking of building a box that was heated by the sun that i could throw my clothes in when i spend a day in bedbug areas, i think the temp has to be 175 to kill them., thanks for any help

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Knex hammer action pistol

Here is my knex H.A.S.A, that stands for hammer action side arm. It can shoot 15-20ft with one rubberband. It just a single shot hammer action pistol. I do have a reason why I post this one. The mechanism can be made much smaller and more compact, being able to fit in a Colt realistic revolver shell. All you'd need to build is the revolver out of grey spacers and scotch tape. It could be done, I may or may not try and build one. Whatcha guys think?

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DIY Stage lighting - need help (pics)

I play in a three piece sludge metal band and I am in the process of making some portable footswitchable stage lighting.  I want it to be safe and convenient, however I'm not toooo knowledgable when it comes to electrical wiring/ideal parts for ideal application, etc... Below are two images of my plans so far, but I could reeeeeally use some help in the issues/questions addressed in the images.  If anyone can shed some light (no pun intended) on this I would greatly appreciate it.  Please be as specific as possible. ISSUES/QUESTIONS? Portable footswitchable Stage Lighting for my band. I think we will be using 65-100watt incandescent lights. 4 momentary white lights (2 per side) + 4 on/off white lights (2 per side) + 2 color lights (1 per side). I DO NOT WANT TO ELECTRICUTE MYSELF OR ANYONE ELSE. I WANT THESE LIGHTS TO BE BRIGHT AND EFFECTIVE. CONVENIENT WIRING/CORDS WOULD BE IDEAL. - What wire to be used to connect couple labeled sockets? (two momentary, two on/off in each side box. both sides triggered at same time) - How do I wire the labeled sockets? Are they connected just like how it’s drawn? - Can those footswitches be used with this set up/light sockets?Or do I need a different type/rated footswitch to do this? - How can I connect and disconnect (for transport) RIGHT BOX to LEFT BOX and power both sides to one footswitch? ALL help and advice is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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LED table lamp - 230v to 12V conversion which runs off mains power supply from socket

Right-o, hello everyone. I have come a bit unstuck in the planning phase of a lamp project and hope that one of you clever sparks on here can give me a bit of advice. I came across some quite large glass jars and though “wouldn’t it look good if I filled these full of water and put a light bulb inside”.  I searched for suitable underwater lights but the only ones that appear to be widespread are LED.  That’s fine I thought: long life and eco-friendly!   Now – it appears as if LED lights come in two voltage flavours.  The first seems to be able to run direct from mains supply as they appear to have in built transformers.  The second type comes in 12v and requires a separate transformer.  All the underwater lights I found fell into the latter category. Further research confirmed that the transformer has to be of a particular type - capable of delivering a constant un-fluctuating voltage supply, otherwise the LED bulb will burn out very quickly.  Now there are loads of transformers on sale for converting mains to 12v – however these transformers all appear to have been manufactured for placement behind walls or in roof spaces.  There also seems to be some suggestion that you have to purchase the “right type” of transformer to “match” the LED driver used in a given light.  I am now a little confused and I am uncertain whether I should proceed as the project I have in mind is to create a table lamp with a cable that plugs into the wall and that can be switched on and off with a switch installed on the cable.  All the LED transforms I have found appear to be for installation within roof spaces – and I am not certain they could be used with the particular bulb I have sourced anyway: Here is a link to the bulb I would like to use: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aircraft-Aluminum-Waterproof-underwater-light/dp/B00E8B2F7S/ref=sr_1_31?ie=UTF8&qid;=1377529793&sr;=8-31&keywords;=underwater+bulb (my apologies If I am not supposed to post links to amazon – I couldn’t find a manufacturer’s website for this item) My questions are: (1) Will I have to buy a specific transformer to match the chipset of this LED lamp or will any transformer designed for use with LEDs be suitable (assuming that they convert 230v to 12v). (2) The lamp is rated at 10 watts.  Do I have to buy a transformer also rated at 10 watts or can I purchase one which is rated at say 30 watts.  What I’m trying to ascertain is: Do I have to match the wattage exactly or can I just use a transformer rated at 10 watts or above? (3) Can you get LED transformers that are designed for use in the home (i.e. not one that is intended to be installed in the roof space or behind a wall) e.g. is there such a thing as an LED transformer which you can plug directly into a mains socket? (4) Is there anything else I have failed to consider that I should take into account. Many thanks for any assistance.

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ISO 4in diam clear tube 3-4ft in length for sm pet slide

Hello, I was watching a video where someone was using a mailing tube a hedgehog slide. I wanted to do the same with our heggie as he loves to burrow and will dive off any ledge he can find if we don't watch him. I think the one she used was 3in, but our heggie needs a 4in round and since here is a bit rounder; it needs to be about 3-4ft as well, though we could cut it down. I would like to find an alternative that is clear or semi-clear as it would be nice to be able to see him in the tube as he slides. It also needs to be fairly inexpensive. For anyone interested, our heggies name happens to be Burrow as well. Maybe a fairy whispered it my ear because we choose the name when he was no larger than a large spiky button and it was 6 weeks before we could bring him home. He has wobbly hedgehog syndrome and we really want him to have some fun.  Thanks for any help, Liocorno

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Auto-chambering Repeater Concept

I just got this idea a couple days ago talking to Jammy. Here's a crash course physics lesson: When a larger object (a pin in this case) hits a smaller object (ammo in this case), only enough energy to make the ammo fly faster is transferred. This is because it takes less energy to make something of less mass move at the same speed as something with more mass. So as soon as enough energy is lost in the pin and gained in the ammo, they fall out of contact and the rest of the energy in the pin is wasted. You can't really make pins any more efficient than they already are, so I figured I'd try utilizing the otherwise wasted energy. I figured one of the ways you could do this is by making a gun that automatically chambers a round after being fired. It'd be like a bolt action weapon except instead of manually operating a bolt handle, the extra energy would load the the round for you. The result is less effort and more efficient pin use. People may think this is less reliable than manually operating the bolt bin, but I beg to differ. This, in theory, would provide a more consistent chambering action. As long as it's fine tuned, the rounds should load exactly the same each shot. Also, you wouldn't be able to screw up chambering an extra round. You can pull the bolt handle back on a cocked bolt action weapon and easily jam the mechanism. With my concept, you can only chamber a round after the currently chambered one is fired (unless you purposely fiddle with the back of the gun) because the bolt pin relies on the firing pin to operate. I have the front of this gun finished, but I still need to design the bolt pin assembly and the back of the gun to hold it so that I can actually fire this thing, but I'm confident it'll work out very well once I do. Here's a video to demonstrate the concept. I'm hoping that once this gun is finished, it'll be a viable war weapon, seeing how I don't have anything better than my Oodassault at the moment. Or at least if I can't finish mine, someone else can use the concept.

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