Learning Redstone

I'm here today to teach you how to have fun with Redstone, now if you don't, you may just jump into a Minecraft sand well and drown. Okay, first thing is first, the BASICS. You may already know that there are what we call 'Logic Gates' in all forms of machines from a computer to a simple on and off switch. We are going to be talking about the main logic gates for now. So let's get started. The NOT Gate: The NOT Gate is what I think is the easiest logic gate to comprehend in Minecraft. It is basically an inverter. It inverts the input. For example, if I were to take an input of Redstone that is on, it would invert it and give an output of Redstone that is off.If it were off, it would be an output of on. This is one of the most used Redstone logic gates. The OR Gate: The OR Gate is also VERY simple to understand, and is also called a Universal Logic Gate, this is because you can use this gate to make any other gate existent. OR basically means 'One input OR the other input  OR both will give us an output'. This is like saying 'Jeff's dog will get a treat if he jumps in the air OR he rolls over, OR does both'. This is also easy to comprehend. (The NOR Gate is the same as the OR Gate except its output is inverted) The AND Gate: The AND Gate reciprocates the OR gate except for one major difference. Instead of 'If one OR the other is on the output is on', it is 'If one AND the other are on the output is on, otherwise it is off'. So what this is saying is that you need to have BOTH inputs on in order to have the output on. This is like saying 'Jeff needs to turn the handle AND push the door to open it'. (The NAND Gate is the same as an AND Gate except its output is inverted, the NAND Gate is also a universal gate) The XOR Gate: The XOR Gate is also very similar to the OR gate but instead of 'One or the other or both', it is 'One or the other'. XOR means 'Exclusive OR', meaning only one of the inputs can be on or else I wont turn on. This is very important when dealing with Redstone calculators or ALUs. It is one of the main functions of a Redstone Adder or Subtractor. (The XNOR Gate is the same as an XOR Gate but its output is inverted) Those are all of the main basic logic gates I'm going to take you through today! These ones are the most important ones to be used and can help people a lot. There are PLENTY more to go through but that would be a bit much documentation for me to handle. If you need any help or need some easy visuals, you can go to StephennJF's YouTube page, or you can also go to bennyscube's YouTube page for help too.

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Sorting Machine

I am wanting to make a sorting machine for my autistic son, so he can learn how to tell different materials from each other & also different colors from each other.  I know that there are a few things that I want in it & also a few things that I am sure that I will need but I need a little assistance on how to go about it. I know that it will need a load sensor for the weight detection, & light sensors for detecting the color (I'm not too sure that is what I'll need), & I am not sure how to make it detect the materials though.   To give a small overview of how I want it to work is that he will place the colored block (he has some that are foam, some are wood, & some plastic ones) or a toy car (die cast) & he will drop them into a hopper that has a conveyor belt that will drop the toy onto a lever that will slide the toy onto a scale w/ a sensor to tell the color (or stripes) on the toy & also it will then be swept to the next station where it will tell the material the toy is made of & then drop it in the proper hopper.  I would also like indicator lights to show where things are going to show him what's going on if he'd like to watch. Can I get some help on this please.

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is there someone who can help with my english? in return i can teach him Chinese

As the subject say, I need someone who is willing to help with my English.  I am Chinese.

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Computer program learns physics

From Wired:"In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.Developed by Cornell researchers, the program deduced the natural laws without a shred of knowledge about physics or geometry. ...Condensing rules from raw data has long been considered the province of human intuition, not machine intelligence. It could foreshadow an age in which scientists and programs work as equals to decipher datasets too complex for human analysis."LinkThe software has a long way to come, but apparently it's showing a lot of promise.What do you guys think? If computers can do physics better than humans, does that make human physicists obsolete?

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Suggestions for a great sewing machine??

I'm trying to get back into sewing again and need to get a new machine. I make creatures, stuffies, monsters, and embellish my daughter's clothes. I'd love a machine that can help with needle threading and the horrible bobbin... stuff. I heard about a machine that has some built-in letters - that could be cool. I don't want a really complicated machine though - I had a Husqvarna Rose embroidery machine and the learning curve (for me) was more than I had time for. It was never used. Any advice is appreciated - Thanks!

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Technology Category: Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning/ Data Science

I would like to see AI/ Machine Learning/ Data Science be a Subcategory in the Technology Category on Instructables. The field of Data Science/ Machine Learning is on the rise. Machine Learning is being integrated into various products & services we use on a daily basis. Below is the Developer Roles chart from the Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2017; It shows that the field of Data Science & Machine Learning combined accounts for approximately 12% of those surveyed, compared to the combined 1.6% in 2016. A large number of Open Source Machine Learning libraries like TensorFlow, SciKit, etc have been made available to developers across the world. These libraries enable developers & engineers to integrate ML models, Computer Vision, Chat Bots, Speech & Text recognition, etc into their projects. The Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa AI both AI Assistants are now compatible with the Raspberry Pi. Android Things - An OS built for connected embedded systems which can run ML & AI programs is now compatible with Hardware Platforms like the Intel Edison/ Joule & the Raspberry Pi. Platforms such as OpenAI conduct fundamental research & provide free software for training, benchmarking & testing AI. Kaggle - a website for hosting Data Science Competitions has a large collection of high-quality public datasets. There are many other platforms & frameworks like these. With the growing number of resources being made available in these fields, it is only natural that a large number of people will be looking for tutorials & instructions to help them integrate these resources into their projects. Instructables could become the repository of ML/AI based projects. E.g: AI-based Security System, a Line following robot which uses ML algorithms to follow the line, etc. I hope we can have a constructive discussion in the comments as to how we the Instructables Community can make Instructables the best repository for AI/ML projects.

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Machine shop training course.

I am thinking of running machine shop training courses in the UK for those interested in learning how to really use lathes and other big shop equipment. The idea is subject to insurance company permission etc. but I wanted to gauge if there was any potential interest from people here (obviously only those based in the UK, unless you really want to commute) I'd expect costs to be something like 50 GBP per day + materials, and no more than two or three people per session, keeping the ratio of machines to people as 1:1. We'll probably try and do "group projects" as well as bring your own. The idea of group projects is that every ones gets to make more than one of something, to get techniques sorted out, and then we combine everyones work into assemblies - collaboration at its finest. Steve

Topic by steveastrouk 

Does anybody know of a website for learning how to create remote controlled machines?

I am a part of science olympiad at my school and we are trying to enter into the remote control arm competition. The point of science olympiad is to help students learn about different science fields. Well, the problem is that the only person who knew about remote control machines and electronics had to leave due to personal issues and the sponsoring teacher does not know about electronics, only chemistry and biology. I searched superficially through the internet and I could only find advanced remote control machines and not how to work about the basics such as a simple switch control. I was wondering if anyone knew of more descriptive websites or tutorials for remote control design?

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How to open a new soda/pop machine

Ok i have learned a new bit of info of how to open the new soda machines you know the ones that dont take the new keys...it is by remote...i got the info straight from the source (the guy who was refilling one)...so i thought you would all love to know this...and if you can do more(like make the remote that will open them...) post them here...with the instructable of course...

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What topics should I learn to have the capability of designing devices such as these? Answered

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxBa5bQfTGc A fancy auto targeting gun turret http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/08/12/myfountain-innovative-robotic-bartender/ A machine that dispenses liquids. Custom software http://www.botmag.com/issue2/images/bottom2.jpg Robotic arm I know nothing about electronics at the moment, so I'd need to start from the basics. Ultimately, I'd like to be able to create machines like the above listed that can perform a set of specified actions in sequence based on user inputs from software.

Question by crestind   |  last reply

How do I build a digital power supply for my tattoo machine?

I don't know a lot about electronics, but I'm looking to learn how to build a digital power supply for my tattoo machine. Thanks for any help!

Question by michaelkey1   |  last reply

What website does the public want?

What website is the public looking for? I am 14 years old and I would really like to create and get a website/web service and would appreciate any advice from perhaps future users. Thank you so much! I have knowledge of these languages: php, html, css, javascript, jquery, and a small amount of java. I will soon be learning swift to create applications for iPhone iPad and mac. Thanks again!

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Where can I learn repairing of electric power tools?

I want to learn repairing electric power tools like (Electric drill machine, dust blower, angle grinder etc). Is there any formal / informal program available online to learn repairing of electric power tools? Does any school / college / university / institute offers such prgorams? Is there any way I can learn repairing power tools? (By repairing, I also mean replacing parts if required.)

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How do I do smocking with elastic thread? Answered

I want to learn how to smock using elastic and a sewing machine. Any help?

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Database of facts project : Teaching Good and Bad to a machine ...

.Let's imagine that you successfully created an intelligent machine, capable of thinking.The purpose of this machine would be to replace all of our governments and judges, so the world become a better and fairer place for every of its inhabitants. It would be an IA managed globalization.As you've just created this machine, her brain is empty. Like a tiny baby, she has to learn a lot ...Question : what facts would you teach her ? (given that your goal is to make her a fair judge and good world leader)What would you teach her to make her able to make the difference between what's good and what's bad ?

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anyone teaching how to make coco peat shredder / separator machine?

Anyone teaching how to make coco peat shredder / separator machine? i saw a lot of video showing it off on youtube but no one is actually teaching it. i would really like to learn how to DIY one, since i like planting and stuff and need coco peat but it is quite expensive here.

Topic by MosesL6   |  last reply

Cnc questions

Hi, I saw this post at instructables about building your own cnc machine at home and i pretty much got interested.I have just few questions though. Can i make a medium sized cnc machine using that method ? Are there any standard dimensions for the cnc machine  or i can use my own ? I am new to G code so where should i start to learn ?  Which material is best preffered for a medium sized(should fit on my desk) machine ? Sorry if these questions sound a bit odd to you but i have no knowledge about cnc. Thanks

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i need to help me

I need a manual for an old sewing machine made ​​in Pavia NECCHI 7297 series. Help me or guide me where to find this manual. My wife loves this Sewing Machine and want to learn to sew. If you have a wife like mine please help me solve the problem without my ears catch. Thank you very much.

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New Years Resolution: Achieved :P

Perhaps I need to pick more difficult resolutions for future years... This year's was to learn how to use a sewing machine.... While I'm no expert and still have a lot to learn, it was surprisingly easy. That being said, sewing a long straight line is frustrating -- especially if your machine does crazy (yet full of school spirit) stitching :)So, my first project -- feedback?So, now I'm ready to sew a kite o.0 https://www.instructables.com/id/E6HD4QYZBCEP287MRO/Not yet... I need more practice and need to do a bit more research on design :P But soon I'll be on my Doom Wheels!

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I want to learn how to make a life-sized carousel ride. What books/training could teach me how to make such machines?

I want to accomplish my dream goal in life.  I want to try to do the "Impossible" (Building an actual life-sized horse Merry-Go-Round with up-down horses.) Are there any engineering books out there that could help me understand what parts I would need to make this ride?  Thanks in advance.  Merry Christmas!

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Behind the Scenes of a How-To Machine: Youth Radio Brains & Beakers Interview with Eric Wilhelm

I was interviewed by Youth Radio, an Oakland-based organization that helps underserved young people learn how to make their own media, and David Pescovitz of Boing Boing about starting Instructables and running the business like a scientist. They took video and audio, and did a fantastic job of editing it together with cool music into the embedded video and audio tracks here: From their post, B&BII;: Behind the Scenes of a How-To Machine:Eric is an MIT-educated engineer and avid kite-surfer. He started making his own surfing equipment and then writing about it online. Soon, he picked up a following. Other people wanted to share their own projects and create a Do-It-Yourself community. And so instructables was born. Now, Eric's running a business, but he still thinks like a scientist--isolating variables, making interventions, assessing data, and then starting that cycle again--to grow his enterprise.In the first segment, Wilhelm elaborates on how he started the site and describes how it works. In the second segment, you'll learn about some of Wilhelm's favorite projects on the site. Finally, check our David's post on Boing Boing about Brains & Beakers: Youth Radio "Brains and Beakers": Eric "Instructables" Wilhelm and Pesco

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Barbie Electric Chair, Chaos Machine, Build a Pizza Oven...

Function clickclear(thisfield, defaulttext) {if (thisfield.value == defaulttext) {thisfield.value = "";}}Sign-up for our newsletter subscribe Sept. 6, 2007 Welcome back! We're seeing a few of the robots coming in from the iRobot Challenge this week as well as a variety of other cool projects. Check them out! How to Weld - MIG Welding A basic guide to the awesome process of using electricity to melt and join pieces of metal together.posted by noahw on Sep 5, 2007 PosterBot: Make a Marker-Writing Robot I always got marked down for posters that weren't "neat" enough. Like any nerd, I figured "If I can't do it, I'll make a robot to do it for me."posted by W_world on Sep 5, 2007 How to make Gingerbread Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Make a treat kids love in under 20 minutes.posted by DMR301 on Sep 5, 2007 Put an iPod Nike+ sensor in any running shoe in one minute for 5 cents Avoid buying specialized Nike+ shoes with this simple hack.posted by fungus amungus on Sep 4, 2007 How to build a Pizza Oven Create a functional piece of art for your backyard and start cooking.posted by t.rohner on Sep 2, 2007 Share your tasty recipe with us! Answer our burning questions! Get a free shirt! Make it fly! Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project! This is a science fair project that I did in middle school and completely disgusted the entire female staff of Benton Middle.posted by jessyratfink on Sep 2, 2007 The Chaos Machine (Double Pendulum) Every physics department needs a double pendulum, so here's how to build one. posted by Luke Luck on Aug 31, 2007 Baby Space Invader Hat Let your little one go retro with this gaming-inspired knitting pattern.posted by tracy_the_astonishing on Sep 5, 2007 Golf Ball Gun!!! How To Make One That Can Shoot 400+ yards! Learn about pistons and pneumatics while firing golf balls through plywood.posted by MrCrowley on Sep 2, 2007 ServerBot - for serving food and drinks Create a robot that's helpful, entertaining, whimsical AND simply amazing. posted by JoeCreate on Aug 31, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric )))

Topic by lebowski 

analogue destructive interference device?

I was hoping to learn how to make a machine that would allow me to put it down, push a  button and no longer hear beyond it.  it would be ideal for doing interviews at conventions.  I was also hoping to  have it made so theres no computers involved, just older electronics, so it would, in theory use less power.

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So You Think You Can Sew

Check out Anna Maria Horner's new book, Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing and enter their "Sew Like a Pro Sweepstakes" to win a bunch of awesome stuff like a new Singer sewing machine, and more!So you think you can sew?Can you sew like a pro?Then enter this sweepstakesAnd make your skills glow!You could win a machineFabrics, thread and a bookWant to learn more?Here, take a look!Now show us your crafts,A dress for the prom!Share your mad skillzWith Instructables.com!Killer sweepstakes brought to you by our buds at Wiley Publishing, Singer Sewing Machines, Westminster Fibers, and Coats & Clark.

Topic by scoochmaroo 

Heirloom Technology Book Company

Lindsay's Technical Books is a rare resource these days. If you are looking to learn something arcane and antiquated, especially things that involve the words "large" and "dangerous", this is a good place to start.  http://www.lindsaybks.com/prod/index.html I also like the Lindsay Trauma Center  http://www.lindsaybks.com/trau/stcomp/index.html

Topic by Culturespy 

I want to make a washing machine painting;a hard rectangle board with a round board and you pull a lever.How do I?

I want to make an interactive painting of a washing machine. The person pulls a lever and the round board spins (easy version) or the person puts in a coin that causes the round board to spin. I can't figure out what goes on behind the artwork to make it work. And is there a book or online site to show me how to make simple gears and levers? I'm thinking about going back to school to learn mechanical engineering; that's how much I want to do kinetic art. Something like a wheel of fortune comes to my mind. I get it down simply,now...later I add laundromat sounds! Ok,I like laundromats. There ,I said it! Thanx in advance for your help!

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How to Full a Sweater into Felt

Scope this post at CRAFT to learn how to upcycle your old wool sweaters into felt!  Brookelyn compares and contrasts the techniques and benefits of hand-fulling vs. machine-fulling, and shows us samples of the results.  Fulling is the process of turning knitted or crocheted wool into felt. So check it out, and start upcycling those old wool sweaters into new Instructables!

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Need basic CNC info please

I am in the process of learning SolidEdge V19 by myself (It's CAD program, if anyone is wondering). Now I know it may not be the best place to start learning CAD, but I got it for free. I am quite new to CNC machining and CAD software and I need some clearing up on a subject: In what environment do I need to draw the parts in order for it to be used CNC? I am only working with sheet metal and have all the precise dimensions of the parts that need to be cut out. Should I create the parts in the drafting environment and then export it as a .dxf file which will be used on the CNC? Sorry if my question sounds a bit, you know, stupid, but I just need some clearing up on this issue.

Topic by SirMalan   |  last reply

Why are some Instructables teaching how to steal?!

I think Instructables is a great site but am concerned at some people posting Instructables that teach stealing. Some tell how to 'cheat' machines you'd normally pay to use (soft drinks dispenser, photocopy machines). Isn't this irresponsible and just plain wrong? Also these machines have to pay their way and if they are found being abused they will likely be made more expensive (or unavailable), from which legitimate honest users suffer. I don't want Instructables to get a bad name. Imagine if some schoolchild or delinquent follows tips how to do this, gets caught and prosecuted, and admits "Oh I was told how on Instructables"... I don't want that kind of publicity for Instructables, just the same as I wouldn't want a friend accused of being an accomplice to crime. This is a great place to learn, and likely we all want to avoid losing our freedoms here and having restrictions imposed. To keep it this way we need to be wise. I think hacks that amount to theft are inappropriate.

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Efficiency of DIY bitcoin miners?

First, I would like to say that I do not know if this is the place for this question, but: I have just heard of bitcoin mining and started to look into it.  I have learned that pretty much the only way it is plausible is through the use of a machine dedicated to mining the bitcoins, not through using gpu's anymore apparently.  But I have seen that these machines are expensive, so naturally I would want to build a DIY one if I started this.  But are these dedicated miners even efficient? And what if they don't have the top of the line components?  I tried to look this up myself but I don't really understand the hash rates of these machines so I don't know what is considered an efficient rate.  And, in my current situation, I don't pay for electricity or internet so now would be an optimal time to do so and maximize profitability.  So, do these dedicated miners work efficiently enough to make it worth while to build/buy one? Especially if I don't pay for electricity or internet?

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Grand Opening for new maker space in Reno, Nevada: Bridgewire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dan Johnson 775-219-7987 Dan@renobridgewire.org, Jeremy Osborn 775-240-1177 jwosborn@runbox.com Reno Makerspace Grand Opening Oct 1 Reno, Nev. (9/21/2011) - - Bridgewire is a new collaborative workshop where people can learn a variety of skills from welding to hacking. Bridgewire, a nonprofit, will launch Saturday, October 1, with the public invited from noon to 5pm. “We are a rapid prototyping shop with woodworking tools, metalworking tools, and high tech tools. We provide the opportunity for motivated people to learn. We want to arm people with the knowledge and tools to bring their ideas into reality” said John Lusak, a founding member. “All the projects I work on are open source, so you can modify them the way you want” said Lusak. He flies a variety of homemade remote control and unmanned aerial vehicles. “They’re not just RC helicopters, they can have GPS, sonar, camera, barometer, and so forth. They’re aerial robotics.” He notes that people often need a hand up to get started learning. ““I was intimidated, then I decided to spend an hour a day, got some help, and now I help other people. This is a place where people can get help to get started, and to get unstuck.” Bridgewire will host a variety of workshops where people can learn how to use a 3D printer, soldering, using CNC machines, hacking, and even such unusual skills as lockpicking. Hotshot The Robot plans to learn to weld. He says, “I’ll be at the Opening because so few humans know how to fix robots. I’m always on the lookout for qualified techs.” About Bridgewire: Bridgewire is Reno’s first makerspace. People can come to Bridgewire to create and repair. Tools available include various types of welders, CNC machines, metal and wood shop tools, high tech such as 3D printers. Bridgewire is located at 1055 Industrial Way #20, Sparks.

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Giant Robot Architecture Talk by Greg Lynn in Berkeley

Here is an interesting talk from the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium of the Berkeley Center for New Media...Giant Robot ArchitectureGreg Lynn, UCLA & Angewandte, ViennaMonday, Feb 4, 7:30-9:00pm- Note Special Location: Berkeley Art Museum Theater- Enter on Dwight Ave: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/visitor- Lecture is free and open to the publicAbstractRobots. In my office, my staff keeps asking for more new machines, and every time I get a new machine, I fire two or three people. By extrapolation, in the next few years I will be sitting in an office by myself with a bunch of robots. We have is a very large CNC (computer numerically controlled) cutting machine, a laser cutter, a 3d printer, and soon we will have a robotic articulated arm. All of these things let us do studies of models, which are very important to architects, but what they also let us do is learn machine language. We spend more and more time talking to machines; speaking their language. It is very easy for us to go to any country that has an automobile industry or an aircraft industry and give their machines instructions and do things with these large machines at an architectural scale that is very perfunctory and affordable. The spread of machine language and programming is more significant than the Anglicization of the world. Learning to talk to robots is very important to my field of design.Speaker BioGreg Lynn is a leading pioneer at the intersection of computing, design, and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited in both architecture and art museums including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion. His work is in the permanent collections of CCA, SFMoMA, and MoMA and has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler, Cooper Hewitt, MAK, MoCA, NAI,Carnegie, ICA and Secession museums among others. In addition to his architectural work, his Alessi "Supple"Mocha Cups and his Vitra "Ravioli" Chair are in production and have been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent Collection. He received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award in 2003. In 2002, he left his position as the Professor of Spatial Conception and Exploration at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and became an Ordentlicher University Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.He is studio professor of Architecture at UCLA and the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. Greg Lynn holds degrees in architecture and philosophy and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Academy of Fine Arts &Design; in Bratislava. In 2001, Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects.http://www.glform.comMore info on the colloquium here.

Topic by noahw 

Programmers can you help me?

I can give you an excellent opportunity to learn some things about insect detectors, and to challenge your creativity! I need a some help from a programmer/ technical person for my art project (immediately)- Short about the project: The Project is planned for the end exam exhibition at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, June/ July 2008, but might also be shown at later occasions. The work is an installation with video projections, machines and live insects. A box is located on the top of a pedestal. The box contains crane flies, which will be seen through a small window. The crane fly's movements are intercepted by sensors which translates the movements to commands for a machine. The walls in the room are covered by video projections. By means of wires, the machine can move around in the whole room. Technically what I need is: Through an actometer (insect movement detector) the electric impulses created by the movement of the insects, can be viewed in a software on a computer. What i need to do is to use the graph of movements in the software to send output commands to a machine (made by me, controlled by Remote controlls). I am not sure of how this can be done in the best way possible, but I have some suggestions which I can explain more precisely later on. I am looking for someone who have knowledge in terms of programming, and could be able to come up with a good solution, as well as maybe collaborating/ helping me out with my project. Please let me know if you are interested, know someone or know where I should go to meet the right people here in amsterdam. All answers are appreciated! Thank you in advance Andrea

Topic by andamiranda 

Programmers can you help me?

Programmer for an art project? I can give you an excellent opportunity to learn some things about insect detectors, and to challenge your creativity! I need a some help from a programmer/ technical person for my art project (immediately)- Short about the project: The Project is planned for the end exam exhibition at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, June/ July 2008, but might also be shown at later occasions. The work is an installation with video projections, machines and live insects. A box is located on the top of a pedestal. The box contains crane flies, which will be seen through a small window. The crane fly's movements are intercepted by sensors which translates the movements to commands for a machine. The walls in the room are covered by video projections. By means of wires, the machine can move around in the whole room. Technically what I need is: Through an actometer (insect movement detector) the electric impulses created by the movement of the insects, can be viewed in a software on a computer. What i need to do is to use the graph of movements in the software to send output commands to a machine (made by me, controlled by Remote controlls). I am not sure of how this can be done in the best way possible, but I have some suggestions which I can explain more precisely later on. I am looking for someone who have knowledge in terms of programming, and could be able to come up with a good solution, as well as maybe collaborating/ helping me out with my project. Please let me know if you are interested, know someone or know where I should go to meet the right people here in amsterdam. All answers are appreciated! Thank you in advance Andrea

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How do I set up a mobile wifi router (LAN), and a wifi windows machine? Answered

We are a collective of dancers and bicyclists that organize huge bicycle rallies up and down the west coast. There are dozens of bicycle sound systems on these rides, and we seek to send an airplay audio signal to everyone's smartphone with wifi. The software of choice is Airfoil. http://rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/  For it to send audio, it needs to be installed on a windows or mac computer (not cell phone or tablet). Smart phones can then receive the audio signal. I need help designing a road worthy wifi router and windows machine to be the moving hub of this wifi broadcasting party. Extra points for durability, signal strength and thrift. Please be detailed, because I am only vaguely knowledgeable of wifi, and I'm not that bright. Please note that I am well versed with other options for sending an audio signal. I have reasons for being this specific. Without your help, I would acquire a used netbook with a solid state drive running windows (maybe about $200), grab a wifi router (I have a few older ones lying around) run it all on an inverter and give it a go. Because I am a mac guy, I don't know how to do anything, like how to set up a local area network.... (I usually jam in a cable from a high-speed modem).... we are not doing that on a bicycle, so I'm a bit fuzzy on that part. I am well versed with power supplies, and willing for the range to be less than ideal at first... (that can be improved later) I am just looking to get a trial of this system up and running. I am most appreciative of your help, and I plan on writing a full article on what I've learned, if successful~ Thanks!!! Tor PS, Photo not of me, but these people are obviously awesome, and will love what we are doing.

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MARS: Fire & Ice - this Sunday @ The Crucible

The Crucible and NASA presents: MARS: Fire & IceSunday, May 25th, 1-5pmIt's a FREE Open House to celebrate the Phoenix spacecraft landing on Mars. Experience the mission via live feeds from NASA, browse a Mars-themed art show, learn more about space exploration, watch fiery demonstrations, and test your skills with Mars-oriented pinball machines - all in The Crucible's 56,000 square feet of studio space where scientists, engineers, and artists of all kinds come to play. The Crucible - 1260 7th Street - Oakland, CA

Topic by Patrik   |  last reply

How to: get started

Hi everyone! I'm kinda new here, but I like the site a lot. I've been thinking some time about starting to build things, learning a bit of programming and so on and so forth. And then I found this site. Now I'm planning on forming a hobbyist club with some of my friends (we are 16-17 years old). The problem is, I don't know with wich projects I should begin... We don't have a CNC machine or 3D printer. All suggestions are very welcome, from building a boat to a cannon to some toys to some costumes etc. If possible, please post the instructable here. Suggestions are also welcome! Thanks in advance! :p

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Verifying Age Using Face Recognition?

Magazine photos fool biometric age verifier in Japan. In their never ending quest to automate every aspect of human life Japan has recently installed cigarette vending machines that will scan your face to verify your age before giving you a smoke. Kids realizing that all the robot wants is some wrinkles have learned that all they need to do is hold up a magazine image of some geezer and then they can puff away. It makes me happy to see that no matter how "advanced" technology becomes, there's often an easy overlooked loophole. Let's hope that trend continues. _BGvia: boingboing.net

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Embroidery Text Ideas -- Get a Free Custom Shirt!

So.... I'm at home for winter break and my mother has acquired this newfangled sewing machine that can do CNC embroidery. I've taught myself how to use it (and now teaching my mom :P) and I want to do an instructable.Tell me -- what text would you like to see on a T-shirt beyond the word instructables (I have several patches already :P)? Add it to my list below and I'll pick out a few ;)If the house is quiet enough (family of 6 et. al.) - I can probably take video of the process (from how to make a bobbin --> set the top thread --> fabric stabilizers --> needle selection etc.) and post it. I know it is a bit specialized to the machine -- but from what I found at the quilt shop... There's a lot of people that own the machine and don't know how to use it...Running List#Stercus fit (Translated from Latin: Shit Happens) <-- my girlfriend wants this :D#Jag Lik Bananerna (From Swedish: I like Bananas)#I Do My Own instructables#This T-Shirt Is Now VoidIf I like your post -- I'll make a second T-shirt for you. So post your T size with your submission. You can eMail me if you don't want to post your T size ;) Be aware - I'm learning through use. So there might be minor defects. Post soon because I won't be home very long.

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EITHER: How to make 'continuous heart pulse monitor'? OR: how to capture ECG from chest strap?

Greetings, What I am interested in is a ‘continuous heart pulse monitor’ so that I can plug that into (possibly) an arduino to drive a EECP machine. EECP machines run around $30k. So I’ll have to jigger up one myself. Usually I program in HotBasic. I am now learning ‘C’ programming language, via “Arduino in action” eBook, and sparkfun arduino Uno kit. I could sure use some help, like: Should I just buy a ‘chest strap heart rate monitor’, (Polar, or Motorola, or what)? Are there any units out there that can plug directly into a usb? Or do I need to get into wireless or bluetooth? Is a chest strap monitor more accurate than a finger or ear monitor. Should I be connecting to a laptop vs arduino? As you can see I am just beginning. Any help you can give me will surely be appreciated. Thanks for your help...Vernon 

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Is there anyone out there who can teach me to circuit bend, create/re-purpose circuitry, use Arduino?

Recently, I've become fascinated with Instructables involving re-purposing gadgets, gizmos, and gears. I want to learn some basics before I start dismantling my old cell phone or cd player, but I don't know anyone I can ask. And even if I did know someone, I'm not sure I would know WHAT to ask. I'm at the beginning of a machine and motherboard addiction, I can feel it. Do you know any good dealers? _Science on the Side_

Question by Science on the Side   |  last reply

How to Upholster a Box

In my quest for weeding out my less than professional looking projects, I am in need to learning a new skill.Does anyone have recommendations for a resource on how to upholster a box? Key points including the box material is a thin plywood which probably won't hold up to staples (thicker woods are heavier and I have a weight restriction for this project: lighter = better). My material will be a marine vinyl (for weather protection) which does have some stretch to it - I'm also going to put a thin foam backer for that extra supple feeling.Recommendations for obscure compound curves would be nice too.I'm armed with a sewing machine, limited sewing skills, bandages and some scrap material. <-- that on top of the typical measuring instruments.

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Here's somethingHere's something that you crafty people at Instructatble will enjoy."Everything You Need to Make Amazing Paper Machines!Automata are animated toys that use several basic mechanisms to come alive and they're made completely out of paper! Using the ingenious punch-out designs included in Gizmos, you can assemble six enchanting automata by designer Rob Ives and when you've mastered the fundamental techniques, you can create new designs of your own. Gizmos includes:A pre-made pop-up frog ready to jump right out of the box!Pre-stamped punch-out parts for two snap-up models that are perfect for first-time buildersComplete punch-out parts to create six full-color, fully animated paper machines: Die Fledermaus, Mouthy Moose, Schrodinger's Cat, Shrimp Boat, Surf Bunny, and Marching RobotA 144-page book with an introduction to automata and the simple mechanisms, cranks, cams, and levers that give them life; easy-to-follow instructions to make eight Rob Ives models; and handy reusable templates for each of the model parts, to get you started on future projectsGizmos is a fascinating way to learn about basic mechanical principles as well as a guide to paper-crafting techniques that will enable you to design and build paper toys that capture the imagination!"

Topic by robives   |  last reply

Is it possible to DIY an ipod car adapter. (one of the ones that plays through the cars radio)

If you're not sure what i mean, It takes the ipods audio signal and broadcasts on a radio frequency that is then picked up by the car and played through the cars sound system. I really would like one but dont want to pay $50 Some note: -I have a limited but understanding knowledge of electronics and can learn new concepts easily -It would be best if this could be made from parts from around the house as i tend to have a limited supply to electronic components (i do have access to old machines like printers and an old computer tower and then a bunch more that i can scrap for parts) Also, I could probably find an old radio somewhere as im sure that would help

Question by quellek2   |  last reply

Instructables Goes Indoor Skydiving

The Instructables team has been going strong for a while now - some of us have even been with the company for over two years! Eric took Rachel, Eric N and me to iFly, an indoor skydiving facility, as an anniversary gift. Flying is awesome, and now we want to build an indoor machine of our own! I'm going to publish all of my Instructables in flight from now on.Here's video of the first flight we did where we were just learning how to stabilize ourselves.Here's video of the second flight we did where the instructor took us up and down, spun us around, and let us move around a bit on our own.**music NOT from noahw**

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Fusion 360 Classes

RockIT CoLabs is hosting a a couple of inexpensive Fusion 360 classes.     July 16 - 3D Modeling Basics for Beginners - Sketches and Essential tools.   - $20 July 23- 3D Modeling Basics for Beginners - Using Sculpting Tools - $20 With 3D printing you can turn ideas into reality, but how do you make YOUR ideas into a printable design? Even with no previous experience, you can learn all the basics for modeling software in one day using Autodesk Fusion 360. Create a custom name tag keychain while gaining experience and confidence with using the most commonly used tools in the modeling environment and learn how to use a 3D printer to print your design. Kris Struble of Near Future Education Advocates is providing RockIT CoLabs students with an amazing low-cost educational opportunity for students to learn the software and skills to make your ideas a reality with 3D printing. This class is limited to only 10 students so Kris can provide each student with the attention they deserve. CLASS OUTLINE Introduction to 3D printers and how a file is printed using Host software Learn how to navigate around the Autodesk Fusion 360 modeling environment Step by Step walk through using the all the most used tools for 3D model creation Use those skills to create a custom name tag key chain Hands on experience printing your model REQUIREMENTS A laptop running Windows 7 or OSX10.7 or newer Operating System. Autodesk Fusion 360 software downloaded and installed, creating a free account with Autodesk A mouse with a scroll wheel ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Kris Struble is an education advocate who specializes in teaching CAD and 3D printing. He routinely teaches this craft to young students in various public schools, after-school programs and summer camps. Kris has an amazing ability to make CAD and 3D printing interested, fun and understandable to students of all ages. He is currently working on a bicycle powered hat knitting machine made nearly entirely with 3D printed parts.

Topic by doverby   |  last reply

Our second annual Fashion Contest is starting on Monday!

Are you getting ready for spring and summer by sewing up some new fancy clothes? Do you make your own shoes? Have a pattern for a purse you'd love to share with us? We want to see what you're making! The Fashion Contest is back and Singer has provided some fabulous sewing machines and dress forms again this year. (Huge thanks to Singer!) Last year's contest was amazing - we can't wait to see what the community comes up this year! The contest will be open March 25 through May 6, so you've got lots of time to strut your stuff. :D P.S. - Make sure not to publish before the 25th! Click through above to see all the prizes and learn more.  

Topic by jessyratfink   |  last reply

Magnetic actuators - anyone here ever made one?

Magnetostrictive alloys like Galfenol are not only quite cheap but also quite possible to produce and machine at home. As it seems that right now I can't finnish anything without being stopped by something else that got my attention I am a bit stuch on all ends now LOL Anyway, I still have a few kg of rare elements like Gallium, Bismuth, Antimony and such that I misused for my testing of home made ferrites. So apart from making some fancy metals that melt at very low temperatures I thought a much better test usage would be to make something that for once has some real world use :) If you look up some of the research papers for Galfenol use or magnetostrictive materials in general you soon learn two things: a) You need a degree or have studied something related to fully understand the technical stuff behind it. b) Finding something that would give you enough info to make something that works as planned is next to impossible. I don't mind wasting some time on melting steel, machining some samples and do some testing but of course this takes a lot of time... So I was wondering if anyone here already experimented with magnetostrictive materials and their possible uses? Apart from micro actuators for minature things I don't have I was thinking of generator use. A lot of things produce wanted and unwanted vibrations, magnetostrictive alloys are capable of transforming them into electrical energy by simply using a coil around the material. For example the recoil of your favourite hunting rifle could in theory charge your dot sight or laser sight/flashlight. Or the otherwise useless vibrations of big machines or rock tumblers can be turned into something to charge your phone. Not to mention impact sensors or flat surface loudspeakers....

Topic by Downunder35m 

Instructables Build Night! 9/22

I am thrilled to announce that Instructables Build Nights have returned with a vengeance. And our amazing new friends at The reMake Lounge are going to help host them and a host of upcoming Instructables workshops.We invite one and all to come and bring whatever it is you are working on or would like to swap. If you're not working on anything there will be a YUDU (silkscreen machine) there for people to experiment with and a host of materials and tools like soldering irons and craft supplies. I will also be bringing an Arduino to play around with and would happily give anyone a crash course on how to use one for the upcoming Arduino Contest.Meet and mingle with local makers. Learn, share, explore and have fun! It will be just like the internet, but in real life! Festivities start at 5:30. The Remake Lounge is located atCrocker Galleria 50 Post St. Suite 9San Francisco, CA 94104 (Ground level near Sutter St. Entrance!)We look forward to seeing you!

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