Engineering on a mac? Answered

Can anyone recommend some CAD or CAE software for mac, I love mac dearly but i need some engineering software. 

Question by Douglerful 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Physics - Tech engineering software, that is fun?

Hi, Just a quick question... I ran across something called Gmod, or Garry's mod software today by accident. This one here...;=related It looks pretty neat, sort of a mechanical play thing. But, I'm not sure how true to reality the software is, also you apparently need to own a main platform software to use it, like Half Life. I don't have any of the games needed to play around with Gmod. I started to wonder if there is any other software out there that works as an, across the board experimenter's virtual lab? Sort of a mechanical, electronics virtual plaything? I'd think that engineering tech schools would have software such as this, (CAD comes to mind) but I didn't quite find what I was looking for with a google search... Not exactly sure what the best search term would be for something like this? I've come across virtual electronics software, but maybe I'm asking too much for a multi electro-mechanical environment. Has anyone ever used software like this, particularly something fun to play around with, without being to dry? Free would be nice as well, but I'm probably pushing the envelope there a bit! LOL.

Topic by bart245 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

webcam with cad software?

Ok, so I have to do some engineering drawings of our robot arm for science olympaid. For now I can just make stuff really easily in paint in like 10min. But part of our score is in the quality of paperwork if there is a tie for operation. We are building a new arm that will be much more complicated. I happen to have a webcam above a white panel for creating things for a video game development thing my little bro got. (software is nothing impressive, probably not even as good as ms paint). I do have auto cad software, but havent used it much (my grandpa gave the pc to me and he had it on here). Is there any sort of program or feature in cad that allows you to kind of scan things in? I think that our bimba pnumatic cylinders are worthy of being accurately rendered in cad. But I dont have the knowledge of how to do it "free hand" 

Question by TOCO 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Scorbot Bot III software?

I am a high school drafting and engineering teacher.  I have been given a ScorBot III robot (cool) without software. So if anyone knows where I can get my hands on it let me know. If is cheap!

Question by gandyo 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How to collect data from a machine.

I am an Radio Control racer, so basically I race toy cars according to my wife, and as part of the racing program when ever you get a new engine for your car you have to go through the Break-in process of the engine. If you YouTube rc engine break-in you will see it is a noisy time consuming process and during my last engine break-in even my neighbor got frustrated and asked me to reduce the noise. The engine break-in is a key process because it will determine the life of your engine an it's performance, so I started to look for options on how to do this process in some other alternative way. So I found in the rc community a person that builds a machine that actually executes this process in a very quite and simple way by making the engine run in a bath of hot oil. After months of trying to get this machine I never received an answer from the manufacturer so I decided to built it by myself with common tools and materials and buying the electronics from eBay. After a month of testing and running with some issues, I was able to put my machine together and make it run with no problems, but now I am looking for a way to improve it. What I want to do is to find a way on how to collect the data from the machine, like the rpms of the motor and the temperature of the oil, so I am able to monitor on my mobile phone. So if someone can help me out with leading me on what needs to be done I will really appreciate all the guidance and support. Best regard William Sing

Question by WilliamS481 1 year ago

OSX software to measure electical signals

Hello I was hoping somebody could point me in the direction of what software i could use on my Mac OSX 10.7 to measure the electrical current from various sensors etc.  I do not mean a multi-meter as i am looking to log data on incoming voltages from various things i am making. I do not come from an electrical engineer or computer engineer background, therefore i do not know the correct term or name of the programs.They usually look like frequency graphs on the computer screen where the graphs/waveforms move as the voltage fluctuates and they allow you to monitor and record the electrical data for example when you touch a capacitor or move a potentiometer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you very much.

Topic by bluebey 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Looking for an Electrical Engineer to partner with

Hi - I've got a business idea that requires hardware and I can't build the thing myself.  I'll write the software for it, but I need assistance building the circuitry. The circuitry involved would include a temp sensor, R/F communications module, photodiode, memory (possibly micro SD), controller,  and a timer in a very small form factor (about the size of a cigar tube). I'll split any profits from selling the device 50/50 with the HW designer.  I'll ask you to sign an NDA before we get going. Please contact me here or at bret at thelastmilellc dot com. Rgds, Bret

Topic by bschuhma 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

UK internship (no longer) available

Anyone interested in a northern UK based internship ? We are an engineering design company, with many areas of expertise in electronics, software and mechanical design and manufacture, and our current crop of interns are returning whence they came.   We have some amazing projects coming up at the moment which will eventually look great on anyone's CV.  This is an entry level position, for which we will pay expenses only, for a suitable applicant to gain access to our tools and knowledge. We aim to have fun along the way. Internship available for 1 month, 3 months or 6 months, starting Mid-September or later. Steve

Topic by steveastrouk 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Electrical / Electronics Engineering Position in Chicago - RAW THRILLS

Hi everyone, We have one of the ultimate electronics positions available. We make coin-op arcade games and constantly innovate our electronics to differentiate our games from the home consoles. We're looking for someone that can hack innovative technology and make it work in our market. Official job posting is below. Please check out for more information about our company! JOB INQUIRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO Please include a resume and an explanation of your qualifications and interest. ====================================== Available Position: Highly Motivated, Entry Level Electrical or Computer Engineer Raw Thrills, Inc. - February 2010 Raw Thrills, the leading US manufacturer of coin-operated video games, is looking for an enthusiastic Electrical or Computer engineer to join our Electronics Engineering design team. You will be working as an efficient member of a small team on products that continue to gain domestic and international market-share. Immediately, you will contribute to the design and verification of electronics, firmware, and software. In addition to the internal team, you will work with partner engineering companies to develop & maintain products, and interact with contract manufacturers to troubleshoot issues on-the-fly as they arise on the production line. You will collaborate with several experienced engineers and programmers, all the while working independently most of the work day. At Raw Thrills, our arcade games are designed entirely in-house, from the ground up. They are composed of custom mechanical parts (wood cabinet, plastics, metals, etc.), an off-the-shelf PC, a monitor, custom wiring, custom electronics & interface devices, and custom game software. As part of the Electronics Engineering team, you will be involved in much of the arcade game’s design, from low-level circuitry to high level software, and everything in between: * ESD testing & EM compliance * Custom circuit & firmware design * System integration & validation (peripherals ↔ PC ↔ API ↔ software) * Operating System (Windows Embedded) maintenance * Device driver & device-application interface (API) programming * Device functional & longevity test design (including GUI PC software, firmware, and mechanical construction) * Coordination between mechanical and electronics design * and more! Required Skills: * Demonstrable working knowledge of C/C++: need examples of work and debugging proficiency * Solid understanding of digital circuit design & troubleshooting digital systems (from circuit to PC software) * Experience designing & implementing a digital system from the ground up (school project, internship, etc.) * FPGA (VHDL or Verilog) and/or MCU (c or asm) programming competency * Self-sufficient and motivated to independently learn * Proficient with standard bench tools: soldering iron, oscilloscope, DMM, etc. Bonus Skills: * Programming experience with PC↔device communication: USB, RS232, LPT, etc. * Schematic capture and PCB layout experience * GUI programming experience (Win32 or Linux) * Active knowledge of Linux / home Linux user * Working knowledge of common scripting languages (Python, bash, Windows batch, etc.) Example Projects: * Design low-cost circuitry to robustly control addressable LEDs for eye-popping lighting effects * Design, implement, and perform game system latency testing (create hardware/software as needed) o EX: What is the round trip time from button-press to in-game feedback? Where are the bottlenecks? * Design hardware diagnostic software to allow automatic system diagnosis by end-user * Design automated functional test software for completed PCB assemblies * Design circuit and layout PCB for contact-less sensor module o Determine and perform validation testing * Add interface firmware features (i2c, Dallas 1-Wire, etc.) to MCU based board and update PC API so that game programmers can leverage the new features

Topic by rawthrills 8 years ago

3D CAD Software Survey Request

If you are a Maker, an Engineer or just a 3D printer user, your help is needed! A new company is looking to improve the CAD software for 3D design options for people with 3D printers or those considering purchasing one. Prior to the development of their products, they are looking to collect some information from people who are currently using 3D printers and 3D design software to confirm what are considered to be unmet needs in the market. Please take a moment to complete this brief 10-question survey to share your valuable opinions on this subject. No contact information or names will be collected. Your input would be greatly appreciated!  The survey is available at: Thanks

Topic by BuckClemons 5 years ago

AutoCAD for Mac Survey

AutoCAD was the first CAD package I really felt comfortable using and designing in. I've since realized that part of being an engineer is being familiar enough with dozens of different CAD packages so that you can recognize which one is the best tool for the specific challenge at hand. Since I use a Mac, I keep a copy of Windows running under Parallels primarily for CAD packages. This is actually a pretty common theme with people working at the various Squid Labs-related companies. I could probably walk just a couple of offices down and see SolidWorks on a MacBook Pro screen right now.So, I'm happy to read that AutoDesk is asking for input on a version of AutoCAD for the Mac:Mac Fanbois Get their Wish: AutoCADNearly two decades ago, Autodesk abandoned AutoCAD on the Mac. But now perhaps it is seeing too many sales lost to the likes of ArchiCAD to architecture clients, NX to mechanical engineering customers, and SketchUp to designers. Autodesk marketing calls it "trying to stay in tune with our customers," and are asking Mac and AutoCAD users to fill out a survey. ..."

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Which 3d modeling and engineering program

Hello all, I am new to 3d modeling and printing. Before I go and buy or build a 3d printer I would like to start 3d modeling. Out there is chaos. I mean there are over 15 programs that do 3d modeling. Each  friend I ask he uses a different one. So I need some help. Here are the requirements: 1)Software must be good for 3d printing 2)I don't care if it is hard to learn (if the results are good and the possibilities are endless) 3)Must be  also engineering  compatible (e.g I would like to build a suspension, or apply heat to a model and see what happens,  or apply pressure at a specific  point and see what happens) 4)Cost is not a problem,because my boss is paying 5)I have windows 7 64bit 4GB ram Thank you all

Topic by DJman230 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Help making a USB trigger, VB.NET coding, and interfacing the two in a wonderful harmony of code and circuits. Answered

Hey fellas, got some questions for you about making a USB trigger and interfacing it with a VB.NET program. Alright, so what I've got to do here is detect when a door is opened via a sensor (I've figured out that as far as practicality goes an ultrasonic or motion sensor would be the best, but I'm also considering a simple magnetic switch for the sake of simplicity and cost), and then play an audio file. I'd REALLY REALLY REALLY like to keep as much of the coding as possible done in VB.NET, and I don't want the end result to require the user to open five different programs, I want them to open the one .exe file, and that's it. My problem here is actually getting the trigger to talk to VB.NET, I've never done any peripherals with VB.NET, so I'm pretty clueless. I don't need the trigger to respond with any data other than some sort of ping that VB.NET can pick up. I've also been thinking about using the ultrasonic/motion sensor to interface with a USB keyboard encoder, to output some obscure character, and then have VB.NET watch for that character, and react when it's pressed. The problem here is that I don't want the program to have to be the main window, I want the user to be able to have it open and not worry about it. Any help that anyone can give me with either the coding side or with the trigger side is really appreciated, thank you all in advance :)

Question by iBurn 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Job Opening: Instructor & Teaching Assistants for BlueStamp Engineering

About The Program: BlueStamp Engineering is a summer program in New York, NY, Houston, TX, and San Francisco, CA where high school students individually build engineering projects. Students select and build a project of interest (e.g. solar powered electronics, robots, GPS devices, mini wind turbines, etc.)with a motto of "learning by doing". Students go through the entire process of making the devices and support their work with full documentation. Projects have a wide degree of difficulty, from electronics kits customized designs. Please visit our 'Meet The Students' page  to see what previous students have built.  For detailed information about the 2013 program, please visit our 'Info' page. BlueStamp is looking for independent, motivated, kind, and technical people to join our 2013 staff.  We will hire one 'Lead Instructor' and two 'Teaching Assistants' in San Francisco for part-time summer work. Strong performers may be offered the opportunity to take on a more prominent role as the program expands. Position Responsibilities: -All staff will assist students in creating their projects.  This will include teaching engineering techniques and concepts, tools and safety, technical documentation, and troubleshooting methods. Instructors/TA's will guide students to ideas, approaches, and sources of solutions without "just doing it for them". -The Instructor will be responsible for guiding class everyday, ensuring students meet project requirements on time, and supervising the TAs. The instructor will also engage students a month before the program begins, spending 2-8 hours per week over phone/email to help students select a project and order the required parts. -TAs will supplement the instructor's experience in guiding students as all 3 staff members will come from different engineering disciplines. -Where qualified, staff will give lectures and lead discussions regarding topics of student interest (e.g. Alternative Energy, Electronics, Automotives, Entrepreneurship, World Challenges, etc.) Candidate Requirements: -Education and practical experience in one or more of the following three areas: (1) Electronics Hardware, (2) Firmware/Software, (3) Mechanical Design and Drafting. -Extensive experience with building, designing, and troubleshooting devices or prototypes for school, work, or as a hobby. Applicants should be able to showcase and discuss, in depth, any of their projects. -Skilled in troubleshooting problems and using the engineering tools of their discipline. -Experience teaching/leading students (e.g. instructor roles, youth camps, tutoring, mentoring, etc.). -Ability to think and act quickly on a project to identify solutions that can meet goals on a rigid, aggressive schedule. -Desire to share the excitement of designing and engineering with high school students, while motivating students through the challenging and frustrating stages of prototype construction. -Excellent communication skills, unfettered honesty and integrity, and the ability to work with minimal supervision is a must. -Be the type of person that can "Get Things Done" Program Logistics: -Class meets Monday-Friday for 6 weeks for 4 hours per day starting in San Francisco on 6/10, Houston on 6/17, and New York on 6/24 (excluding 4th of July). -TAs will be paid $13 - $16 per hour, Instructors will be paid a stipend of $4,000-$5,000.  All staff are paid as a contractor and are eligible for a significant performance-based bonus. -Each class will be made of 10-12 motivated students who have passed a rigorous application process. -All staff must pass a background check. To Apply: Submit a resume to our 'Contact Us' page.

Topic by dyoung41 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Help for some good project topics for engineering, 3rd year.

I need some really good project ideas which are simple yet covers pretty amount of concepts. I am a student of third year electronics engineering. I need 95% hardware and 5% can be software. please its urgent. 

Question by samj2 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Any other engineers have trouble getting used to 123D design?

I'm wondering if anyone else who has experience with professional CAD software has tried 123D and finds it difficult to use. I have ~7 years of experience using Solidworks in a mechanical engineering and robotics context. I recently tried to pick up 123D for use with my home 3D printer and find it absolutely infuriating to use. It feels like working with oven mitts on. But, I see screenshots of very complex models people have made all over the place. So, I'm not sure if: - I'm spoiled from the use of "professional" software and need to lower my expectations for free consumer software. For example, I'm very used to full control over creating reference geometry like axes and planes, and creating everything from 2D sketches that are then extruded/revolved/swept (as opposed to 3D shape primitives) and having direct control over all of the dimensions the entire time. In 123D I find it difficult to do something as simple as create two rectangular prisms and put them a fixed distance from each other, or create a rectangular prism and then put a hole in it a certain distance from one edge. - If this is just a difference between Autodesk and Dassault software - e.g. if I was used to using Autodesk Inventor instead of Solidworks, maybe I'd have an easier time picking up 123D. - If I'm just being lazy/impatient, and need to watch more tutorial videos and give myself more time to pick up the software. So, just curious if anyone else has a similar experience coming from using professional software (as opposed to a maker/hobbyist who had never used 3D CAD at all before).

Topic by Ben Finio 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Computer Programmer Needed For Interview

I am doing a project in school where I have to interview a computer programmer. The idea is to for me to learn how a practitioner in the field of computer programming works. Expect to be asked questions about computer languages, and a description of your job among other things. I will be posting this message across the forums in the Science ,Tech, Wanted, Jobs & Internships, Authors, and Services sections. No payment will be given to the interviewee. To contact me please post the official tittle of your job and proof such as a picture of your workplace in the comments. If you have a degree related to computer programming please include what it is in your comment. I prefer to converse in a Skype interview or by email. Thank You!

Topic by 1440955 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Computer Programmer Needed For Interview

I am doing a project in school where I have to interview a computer programmer. The idea is to for me to learn how a practitioner in the field of computer programming works. Expect to be asked questions about computer languages, and a description of your job among other things. I will be posting this message across the forums in the Science ,Tech, Wanted, Jobs & Internships, Authors, and Services sections. No payment will be given to the interviewee. To contact me please post the official tittle of your job and proof such as a picture of your workplace in the comments. If you have a degree related to computer programming please include what it is in your comment. I prefer to converse in a Skype interview or by email. Thank You!

Topic by 1440955 4 years ago

Can an engineer advise on requirements to build a laser scanner?

Hello, I have a need for a laser scanner that can scan an objects profile and save the dimensions of the scan in a vector or cad format. There are many 3D scanner plans here that are great.!Ajo22thXj77-nZ5iBDKaBwZWgqlW2g  is a video of exactly what I need for the same type of product. Can someone guide me in the right direction to build this device? Here is a photo of the output to software view!Ajo22thXj77-nZ5kFzWgXNPyQig3QA .  Thanks, A

Question by AndreJ49 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Where/How to learn about Engineering basics?

I have been recently looking into engineering and how to build different equipment, and am wondering where people learn to do these kinds of things.  The first thing I saw that had inspired me was a man who built a glove and software that replicated finger/hand movements in motion capture fashion that was useful to me because I do 3D animations which is helped by motion capture.  I had built it because he had left a step-by-step tutorial on how to do so, and it worked perfectly.  The thing that upset me was that I have no understanding of how these parts work, I just bought the equipment and put it together based on his instructions.  So I am wanting to ask how I learn about this stuff?  Things that I am wanting to learn I believe are geared around Micro controllers (EX: Arduino), MotionTracking Device's (EX: MPU-9150), Multiplexers, and other stuff that revolves around that.  I have been looking for tutorials and books to help but have had no luck.  Also one of the most frustrating things I faced when putting the gloves together was that I had no idea what 'SIG', 'VCC', 'GND', or any of those meant.  I understand that I might sound pretty stupid, but I am genuinely interested in this am looking to learn about it, I just do not know how to.  Thank you for any reply in advance.

Topic by antassantas 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Which Circuit Is Best To Use? Answered

I am trying to configure a LED circuit that allows me to charge 1.2v batteries using a solar panel. But i also want the solar panel to be used as a light sensor(detector) so during the day it charges..then at night the battery kicks in and lights up my LED strips. This is my first upgraded version using a schematic software.. Please help. Should i add 2 indicator LED's to let me know when the battery is being charged and when the battery is in use? I attached two containing a LM317T and the other without. Just need some advice! Thanks

Question by islandboii242 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

in my engineering club i was asked to build a driver circuit push-pull emitter follower.

I have no idea what this is. I have recently started an engineering club ( i am 14) and wanted some help with my homework. I am using my older brother account because he told me to found it out myself. i have until tomorrow to find the right circuit and then build it when i go to my club using a software called multisim. 

Question by MohamedN3 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

What software do i need to make a 2D-pattern out off a 3D-model?

 what i want to do is a pattern of my "Ranger boots", say i need to measure the whole thing, make a 3D-model of it and then need the software to make planar layers out of it. aim is to get a pattern of my boots, cut a design into the pattern, print it on adhesive foil, put the foil on the boots/cover the boots and spray it. After removin the foil again, i should have the design on the boots; the foil is simply the negative of the design. (I thought bout "solid works" (engineering software) to design my boots, but i dunno much bout softwares' availability, so i'm askin.)

Question by Luziviech 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

A better search engine and learning more about bi-color leds?

You have nothing on using bi-colored, 3 lead or 2 lead, leds.  Is this because you don't have any info or your search engine is lacking? To me a search engine should search for the item your looking for with the request "ONLY".  For example, if I'm looking for info or projects and am looking for "bi-colored led", then the first thing I should see is something with both "bi-color" and "LED".  Makes sense, then you can do your search for either "bi-color" or "LED".  Instead, I get LED projects, how to use leds, untangling rgb leds etc.  So, I love your place and the information, but  I don't really want to see every word on the planet with an l, e or d in it when I want one item to start, led.  I'm not software literate enough to write it myself, but I'm sure you guys are smart enough or know people who are. This simple idea could revolutionize search engines! Thanks for listening, Dave Mitchell

Question by jgmdpm1057 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Music Mashup: Anyone else looking to deconstruct songs layers they can mix and mash?

Hello All. I am new to Instructables and would like to hear some feedback on my topic. With all the technologies available today does anyone know of an all encompassing program that can break down (deconstruct) songs into layers? As in break back down into the layers used to make the master recordings. So you can create your own mash ups? Say I want the guitar riff from AC/DC and a trumpet "layer" from Dizzy Gillespie and some singing from Madonna. Slow them or speed them up till it works for me. Not trying to steal others people stuff and publish it/ sell it, just mix and share for personal.  Please reply with your work if its in a studio, engineer, singer, label or software developer etc. Much Appreciated,  CoolKat AKA Yellowshades (Entertainment Marketing)

Topic by yellowshades 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Dell M70 laptop with windows XP i need to reinstall windows and am confused ?

Hi Everyone  First my name is Rob and i am sorry to trouble all you guys with my problem, i continue to be astounded by genius on this site and the brilliant hacks, solutions and inventions that you guys come up with. I am an engineer in motorsport (rallying) and am reasonably good with anything mechanical, But i must be dyslexic when it comes to computers, i just dont get them i really dont.   To my question my dell m70 laptop with windows XP and many "motorsport type" data logging engine mapping software that have used over the years, the computer is 6/7 years and is now very slow many programs do not work eg "excel " i am told i need to reinstall my disc which i have                        my questions are 1how and where do i back up my current information to ? 2 can i back up/save the software i have on it and reinstall it after disc  (i dont have original software cds etc) ?                        Rob

Question by rallyx 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Feedback Can someone test my Instructable "software for solar reflector design"?

I have an instructable about designing better reflectors for solar cookers. (Better than parabolic dishes). Basically you can design your own dish, and compare it to the parabolic dish and other shapes with the software. On step 1 there is a zipped folder for download. It contains an art of illusion scenefile. Art of illusion is the modeling and animation software I used. It is easier to learn than its competitors and it is free. The folder also contains a html file for almost automatic tabulating of your results and comparison with other reflector shapes. I have "starter" jpg images for when you create series of 10 images for comparison. I hope to put in a help html file too but thats all for now. To test it, you do need to download art of illusion too. I know this type of project can be a bit of a pain but with feedback, I can refine it. And where else do you have free tools to test solar reflectors? hope that this will grow. A guy in Finland has already done a rudimentary "sun engine" that will do the shadows from a day as an extension to this project! That could be used to design passive solar houses and to site vegetable and fruit gardens in the best spots. (Depending on the seasons and day length, shadow patterns from trees and houses are very different). This is not something you can imagine just from surveying a site! Anyway, hopefully I will get some input.The instructable has grown and changed a lot as I have improved the scenefile. There are certainly parts that need trimming now. Hopefully I get round to it in the next couple of days. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 10 years ago

HAL 9000 Open Source Community Project - Announcement and Invitation

Goal:  Build a HAL 9000 Series Computer Specification:  "2001: A Space Odyssey" Website: Instructable coming soon I watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" the other night and I decided it would be cool to build one.  I've never managed a project this big, and don't plan to start doing it now, so hopefully people will step up and assume various roles and responsibilities.  A project like this needs a program manager, deputy program manager, project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, programmers, graphic designers, web developers,etc.  I'll assume the role of chief engineer and chief software architect.  Also needed are an admin for the sourceforge project, and a webmaster for  I don't plan on having any special rules or regulations, I'm just throwing this out there to see what comes of it.  It could end up in a hairball of chaos, or it could evolve into a smooth running machine, although I suspect nobody will join in and it'll be just me with nobody watching. This is not a far fetched pipe dream.  The IBM Watson has already beaten the reigning champion on Jeopardy. I'll be defining all the individual subprojects such as the speech recognition function, lip reading function, speech synthesizer (it will have the exact voice used in the movie,) facial recognition function, voice recognition function, object recognition, various other artificial intelligence functions, neural network, physical mockup, physical prototype, software simulation, etc. There is a distinct possibility of getting government funding and along with commercial grants, therefore, some people could theoretically carve a full time job out of this.  That would work for me.

Topic by el_roboto_loco 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Project for vector calculus

Hello there, So, for my project in Vector Calculus: The suggestion is that we pick a certain "curve" within a country road. We are to log longitude, latitude and altitude while we drive this "curve" for approximately 15-20 seconds. With the data from the latitude-longitude-altitude "logger", we are to perform the various vector calculus principles we have learned in class. Instead of driving the road, I would like to attach whatever latitude-longitude-altitude logger to a boomerang, and get my curve through flight. Does anyone know which sensor I should be looking for? A bit about me: I am currently an electrical engineering technician in product development for a motor-controls company. I mostly test hardware/software, which is designed by our in-house engineers. I am very comfortable with soldering, visual inspection of PCBs, schematics, and general electrical engineering knowledge. Does anyone have a feasible idea for getting a gps unit onto a boomerang, and be ale to transmit the data to me in real-time? Thanks in advance.

Topic by PaulP292 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

FREE Schematic publisher(also includeds breadboard and PCB view)IN ALPHA

I did a search and didn't see it on this site anywhere, but I see a huge need for a number of the members here to be able to draw schematics and even simulate a breadboard or PCB. This software is free(but it is still in ALPHA testing). I have no affiliation with this site so I can only answer questions about usability from my opinion. For what a lot of people need on this site to help make "instructables"  that have electronic curcuits in them I think this is perfect. Especially if you can't afford high dollar software, plus if you're not an electronic engineer this software will teach you proper terminalogy and proper drawing designations as well. From what I know, all parts on the program are editable. So if you need a green 3.6v LED you can edit the one that comes default on the program and save it in your tool kit and use it for another project later. Hopefully everybody sees this. If the Mods know of a place to put this where it may be more accesible and visible to everybody here, please move it. Here's the link to find the software. They have it for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux 64 and 32 bit Enjoy PS, don't forget this software is in Alpha, so contact the devs and tell them if you have problems or you'd like to see changes

Topic by navyredman 9 years ago

Starting A Makerspace In Ayer (and meeting some guy named Eric...)

The town of Ayer, MA held a meeting this past Thursday about starting a makerspace. This was sponsored by the Ayer Office of Economic Development. The main presenter was a local software engineer who proposed the idea. His model for the space is Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, MA. For details, including an impromptu visit to Artisan's Asylum and meeting some very interesting people, see

Topic by sdbranam 4 years ago

Public-access workshop similar to Techshop in Boston or Providence area?

Hi everybody. I'm an engineering student that recently began creating designs for several projects. So far I have only been using simulation software to test my designs. I would love to  begin prototyping but unfortunately, I don't really have the space or cash to make a small electronics workshop. Is there anything in either the Providence or Boston area that has these resources to the public similar to Techshop?

Topic by jsz28 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

I want some one to help me at making RC car controlled by wifi esp2866 and AVR atmega 32?

Greetings,iam mustafa,working right now as it technical support engineer for 3 years and 7 months .I have never made project for RC car or any project related to embedded systems as i was always scared and think that people who create these things are super smart and iam not smart enough .i always wish to work as embedded software engineer but i've never made a project in real life. i studied c programming and materials related with avr architecture and had many interviews but i fail always .At last interview, i'd failed and the interviewer asked me to do a project so that i get better .i decided to challenge myself and build an rc car .i asked a friend of mine to help me in project& i made a code using atmel studio IDE and simulator(proteus) to test my code could move the dc motor right ,left and backward and forward till this moment on the simulator (proteus software) .After while i was sick and my friend was busy as he traveled abroad cause of his work.and iam very disappointed as i didn't finish my project .i get older and i want to make a shift career and work as an embedded software engineer but iam afraid that i won't achieve my dream . i hope this post will give me a hope to continue the path of achieving my dream careeri have bought this things: 4 DC motors 12 vwifi moduleH bridge moduleresistors and wires and breadboard===============================i hope that i find some one who is patient and keep an eye on me while i do the project .Thanks all

Topic by MustafaS72 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Tell Us What You Think!

Instructables has just joined Autodesk, a cool company that makes some of the ultimate DIY tools: they’re the world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Now that we’re a part of Autodesk, we’ll be able to do some neat new things for and with Instructables. What do YOU think we should do? Please suggest how we should co-opt the resources of a multi-national corporation to make Instructables even more awesome.  

Topic by ewilhelm 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

RFID Project Assistance

I am Software Engineer and need to build an prototype. Please can you recommend the hardware according the requirements specified below     I have an Arduino UNO starter Kit here, also have an Arduino DUE     The basics of the system are as follows:     * RFID scanner (with buzzer if available) and Tokens required.     * Display LCD/VFD/Serial, Need to have 16 characters x 2 lines.     * Also need an PUSH button to control when the RFID needs to Stop/Start Scan - If its embedded in RFID/Display, my job is easier. Regards, jainvikas8

Question by jainviaks8 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

live 49ers

I am a software engineer by profession and a part time web designer too. Recently I have created a few web 2.0 pages after learning PHP and web designing .I love creating videos too. Two of my web 2.0 pages which I love the most are live 49ers and 49ers blog. I am very excited after building this and will be building more videos of this sort in my spare time . I love listening to slow music and play guitar as a hobby I also enjoy spending time with my family, going on holidays and playing sport.

Topic by blogss49ers 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Not Hired

Check out Not Hired, a new site put up by a friend of mine. We are a group of HR monkeys and hiring managers who have worked with some of the largest search engines, vertical portals, and social-networking sites on the Internet, as well as for hardware and software manufacturers, universities, federal agencies, and accounting and consulting firms. In our jobs, we see thousands of cover letters and resumes every month. Some of them desperately need to be shared ;-)My favorite so far:"I don't know Craig personally but my friend told me about his list and I saw your job there."

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

effective removal of home page pirate

My poor pc is in trouble. I use XP. When i use internet explorer instead of my MSN and YAHOO page coming up i get this rubbish search engine called "searchme1000" coming up or one of those pesky ad things called "CELLDERADO::::" I am a bit of a low-tech guy but this has gone beyond a joke. I tried a website blocker but it does not work well. The offending software keeps trying. I hove Norton but it blithely lets the buggers in. the mouse is so angry he could...SQUEAK!!!

Topic by maninamousesuit 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

How to build an automatic hamburger patty press machine?

I came from software engineering background with some knowledge in basic mechanics. I would like to ask how should I start if I want to make an automatic hamburger patty press machine? The input would be ground meat and burger paper, and output would be well-shaped burger with burger paper underneath. Something along this line: But since I am not expert, so maybe something simpler would be fine. I would like to hear your suggestions. Thank you very much.

Question by PoonW 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


1. I am unable to post any images, the screen dims and nothing happens.2. I am unable to delete a post.3. I would love to be able to go back and edit a post - (EVEN Facebook allows this.)4. I (and several others ) would be more than happy to join a beta test groups working on bug catching in a sand box area and put the main site back to the last "working" version until most/all bugs can be resolved. - I am well qualified in this in that I was senior software test engineer in a previous existence and spent my time devising tests and finding bugs.

Topic by rickharris 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Ladyada wins EFF Pioneer Award!

The always-awesome Ladyada of Adafruit Industries is one three winners of the EFF's Pioneer Awards! It's doubly awesome to see more geek women on lists like these. Check out her recent projects here!From the official notice:A pioneer in the field of open-source hardware and software hacking, Ladyada helps the general public engineer and adapt consumer electronics to better suit their needs. Her do-it-yourself ethic is founded on the idea that consumer electronics are best modified for use by customers, not corporations. Fried runs her own company, Adafruit Industries, which sells unique and fun do-it-yourself kits to help consumers make gadgets such as backup iPod chargers, green power monitors and programmable displays for bicycle wheels. She also hosts an Internet video program called "Citizen Engineer" that provides step-by-step instructions to help consumers build and alter their own home devices. Awarded every year since 1992, the Poneer Awards recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier."

Topic by canida 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Using a USB Bluetooth bundle into a home brewed device

Hey everyone, I am a student in software engineering and I am leading a project with other folks in software and electric engineering as some artists which consist of developing a computer game that use a home brewed device. That device is essentially a wii-mote ripoff: we will use some gyroscopes and accelerometer to get user input. However, some of the parts we are looking for are very expensive, we need to do 3 of theses devices and we don't have a big budget :) Since the most expensive part is the bluetooth transmitter (our device needs to be wireless), I was looking for a workaround. First, why bluetooth? Well we thought using some FM or RF stuff, however that implies some rare stuff that is not embedded in our student computers and even more expensive... So that's why we thought using bluetooth... And my question is... Is that possible and not so complicated to use those cheap USB bluetooth bundle such as these ones:;=bluetooth+adapter ? When I say not so complicated, I mean that we won't have a big controller... we will have just what we need to get the data from analogical sensors turn it into digital data and send it over USB. Looking over the web I found that some RS232 to bluetooth bundles exists, however they are very expensive... It might be an utopia, electrical stuff is really not my field of study. Thanks for your help!

Topic by scadieux 9 years ago

Ogden 200 - Teach basic english to India's poor

Hello I am looking for a solution to self teach English in Indian villages using a microprocessor based solution for audio together with a paper book. Learning English opens the door to better opportunities and job skills in poor countries. Requirement : 1. Final product should be dirt cheap ($1- $5) 2. Bilingual audio (English and a regional language) toy with buttons. I am a software engineer, can someone guide me what microprocessor or solution set for my need? Plan to develop it as an open source project.

Topic by anonranger 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Help wanted. Problems that need solving!

Hi, The coursework for one of the modules I'm taking this year at university requires for us to design and manufacture something to help someone. That is the brief. It can be software or hardware based (we're studying electronic engineering). To help us pick a suitable project that can be completed within 11 weeks, myself and two others are brainstorming all of the problems we can think of so that we can have a large range of problems to choose from and design a solution. If you can think of something that is hard for a cetain group of people that could be made easier with an engineered solution or if you can think of a problem that needs solving, I would love for you to post it below. Some quick examples, many of these have been solved by otheres, they are just examples: - steps are a problem for wheel chair users, a deployable ramp for converting steps into a ramp safely - jars are hard to open for those with weak wrists or arthiritus, an apparatus to aid in their opening - educating people on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint is hard. A website to give users a weekly suggestion of things in their  life they might be able to change to be more environmentally friendly. They would be able to tick them as adopted or rejected and see a list of the things that they've changed for the better.

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Computer controlled switch?

I am looking to close a circuit using software on my pc, and if possible through the network but worse case I can connect to a specific pc. I have a door mechanism that opens when a certain circuit is closed, so I want to be able to control that door from my office.  I can do any wiring or add a circuit board to a pc that about 15 feet away. I was thinking some kind of circuit board, or even splicing into a serial port or parallel port and connecting that to the PC.  Then on the PC i would need some kind of program that all it would be is a button that when I press it, the circuit is closed, either for the duration I'm holding down the button, for a certain amount of time after the button is pressed or anything really. I'm no electrical engineer of software programmer, but I have a base understanding.  I am in IT and know how to solder and basic programming. My ultimate solution would be some logic board that has an RJ-45 connection that I can give an IP address so I can open the door from any computer on the network and two pins/connections out to close the circuit.  Sending a command to the board from command line would be just as well as a small program that displays a button. Thanks in advance.

Question by JesterJoe 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

External smartphone Monitor using old laptop LCD display.

  Hi there, I am currently working on a project on reverse engineering. I wish to attempt at somehow using an old laptop lcd, as an external display for my smartphone. As an amateur electrician and computer programmer I would love it if someone could direct me and tell me which goals I have to accomplish to make that happen. I understand that the signals coming out of an lcd display are different then on a cell phone so I had found a control board that will transpose the signal into a VGA signal which can then be directed to a computer. But is there a way to send the signal to a usb port for a smartphone to plug into. Granted a program, software and drivers for the monitor ets would need to be created but that aside, could something like that be possible? Please indulge me. Thanks for your time.

Question by Ahakimi2012 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Measure RPM and MPH on motorcylce with Arduino

Hi all, I have an idea for an Arduino based instrument cluster for my cafe racer (1980 xs400). My question is what kind of rotary encoder I should use to measure the rotation from the cables coming from the engine block and front wheel that went to the original cluster (shown in pictures). I want something that won't break at higher RPMs and is more or less water proof. I have an idea of how to code this on the software level as well, but I'm not to experienced with C/C++ so any help there would also be appreciated. The end goal for this part of the cluster is to output the RPM and MPH to respective WS2812B 5050 LED strips, and possibly a small oLED later down the line. If something could be made more clear on this post let me know and I'll try to elaborate. Thanks again

Question by AedanGraves 4 months ago  |  last reply 4 months ago

Using a PDA as a timelapse computer for controlling my DSLR

I posted a similar message in reply here: But no-one replies...The above instructable and the timelapse instructable using a TI calculator, inspired me in thinking about using my PDA with a time-lapse program for controlling my Olympus E-510.I want a program on my PDA with the capability of completely controlling my camera. I don't want to use a laptop, because that doesnt fit in my pocket and I dont want to use Olympus software, because.. becasuse it doesnt have a program for my PDA.My PDA has windows-mobile 6. (dutch)(english isnt my native language)In my vision this "to-be-developed" program must have the capability of setting things like shutter speed, aperture, whitebalance, etc And things like mirror-up with bulb exposures.But most of all timing large exposures with bulb and timing for repeated exposures for timelapse photography.I found this: But that's for a Palm PDA (and some other camera) and is not completely what I want.Too bad I'm not a software engineer. So who can help me?Can somebody make a program for a windows-mobile platform, or is that a problem because of royalties for our just retired friend Bill Gates?Than, what other possibilities do I have?

Topic by NiekZ 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Microsoft Office for Linux

I heard last week that Microsoft will be porting their popular Office suite to Linux this year. As an avid Linux user, and a firm believer in the free software movement, I must say that this has a certain odor to it. Do we honestly think that a company that has used phrases like "a cancer that infects everything it touches," to describe Linux will just start waving the olive branch and cater to the "cancer" as a valued customer? This peace offering calls to mind a certain wooden horse I think we all know. "either the Greeks are hiding, shut inside those beams, or the horse is a battle-engine, geared to breach our walls, spy on our homes, come down on our city, overwhelm us- or some other deception's lurking deep inside it. Trojans, never trust that horse. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, especially bearing gifts." One thing is for sure, considering how Microsoft constantly violates the privacy of their customers, rest assured that this horse WILL spy on our homes.

Topic by romanyacik 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Project Proposal: Evolving the Artificial Intelligence of an iRobot Create to Traverse Mazes

I am doing a PhD in computer science at Michigan State University in the Digital Evolution LabDigital Evolution Lab. My PhD involves evolving intelligence, which uses evolutionary computation to try to evolve, instead of engineer, artificial intelligence. I propose to try to evolve the controller of the iRobot Create to be able to solve mazes of increasing complexity. I would evolve neural nets that took the iRobot Create’s sensor information as inputs (most likely via the ‘streaming sensor data’ mode) and the outputs of the neural net would control the robot. The robot will learn on its own how to get better and better at traversing mazes. This same technology could then be used to have the robot do different tasks (such as cover a room, or chase/avoid another iRobot Create in a game of cat and mouse). Most of this type of work occurs in simulation because, as graduate students, we do not have the resources to buy robots. This scholarship and contest would be a blessing to me, as it would allow me to work with robots in the real world. Evolutionary computing simulates natural selection in a computer. It uses the ‘survival of the fittest’ rule. The difference is that, instead of plants and animals competing, different versions of software are battling for their place in the next generation. Natural selection, plus a lot of time, produced all the life on this planet. In a computer world, because generations can happen in microseconds, we do not need millions of Earth years to pass before interesting things begin to happen.The simulation would be set up so that the better programs will have lots of kids (versions similar but not identical) in the next generation and weaker software will die out. In this case, “better” programs would be those that get closer to the end of the maze (where a docking station would be placed). Over time the software will become better and better since mutations (random changes in the program) occasionally produce a program that is a slight improvement over its parents. This slightly better software will thrive for a while until it too is replaced by the next slightly better software. Given enough generations, these small changes can add up to produce jaguars, whales, Olympians and poets. Hopefully they can also produce iRobot Create’s that are great at solving mazes!I do not know how far I would be able to get in this project before the end of the contest deadline. I hope to be able to get a proof of concept going. At a minimum, however, I would continue to work on this project after the contest ends and would be glad to share my results with the iRobot Create community and acknowledge the scholarship gift in any papers published on the subject. The iRobot Create is perfect for this work because researchers in the field frequently use robots like this one. As such, this design is someone of an industry standard. Unfortunately, each research team must build or find their own version of this robot archetype. If it proves effective, the iRobot Create could become an industry standard. It would also be good to use because the preprogrammed modules such as “cover and dock” and “mouse” could serve as interesting programs to compete the evolved solutions against. If desired, I would be more than happy to provide more information and or references about this technique. Cheers, Jeff Clune

Topic by jclune 11 years ago