Has anyone made a robot that looks and acts like the Pixar lamp? Answered

I think that it should be able to hop up and down a bit, and look at people when they enter its range of vision. Any ideas as to how to make something like this?

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Buzz Lightyear broken wing spring assembly that makes the wings open, how do I fix or replace?

I have a vintage Buzz Lightyear the spring assembly that makes the wings open up .  The spring assembly has a little spring and two "arms" that attach to the wings.  One of the white "arms" is broken, now what?

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Free Animation Software? Answered

Hey, I recently got really into animation, like the type done at Pixar, and I was wondering if anyone knew a nice, free software for animation purposes. I'm not talking about Powtoon or anything like that, I would like to make the characters using softwares, not pre-made circles and rectangles. I'd prefer online software, but it can be downloadable. But my biggest thing is that it needs to be free. Google hasn't been much help in this matter, and I was wondering if any of you animators knew. I'm looking to make movies with this. Thanks for the help! Best Answer chosen as soon as possible!!

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Yoda Cake, Amphibious Couchbike, Bacon Soap

Yoda Cake Amphibious Couchbike Bacon Soap DIY Pixar Baby Lamp Zipper Earbuds Liquid-Cooled Car Seat Build a Marimba Homemade Rowing Shell Camera Ring Light Panning Security Cam Basic Linear Perspective Hand Crank Flashlight $2 Running Shoes Bright Bike Headlight Paper Towel Roll Flower

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#HackHalloween with Instructables AND littleBits!

Have you already created a bitified Halloween project for Instructables' Halloween contest? Forget double toil and double trouble - you can submit your project to littleBits' #HackHalloween contest for double the chances to win! Just make sure it include Bits ;) (^**> Click here for all the spooky details <**^) PRIZES You can win a GoPro camera and up to $3000 worth of Bits! JUDGES Get your work in front of the amazing likes of …. Neil Huxley, Creative Director for Commercials at Digital Domain We <3 Neil's special FX skillz. Check out James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” to see what we mean. Tony DeRose, Oscar Winning Scientist at Pixar Tony combines his years of working at Pixar with his love of learning to inspire young inventors. CHALLENGE First, invent a creepy costume or hair-raising prank OR use one you've already made! Next, film your own scary movie featuring your frightful masterpiece! TO ENTER Submit your video and documentation of your littleBits creation on YouTube and the Community Project Page with the hashtag #HackHalloween by midnight EST on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st. The petrifying project possibilities are endless! You can…. - Trick out your pumpkin by making it a hack-o’-lantern - Amp up your Halloween gear! Time to pull out that glowing skeleton costume. - Make a trick AND treat candy bowl: a prank to petrify costumed candy-grabbers. Muuahhahahahahaha! - Create that creaky, spooky sound coming from around the corner Want to host a meetup with your friends? We've put together a nifty workshop guide for you.

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Most Sophisticated/Complex Instructables

We recently compiled a list of the most sophisticated Instructables (based on the number of steps). Here's the top of the list--now you just have to read through every step.Animatronic Lion: Weighing in at 117 steps, this is the longest Instructable.Reduce Your Impact: 100 Ways to Reduce Your Impact.Elvis Alive: This project is much more than just a hound dog, crying all the time. Travel in Toledo: A winner from the recent Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest.Butler Bot: A robotic butler to serve your every command, in 58 steps.Wall-E Robot: For all of the Pixar fans out there.50 Handy Tricks: 50 of TimAnderson's useful tips.Nut Sheller: Remove the shell of any nut, especially helpful in developing countries relying on nuts for sustenance.Ambience Enhancer: Give any area a touch of ambience.Bicycle Power: Use pedals to power your home electronic devices.More Handy Tricks More tricks from TimAnderson.Chopper Bicycle: This bicycle will definitely turn heads.Rainwater Collector: Reuse the water that falls from the sky.More Handy Tricks: The handy tricks keep coming...Even More Handy Tricks: And 40 more from TimAnderson.

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So Excited!

Hey Instructabrarians!  Guess what?  After literally asking and asking and asking for so long now, they've finally agreed and I've finally got my summer dream job.  That's right, starting tomorrow  I get to work as an intern at Instructables, the #1 most awesome show and tell on the net!  This is so cool, and if it wasn't that I need to pace myself for DIY PIXAR at Maker Faire 2011, I might spontaneously combust at any second!  I've been a gigantic fan of this website for more than 4 years now and this is quite literally a dream come true for me.  Not only do I get to work at Instructables but I also get to meet the amazing founders of this awesome website!  Not to mention being able to commute to San Francisco on a daily basis!  This is Awesome and I'm so excited! Anyway, I will be keeping a photo diary for anyone who's interested (as well as updating my personal Flickr page) with weekly activities with the company on my new Nintendo 3DS.  So if anyone's got an .mpo viewer you might be able to see what Instructables is like in more than two dimensions! Well, got to go to bed, lots of commuting to be done tomorrow.  Just thank you to all of the great Instructables employees and to anyone who was nice enough to enjoy the random builds I've created on Instructables. -M.E. PS sorry if it sounds like I'm being overly arrongant about this.  It's just that for people who know me know that this sort of thing never happens for me, so I'm just going to enjoy it while I can.

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Ch. 3 In Which Old Science Creates New Technologies

Hey Instructastorians! I know I haven’t been keeping my Instructables Intern Blog updated, so in advance I apologize for the lateness in this update. Things have really picked up since the last time I posted anything here! As some of you might remember back, a couple of weeks ago Instructables HQ, which where herein be referred to as Instructables Laboratories (Seriously, that’s what they call the building here!), held a massive social event involving Liquid Nitrogen and fast freeze Ice Cream. It was a rising success for everyone and more than 70 people visited our lab! The Ice Cream was fantastic to, due to our delicious confectionary staff particularly Angie, and our Maker Faire ticket raffle was awesome. As for the Faire itself, I unfortunately was not able to participate in the Instructables Booth, being more than slightly preoccupied with my own DIY PIXAR stand, but I heard it was great. They managed to give away almost all of the Lab’s business cards and even managed to sell several dozens of our Robot T-Shirts! Sure beats the hell out of being stuck in a dark room, with several hundreds of people jamming into your personal space, while Tesla Coils scream Classical Music at 56 decibels… BUT, last week after the Faire, things became sadly much more subtle. Several people around The Lab were still recuperating from the hectic events of the Faire and there wasn’t much to do around the office. Being recently promoted to the job of Delivery (meaning I get to control all outward shipment of prizes and gifts), my goal was focused on trying to ship out a lot of the past closed contest prizes from a couple of months past. Thankfully Instructables had a monthly event to obliterate this post MF doldrums- INSTRUCTABLES BUILD DAY! This is held on the last Friday of every month, where most work is momentarily cast aside and everyone instead works on their own personal Building projects! SWEET! So for my project, I ended up creating something really cool involving PVC pipe connectors, a Shop Vac and several feet of clear vinyl tubing ('ible coming soon).  I'm making a note here- HUGE SUCCESS! As for myself, even though I might’ve gotten used to waking up at 6:00 AM to commute 1.5 hours to San Francisco, I’m still completely thrilled to be working here. Always something new going on and never a dull day at the office Lab. OH and I finally got my own key! Now I can enter our labs without setting off the Turret Defenses! -New Intern 2011, SHIFT!  

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Ch. 2 In Which Many Packages are Shipped and a Fancy Dinner is Held

Hey Instructabrarians, SHIFT!  here.  Just keeping you updated on the exciting weekly activities at the Instructables HQ!  This week was relatively hectic, with a lot of planning on a bunch of stuff including Maker Faire 2011, Ice Cream Social Planning, shipping out new prizes, and of course NEW contest planning.  We finally got all of our iCreate Robot kits in, as well as an extremely large shipment of new Instructables T-Shirts in this week (now in Purple and Blue!). My fellow interns, Karen and Wade, and I were able to finish shipping out all of the fantastic prizes for not only the National Robotics Contest as well as the Eggbot Contest at our local PO (and it only cost a couple hundred in postage!) So Winners, be expecting a special delivery from Instructables HQ soon! Maker Faire planning is going well for us too.  Just received all of our tickets to the Faire, and I know Karen's been very busy preparing with upcoming interviews with all of the news teams that will be visiting the Faire.  And, as always Instructables will be selling some awesome one-of- a kind merchandise.  Which reminds me, better get DIY PIXAR ready too. And before I forget, Friday was totally awesome!  To celebrate our 10 millionth visitor to our website, we were all treated to a fancy dinner at Lulu's Restaurant on 4th Street, SF!  Food there was fantastic, everyone had a great time, and it was great to get everyone out of the office on a Friday night. As for me, I'm still adjusting to my work as a new member of the Instructables team.  There's always something new and exciting going on everyday and I'm still wrapping my head around all of this.  This really is the best job ever. Oh, two last things before I go - special treat for all of you, some special inside news.  First off, our upcoming public Ice Cream Social at our Top Secret HQ (conveniently located on 82cd Second Street, right next to Sammy's On Second) is going to be amazing.  If you've ever wanted a glimpse of all the behind-the-scenes stuff that happens on the site, come next Thursday, May 19th, for the public event and FREE Ice Cream!  Laura's actually booked a machine that uses Nitrogen to store all of the  ice cream and, yes, it is Cool. Finally, some brief new contest news. Earlier this week, I actually got to sit in a new planning meeting and listen in to all of the great new ideas Instructables has planned.  Now, as an intern I've promised my bosses not to spoil the surprise for you, so I'm bound by my word to uphold their confidentiality.  BUT, I can guarantee you that our new upcoming ones in the next months are literally the best  contests I've ever seen happen in my long time experience as a user of this site, and are quite unlike anything you've ever seen before.  So stay tuned, you'll be amazed. Anyway, that's it for me.  So until next week, SHIFT! signing out! PS.  I know I'm forgetting several people in my pictures, so, in advance, I apologize.

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Ch. 1 In which SHIFT! comes to Instructables and is very excited to begin

Hey Instructabrarians, So here I am.  Headquarters of Instructables.  In 82cd Second St, San Francisco.   AND IT'S FREAKING AWESOME! Seriously, I still can't believe I get to come here every day!  While the outside may appear small, the entire facility is huge.  Immediately upon entering the building you are greeted by a long  ascending brick encased stairwell, which gives a very good impression of a classic London bookstore, which lead up to about a 15 foot high rise above the SF Streets.  Then, at the top of the stairs the whole building unfolds to reveal the entire HQ of Instructables, a place where you can instantly tell there's always something new going on.  It's quite filled with different projects, and various workshops that decorate the interim of the facility.  Exactly like an oversized engineering student's dorm room might look.   This place is amazing!  As soon as you enter you can immediately tell this is a place where DIY and homebrew are the norm.  Each room is actually organized like the Category section on their site- they've got a Kitchen for Food and Cooking, an awesome Workshop (complete with Laser Cutting Printer), Electronics and homebuilt ardruino Robot table, shelves filled with Arts and Crafts.   As a huge fan of the site I couldn't help but point out how many classic 'ibles I recognized.  Another awesome fact about instructables. While most companies would provide the usual simple shed or bike rack to employees, Instructables is smarter and more creative.  They hang their bikes on the wall. WOW.  I can say I never would've thought of that. Even their bathrooms are awesome- they decorated one of their doors with a Portal Cake sign! Honestly that alone is worth several points on the TV Tropes "So Cool It's Awesome" factor.    And I haven't even come CLOSE to describing the rest of the facility!   However, most important to me, is that the people are so friendly.  I was really worried about my first day job, but everyone was extremely nice and welcoming to me and I can't wait to begin work!   But the truly best part is that they're not just awesome Instructabrarian Employers, they themselves are also huge fans of the site and have their own personal instructables.  Tuesday is show and tell day where everyone presents something new they're working on and I can't wait to see it!  They're also completely understanding and are even giving me some time to work on my DIY PIXAR booth for the Maker Faire!   Thanks!  Anyway, today is Wednesday so not a ton of people are in today.  Luckily I got a chance to talk with Instructables gurus such as Sarah, Christy and Eric Wilhelm (yes, THE Eric Wilhelm!).  Right now a NBC new crew, or is it CBS?, is filming a special report on Fenix on their latest project- a portable power generator for the Middle East!  Overall, this is such an amazing introduction for me.  I'm still totally geeking out about all of this and I hope this dream doesn't end soon! -ME PS I'm sorry if I forgot to mention anyone.  Also, 3-DMO (my N3DS) pictures will be uploaded on my flickr site soon.

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