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We love seeing our authors transform their ideas into a reality, and we want to help in whatever ways we can. Below are some of the campaigns our authors are working to get funded. We'll do our best to keep this list current, so please check out their projects, and help fellow makers in our community find success!  Current Campaigns i-mimic the animation made easy, Device capturing human motion directly in 3D animation software in real-time & without plugins. by Instructabler nawres102 Open Source DIY Automatic Tail Light, A fun and easy to assemble light sensor kit.  By Instructabler Solarcycle Tiq probe, it defines a new category of electronic debug & test tools for makers & professionals - filling the gap between DMMs & 'scopes. By Instructabler markhen57 If you have a project you're trying to get funded, let us know!  Completed Campaigns  Doughnut Safe, Turn your spare tire into a strong box.  By Instructabler Mrballeng The fumeFan, The fume Fan is a soldering fume extractor, work lamp, helping hands tool and a project organiser for hobbyists, makers and creators.  By Instructabler hertzgamma SOLARPAD Open Source 5 Watt Smart Phone Solar USB Charger, Strap this water-resistant solar panel and battery to backpacks or mount it to tripods for camping, hiking, and cycling.  By Instructabler Solarcycle Fish Bone, A no knots cord tightener specifically designed for paracord by author Mrballeng - Funded by almost 9000% of goal! Would you Woodwork, a funny and informational woodworking webseries by author Few Bits - Funded by 100% of goal!  Zero to Maker, a re-skilling guide for new makers by David Lang - Funded by almost 2000% of goal! Arabic Alphabet Fun Flashcards, cute and kid friendly learning tool by author acraftyarab - Funded and met goal! PIXEL: Interactive LED Art, an interactive LED-based display for retro pixel art by author alinke - Funded by over 600% of goal! Blinky Fish, a tiny fish-shaped board that fits on an Arduino to help teach, by author marc.cryan - Funded by almost 600% of goal! Chipper, the ATtiny Programming and Prototyping Shield, by author Hammock Boy - funded by over 1000% of goal! Piranha, a follow-up knotless gear tie for paracord, by author Mrballeng - funded by over 1400% of goal! The Question Block Lamp, a Mario-inspired, interactive lamp for your inner geek, gamer and child, by author bduxbury - funded by almost 150% of goal! Out of Time - A patina weathered I-Beam with moving gears by Instructabler hack818 Maker Kase - Universal Maker cabinet. Perfect for 3D printers, model makers, small CNC machines and open frame Bitcoin Miners by Instructabler bmc.loughlin Have you started your own Kickstarter or Indiegogo to help fund your project? Let us know! Please leave the link in the comments, along with a brief description. We'll add your project to our up-to-date campaign list above, and promote it across our channels. If you have any questions, or want to add any additional info, please email me at khoward@instructables.com Thanks!

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Is GoFundMe a good trusty crowdfunding site?

I just want to know if GoFundMe is safe? Is there any frauds that I should be aware of? I know your project will not be seen unless you share the link but I don't mind. I wanted to use Kickstarter but it's only in the US and you need to give a reward. Indiegogo can be used for charity causes but they Take $25 off the final amount for users out of the US. GoFundMe takes 0.30 Cents per donations so it might not be too good? Please let me know what you think. :)

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Crowdfunding campaign MAKER @MIT | #FromMakerToEntrepreneur

Dear MAKERs community!My name is Dmitrii, I am also known for the Grow It Yourself (GIY) projectToday I launch the crowdfunding campaign #FromMakerToEntrepreneurThe campaign is aimed to raise funds for EDUCATION @MIT I strongly believe that this huge community that we have built together can have an impact! The support & share is truly appreciatedhttps://www.gofundme.com/FromMakerToEntrepreneur/Thank YOU in advance!

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Latest Kickstarter

Hey Everyone, It’s been a year since I last launched a project on Kickstarter. Now that the dust has settled from the all the excitement (and learning curve), my brother and I are jumping back into the arena. I took all the documentation from “Doughnut Safe” and put it into a new campaign. Other ideas are in the works so keep your eyes peeled. But in the meantime please let me know what you think. Good, bad, and ugly. And if you're feeling it, share the link.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/699604098/doughnut-safe If you have a project you’re considering doing yourself, I’m happy to give any advice I can. The beauty of it all is if people want it, it’ll show and you can use the funds from there. If there’s not enough interest in it then all that’s lost is a little pride. Much better than spending thousands on a patent or production with no traction. Thanks, Brent.

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MakerBeam Crowdfunded Open Source Building Kit

MakerBeam is a project to build a toy and tool for the open source imagination. Based on Mini-T, a new open source standard, MakerBeam will develop a construction toy for our times: open source precision hardware equally at home doing desktop fabrication or serving as a drawbridged castle for action figures.The fully developed MakerBeam line of connectors will make for an unsurpassed builder's toy and maker kit. Connectors, pivots, hinges, pulleys, cables, wheels, slot-in PCBs, and ALL of it open source, with the models published under Creative Commons licenses. Mini-T is a scaled-down version of T-slot, a building system widely used in automation, prototyping, and machining. This miniature building system will bring the strength and precision of T-slot to a modeling system, allowing serious robotics, CNC machines, and more to be built at a desktop scale. MakerBeam is being built now; we are raising funds and building our Alpha and Beta teams through Kickstarter, an innovative site for crowdfunding. We are nearly 80% of the way to our funding goal, and every extra dollar we raise will go to improving the project for public release, aiming for Maker Faire 2010.For more details including 3-d video of MakerBeam in action check out our Kickstarter page. Alpha kits, which are going fast, ship by Christmas, while Beta kits are projected for February. For even more info, and to contact, stop by the main site.

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Kickstarter successful!

Sweet! Earlier today my kickstarter project for my calendar hit its goal. Now there are just a few days left before it closes. Which one? This one. The Big Picture: a continuous wall calendar for 2013 Thanks to the folks on here who are funding it as well as anyone who ever even just checked it out. And if anyone was on the fence about funding it since it wasn't a sure thing, please give it another look. There's even a stretch goal. So... damn. This has been an adventure. Actually going into production on a project for the first time ever. This will be cool.

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Anyone use Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Rockethub?

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone has used Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Rockethub to fund an idea. The companies are crowdfunders so you can get money to start and complete your idea, whatever your idea may be - from art, theater, film, music, or products. My biggest fear is someone stealing my idea and beating me to the punch. I know it may be unlikely but I have had it happen to me and to friends before. I would hate to post an idea and have someone read it who had the funds to start it and run with it on their own.     I would like to know if anyone else has used these companies and if they were successful. Thank you.

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Arch Reactor Hackerspace At Critical Mass & Moving

Be a part of Arch Reactor's Move. Help our Hackerspace Double in Size & Increase Our Community Impact Come & help us to grow through our crowdfunding campaign! Learn more about the exciting things the educational non-profit, Arch Reactor is doing in St. Louis, Missouri. http://igg.me/at/archreactorstl/x/11766633 Arch Reactor is Moving Welcome to Arch Reactor, the St. Louis community educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit hackerspace (sometimes also referred to as a makerspace). We are the oldest and largest organization of it's type in the St. Louis area. We specialize in collaborative learning, a DIY attitude, and inspiring interest in S.T.E.M. related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). Our focus is on education and teaching classes in electronics, programming, manufacturing, robotics, woodworking, and arts that are open to the general public. We are currently in the process of relocating to a much larger building about one-and-a-half miles away, at 2215 Scott Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Where we will be breathing a new breath of educational maker life into an old building and local community. This gem of a building at our soon to become new location has a rich history of being home to the Dixie Cream Donut Flour Company for several decades. The building has basically been used as storage for almost 20 years.  However, the expanse of the first floor interior is in need of a complete overhaul in order to be transformed into the new and updated Arch Reactor. Our members and supporters have been planning, procuring, cleaning, and doing everything we possibly can in order to complete this move project. In order to make such a large undertaking possible, we need your support too! Also, please help by sharing this post on your social media! #education #hackerspace #makermovement #community #building #moving #makerspace

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Need a Game Development Team

Hey all, I'm looking to put together a small dev team for an indie game project that I'm planning. I'm working from the ground up here, so just about every role is still open. Experience is a plus, but I really only ask that you know what you're doing. The project will be a 3D Sci-fi/Fantasy RPG with a unique style of combat that combines the strategic skill-based systems of JRPG with the real-time fluidity of Western games. I'll put the project on a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter after I have a team and the completed GDD, so some stretch goals might include expanding to MMO or VR. I can give more specific details if you have questions. Roles to Fill: Programmer (C++, Unity 3D) Artist Level Designer Composer Scripter/Writer Voices (maybe) I couldn't pay immediately, but payment would probably be a fixed amount or a percent of the crowdfunding. If anyone is interested or has any questions, let me know.

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Wanted: Infrared Laser Tag Technology for a New Drone Game

Hi, I'm looking for someone to develop infrared laser tag technology that enables drones to chase, shoot and record 'hits' on participating drones.      Here are the features I'm looking for: a)  Used primarily indoors to avoid problems with FAA, BVLOS, wind etc. b)  IR LEDs detectable @ 30 m c)  Indicates 'hits' by light and sound d)  Detection proximity + -  12" diameter e)  FPV not required for MVP- line-of-sight ok f)  'Shield' feature preferred g)  Self contained rechargeable battery h)  Smartphone integration preferred i)  After a certain number of 'shots', cannon briefly disabled    If you are an laser tag developer and this is something you can do please get in touch.     I will pay, or glad to cut you in on a Kickstarter / crowdfunding campaign revenue share if you prefer (or a combination of both).  I'm a Kickstarter specialist and plan on featuring it on a crowdfunding campaign.    I don't come onto the board very often, so please email me directly at: Earl Brown ebrown@combathawks.com 805-984-2925 Santa Barbara, CA  USA

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Beer Bottle Lock on Quirky!

Hey Instructables, Due to an overwhelming "can I buy this?" response, I've put the Beer Bottle Lock on Quirky. Please spare 5 seconds and vote for it. If it gets a lot of votes, you'll be able to buy it through the site and I'll get a cut! And I'll buy you a beer... with a lock on it... Here's the Quirky link: https://www.quirky.com/invent/1529564/action/vote/query/view=trending&categories;=all Here's the instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Beer-Bottle-Lock/ Thanks! JON-A-TRON

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Community Project Website

Hello All,  Recently, I came across this website for people to collaborate and create things for the community. I thought this would be a good place to share it. Many of us make things that benefit community, and we all have different backgrounds. This is a free website that we can post projects on, and can get crowdfunding. It seems legitimate, and is for sure worth a try. A friend of mine started the idea behind this website, if any of you guys have any ideas to work on in the community, you guys should give it a shot.    The website is: www.innovatebuild.org -rlingineni

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really need support

My name is Akin Yildiz. I am an inventor/entrepreneur. Just over two years ago I started an online plants & electronics research project,  the Plant Doctor - Plant Care Instruments. www.facebook.com/theplantdoctor2014 www.instructables.com/member/Akin+Yildiz/ I have recently launched a small scale crowdfunding campaign to bring more awareness to the overall project.  We offer DIY kits that teach you how to program, build circuits and garden.  open source hardware + software, our latest design; www.instructables.com/id/Pot2/ I would truly appreciate it if you could take a look at the campaign and hopefully support & share with friends and family; https://igg.me/at/smartplants/ love & peace akin,

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Tessel: a new quick-prototyping microcontroller, programmable in JS

I haven't been very active on Instructables lately because I've been a part of starting a company (technical.io)! I thought the Instructables community would want to see: Tessel is an internet-connected microcontroller programmable in JavaScript that enables developers to extend the reach of the web to physical things. Since Tessel is compatible with Node.js and leverages the Node Package Manager, adding additional capabilities is as easy as plugging in a Tessel module and npm installing its firmware. Get Tessel and start making smart, internet connected devices! We have eight days left of crowdfunding: http://www.dragoninnovation.com/projects/22-tessel, so you can see our whole story there. Since Instructables still has a claim on my heart, you've got an open line to me if you have any questions. Miss you! Selkeymoonbeam

Topic by SelkeyMoonbeam  


ISEE-3 Is Alive!

As reported in Science Magazine online today: A group of citizen scientists has commandeered a NASA spacecraft that was launched in 1978 and had gone unused since 1997. Today the group made first contact with the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) when the spacecraft acknowledged receiving a signal from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, says Keith Cowing, co-director of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, a group of about 20 volunteer space buffs. “We knew we could do this—it’s a vindication,” he says. “It’s sort of like reaching back in time to grab something that otherwise would have been lost.” Making contact isn't all the group plans to do. Next month, they plan to instigate a burn with the remaining fuel and move the spacecraft into a new orbit. The group is doing this with no direct funding from NASA:  they raised nearly $160k needed for for software development, access to NASA archives, and Arecibo and other telescope time via the RocketHub crowdfunding site.

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Age of Aquariums Special Guest Judge Announced!

For the Age of Aquariums Contest we are bringing in a special expert judge, Alex Andon! Alex studied marine biology at Duke and was always fascinated by the jellyfish exhibits at public aquariums. Jellyfish can't go in a regular fish tank because they would get sucked into the filtration system. They require a kreisel tank with a special water flow pattern to keep them suspended in the middle of the tank. There were no commercially available jellyfish tanks, so Alex started experimenting with large tanks and then made them smaller and more affordable until he had designed the first desktop jellyfish tank. He launched it on Kickstarter and raised $163,000, making it one of the first successful crowdfunded launches of a product. The company sells specialized jellyfish aquariums and breeds its own jellyfish, shipping them overnight to customers throughout the U.S. Alex's latest project is the Chargerito, the world's smallest in-wall phone charger.

Topic by Danger is my middle name  


Back-room inventors' contest.

From the Popular Science website: World-changing devices don't need to come from big labs funded with big money. Sometimes radical technological innovations roll, whir, or fly out of basements and garages. Do you know you've invented something that's poised to disrupt a market, or have you toiled building prototype after prototype in your home workshop to prove your idea works? Whether you're a professional engineer working on a self-funded side project, a hobbyist who has launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to refine your gadget, or an obsessive teenager who's built a sellable product in your bedroom, please tell us about it! Enter the seventh annual Popular Science Invention Awards. We’re looking for game-changing products developed by passionate, independent inventors -- not academic or corporate R&D; labs. Popular Science editors will pick 10 entries that best represent the spirit of homegrown ingenuity and solve real-world problems in a practical, innovative way. Then, in our May 2013 issue, seven million readers will get the first look at the winners. This is right up your street, Instructablers, because you have to make a thing, that you can show working, and you are not allowed to enter if you have a commercial or university research department backing you up. Link for more details.

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My Own Holiday Gift Guide - cool books

The holidays are coming! Of course there are lots of things to give and get, but some of my personal favorite items are books. I read too many of them. Or not enough. I can't remember. Anyway, here are a few kick-ass books that I'd recommend and since they're books they're not too expensive. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon ($9) If you're hurting for ideas and feeling bad about yourself about not being original in anything, just get over it and start stealing like crazy. It's cool, everybody does it and Austin explains clearly with this quick book why you should do it. Make stuff. Go nuts. Just don't feel bad about it. Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro ($9 ebook) This book is technically about creative freelance work, but it's also a bit of a rant about life and how to live it as well. Respect yourself and others and do good work. It Will be Exhilarating by Studio Neat ($5 ebook) Studio Neat made two products with the help of Kickstarter: the Glif and the Cosmonaut. If you're thinking about crowdfunding for any product, check this out. It's short, to the point, and has lots of good ideas. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp ($11) How do people keep making creative works for decades? By not stopping, apparently. Twyla has a routine and has been doing it for a long time. Get up, get some exercise, make some art. Repeat and enjoy the process. Don't get her next book, The Collaborative Habit, however. It has nothing extra to add to this book. Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (free ebook) Cory's books tend to wander all over the fine line between personal diatribe and fiction and Pirate Cinema is no exception. Copyright is bad and remixers are good! OK, got it. No, really, I get it. But along with the repeated messaging is a fun story about teenagers in London making their own remixed movies and showing them underground (literally). Makes you want to start making something and that's always a good thing. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting right now. I'll add them when they come to me.

Topic by fungus amungus  


LFG that wants to learn to make games together

*FOR LEARNING NOT FOR PROFIT* So, I've got a few game ideas floating around in my head that I'd like to make, or at least have a hand in developing. However, I do not have the knowledge or experience yet to make these games, so I'd like to make a team that wants to gain experience working on a project that they can add to their portfolios. Should help those who have ability but no guidance especially, or who just want to have fun and make a game. 1) Modern version of Chromehounds with a lot more single and multiplayer features. Idea for the name: Wolf Pack Relative Difficulty: Easy Shooter with overall simpler animations and modelling due to no soft models such as humans required. Can practice making a large variety of models, sounds, stats for items, and hit detection. Also play around with various textures and allowing for players to customize textures. I know M.A.V. is being made but so far that isn't quite what I'm looking for. I have my own ideas on squad mechanics to add. 2) Darker story RPG set in the Mediterranean. Combat similar to Dragon's Dogma. Idea for the name: Road to Retribution Story Prologue http://roadtoretribution.blogspot.com/ Relative Difficulty: Hard Dragon's Dogma has a very awesome combat system, but that also requires a lot of animation skill to pull off. Models are harder because they are organic and so is texturing. 3) Science Fiction Adventure/Shooter using NASA models as inspiration for human designs (look up NASA FTL ship) Relative Difficulty: Moderate Blend of the previous two in terms of how easy and hard for the same reasons. No story/lore behind this yet, figured if I can get a group of people together I can always make the lore based on suggestions. 4) A Total War style game on the Wii U. I do have an idea on how it'd play but... Relative Difficulty: Hahaha, no. For a fresh team to work on that I would have to say no. 5) Whatever the team decides. 1-3 are ordered according to which idea i want done first. #4 I'd love to make simply to prove that the idea would work, but I don't see me getting a group capable of pulling off Rome 1 essentially with the control system of the Wii U, especially since I'd need to get a Wii U myself to test out the capabilities of the touch controls. Still, I'd like to think it's viable for a larger company. I myself am learning Unity and Maya atm, have dabbled in Blender a bit as well, but I am not far enough to carry the modeling by myself. I can however write the stories and dialogue much better, have an idea on how to break down the design process to increase the efficiency, and will ensure we don't overextend ourselves. Remember, the entire point of all this is to get a team to work together, learn the problems that arise working in a team with people in different positions in this industry, and most importantly, get some experience making a game. All while having fun. If it seems the game is going really well, we could crowdfund it, but that isn't the point. This is to learn the game development process by experiencing it outside of a classroom. Positions wanted, but not exclusive Modelers Animators Concept Artists Texture Specialists Sound/Music Developers Programmers Level Designers

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