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The Inkheart movie!

So, lots of people read inkheart, right? Well the movie is coming out in about three weeks, January 23. I was thrilled. However, I don't like the character choices. The main problem is they have this girl, Eliza Bennet playing Meggie who is 16, probably 15 at the time of filming. However, in the book, Meggie, is only 12. The 2nd problem, which isn't really a big one, is that I did not see Paul Bettany playing Dustfinger. To me, dustfinger was older, and in the promo pictures he doesn't have scars all over his face. That's all I have to say, but I digress. What do you guys think, I also think we need inkheart instructables. I'll think of one!Edit: Noone is an inkheart fan?

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what is this movie? I really wanna know? Answered

Its about this guy who works at a hardware store and he has a white car time machine and he goes to a time when there is a book that needs to be protected and there is skeletons that fight the protectors of the book and I just dont remember can anyone help?

Question by builderkidj    |  last reply

Creative Movie Ideas: Youtube

I wanted to ask for some advice and feedback on my youtube channel as well as some new movie ideas. First off my Youtube Channel is very special to me and i think with the right work and attitude i cant get to to go farther: my youtube channel is Why the name Thelostrolo? well i created the channel when i was 11 (now nearly 15) and i thought i might as well keep the name! (I am working a big hunger games related project which will be uploaded to another channel) I am not sure if i should create a new channel. but that would mean starting from scratch and trying to get recognition again, but maybe you guys could help!? Anyway back to my idea: I had a phew ideas and of course ill need help as i cannot film on my own! The first idea is a simple idea called: 'The Confrontation" which is a simple action thriller type movie with gun movie effects and explosions! THe other on was: "Never look back"  a more serious film in which there is a kid who is bullied and one day is knocked out. He wakes up at home, but no-one was at home, so he decides to go out for a dog walk, he then comes across the bullies except they're afraid of him. etc etc and it ends with him finding out that he is not who he used to be! I could really do with some peoples feedback... not just because this took me a long time to type up! Also if you did check out my channel post your below and i might subscribe :D Thanks for the help Rowan Prosser- Rowans Movies - Thelostrolo RATE, COMMENT AND SUBCRIBE!

Topic by Rowans Movies  

How the heck can i put together movie on cd!!!! HELP

Heres what i want to do.  the movie  --Disaster on the coastliner-- is only available from youtube. i'd like to put it on a cd , thus being able to what all parts of it, uninterupted, on a dvd player. i've got the youtube downloader and i've just got to know how do i assemble it and what the file types need to be and how to put the on the cd. just help

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Need Party Ideas...

As many of you might remember, on 1/31/07 a terrorist group, in a coordinated attack against the people of this great nation, attached devices that contained circuitboards, flashing lights, and batteries to buildings and bridges in 12 major cities across the US. In 11 of these cities, the devices were largely ignored and people went on about their business as usual. But in Boston, someone decided that a circuit board with some lights in the shape of a cartoon character must be a bomb. The city was quickly shut down as they closed the subway, bus system, and several bridges and building were evacuated. The city was in a state of panic! Was this another 9/11? Were these sinister devices really dirty bombs meant to kill innocent civilians? By the end of the day, Boston had spent over $1,000,000 (yes, i said million) dealing with the devices. Who could have launched such an attack on American soil- Al Quada? the Taliban? North Korea? nope... Turner Broadcasting Group. They paid 2 artists $300 each to make what ammounted to a childrens toy known as a Light Bright to be used as guerilla marketing for the upcoming Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie. Rather than admit that they overreacted, the city of Boston sued TBC for $1 million in restitution and another $1 million in good faith money. The two artists who only did what they were paid by TBC to do, were forced to do a combined 140 hours of community service. I'm having an Aqua Teen Hunger Force marathon on the evening of 1/31/08 as a memorial to the freedom that we as a nation have given up in the 2000's. Americans as a whole have a hard time understanding that the terrorist do not intend to kill each and every one of us with bombs and plane hijackings. They seek to control us through fear. The city of Boston was so afraid that they completely shut down the city because of a lightbright hung on an overpass! Sad as it is, the events of 1/31/07 are an indication that the "war on terror" is a losing one. I said all that to say this: I'm looking for some ideas for my ATHF marathon party. I'm working on a lighted 'mooninite' for the front yard, and I know I want to incorperate the governments 'terror scale' (you know the color thing) somehow. I am also asking each guest to bring one harmless-yet-contraband item that I can confiscate at the front door much like the airport security. If you have any idea for other tasteless things for the party lets hear them. The less P.C., the better!

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Really Bad Movies Productions; Impromptu Acting

Okay, these videos probably need some sort of context.  Here's the context: my friends and I make script, film, and edit really bad movies in our spare time, and I am in a few of them.  I thought I'd share them to you in all of their 'one-take-is-all-we-need' glory.  The last video, 'Flagellant Affliction,' was scripted and directed by me, and it is truly, truly awful.  My name is Andrew, so it shouldn't be too hard to figure out who I am in these if you look in the credits, but I can give you a description: I'm the one with the raging acne and reddish-brown hair. (Cool Instrumental EP by KILN). -Dark Owl

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Need help making a fake hypodermic syringe

Hello. I'm set to film a scene where a needle is used to inject someone. I've found a lot of places that sell and rent fake hypodermic needles, but way over my budget. Is there anyone here who would/could be interested in making one for these? I attached a video of one being demonstrated. I'm just having a mental block on how to create one myself. There's definitely a spring mechanism, and the tip is dulled. Other than that, I'm lost.

Topic by blabowski    |  last reply

Some questions about A/V stuff (home theater)

Hi all! Hope I got the right place for this.  I figured that there's someone in this community who can help me. My A/V receiver is about to give up the ghost.  A number of channels no longer work, and the sound is pretty fuzzy.  I know I need to replace it. I've always been terrible with A/V stuff.  I'm not sure what direction to go as far as replacing it goes.  Here's my issue:  The room I have the receiver in is small, so I don't need a lot of oomph.  I also don't have a way to run wires to rear speakers without people tripping over them.  I've gone without rear sound for a long time now.  I've never seen a set of wireless speakers that are reliable, so that seems like a poor option. I can't really do a "home theater in a box" setup, because they don't have enough inputs to add all of my stuff.  The things that currently run through the receiver are my computer (which runs our TV through a tuner card), a wii, an xbox 360, and a dvd player.  None of them are HDMI.  I use RCA cables for everything. The other thing that looked interesting is a sound bar, as they can apparently replicate surround sound without the rear speakers, but they seem to have the same problem that the "theater in a box" packages have. I don't know anything about receivers.  For example, I don't know if it makes sense to use a 5.1 receiver if I'm only running R, L, and Center speakers from it. Anyway... I'm not looking for brands or models necessarily, but rather, setup suggestions.  What kinds of things should I be looking into?  I can't be the only person with this kind of problem. Any advice that some of you A/V gurus can offer would be greatly appreciated!  The cheaper the better, here... as I don't use it all that much.  :) Thanks!

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How to Make a precision metal tube?

I recently bought a mini metal lathe. I'm making an airsoft gun on it, and i need to make a barrel. The particular gun I'm making is the ppsh-41 (for all of you guys that play cod5, you know what i'm talking about! and for those who don't know, it's pronounced peh-peh-sha), which requires a barrel length of 270mm (found from the blueprints). This is just under a foot, and about the max my lathe can handle (but mind you it can still handle it! ). For an airsoft barrel, the inner diameter should be 6.01mm (as BB's are 6 mm in diameter and you want a tight seal for max accuracy). How can i create a precision barrel like this? My plan for the most part is to take a brass tube with an ID slightly smaller than this, and put it on my metal lathe and then fine tune the inside. The only problem is is that i would need a 1 foot long (or i suppose 6 inch long if I go from both ends, but it might affect the bb where the 2 cuts meet at the center) cutting tool that's less than 5mm (leaving some room for error) in diameter, and won't flex pretty much at all along it's 1 foot length. Or does the flex part not matter because it would flex a consistent amount the whole way? Anyone ever do something like this before?

Topic by guyfrom7up    |  last reply

A tribute to our Youth and Troops

Here is a good support our troops and youth video I found on youtube. I couldn't breath for a few minutes after watching this. These guys also own a production company, they can make a wedding video for you if you want.A tribute to our Youth and troops

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Need help finding easy materials for Pyramid Head (Silent Hill 2/Movie) costume!

I know there are a few topics and instructables on how to make a Pyramid Head costume already, but mine's going to be a bit different. I'm going to sort of be mixing costume styles of the Pyramid Heads from the Silent Hill movie, and the second Silent Hill game where he made his debut. I have past experience with this costume, actually. In fact, it was the first costume I ever made myself. My mom and I originally made the helmet out of posterboard and duck tape, but it didn't hold up so well after a while, plus it had a problem where it would get somewhat lopsided, or if I turned my head, the helmet would stay in place. This is because there was nothing inside the helmet to support my head when I turned it, or to keep it to where it moved and stayed upright with my head. The robes I made out of a bloody labcoat/doctor's coat with ripped off sleeves, and a bloodied cook's apron. draped over it to conceal the buttons. Made it look kind of odd with the layering, but I worked with it. I used a pair of white female dress gloves with it, because they looked alot like his. Anyway, this year I was wanting to revamp the costume, and add in a bit more detail, change the style a little. I was wanting to make his helmet more like the Movieverse's helmet', with the sharper angle, and grating on the sides. But I wanted to keep the apron that he had from the second game, since I don't really have the figure for the really ripped PH from the movie. So I come to you all for help. :) I need suggestions for this.  I'm also working on a bit of a budget, and I'm not at all good at woodworking. So I can't use anything like fiberglass or actual metal, I don't believe. I want it to look good, look pretty authentic and recognizable, something people could come up to in conventions and say " Dude, that's awesome", but with easy to find and work with materials. I've never sewn in my life, either, so that's out. My first one I'd like is for his helmet. I already have a decent idea of how to make it. This time I'll probably be working with super glue instead of duck tape this year. Duck tape's a miracle tool, but there's only so far it can go in certain rare situations. Something like a helmet the size of a small child requires a certain amount more work. For the helmet, I'm probably going to be using window mesh like the kind used in certain windows or porch doors for the grating on the sides of the helmet. I got that as a suggestion from another instructable, and after a bit of testing how well I can see through it, I think I can work with it. I think assembling it will be easy. I may tape it together first just to see what it'd look like fully constructed before I glue it, though. My main issue with the helmet will probably be support. I need to be able to turn my head, have it move with me and my body when I'm turning around and navigating certain areas. Does anyone have any suggestions on a way to make it do that? Again, it can't be incredibly expensive. ( About more than 20-25 dollars in this case scenario.) A second bit of help I'd need is his skin. Now, my skin's naturally very pale, but there's the problem of hair. I could try applying some kind of makeup to it, but I imagine it'd smudge badly by the end of the day. If I did that, I'd probably have to wax my arms first. x.x The problem with that is that people would probably want to hug me throughout the day, and I'd be smudging makeup on their clothes. Another idea I had was trying to find a white leotard or something similarly tight-but-thin to use as his skin. I'd be able to dirty it up a bit to make it look like his. Only problem is, I don't know where to get one. There aren't any specialty stores around in a fifteen mile radius that I know of that would sell them, and I can't order online for specific reasons. Does anyone know of any widely known store that would possibly sell leotards, or something similar that I could use to cover my upper and lower body? I know white hose or thin white stockings would work for his legs, but it's the arms and upper body that are bugging me. The last bit of help I'd need is for the Great Knife, his BFS. I think I'll also be making it out of thick posterboard, possibly layered with cardboard as well, painted silver. But I wanted to know if there's a better way. I made a really ramshackle Great Knife before out of posterboard, but in retrospect, it resembled more of a giant paddle. XP It's not much diffirent from a buster sword, but most of the Buster Sword instructables I see here are only with wood. And again, horrible at woodwork.  For the handle of the blade, I was probably going to use the handle of a paintbrush or large cleaver. Anything better you all would suggest? Sorry this is such a long read, but I desperately need the help, and I wanted to get a head start on it before October (the date of the next convention in east TN, I think. And Halloween. ). Thank you in advance to anyone who can offer suggestions. Again, I'm working on a bit of a budget, though. The most I can spend per item is about 20-25 dollars. Shameful as it is to say, I normally get most of my material for costumes from thrift stores, surplus stores, and flea markets. I feel bad that I can't sew or do woodwork like the awesome cosplayers and craftsmen on the site.

Topic by Nickjackal  

Youtube Ideas

I wanted to ask for some advice and feedback on my youtube channel as well as some new movie ideas. First off my Youtube Channel is very special to me and i think with the right work and attitude i cant get to to go farther: my youtube channel is Why the name Thelostrolo? well i created the channel when i was 11 (now nearly 15) and i thought i might as well keep the name! (I am working a big hunger games related project which will be uploaded to another channel) I am not sure if i should create a new channel. but that would mean starting from scratch and trying to get recognition again, but maybe you guys could help!? Anyway back to my idea: I had a phew ideas and of course ill need help as i cannot film on my own! The first idea is a simple idea called: 'The Confrontation" which is a simple action thriller type movie with gun movie effects and explosions! THe other on was: "Never look back"  a more serious film in which there is a kid who is bullied and one day is knocked out. He wakes up at home, but no-one was at home, so he decides to go out for a dog walk, he then comes across the bullies except they're afraid of him. etc etc and it ends with him finding out that he is not who he used to be! I could really do with some peoples feedback... not just because this took me a long time to type up! Also if you did check out my channel post your below and i might subscribe :D Thanks for the help Rowan Prosser- Rowans Movies - Thelostrolo RATE, COMMENT AND SUBCRIBE!

Topic by Rowans Movies    |  last reply

Multiple CPUs

Big movie companies have these server type things (rendering clusters?) for processing their 3D and graphics renderings. I found this on makezine as an example of someone who did a linux home version, but there is no description of how it works. I would like to make a windows render cluster but I need some help. There are two reasons I want to do this: 1- I will be able to run my PC uber-fast, and 2- I can create some big time giant renderings of 3d models. I would really appreciate some help. Thanks.

Topic by gimmelotsarobots    |  last reply

Make money fast? Answered

Hi i am 13 years old and am actually planning to make a little short film with my friends, i have a budget of about 4 to 5 thousand dollars. i need to make about half of this in a year because my friend is covering the other half. since i am not old enough to get a job is there anyone out there who could give me some reliable tips on making this much money?

Question by plowface1    |  last reply

Rural Internet?

I am sure that from the title many know what I am about to say.  I need fast rural internet.  Now I have seen huge's net, wildblue, and starband.  The problem is that the first two offer puny download/upload limits.  I am not the kind of person who checks my email and that is it.  I wan't to host servers, stream movies and watch HD youtube.  Yea these satellite companies offer great download speeds, especially starband which I haven't seen a cap for, but the upload speeds are HORRIBLE, worse than what I have now which is really bad.  Now this is obvious because your sending information to SPACE.  So can I maybe get an aftermarket transmitter that is like NASA grade or something.  Or do I need to find a down to earth method to do this.  I live in the middle of nowhere so there is really no other way I don't think.  Do you have any ideas or services you would recommend.

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Backyard Rockets Book on Sale Now

Ladies and gentlemen, we humbly present to you a book containing the instructions for creating rockets in the comfort and privacy of your own backyard. Backyard Rockets contains a compendium of devices that shoot, fire, explode, throw, toss, or propel. With projects like the vacuum-cleaner bazooka, you'll be flinging things into the air in no time. Mikeasaurus put this one together, so you know it's gonna be fun. Bonus for Pro members: you can buy the book at a discount from ThinkGeek. And if you're keen on launching things, we just so happen to be running a Launch It! Contest from May 27th to June 24th, 2013 (and probably again at some point, those contests are always fun.) Because you’re a longtime Instructables fan (an assumption I’m making since you’re reading our forums), you’re probably not the target audience for these books. You’ve seen the projects before, commented on them, favorited them, and know where to go if you need instructions. These are more for those of you whose parents don’t quite get what you mean when you talk about Instructables, who have a friend who’d love the site but isn’t really an internet person, or who know a camp counselor who is tired of all the tie-dye stains on their nice shorts. So buy a copy. Give it to someone you love. Or give it to someone who you think might singe off their eyebrows by failing to follow safety protocols when making backyard rockets, thus allowing you the chance to steal their date to the movies since eyebrows always beats no eyebrows unless you are Stan Sitwell.

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Sex and the City themed party ideas, please!

I can't be the only person who wants to do this, especially since a new movie is coming out soon. So, what to do? I' m not getting much inspiration browsing the web, but so far I've decided on doing a Cosmos and NY theme (duh!). Everyone will dress up as their favorite character. I have come up with a SATC themed drinking game. I've even thought of leaving funny props around the house, like the infamous Post-It note.  I'd like to do more stuff like that, but I need some suggestions. How about music? (specific songs) Entertainment?  Photo props? Decoration projects? Table settings? Recipes?  I'd really appreciate any input here, but I prefer anything that is cheap, easy and awesome.

Question by Very Keri    |  last reply

How do I get dual GPUs?

Thanks to the people who answered all of my previous tech questions, that includes the Instructables pros like Vyger, bwrussell, AndyGadget, and mpilchfamily. So I've bought a computer package for $690 and it came with everything needed on a computer, optical drive, hdd, mobo, case, cpu, psu, radeon 7790, and I just had to buy ram. I bought it from Newegg. So here is my new problem: I am awaiting for the arrival of my computer parts, and I realized m Radeon 7750 does not have a CrossfireX port thing to put the bridge on. However, the GPU that came with the package does. I know that my Radeon 7750 does have CrossfireX support and after a Google I know that if I had dual Radeon 7750s that it would be a plug and play. My question is, can I run both graphics cards on my motherboard without a crossfire bridge?, because my 7750 does not have a port to put the bridge on. Motherboard: Radeon 7790: Radeon 7750: I don't have a link, but it takes up one slot on the back of my computer and is able to fit into a Pavilion Slimline and supports CrossfireX (1GB). CPU: RAM: PSU: The other computer parts I don't think are needed to explain. Thanks for reading!

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ARK, hologram community

Hello everyone ! I'm building a project, called "the ARK" : It is a holographic pyramid with a new type of interface who gives life to your projects. Holography has always been fascinating: you see your 3D, you work on it, and you can create directly with your hands. Today this type of holography is really expensive compared to the simplicity of its fabrication process. I want to give the possibility to use it for everyone. The Ark has a software suite. Your drawings, films, models, all in holograms and in 3D GPS augmented reality view, directly on your smartphone to walk in your creations. And more:  with the sensitive gloves it will be like feeling the 3D under your fingers. Films, 3D, drawings, you will be able to touch and feel all of it. THE STORY : This project started two years ago with some research in my architecture school; I created the first holographic reflector “Ark-mini” for the students of our school. This creation is now in open-source (for more information see HERE, you can translate the page) For this new project, I want to create the more intuitive, complete holographic software: you will just need an USB and HDMI connection and let’s go! Order, and the ARK will follow it with his speech recognition menu. I will present 3 softwares for the Ark:     The ARK-creator for your 3D creations     The ARK-movie: what you film is what you see… in holograms.     The ARK-net to send directly in augmented reality your project, to visit it with you tablet or smartphone. This project is a personal initiative that I have been developing since last year, thanks to the help of some forums and Internet’s people who follow me. Today I propose you to make this project a reality. The first Ark serie will be presented in Paris, at the “Futur-en-Seine” numeric convention in the “Gaité Lyrique” on 13th june, and at the end of june for my Diploma. The thing is, i want to build this project with a creative commons license (open-source), and i'm trying to build a community. For the moment, i make a simple design for the ARK, i will have six month to build the software. We can (i hope so), in the future, create something like a "Jarvis" (who do not dream about this :) ). For the moment, i'm finishing the file with the design and the prequel of the software (openframeworks). But you can register in the forum and i'will send you a newsletter when it will be done. I hope we can make something beautifull, and, it is not just an idea:  i am doing it (but i need you)! here the LINK of the project here the FORUM / COMMUNITY

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Time lock box? Answered

Hey I've seen the movie city of ember and there you have a box that locks itself from the inside, only to open again once the preset time has expired. I'd love to make one for a friend of mine (and for me as well), who's always distracted during the examination, so he could lock his distractions away for the time needed. I browsed hours to find timers and count down circuits. the best things that I could find, never were longer than e few hours or a day. but for this project it should at least last a month. I got a weird Idea of hooking up egg timers in series, so if the first one ends, the next one starts, until your last one finished that opens the box (the more I think about it, the more it's sounding impossible to do) the next best thing that would simplify the build was an arduino, but since these are essentially tiny computers I think it would be a wast to just let them count down. (and doesn't a arduino consume a lot of power too?) and I would like to only use an arduino as last resort... you can make robots out of these little board, it would be too tempting to pull it out of my project and try to make something cool with it. would any of these idea's work descent? does anyone know what could be the best way to pull this off? thanks

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Image Processing Tutorial : What you do for your images?

Image Processing Tutorial : What you do for your images? Are you in possession of images you want to convert in to digital form? Or simply you would like to perform some operations to enhance their outlook?  Similarly if you just want to extract some useful information from them, all you need is a photo house that carries out image processing. This is where you can have a photo you want manipulated made  the input as you give  specified characteristics you want included. To do image processing, you may have to apply a set of signals that can give you   the desired results. There are three distinct steps to follow in any image processing. They include: Importing images using a scanner or a photography Analyzing and manipulating images using enhancement and compression methods Altering the results we obtain at the output level There are plenty of reasons for carrying out image processing; the reasons and purposes are as follows: So that you can easily observe the parts that are not visible Restoration and sharpening the images for the purpose of making them look better Image retrieval – if you are interested in any particular image, you can have it retrieved. Identify the number of elements making up a pattern Distinguish the object and its image. There are   two methods that can be used in processing any images. Digital Analog If you are analyzing hard copies and printouts, this is what is referred to as visual techniques.  It involves use of various fundamentals and image processing techniques. You need to make use of technicians who are vast in image processing. They may use visual techniques and apply a combination of individual knowledge and experience in image processing. If your pictures are in a digital form, you may employ digital processing techniques to manipulate those using computers. Images collected from sensors and satellites can be manipulated to get the real images or data.  To do this, you need experts who can take the images collected into a number of phases before coming up with the required images.  They must have the latest skills to help them get over flaws and get original information. The data or images collected may be taken through the following phases; Pre-processing, Information extraction, Enhancement and display. Other than image processing service, you may need team   to deal with computer graphics. This is where any desired image is manually made using physical models. It could include lighting, environment and natural scenes. This graphics can be used in animated movies, computer vision and plays. It can be used to create moving images to depict a story. Generally, imaging is key in image processing. The designers should consider a number of factors including; Human visual – where the designers consider the psychophysical process that takes place in human beings as they make sense out of information they see and receive. Lastly in all these, ensure that you get a clipping path company that is vast in imaging and which can work hand in hand with you to ensure that you get the required results.

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Any cheap DIY christmas gift ideas? (details)?

Hi, I am currently 15 years old and live in Warsaw, Poland. You see, in my family we never sticked to the "Everyone gives presents to everyone" scheme. My parents would get us presents, as well as give them to each other. I want to change it this year, since i feel like a total jerk this way (receiving gifts and not giving any) Overall: I need to get a present for my father, mother and brother, whose details will follow. I don't want the overall cost of the gifts to surpass 100PLN (around $35?), nor for them to be the cheap "glue some felt to some cardboard and write some nice sentences" DIY christmas gifts. I would like them to be original, maybe just a creative, slightly changed everyday object. They should not be consumable (cookies, bath salts etc.), they should be useful but nice (no coasters or stuff like that) They can not require any help, since they have to be a surprise to my family. I would like them to be preparable in my bedroom, without use of any complicated tools (including sewing machines and glue pistols). Also, no photo albums or such. Father: My dad is a business-ish person interested in a variety of subjects, like chess, computers, programming, engineering, books, movies and all that stuff. He works a lot, uses an LG Viewty Snap, drives a Ford Mondeo, occasionally wears glasses. I would like his gift to be very practical and elegant, something he could take in his pocket and maybe use throughout the day (A personalised business card holder, maybe?) Mother: My mom is the head of a small internet newspaper centered about building, ways of saving energy, construction and such. She spends most of her day at home. She likes knitting, sewing, and would surely love a simple gift that took some effort to make (some creative, practical thing to hang on the fridge? A hand-sewn pouch, stuffed animal or something?) or that makes the flat nicer (maybe a blanket?) Brother: My brother is 18 years old, he studies sound directing at Warsaws' Music University. He's a lazy and messy person who plays the piano and performs at a small band on keyboard. A very artistic guy, his bedroom is full of synthesisers, cables, wires. He probably will not appreciate any gift, so be sure to give me some more suggestions - i have no idea what he might like. His gift should be minimalistic and creative - it does not need to be very useful. Oh well, i kinda wrote too much up here. If it was too long for you to read, i need a christmas gift idea for: My dad (businessman) My mom (pretty much a housewife) My 18yo brother (who studies Sound Directing) The added price of the three gifts should not go over $35, they can't be consumable, they need to be simple enough to be done inside my bedroom so it's a surprise. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions, i will give any information needed for your ideas :)

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How to make your own high-tech Christmas gifts - Instructables in New Scientist

How to make your own high-tech Christmas giftsIt's easier than you might think. The web has a swarm of sites that show you how to make this year's must-have gadgets from heaps of electronic components and old junk. So there is no excuse not to give your mum that digital photo frame she wants or your nephew a dancing teddy. Not only might you save money and keep tech junk from the dump, your friends and family are more likely to cherish a home-made present than something acquired with a wave of a bank card. At least, so says Eric Wilhelm, who has created, a website forum for people to share their home-made projects.While studying for a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wilhelm took up kite surfing. It was an expensive hobby, though, and Wilhelm couldn't afford to buy his own gear. So he began designing his own, hand-sewing the kites and building the surfboards. "Half of the equipment performed beautifully, half failed spectacularly," recalls Wilhelm, who began documenting his designs on his own website.Soon Wilhelm was inundated with notes from kite-surf dudes asking for advice, sharing their ideas and swapping photographs. Dealing with all the correspondence was time-consuming, and he realised that people like him needed a better way to share their projects online: Instructables was born.Today the site has step-by-step instructions for 17,000 projects, with as many as 20 new ones added each day. Here you can find out how to make a robot like the one in the movie Wall-E, a flashlight from a Chapstick and an iPod speaker from a tin of mints. More than 350,000 fans rate other people's projects, suggest improvements and add their own photographs and videos. The most popular projects have been compiled in a book, The Best of Instructables.More news and press about Instructables here.

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

your opinions on HEENA ©

Hello, My name is Arylic and i am electronics engineer and a mechanical specialist. For the past couple of months (14 months exactly) i have been in development of one of my greatest creations called HEENA © which is a home artificial computer being. It was designed and made by me and two of my best friends assisted by a sponsor who supplied us with free materials. Well you may be wondering what the hell is a HEENA ? . Well you see i saw some movies where there is a computer which runs the house and stuff that could talk and accepts owners commands with out any input device. Which could also run a couple of electronic devices and so but currently i am lacking of ideas to enable the computer to do. Here is a couple of things it could do and also its features. - No input device required - Output devices which follows : Printer, projector, laser light show, Visual display, etc - Accepts voice input from owner or chosen candidates - Controls on and off of lights in the house ( currently my room only) by voice commands and motion detection - kitchen appliances operation using voice commands - laser alarm system which also sends a text message to the owners cellphone if not at home. - 2 huge cpus - lcd display in all bedrooms and sitting rooms (currently in my room only because of high cost) - Small widgets which include: - digital calender - eye toy games - Heencam chat with another HEENA owner - clock - automatic reminders - Auto chatbot And many other features Now i need your ideas to improve my HEENA ©

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Google Celebrates 57 Years of a Great Invention

Google's new picture depicts a barcode saying "Google" to celebrate 57 years of the bar code. For a brief history from Wikipedia about the barcode;"In 1932 business student Wallace Flint of Harvard Business School wrote a thesis promoting an "automated grocery store" using punch cards, which customers would hand to a clerk, who would load them into a reader, causing flow racks to deliver the desired products, after which an itemized bill would automatically be produced. In spite of its promise, punch card systems were expensive, and the country was in the midst of the Great Depression, and the idea was never implemented.In 1948 Bernard Silver (1924 - 1962), a graduate student at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, overheard the president of a local food chain asking one of the deans to research a system to automatically read product information during checkout. Silver told his friends Norman Joseph Woodland (1921-?) and Jordin Johanson about the request, and the three started working on a variety of systems. Their first working system used ultraviolet ink, but this proved to fade and was fairly expensive.Convinced that the system was workable with further development, Woodland quit his position at Drexel, moved into his father's apartment in Florida, and continued working on the system. His next inspiration came from Morse code, and he formed his first barcode from sand on the beach when "I just extended the dots and dashes downwards and made narrow lines and wide lines out of them." To read them, he adapted technology from optical soundtracks in movies, using a 500-watt light bulb shining through the paper onto an RCA935 photomultiplier tube (from a movie projector) on the far side. He later decided that the system would work better if it were printed as a circle instead of a line, allowing it to be scanned in any direction.On 20 October 1949 they filed a patent application for "Classifying Apparatus and Method", in which they described both the linear and bullseye printing patterns, as well as the mechanical and electronic systems needed to read the code. The patent was issued on 7 October 1952 as US Patent 2,612,994. In 1951 Woodland and Johanson moved to IBM and continually tried to interest IBM in developing the system. The company eventually commissioned a report on the idea, which concluded that it was both feasible and interesting, but that processing the resulting information would require equipment that was some time off in the future.In 1952 Philco purchased their patent, and then sold it to RCA the same year. In 1962 Silver died in a car accident."Full story about Google's choice of picture here here.

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Surround Sound Help(connection to an Xbox), and my dream media setup

I couldn't decide what forum to put this in(since surround sound could also be a Home thing), but i decided that Music would be best. Basically, I bought a $79 Logitech surround sound system a few weeks ago and hooked it up in my room. For the money, it's pretty awesome. The sound is lacking though, it's fine, but the frequency response is anything but linear. Some songs are more noticeable than others. Either way, I've been looking at the Logitech Z-5500 THX Certified surround sound speakers. BTW, all these are 5.1, not 2.1 sets. The reviews on youtube and elsewhere give it 5 stars, and some go as far to say that the sound matches $500+ units, saying its the best midrange speaker system around. The ten inch sub is appealing too(movies- watching The Patriot would become just that much more real because of the explosions). Reviews say that the satellite's sound is sharp, clear, and pure, no static or buzz.That's definitely a big deal to me. So yeah, the Z-5500 set is $300+...and the others were $79...I think it's worth it to someone who praises music like I do. If you listen to music occasionally, then you might not get where I'm coming from, but I listen to 3-6 hours of music every day, sometimes more. MY PROBLEM:I already installed the surround sound(the cheaper one) in my room, and it would be retarded to get another set. Not to mention a waste of time and money. I need money to buy the nice set. So, my brother agreed to buy it from me if I install it for him. He wants it to be hooked up to his Xbox 360. Good deal. However, I don't know what kind of output it has. I think its a Toslink Optical Audio output, but I'm not sure. The "receiver" on the sub has three inputs, a black 3.5mm female input, as well as a orange-red and light green input of the same type. These are the direct analog inputs to the speakers; it was a cheap set so they don't have an optical in.MY QUESTION:Assuming that my brother is still interested by the time I have the money to buy those speakers, do they even make a Toslink Optical adapter that will work? I tried google, but I wasnt sure what to search for. Thanks. Also, if anybody has the Z-5500 system, let me know how you like it!My hopeful media setup:Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop with vista2TB Mybook External hard drives(two 1TB drives, either in a RAID setup or not, idk)Videosecu VGA to Component Video adapter32" TVCreative Sound Blaster external 5.1 surround sound cardLogitech Z-5500 5.1 surround soundDream setup:Mac Pro with dual monitorssome kind of adapter to get the video to the 32" TV aboveSame surround soundSame hard drivesSome kind of surround sound cardBasically the only difference between my (hopefully) future setup and my dream setup is the couple thousand $$$ of Mac and Apple stuff. Apple is so much better, but it comes with a price most of us cant afford. It's really too bad lol. For the first setup I only need the hard drives, the surround sound card, TV, and the surround sound to make it complete. Of course, theyre the most expensive parts...darnThanks!

Topic by John Smith    |  last reply

How to Build "The Extra Investigator" aka "The Ed Box" Device. Will be featured on new Amazon Prime show. Will Pay for Build!!

Hey Im looking for someone that can help me build an older paranormal device called "The Extra Investigator" aka "The Ed Box". I can't find the right build for it ANYWHERE and only have one pic and the device details, this device is not used by "television paranormal investigators" any longer so its impossible to find any for sale or even other pics of this devices other than the one posted below... it has EMF detection, IR detection and detects "physical events', which i don't understand (BS basically) but it basically is an EMF detector that connects to the compass and points to the em field. Also, Im not sure how the IR detection is utilized. I have not seen this device in action, so this is what i'm assuming because of other gadgets with similar applications. I have found ways to build an EMF detector and an IR detector, I also have tons of parts, bread-boards.. everything needed for the build (have the enclosure and compass on the way via mail) but I need guidance in the build or it built for me. I understand that most serious builders don't believe in the applications of these devices but this is for a serious project and want to show this device on an episode of our new show, also they (the builder/helper) would get a shout out on an up-coming Amazon Prime show, along with payment for the labor and any parts i cant supply (paranormal engineering position for our team may open up if things work out. We are searching for a smaller company/engineer). But! ANY help would be appreciated! No need to make jokes and point out what i've obviously stated, if you cant or don't want to help, pls keep your negative comments to yourself. This device is also going to be a teaching tool for kids ages 12-16 who are interested in the paranormal and want to learn the basics. I wanted to show them some devices they wont see on TV. I'm under no illusions that these devices are 100 percent accurate and will not waste time with non-believers. This is a business situation, the build shouldn't matter. Thanks science peers

Question by langdoncobbb    |  last reply

Instructables' Alternate Reality Game. Why not?

While I was at work I hit on an idea.  The instructable's community if filled with people with broad expertise, talents and interests from all over the world.  This is the key element in both creating and solving alternate reality games.  For those who may not know, an ARG is a game that is played by hiding clues around the world for people to find and solve.  These clues can be extremely vague or even downright unbelievable.  This sounds daunting and like it wouldn't work but it actually works better than you could believe.  ARG's have been used to promote movies, products, etc by engaging players in a reality within our own and attracting press attention.  Some better known examples are: A.I.(The Beast) - This site also includes some other examples Star Trek - this one is unbelievably complicated but with thousands of dedicated fans it was pretty much solved. The thought is we, the community here at, could run an ARG to draw in people and the media to promote a topic of our choice using the people and talents found here.  If we work together we might be able to succeed at something amazing and promote instructables or even environmentally friendly lifestyles and technology.  I don't know if I personally have the time to fully dedicate myself to something as big as this and I have never had the chance to participate in one but with the right group of instructable members this could become a reality. Story example:  Messages from a future where the world is coming to an end due to widespread global disasters begin to appear all over the planet warning and guiding its players through efforts that might be able to prevent such a future.  It might even be possible to run the game over several years/decades and never let people know if it is real, just a game, or even who is doing it.  If done right, this might even cause people to affect evironmental change in their area. This would work kind of like the biggest, longest stealth flash mob ever created : )  The benefit is the costs would be significantly lower than traditional ARG's since we are all over the world and know how to do/build amazing things and love doing so in our free time. Any thoughts? I would suggest that specific details should be kept out of public forums like this one to prevent an information leak if this becomes a reality. UPDATE:  I have setup a webpage( to help manage the different aspects of a multi-user project like this.  The page is restricted to only those that have been invited to join.  To get an invite, please PM me and I will get you setup with an account.  The username will be the same as your instructable username to prevent confusion.  This is to limit access initially until everything gets rolling.  Later, active users will be given rights to invite others they think will be good resources.  As of right now there are still some things that need to be worked on within the page but I think it is functional enough to be used.  Features that are provided are: -Integrated chat -Forums -Wiki -News -Calendar -Limited/restricted file uploads and downloads

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[newsletter] Light Sabers, Plasma Globe Tricks, Wall-E Robot...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. June 12, 2008 Welcome back! RoboGames starts tomorrow. If you can't make it this year, then you better enter our Robot Contest in the next couple weeks. The grand prize is a trip to RoboGames 2009! Winners have been announced for the Park Tool Bike Month. See who won! Check out these cool Instructables! Cheap Custom Lightsaber Build your own Battle-Ready Lightsaber! Use a good light source, and build it for cheap! posted by Ricardoaraujo on Jun 3, 2008 Turn a Cruise Full of Old People into a Death Defying Adventure In the immortal words of former Gov. Jesse Ventura, sometimes you gotta defy death in order to enjoy life. posted by iwasthinkingaboutsoup on Jun 9, 2008 Animate with light Learn how to make your own snazzy light-animations on the cheap for a music video or any other project! posted by buenoben on Jun 10, 2008 Wall-E Robot The movie comes out in a couple weeks, but you can start building your own Wall-E right now! posted by 4mem8 on Jun 6, 2008 Electroforming an Iris Seed Pod Commonly referred to as "dipping" in metal, this technique can make organic items permanent for jewelry. posted by MaggieJs on Jun 9, 2008 How to rejuvenate a box fan Many box fans are tossed just because they're too dirty. Here's how to clean one up for a few more years of use. posted by jgodsey on Jun 8, 2008 Ping Pong Ball Lights Sometimes you really need the diffuse glow of dozens of ping pong balls with Christmas lights in them. posted by advancedMischief on Jun 8, 2008 The ultimate, heavy duty, stackable, bullet proof, extreme saw horses! OK, maybe not quite bullet proof, but everything else is accurate. posted by Mikey D on Jun 1, 2008 Make your own tote bag from recycled plastic bags With a little time and creativity you can make some pretty cool stuff from all those plastic bags like this big tote bag. posted by user669 on Apr 8, 2008 Light Bar Ambient Lighting Add a bit of a colorful glow anywhere you want with a little bit of work and some inexpensive parts. posted by QuackMasterDan on Jun 9, 2008 Cable car Know someone who has trouble with stairs? A powered lift can help them move around more easily. posted by Mockfish on Jun 8, 2008 Win amazing LED POV kits! What have you done for robots lately? Winners to be announced next week. Make a High Voltage Supply in 5 Minutes Learn how to get up to 1,000 volts in just a few minutes. Be careful with this one! posted by Biotele on Jun 8, 2008 Creating, cutting and printing your own woodblock Learn the basic process for buying tools, cutting a woodblock, inking and then printing with it. posted by rbanks on Jun 6, 2008 Amazing plasma globe tricks! Just touching a plasma globe can get boring, so check out these new tricks. posted by highvoltage2000 on Jun 7, 2008 Plastic Bag Rug! This rug is pretty easy to make, looks really cool, and costs almost nothing! posted by denona on Jun 11, 2008 Leather Bracelets from Recycled Belts Make up to three custom leather bracelets from an old leather belt! posted by fungus amungus on Jun 6, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Long Range Lidar Using Arduino

Wondering what the best solution for a long-range lidar setup would be using Arduino. I see that there was a similar question about 10 years ago, but seeing as the sensors/meters available have greatly improved since then, i was hoping to get some insight from people with a good deal more understanding of the issue.(NOTE: Apologies for how long this is, but figure i would try to save anyone who is kind enough to answer this, the time of having to ask what the specs are...)Description:Can assume clear day, so i would assume something using higher frequency light would be more ideal, but again open to whatever suggestions make sense.Range is more like that of a boat radar, so upwards of 1km would be great, but anything above 100m would probably work. And would need it to have enough detail to say separate out leaves from tree trunk for anything under say 40m, and past that it can get less accurate if that helps make it easier to setup. 180-360 degrees measurement. If i have to build my own servo to rotate a range finder that has the distance/accuracy that isn't likely a problem.Ideal would mountable on a moving car, similar in many ways to existing lidar for vehicles. (I am not sure if those are sold on the market, and could be used and hooked up to a pc, etc to record the data already? If so that might be the answer i want, depending on price.)Student budget, so cheaper is preferred. Willing to do some programming, etc to get it work with lower cost.I need to send the output back to a pc/tablet/phone to record the data which will be used for a vfx project I am working on. And i will likely need a reading every second or less, ideally, 24 or 30 frames per second would be awesome. I can do the coding if all i am getting is a bunch of distances/angles/etc to store it, just as long as the sensor can scan fast enough for instance if i have to attach it to a servo, can i spin it fast enough to get that kind of data coming down the pipe to the Arduino or pc, etc.That's pretty much the requirements. Curious what the large brains out there will say as they smack me down for being naive, which i have no doubt this project is....My general feeling is that going with camera distance seems both not accurate enough at that distance without using a super expensive set of cameras, and also would require a good deal of software to get working, say if you are comparing to camera feeds, in realtime etc. I don't imagine I could get whatever Elon has in his Tesla's for instance, wonder how good their distance calculations are. So it seems to me this is likely a case for some electromagnetic emitter/sensor and possible using amplitude modulation, but I am not even sure there are sensors out there that can detect such accuracy. I am curious if radar is not able to get the detail I was hoping for, and that is why lidar systems are used for grabbing details for movie sets etc, though doesn't radar go down to 1mm length waves? Not sure what freq say a boat radar uses? I guess, also, I want to avoid sending any waves out that I am not suppose to, not even sure what the requirements/restrictions are around that? I imagine lidar is fine because it is just light, so that is all ok, but radar might be I guess an issue anyway if you are sending it out past 100m for instance? I know boats do it, but not sure what freq, and whether it is ok to drive around with it on a car for instance? I don't want to break any laws that way either, so yea, guess i will have to look that up. I might be way over my head, but figure worst I can do it be told that. I am new to this subject, but I do have a degree in math so coding/math doesn't scare me, but the rest, Arduino, etc I have only really had a bit of experience helping code ardruino's for my friends projects, but never setup one from scratch. Thanks for any help!

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Watching the moon without the blurry view?

We put our biggest telescopes on the highest mountians and as far away from civilisation as possible.Reason behind is light pollution and atmospheric distortion.My days of playing with a big telescope in the garden every night are long over, life moves on once you need a job to make a living and something like a family.A while ago I had a look through a friend's telescope at night again when I was asked to give him a hand with the connection to Wifi, computer, printer and so on.Just imagine a big telescope with built in camera and Wifi.Checking the claimed to be astonishingly clear pictures of the moon we took I started to wonder...Being able to get a "close up" so to say of a little crater on the moon is nice.But I missed the clearity.If you take a picture with your phone or camera with perfect setting then you get the best possible picture.Not so much for the moon.Those who ever used a telescopic lens on the camera with some haze or fog will know how things in the atmosphere have certain effects.The moon is basically in a boring grey so BW cameras would be sufficient and also eliminate all the bad side effects of colored imagining chips.Other reasons than our atmosphere that can prevent a clear picture...The earth rotates and so does the moon, sadly this makes tracking hard over such a distance.Constantly changing brightness levels make the right exposure a nightmare, especially if you want to combine images to get a combined one without the shadows.So why not use what we already have to eliminate or compensate most of the issues we have?The hardware required for the tracking of stellar objects and computer control should not be an issue anymore.Once you position is syncronised with the current position of the moon the computer would be able to calculate and track with extreme precision.Using highly sensitive BW cameras might be a short term fix, better would be a chip and lens system only sensitive to the visible wavelengths with the least atmospheric distortions.The last would be to actually use an AI to track every pixel as it is taken and to compare it with previous pixels taken in that same spot to check for brightness matches and wavelenght.A simplyfied version of this is still in use for the restauration of old films from the analog days.The moving film meant that the pictures are not always perfectly in sync in terms of their position for the single images.If digitised like this the result would be a quite blurry film.An algorithm checks for the usual up and down differences and matches the positions so in reference to the selected frame rate it results in the sharpest possible image.For the moon there is always a majority of less distortion giving us the impression of the image we see.The key is have an algorithm that can detect and filter out those frames or if powerful enough pixels with the most distortion.Quite similar to the steady function on your cameras and phones these days, at least for the digital part.Just in reverse so to say.With perfect and smooth tracking a frame by frame collection of the area you want an image of would result in a much clearer and detailed image.A bit like HDR works now.You take a lot of images and combine them to get the best possible details on all light level and all colors.We only need BW though...How would an algorithm an an AI be able to make an image clearer and more detailed?Currently we already compensate for camera movements, brightness levels, focus, colors and much more through the AI of our phones.Where someone with a DSLR or the good old SLR and real film needs to find the perfect setting for a shot in the amount of time the shot is available we just click a button on the screen and the AI does the rest for us.Sure, instead of three or four pictures taken as quickly as your phone can do our MOON-HDR algorithm might need a few thausand pictures to create one good image and several hours to do so....But hey, it is up there every night and day, we can perfectly track it and automate the process over days or weeks if we want to capture a full cycle.If it that easy then certainly the big telescopes on those mountains would make use of it!!Well, they actually do, but for the sole purpose of deep space exploration.The movements of earth and in space and referenced to the possible errors of the hardware...We only need to care about pixels moving in a fixed image...The algorithm in the simple form works on a frame by frame base, the proper one on a direct pixel one.Either way the collected images will create piles where all checks match.More piles means more and more areas to overlay like in a stitching process.More overlays mean more "filter" used to check the original images against.The amount of light hitting the moon is pretty predictable and easy to factor in for an AI.The amount of light loss by the atmosphere at the time the image was taken could be factored in by the means of external atmospheric sensors.In the most basic form a "ping" with a laser onto a satellite on a fixed position between telescope and moon, or close by.The the google AI tries to find more and more links to make more and more reference about our internet use our algorithm collects pixel informations for a fixed position in a digital image.Quite simple once you think about it, isn't it? ;)It is just a matter of time and amount of data being collected.What was already possible in the days of converting analog movies into the digital world can't be too hard to do with an object that we can literally nail to the wall in terms of images....So why isn't anyone doing it already?In therory anyone could just hire some time on a quantum computer or old style super computer and use their own algorithms to sort the images.In reality that would cost you a few millions quickly.Graphics card are already well in use to do other things than bringing an image to a monitor.They used a calculating work horses - the bitcoin mining is a prime example here.Medical and scientific use another.Her it is quite ommon that clusters of powerful graphics cards do nothing than to run simulations.Already a form of AI, although quite simple.There is no huge market for telescopes, let alone big and powerful ones for the sole purpose of watching moon.Why bother, it is up there every night but all the stars and planets up there need to watched first....You will have a hard time finding a manual telescope with a simple way to follow the moon through the night.Watching the andromeda nebula on the other hand is quite easy...Worse still for the cameras.What is out there for use with telescopes or integrated into one is optimised to get the most light out of everything that is quite dim.Even your basic telescope usually has a moon filter already because the thing is so damn bright.Professional BW cameras would need expensive and custom made adapters to fit a telescope's optics.Last but not least is the tracking mechincs that are simply not designed to follow the moon, neither in its movement, nor the speed it is moving.But as said the tracking could be fixed with a custom version designed for watching the moon and a little microcontroller to drive very smoth running motors and gears.Is a fancy smartphone the way out for the images?Not really unless you want to constanly fight to get and keep manual control about the settings for the BW camera on the back.And they are not really designed to be used like that for hours every night.The only way out is size and speed.What would the perfect telscope/camera combination look like?Atmospheric interference means the light is scattered.And ideally that should be the only thing the AI has to worry about later on.Sadly, when we take a picture we need a certain exposure time to capture enough light.This mean mean collect something you compare to a fast moving object.You just cant get a clear image of spinning fan blades easy these days...Shorter exposure times are only possible with enough light.There are two way we use to get enough light for a given exposure time.Add some more light or use a bigger lens.Our standard telescopes are designed for eye pieces for, well, our eyes.Imaginea huge sized 40 megapixel sensor perfectly positioned in a telescope.Using only optics to compensate image distortion and to match the incoming image size to the sensor size.No telescope optics and camera optincs fighting for the right position, just perfectly matched for the purpose of takin images from the moon...If said sensor would be highly sensible most people would cry out and say the moon is too bright - but we want to use every bit of light to lowe our exposure times ;)Imagine a high speed camera only taking BW picture of the moon.At a speed of over 2000 frames per second....Why bother with overcomplicated tracking if you can take millions of images every night.You will only bother about storage and calculating problems after a single night already LOLThe amount of pixels of near identical properties in the same spot would soon be much higher than the amount of blurry pixels with different values.And the AI would still be able to match those blurry ones with frames from other images.But who really wants to see footprints and left over parts on the moon?We have been there, we have seen it...And if go up again we will have live coverage anyway from up close, so there really is no need for anyone to get a clear image of the moon from down here, or is there?

Topic by Downunder35m  

Silhouette June 2015 Build Night at Arch Reactor Hackerspace, St. Louis, Missouri

On Tuesday, June 9th, the Arch Reactor Hackerspace (in St. Louis, Missouri) hosted a Build Night with the Silhouette Portrait. There were an excited dozen people who showed up for an introduction to the device. Many members were seeking to discover ways to use the device for current projects.  Others were eager to learn which materials the Portrait could cut, the limitations of the Silhouette Studio software, and how they might go about using the Silhouette Portrait for other projects in the future. Process: I already had the Silhouette Studio software downloaded to my laptop and had the Silhouette Portrait out on the large at the front of the our classroom space.  Those in attendance gathered around as I ran down the features of the device and software and we discussed the use of the cutting mat and how to set the depth of the blade. We then watched the introduction movie and a few others before attempting to use the device to cut a file.  The Arch Reactor already has a large vinyl cutter in our space, however it shares a keyboard, mouse, and monitor with our very popular laser cutter. Due to the popularity of the laser cutter, it is sometimes difficult for members to even learn how to use the vinyl cutter without making a special trip in on a day when few members are present. Plus, being a larger device, the learning curve seems a bit steep for those who have yet to learn how to use it. It can also only be utilized in our space. One advantage that was quickly noted for the Silhouette Portrait is that anyone can download the free software and design their project at home, save it to a flash drive or the cloud, then arrive at our location to complete their project using one of our computers or their own laptop. A second advantage is that being so small, the Portrait could be moved to any desk in our 2400 square foot location temporarily, or even checked out of the space by a member to be used at home for a few days. We can even bring it along with us to local demonstrations and interactively challenge others to be creative while introducing them to our hackerspace.  The Silhouette Studio software seems intuitive and one member remarked that it reminded her a lot of Inkscape, which several of our members are already familiar with. The portability of the unit is not something to be overlooked.  I can see this being very useful for projects that require the same print to be created repeatedly. Such as wedding invitations, or multiple t-shirts. The versatile amount of material that can be cut with it had many present talking about how they might use the Portrait. Troubles we encountered: The night wasn't without problems though. Aside from having trouble playing some of the videos, I had forgotten to bring my pack of white cardstock to the event. This prompted us to rather foolheartedly attempt to cut a file with a normal sheet of printer paper. We eagerly stuck the paper to the cutting mat and inserted it into the Portrait. A member attempted to send a file to it from his computer, but nothing happened with the device and he received a message that the cut was complete. I'm not sure if this was a driver issue, a software issue, or an issue with the cutting mat not having been installed properly. We then connected my laptop back to the Portrait and sent a test file to it. The cutting mat was pulled into the device and it began to cut the paper. The problem occurred once the Portrait was finished with the cut and we attempted rather unceremoniously to remove the cut paper from the mat. Normal printer paper sticks to the mat very well, especially with the first or second use. Of course it ripped the paper as we attempted to remove it from the cutting mat and we realized that a thicker cardstock would be needed. This was more naive beginner user error than anything else.  I do not recommend that you attempt using thin paper. A second issue was the discovery that the free Silhouette Studio software does not allow the import of .SVG files. Many members of our hackerspace are familiar with and use these files for projects. In order to import .SVG files, we would need to upgrade to the Designer Edition for $50 or the Business Edition for $100.  If the Silhouette Portrait gets used as much as I believe it will, this upgrade will likely be a no-brainer for us.  Once the paper had been carefully scraped from the cutting mat using a former plastic gift card, some of our members set out to make a cut from the Vellum that had been sent with the printer.  This proved to be easier to remove from the cutting mat and the members were very happy with the the lace designs they had cut. Additionally, some members used a few sheets of cardstock they already had to cut out some borders from the files that came with the Silhouette Studio software.  We are already looking at purchasing some accessories for the Portrait, such as Pens and additional cutting mats. The later would be a huge advantage because it would allow us to prepare a second material for the next cut while the first was being cut or removed from the mat.  Should the Portrait see as much use as I expect it will, we may be looking at other products from Silhouette, such as the Cameo, the Curio, and the Mint. Being used in a hackerspace by over 50 members, the size and additional versatility of Curio definitely would seem to fit our needs better. The additional thickness and variety of materials that could be used with it are of great interest to the creative tendencies of hackerspace members and makers.  We are also looking forward to Silhouette Link, a new feature coming to Silhouette Studio® that allows customers to send a cut job from any device directly to their Silhouette machine, remotely, through the use of a mobile device app. What I would have done differently:  Not only would I have tested the videos we watched on our projector prior to the meeting, but I would have remembered my cardstock on the night of the event. I also would recommend that anyone else hosting a Build Night use the Portrait to cut out several test files in a variety of materials. Definately take a look at the limitations of the Studio Software and decide if you want to upgrade to the Designer's edition for the importing of .SVG files or not, too. Conclusion: Overall, the night proved to be a successful introduction for several of our members to the Silhouette Portrait. I think all of us were inspired by what it can do for us as individuals and as a hackerspace.  We already have ideas to make a few t-shirts for an upcoming event using heat transfer vinyl and a logo.  I'm sure many projects will be sporting vinyl stickers and other materials that are cut with it. 

Topic by GeekTinker  

123D Design Vs. Rotary Tool. What is better?

When Instructables gave me the opportunity to be part of its Artist in Residence program, one of the first things I thought was "Blimey!* I don't know 123D or any other design program. What am I gonna do?" (*Of course, in my country we don’t say “Blimey!” but something ruder. But I think you get the point) Let me introduce myself: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia (not "Columbia"). Former Colombian Navy Officer, BsC in Naval Sciences, maker focused in trash art and upcycling. You can see my Instructables profile here. My skills: I can transform almost every piece of e-waste and plastic trash in something useful, decorative or funny. My weak point: the only design program I used in my life was... Paint. Yes, that Paint. So 123D would be my first experience with a CAD program. I have to be honest: I'm not a big fan of CAD programs. Yes, they are awesome. But I am an old school maker who loves to use his rotary tool and his screwdrivers to build stuff, at risk of his own hands. I thought CAD programs were reserved for industrial designers or engineers, even one like 123D Design, developed for the DIY community. THE EXPERIENCE A few weeks ago, on a Friday afternoon, I finally decided to take a look the 123D Design installed in my PC. So I started to play with the program. When I got stuck, Randy Sarafan gave me some useful tips. Two hours later, I finished some kind of robot arm. At night, I had finished a "chicken legs" robot. On Saturday morning, I had a futuristic motorbike. On Sunday, I was at the beach in San Jose, eating Deep Fried Twinkies, but that’s not important. By Monday, I had my fourth project ready (not my best work, but still) for the "Show and Tell" meeting at Instructables. I finished my instructable on how to make a transformable robot, my first 3D printed project. And right now I'm working in a futuristic jet. I'm not saying "Oh! I'm a genius! You’d better make a movie about me! (In this case, I want to be interpreted by Ryan Reynolds or Samuel L. Jackson)". No. What I'm trying to say is that, sometimes, we have the tools at reach, but we are too lazy, too coward or too old fashioned to try them. And Autodesk is giving a great tool to the maker community. It's a friendly program (I don’t know how it could be friendlier. Telepathic commands, maybe?) and you can learn it in one weekend or less. It doesn't matter if you are a professional designer or not, you only need two things: the will and visual-spatial ability. And you only get the second thing by being curious about all the things around you: touching, dismantling, cutting, breaking, attaching, opening, destroying and rearming stuff. And, if you are a maker, you are on the right way. 123D Design is an awesome program (and honestly, the only one I learnt), I love it and it's free, but it has two aspects to improve. First, fonts could be very useful. What if I want to 3D-print a plaque with my name? Second, I don’t know if it’s because of my computer, but sometimes the program crashes and, if you didn’t save your progress, you will have a very bad time. So I got the habit of saving on my computer every 4 minutes. That’s all. AT THE END Right now, I’m asking myself “Myself, what do you prefer: a carpal tunnel syndrome for using your computer or a severed hand syndrome for using your jigsaw?”. Then I remember my wise mother telling me “Mijo, don’t say those barbarities because there is no idle words”. Resuming, what is better for a maker, CAD/CAM or traditional crafting? I believe there is no competition, because both are complementary. It’s all about what do you want to do, how do you want to do it and what is the best option for your project. There are a lot of things you will never achieve without a computer. But there are a lot of things a computer won’t be better than the human hands, too. And building stuff with your very own hands is a very rewarding experience. So, it’s up to you! Because for me, 123D Design became just another tool in my toolbox. A powerful, fantastic and awesome tool in my toolbox.

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lifes unanswered questions...

Great questions to ponder over (great conversation starters!)Can you cry under water?why does a round pizza come in a square box?What's the difference between a novel and a book?How old are you before it can be said you died of old age?If nobody buys a ticket to a movie do they still show it?if a person owns a piece of land, do they own it to the center of the earth?if you have a cold hot pocket, is it just a pocket?Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?Do penguins have knees?Why is it said that an alarm clock is going off when really its coming on?How come people tell you not to stand in front of an emergency exit when if there was an emergency surely you would run through it?Why did Sally sell seashells on the seashore when you can just pick them up anyway?Why are both of Spongebob's parents round like sea sponges while he is square like a kitchen sponge?(isn't this one great?)Does a two-humped camel store more fat than a one-humped camel?If you pamper a cow, do you get spoiled milk?Why is it that if someone yells "duck" they are helping you, but if they yell "chicken" they are insulting you?why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?If the FBI breaks your door down do they have to pay for it?If they have angel food cake on earth, do they have people food cake in heaven?(don't start a war over that, its just a joke!)If you fart and burp at the same time, would it make a vacuum in your tummy?Why do you put two cents in when its only a penny for your thoughts?You know the signs on restaurant doors? No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service? what if someone goes in with No Pants? Would the restaurant still have to serve them?If a doctor suddenly died while doing surgery, would the other doctors work on the doctor or the patient?Why do we sing "Rock a bye baby" to lull our little ones to sleep when the song is about putting your baby in a tree and letting the wind crash the cradle to the ground?Why do we say we're head over heels when we're happy? Isn't that the way we normally are?If the Wicked Witch of the West melts in water... how did she ever bathe?If bald people work as chefs in a restaurant,do they have to wear hairnets?Why do sleeping pills have warning labels that state :'Caution: May Cause Drowsiness?How can Darth Vader breathe and talk at the same time?If there's a wheelchair-bound comedian, is it still called "stand-up"?When the French swear do they say pardon my English?Do people who use sign language see little hands in their head when they think about what somebody said, or do they hear the words in their head?How did Walt Disney figure out how to make people pay to stand in lines all day?Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?Why do they call someone "late" if they died early?If the serving size on a can of soda is one can, then why is the serving size on the little can one can, too? Wouldn't the little cans be 2 cans?If a king is gay and marries another guy what is that guy to the royal family?Why are red buttons always the most important?How is chess considered a sport?Why is it when your sleeping it`s called drool but when your awake its called spit?If a teacher were to teach a younger grade than they were teaching before, would they be "degraded"?Why does every Abraham Lincoln impersonator sound the same, even though there are no known audio recordings of the man?How's come people tell you to stay a kid for as long as you can. Yet the moment you do anything childish or immature they tell you to grow up.Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don't lay eggs.If marbles are not made of marble, why are they called marbles?If you dig a hole through the center of the earth, come out on the other side, and then let go, would you be falling down or floating up?Could you be a closet claustrophobic?Could someone be addicted to counseling? If so, how would you treat them?If ketchup is good on french fries, how come it isn't good on mashed potatoes?Where do all the daylight savings hours go?Why doesn't the hair on your arms grow as fast as the hair on your head?What happens if a black cat walks under a ladder and breaks a mirror?Why when people ask you "what three things would you bring with you on a desert island?" no one ever replies, "A BOAT"Why are elderly people often called "old people" but children are never called "new people"?Why doesn't broccoli come in a can?Can you slam a revolving door?What would happen if you found a four-leaf-clover under a ladder?Can a cross-eyed teacher control his pupils?If Winnie the pooh was civilized enough to keep his honey in jars, why did he eat it off his hands? Surely he had spoons?What happens if you get a paper cut from a Get Well card?Can you read a picture book?Why does it say "shake well" on ketchup bottles, but not ketchup packets?Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?Is eating a mermaid considered cannibalism?If mirrors need light to work, what happens if you put night vision goggles on in the dark and look at a mirror?if you're on an American airline, and you land in Canada and stay on the plane, is the drinking age still 21 or does it change to 19?What happens if every team in the NFL goes 8-8?What shape is the sky?If a Jewish person goes to court and is asked to put their right hand on the Bible, do they use a Torah instead? (again, don't start a war over that)Why is it written "May contain traces of peanuts or other kind of nuts" on peanut butter jars. Are people stupid enough not to realize it themselves?If you only have one eye...are you blinking or winking?If you have a gun and you ask, "can I ask you a question?" and they say "fire away" should you shoot them?What is a chickpea if it is neither a chick nor a pea?Why is it called the People's Republic Of China when China's not a republic?Why are dandelions considered weeds when daisies are considered flowers?Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?Whenever an adult is kidnapped why isn't it called adultnapped?Why do black lights look purple?Did Yankee Doodle name the feather, hat, town, or his pony Macaroni?Why is it that people duck in the rain, do they really think the rain won't hit them?Why isn't the caps lock capitalized?If someone with a nostril ring takes it out, then blows their nose, do they have to cover that hole as well as their nostril holes so that snot doesn't blow out everywhere?Isn't it weird that if you rearrange the word "teacher" you get "cheater"?How come whenever you start to sing, you automatically sing in a higher voice than you talk?How come people say they ate the last piece of gum, when they really just chew it?You know the saying "throw ya hands in the air like ya don't care"? why bother doing that if you don't care?Why is there no pine or apple in pineapple?Why do water bottles have a "best if used by" date?\If you called the police station to talk to an officer and he was not there, would that be considered a cop out?Why do they put holes in crackers?How come on TV the bell always rings and then the kids go to class, but in real life you need to be in class before the bell rings?Why can the saying "it's all downhill from here." mean both that it will be easy and that it is going to get worse?If all of ACME's products backfire, why does Wile E. Coyote keep buying them?Why do "cool" and "hot" mean the same thing?If you sneeze and fart at the same time, does a vacuum form in your stomach?Why does triangularly cut bread taste better than square bread?Does a baby feel the umbilical cord being cut off?Is it legal to name your kid "Anonymous"?If you have a pet with 2 heads do you have to name both heads?Why can't liquor freeze?If you dig a hole in the south pole are you digging up or down?How come they don't add the time that we are in our mom's to our age?Why do people squint their eyes when they can't see? Wouldn't that just make it less space to see out of?What is a hacky, and why is it in a sack?Who was in the kitchen with Dina?Why do we have to pay a toll on "freeways"?Why do they call them pepperoni if there is no pepper in it?How old does something have to be to become an antique?Can a school teacher give a homeless child homework?Do babies produce more spit than adults?How come French fries are not considered a vegetable, they are just deep fried potatoes?Do cows have calf muscles?Why is shampoo clear but conditioner not?If conjoined twins participate in sports, do they count as one or two players?If a singer sings their own song during a karaoke party, is it considered karaoke?Why do mattresses have designs on them when they're always covered with sheets?If you died with braces on would they take them off?If a person suffered from amnesia and then was cured would they remember that they forgot?Can someone have their head in the clouds and be down-to-earth at the same time?Why is Joey short for Joe, when Joey has more letters?If you were a pastor, and you were getting married, would you hire a pastor, or would you do the wedding yourself?Is there a certain temperature at which it stops being qualified as cold? At what temperature does it qualify as hot?if someone tells you not to be your self, who should you be?Why is most lunchmeat bigger than the bread?Why is it that whenever you sing to the radio, your voice is higher? Even when you have a low voice?How come toy hippos are always blue, or purple, when real hippos are brown?Have ex-mathematicians become dysfunctional?Have ex-locomotive engineers been derailed?Have ex-civil lawyers been distorted?Have ex-bankers become disinterested?Are there seeing eye humans for blind dogs?You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance?After eating, do amphibians have to wait an hour before getting out of the water?Can fat people go skinny-dipping?You know how most packages say "Open here". What is the protocol if the package says, "Open somewhere else"?Would a fly without wings be called a walk?Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards?Why is there an expiration date on SOUR cream?Why is the word "abbreviate" so long?do the ABC's and twinkle twinkle little star have the same tune?Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?Why is Mickey Mouse bigger than his dog Pluto?why does Goofy live in a house and Pluto in and dog house if there both dogs?Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?Why is it when two planes almost hit each other it is called a "near miss"?Why is it called 'after dark', when it is really after light?Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?why is a pair of underwear one item?Why is it called a "building" when it is already built?Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?Why do women wear evening gowns to go out at night? Shouldn't they be wearing night gowns?Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?olive oil is made out of olives, and peanut oil is made out of peanuts. What is baby oil made out of?!If drinking and driving is illegal, why do bars have parking lots?If someone leads but no one follows... are they just out for a walk?After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?Are part-time band leaders semi-conductors?Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?.............the list goes on and on, maybe i will make a sequel.i can not take credit for all of these, most of them were from this website

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Can you make this game?

I am working on a game last 7 years. I need coders for making this game. I will just give you game idea, you will do the job and you will gain the money. I am played all of games and watching game videos everyday. So game designing is my job, you just read my idea. This game will be a turn based strategy, MMO, open world, crafting, starving, pvp, pve, dungeon blah blah game. I cant make this game as a board game bcause it is too complex and requires calculations. So it cant be funny as a board game bcause causes headache. This game has an unique combat system and strange classes and races like turtle, rhino, ninja, runner, mantis...... So you can play as everything. Some characters can fly, swim, run; depends on what you are playing as. Every turn everybody moves at same time. After that everybody attacks to each other at same time. And cycle repeats. You can order to your character "be that much near to target" and it always tries to be that much near to enemy. Server does this calculation automaticly. Lets see what i designed: CYBER Cyber is a robot looks like human but its made all of steel. So its metalic gray colored. Its dark. It is a serial killer. Hates everything, even itself. He is male but he have no gender. His strongest attack is COMET CANNON. Causes a explosion which will kill the target and damage the who arounds it. Cyber can kill its friends while shooting stuff. ZERO POINT is stronger than Comet Cannon and if you shoot it you will lose all of your HP so this spell consumes HP; its deals same damage to everyone in explosion and this spell always deals damage but enemies will divide damage with their FLE so enemies with high FLE will take less damage. After Zero Point; damaged tiles will damage to who stay on them with heat. GATLING GUN spell deals damage with bullets. Damage will be increased every turn but its MP cost will also increase. You cant move while shooting with Gatling Gun. Also nothing will miss you while you using this spell but %100 of your FLE will become DMG. And your movespeed will become your HIT but only half of it. Also while using this noisy spells your hiding will decrease so enemies can see you from even more faraway. Cyber uses bullets and rockets while using its spells and it gets out of ammo. Ammo will refill 10 turns after an empty turn(nothing attacks you and you attack to nothing). Gatling Gun deals area damage so you can shoot many targets at same time. PAILDRAMON GUNS: If you still didnt mention all of Cyber spells are stolen from digimon and gunslinger of Ragnarök online so this skill is same. So he takes rifles from inside of his calfs and shoot the enemy. You cant use this spell if you moved this turn so you cant move. You can shoot the target until miss it so this spell can be used again after you used it if it hits target. It has more hit than Gatling Gun and it can only shoot 1 target. TWIN STINGERS: you shoot 2 stingers from your nipples. Its a divided attack but stingers must be locked to same target. If they miss target, next turn they will try to hit it again. Enemy can attack to stingers for destroying them but stingers have 0 HP and %500 of your FLE also you must destroy stingers 1 by 1. ROCKET RAIN: using this spell causes you to use all of your ammo. You release all of your firepower as mini stingers. They will randomly attack every enemy they can reach. Missed stingers will hit each other and get destroyed. This attack have high HIT but low DMG. ROCKET STRIKE: you shoot a giant rocket from your arm. Its most basic attack of cyber but it costs too much MP and ammo and have low HIT, but still great for dealing damage to 1 enemy and killing full damage build noobies. PUNCH CANNON: cyber can longer his arms for punching enemy. Really stupid but requires no ammo; also it is ranged. JET BLOW: cyber flies really fast by using his jets and punches enemy from its belly. Bcause of he is so badass, blood comes out from enemy’s body. This spell gets used for reaching enemy and starts melee fight. PUNCH: you punch the enemy. If you dont miss, you can punch next turn. You can only punch three times in a combo, so after that Punch goes cooldown. Bcause of his Punches reducing targets FLE for next turn and dealing massive damage and also dealing damage to targets MP; its Punches consumes too much MP. If you can Punch enemy 3 times after each other; 3rd punch will make enemy unable to move. ENERGY SHIELD: the robot creates an energy field like every mechs doing in Sci-Fi movies so why not? When enemy attacks you it will hit your MP with multiplied by %150 damage. If you turn off your shield you will lose all of your MP and MPR, HPR for next turn and you will gain +%50 HIT, +%50 FLE. The turn after that turn your MP will comeback so you can use your spells again. Also shield will turn off when you reach 0 MP. Than next 2 turns you cant turn on your shield. LIGHTNING JOLT: if you use this spell after turning off Energy Shield you will deal +%50 more damage. And your unexist mana can be consumed for this skill. You shoot lightning which one deals damage to all enemies. If there is less enemy it will deal more damage. This lightning will firstly damage enemy’s FLE for next turn and if it can make FLE 0, than will deal damage HP. LIGHTNING CHARGE: It can only destroy both players MP when it used turn after when Energy Shield turned off manually. You rush to the enemy and punch it. Punch throws enemy to back based on your base speed. If you use same spell after shield off, it will not push enemy but will destroy enemy’s MP by destroying your MP. When one of you reach 0 MP, that event ends. This spell also will deal damage. METAL FORM: you already made of metal but you still want to go in metal form. Metal form is a buff will affect you for next many turns. That buff increases your AMR. Its just that. Increases your AMR for many turns. WASTE: when you die, your remaining ammo will deal damage to enemies in range. All of enemies will take random amount of damage but total damage is always same. BURST SHOOT: you shoot the target with a flamming bullet. Its just that. ARM CANNON: You shoot something unkown but also this attack always missing. When it hits, it deals too much damage for its mana cost. It may hit another random target. Sometimes it causes an explosion and hits many targets. RAINBOW CANNON: you shoot your strongest cannon three times for shooting targets. If three of them hit, it is better than Comet but mostly 1 of them miss. Base values of Cyber(elements will be added when game ends): 3 DMG 1 HIT 0,5 FLE 3 AMR 15 HP 0,5 HPR 10 MP 1 MPR What elements Cyber use? Melee(MLE), Ranged(RNG), MAGnetic, EXPlosive, BuLLet, PLAsma BLoW, WAVe, WiND, HOT, FiRE Sense’s of Cyber: %100 SEE %200 hEAR %200 HEaT %200 MAGnetic Cyber cant fly or swim, bcause of that he has 4 times more attack range than his movement. Also machines are really great ranged units. But Cyber have no ability for escaping. Cyber’s hiding values are: %50 SML %50 MAG %50 HET %0 EAR %150 SEE %200 IDE %200 SUL Cyber is good for killing low FLE and high AMR and low speed units. Cyber is strong against high DMG units.

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