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DIY Steering Wheel

Hello, I'm new here. So, lately, I've been thinking about making a steering wheel for my PC, with a simple up-and-down gear box and 2 pedals for acceleration and brake. Steering Wheel. I'm using a polystyrene sheet, to cut out a wheel from it, and in the center, there's space for installing a phone holder. I'm planning to use my phone's gyroscope and simulate it to the PC. Pedals. I've figured by using foams underneath, we can place a nail and a foil separated and when we press the pedal, the foil touches the nail and circuit gets completed. I've a general idea, but I'm stuck on how to give that signal to PC as to simulate as a button (say for acceleration and brakes.) Gearbox. For the gearbox, I figured it might be easier to make an up-down box (as in pulling the level shifts the gear up and vice-versa.) Here too, The part where I'm stuck is giving the signal to the PC. Anyone who can help me, please?

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Wii Steering wheel?

Does somebody want to make an instructable on a K'NEX steering wheel for the wii? I am not very good with K'NEX, I'll leave it at that. Thanks -Jawn

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DIY AUX unit with steering wheel controls

On my previous car, I hacked together an aux input with two CD-ROM plugs as described in many places on the Internet (here's one). I was really happy with it, and fully intend to do the same on my new (?) second-hand car, which also has CD-changer support, but no AUX. (Neither car had a CD changer installed, because I couldn't be bothered). The new car has steering wheel controls though, and I thought this could be a nice upgrade, but I'm really not sure how to do it. The pin-out diagrams for the CD changer plug (which I stole from here) for the CN702 12 pin connector shows lines 9 and 10 as TX signal lines. Since there are track (and disc) up and down buttons on the radio, I assume this is how the commands get through to the CD changer. And the phone obviously has support for headsets with track skip buttons. So the stars seem to align. Except for the details.  First, a normal audio cable only has three wires and one with headset controls have four: Ground, left, right and comms. I think I can connect the following pins on the 12 pin connector to ground: 6, 7 and 9 and then 1, 2 and 10 get connected to the correct wires. Is this correct? Second, I have no idea if the actual signals sent to TX for a CD changer bear any resemblance to what the phone expects from a headset. Does anyone know? I can probably hack a test using a bread board. I think. Third: I really only dabble in these things. Did I miss anything really important?

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DIY Car scanner OBDII

Thanks for reading. Has anyone built a Car scanner to plug into the 16 connector near the steering wheel to read the On board Computer ( OBDII ) codes so that one can fix their car. Have you see an article? Wanting one to look at code faults on a commodore VR  1995 and XC Barina 2001. many thanks Colin

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problem with pot and usb gamepad

Hi, i try to attach a pot to a analog usb gamepad  in order to build a diy steering wheel for pc when i enter to joystick propriété i get an unstable value of axis like the curseur is floating  what should i do??

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Car wouldn’t start

I have Ford Focus 1.6 diesel. I left it for a week in airpark and when I came back trouble happened! Once I started the engine the battery light turned on then after driving for half hour ice light came on, soon after the airbag light and steering wheel light turned on too! After this the stereo turned of lost power and the light were getting shortened. The steering wheel got stiff and could only steer very little, I was in big trouble so I went on to low speed lane and had to drive for another 10 km in dark and in danger because whippers stopped working while was raining a little! I managed to bring the car home due to a luck of time and no cars because it was 2-3 am. Later on the car started but switched of in 2 min and doesn’t start after that! Can someone help what is going on with it please thanks.

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Low-Footprint Lamp, DIY Wind Turbine, Energy Usage Meter

  Low-Footprint Lamp DIY Wind Turbine Energy Usage Monitor Build a Solar Tracker Stationary Bike Power Garden Rain Barrels DIY Solar Panel Recycled Window Greenhouse Pringles Wind Turbine Bike Wheel Generator Home Solar Panels Homemade Sun Jar Water Flow Sensor Solar Thermal Collector Energy Saving Tools  

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RC Noob

I've never done much work with RC control, and i want to build a little rc car with tank steering (2 motors, one on a wheel on each side so steering can be accomplished by which motor is on).  I know I need a transmitter and a reciever (I dont know specifics of each :P).  All I know is that i want to PWM the motors and control with 2 home made H-bridges (motors require max current of 30 amps, so commercially made ESR's are too expensive) and control it via rc. I just really dont know what im looking for in the rc world.

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Contest entries. Engineers/Professionals vs. ordinary DIY guys

Hey. Recent (as far as I started looking) contest entries are really awesome. Like the electronic orbit wheel, the 3D DLP printer, Carbonize your friends, Predator costume, etc etc etc. The makers enter the cool contest here,of course. But if you have a look at the winners,  it is very often the machine engineers and the professionals/those that do it for a living. Some of the instructables even fit better on kickstarter imho because you simply cannot replicate it at home. (or did I got the gist of Instructables.com wrong ?)  Like the orbitng wheel or the 3D "diy" DLP printer. There is hardly a chance for an ordinary guy without specialized college eduction and/or access to hardware like waterjets, 3d printers and what have you.  What do you guys think ? Fair ? Deal with it ? Obsolete participating in contests ? So shoot !

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Home made electric wheelchair build any advice on motors batteries or anything appreciated?

Hi (newbie) Im thinking of building my own electric wheelchair and have a few questions. When wiring multiple batteries to the motor controller, is it possible to (for example) if having 9 batteries, wire them in groups of three. So have three sets of three. Three in parallel, wired to be three groups in series. Therefore i could use three switches to be able to turn off some of  the batteries. Reason for this is so that if going slowly i could have more control.  Also i was thinking of differential steering with maybe two Etek motors, they would power the front wheels due to the torque (potential flipping). Any ideas how many batteries and the best type to use (extreme speed needed lol). Other ideas of potential motors, any advice or knowledge greatly received

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Help with getting a car on a trailer (More difficult then it sounds)? Answered

I recently purchased another car to restore, a 1962 Ford Fairlane, for $200.  Its in great shape, however, the brakes have locked up and none of the wheels turn, other then that I would drive it the 300km to my home.  However, I can't drive out there continually to work on it until it is road worthy, and because snow is coming I planned on hauling it home on a trailer.  The problem lies in getting the car on the trailer.  We tried winching it up the ramps onto the Low-boy trailer, however, because the wheels don't turn, it pulled the trailer and my friends 1 ton truck around.  So my question is; How can I get the car onto the trailer, which are both on a level surface (The trailer is about a foot off the ground) using a winch?  It does have to be readily and cheaply available fix, but anything will do (Jacks, winches, anything!  If you can think of a way to get it on there with dog sh1t then I will use dog sh1t!) I need a good, solid, well though out/engineered plan preferably by the end of the week!  And I thank everyone ahead of time for anything you may post, because it may not be the solution, but it may pave the road to a solution! ***I have included a very detailed sketch of the situation, done by a professional artist, and the scene is very accurate to the circumstances.  Level ground, accurate representation of the type of trailer I am using and the car I intend to put on the trailer.***

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Balance Bike type of RideOn but for grown ups? NoPedals

You know all the kind of training bikes LikeABike and Strider RideOn so many different brands and varieties and naturally them are for the kids so young them have not learned to pedal and keep balance so these first "bikes" are for them to run along like on a "Hobby Horse" kind of thing that have the added safety of both feet on the ground when them need to gain balance again. Them sit and walk or run and seem to really enjoy it. Now suppose you are some 65 years older than these kids. You have the balance and can go by pedaled bike but them are not allowed to take on the Commuter Train or on the Bus that goes to the big Mall you want to visit and when you arrive no bike is allowed in so it get vandalized or stolen outside. But if you had a Walker or Rollator kind of mobility aid then that would be allowed. So what if one took a "Toddler" bike and made a grown up RideOne or BalanceBike for grown ups. No pedals on it. That would not get allowed either unless it has an electric motor and look like an expensive Mobility Scooter. So one need a Rollator that transforms into a RideOn. type of seated thing that can be used to move around on. I wish one could easily combine these two things but I fail to have enough innovation fantasy on how to accomplish this. So I test if kind people here get a clue or hang on how one could do such a thing. Transformer Bike/Rollator or what to name it. I have bought several Rollators and several KickBoard GoPed similar versions one are supposed to stand on or walk behind All of these are hurting the knee. So one need a seated thing. Sure it does exists already. The KneeScooter but that one have a seat that is too narrow so it hurts the butt. The customers complained so now one can buy an extra seat or saddle to it that is broader and less painful. But the KneeScooter does not look like a Rollator at all. It looks like a Scooter. A Rollator need Castering wheels in the front that seems a must. It can be a three wheel as long as the caster is the front wheel. Now if you sit on a four or three wheel thing and push of or kick off with feet on the ground then there is now way to steer the thing. so a transformer bike/rolator need to change from free wheeling caster to a steered caster to be safe. So that is the criteria and difference. In one position it looks like a real standard Rollator that you walk behind or in front off. Then after pushing the magig button it turns into the steerable seated balance bike kind of mobility RideOn for grown ups with knee problems. I have written about this in another post too so hope I am not breaching a hard hitting rule. Here I ask more what to name such a thing and how to make that thing so popular that the accumulated popularity makes the commercial companies aware of the need. If we can come up with a catchy name for such a thing then somebody maybe make one and test the market? On the other thread I ask for somebody to help me figure out how to DIY make one or to modify a standard Rollator so it can fill both functions. You would make me very happy if you come up with a catchy name for such a thing.

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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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Burning Man How-Tos, Costumes, Bikes, and Tips & Tricks

Burning Man, the famous weeklong festival of music, art, free expression, and much more in the Nevada desert, is just around the corner. Whether you're a Burning Man veteran, a first-timer, or someone who is interested from afar, here's a list of some Instructables that will help you prepare and make your unique Burning Man experience even better. General Advice TimAnderson's Tips by TimAnderson Learn all about Burning Man and easy, creative ways to keep yourself prepared and safe from TimAnderson's documentation of his trip to the festival last year.   HalcyonPink's Tips by HalcyonPink In this video and the follow-up, Burning Man veteran HalcyonPink gives you his advice.   Find Your Fashion Fire Skirt by la The popular fire skirt uses EL wire to give your clothes some personality.   Angel Wings by fairywingsandthings If your attire of choice requires wings, you're well covered: you could try these angel wings or a different version .   Color-Changing Scarf by enlighted You can't go wrong with clothes that light up.   Electric Umbrella by sockmaster You can't go wrong with accessories that light up, either.   Bikes and the Like Wobble Bike by dan For a fun twist on a regular bike, convert it into a wobble bike that you have to steer from both the back and the front.   Kite-Powered Land Proa by aerohydro Derived from a water proa Instructable, this vehicle transplants the idea to land--ideal for flat, dry terrain like the playa.   Tall Bike by TimAnderson Get an aerial view of all the action while you bike along with this tall bike that anyone can build. .   Chopper Bicycle by KoolKat Few bike designs are as functional and attention-grabbing as the chopper, and you can follow these directions to upgrade your old bike, chopper style.   Furry Pink Bike by HalcyonPink Burning Man is all about being creative and expressing yourself--and your bike is a perfect item to deck out in your own personal style.   LED Bike Wheel Images by ladyada Transform your bike wheels with LEDs that you can program to glow to form various patterns, images, and designs .   Shelter and Shade Parachute Shade Structure by benjcarson This Burning Man-tested structure will help protect you from the raw elements of the playa.   Rebar Tent Stakes by tk1314 Normal tent stakes won't be too effective at Burning Man, but these made from rebar prevent impaling and will hold your tent firmly.   Portable Yurt by TimAnderson This version of a yurt, a Mongolian tent-like structure, is portable and can be assembled and disassembled easily.   Fire, Flying Things, and Other Fun Firebreathing by Tetranitrate A combination of fire, art, and fun, you can light up the desert night with firebreathing tricks.   Cincinnati Fire Kite by stasterisk Kiting is a very popular activity at Burning Man, and you can join in with a this kite that combines flying and fire together into a night-time spectacle.   Fire Staff by Stone Light both ends of the staff and spin to create your own patterns.   Candle-Powered Hot Air Balloon by ewilhelm A simple combination of birthday candles, painter's plastic, and balsa wood can turn into a functional hot air balloon.   Homemade Poi by Hydra Learn to make homemade practice poi that can be used anywhere--and check out other Instructables on how to spin poi and other DIY poi designs.   If you're going to Burning Man this year, we hope this helps and have a fun, safe, and exciting experience!

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[newsletter] Flux Capacitor, Bike Blender, Grow a Pineapple...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. June 5, 2008 Welcome back! We launched our Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest. Share a great travel tip and win some fantastic photo books as well as guidebooks, phrasebooks, and t-shirts! The Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest closes for entries this weekend! Submit your Instructable soon to win the Celestron SkyScout. The voting has closed for Park Tool Bike Month. Check back later today to see who won! Check out these cool Instructables! DIY Flux Capacitor Get ready to go back... to the future! 1.21 gigawatts not required. posted by sponges on Jun 3, 2008 How to create a bike blender for less than $25 When the love of biking and the love of smoothies come together it can be a beautiful, and tasty, thing to behold. posted by I_bike on Jun 1, 2008 The Conetenna - a wi-fi antenna The quest for improved wi-fi continues with this massive cone variation of the cantenna. posted by Shadetree Engineer on Jun 1, 2008 How to Grow Pineapples Pineapples are easier to grow than you think. Get a pineapple and some dirt and you're most of the way there! posted by woofboy111 on May 30, 2008 Japanese lamp from recycled materials A cheap but attractive paper "shoji" style lamp that uses mostly recycled parts and is easy to put together. posted by PKM on May 29, 2008 How to make an Iron Man Mask Whether you're stuck in a cave or have some time at home to build, these instructions will help you get that superhero look. posted by msraynsford on May 30, 2008 Repainting an Old Bicycle Want to keep your old frame looking good as times and styles move on? A new paint job is likely in your future. posted by Dr.Paj on Jun 1, 2008 Etching brass plates Adding some brass adds a bit of class to your project. Learn to etch and you can include a sweet custom finishing touch. posted by gotang on May 27, 2008 Win amazing LED POV kits! What have you done for robots lately? Closes for entries this weekend! Handy Bike Mods and Projects This collection of things to do to and with bicycles will provide plenty of ideas for your next two-wheel project. posted by TimAnderson on May 30, 2008 Illuminated Keyboard Hack Turn your ordinary keyboard into an illuminated one for under $5. This is an easy keyboard mod that takes about a half hour to do. posted by Kipkay on May 30, 2008 Bike Generator Attach a generator to the rear wheel and power up both the front and back lights. Never worry about the batteries dying again. posted by dbc1218 on Jun 1, 2008 Zigzag Pop-Up Here's a quick pop-up that only takes a few minutes and has a nice effect. All you need is a printer (preferably color), paper, and something to cut with. posted by fungus amungus on May 30, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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