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COLLECTIONS & CUSTOMIZATION

 Im interested in the motivations behind people collecting things, the value that these objects have to the owner and how these objects are displayed within the home environment. Any pictures you could take of your own 'collections' of objects ( these could be anything from stamps to vinyl toys to fabrics etc) would be great too. Im interested in whether an emotional bond with the collection grows with the amount of objects in the collection. How people interact with their collections? Any rituals performed around your collections? etc any help would be awesome comments feedback etc. Are there any social aspects of collecting which are important to you? -cheers  chris

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diecast cars acrylic or plexi glass display case/shelf

I have a growing collection of hotwheels, tomy and matchbox cars mostly 1:64 scale. i need an idea on making a clear display case for my cars, in its blister pack and loose cars. something i can hang or put on a table (car can be viewed on both sides). that would be two instructables (i'm demanding).. lol. please help. thanks in advance.

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Alphabetical order of collections when managing them, or when adding an item to one of them

Attention to web master... Hi, All websites are usually displaying alphabetically sorted lists. The reason is that it makes the things easier, faster and useful for all users. In Instructables.com, it would be wonderful if when adding a new instructable to one of our existing collections, our list of collections was displayed sorted by alphabetical order into the sub-menu list used for the choice of the proper collection. Similarly, it would be awesome if the collections was displayed as a list sorted by alphabetical order, when managing our collections in the "Settings" menu. In advance, thank you to the web management team for such great and useful improvements.

Topic by jlcdi  


can somebody make an instructable for diecast cars acrylic case? Answered

I have a growing collection of hotwheels, tomy and matchbox cars mostly 1:64 scale. i need an idea on making a clear display case for my cars, in its blister pack and loose (opened packs). something i can hang or put on a table (car can be viewed on both sides). that would be two instructables (i'm demanding).. lol. please help. thanks in advance.

Question by yayix    |  last reply


Secure method to attach a phone to wall or floor?

I would like to figure out an inexpensive and discreet way to attach a smartphone to the wall or floor (not directly - slightly set apart with e.g a rod or a lead), in a way that it is secure, and can't be easily stolen. The phone will be used as a display screen and will be resting on top of something, so needs to be relatively manouvreable. I have access to a laser cutter / clear perspex / workshop tools / ebay.

Question by CassiaD    |  last reply


How can I display my keychain collection??

I collect keychains, my collection started when my grandfather was cleaning out his basement and gave me his collection. He had collected a few keychains, about 50 or so, then I started getting more and more from friends and family. Now, I constantly change the keychains I carry around with me, but I would really like to display them on my room (which is not that big), in a cool and space-saving way. I wanted to get some ideas before I simply fill my wall with nails. Any idea is appreciated. Thanks.

Question by Ridley006    |  last reply


Need your ideas on how to make a wall display case for thomas mini trains

Hi, after buying these little trains for my son, I decided to collect them in order to complete the collection, so they need a home on the wall, if not on the wall in some kind of cabinet where they can be easily displayed. I am not very crafty when it comes to these things but if I spend enough time I think I can build something, but I need some ideas to get started. They take up 2" x 1.5" space, and fit perfectly in 32 slot (30 of them) bead storage cases: https://www.michaels.com/10468278.html Thanks in advance.

Topic by tees_deney    |  last reply


How to make light weight and moveable, wall display for a large collection of earrings

My dream catcher with wool 'tails' (+ 2') is on it's last legs. I have been hanging my very large (100+) collection of earrings on this for over 20 yrs.  Does anyone have any ideas for a nice looking way to hang all my earrings so I can see them, but also be able to take them off the wall and lock them up when, for example, I go on vacation. Now, I just wrap and fold them up in a towel and lock them up in a cabinet.

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Has anyone has experience buying display cases from Displaygifts.com?

The offer baseball, jersey display cases and flag cases at very attractive prices. Would like to hear from anyone who bought from them. http://www.displaygifts.com/

Question by WebKingPower  


Error Adding to Collection. Please try again. ?

Everytime I try to add a new instructable to my Collection. I always displays "Error Adding to Collection. Please try again.". Is there a limit on the number of instructables inside a collection?

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Error Adding to Collection. Please try again.

Everytime I try to add a new instructable to my Collection. I always displays "Error Adding to Collection. Please try again." I created a test collection (unpublished), it works fine. Is there a limit on the number of instructables inside a collection?

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I patented a New LED great for home projects and display cases

I have spent three years doing this but here it is. This is a new LED and I actually patented it. Its a screw in unit that has a chip mounted directly onto a solid brass core that takes heat away far better than any circuit board. In addition it screws into any m10x1.5 hole, if you use a flat plate on the front a small insulator and a heatsink or metal on the back with the M10 thread all you need do is make an electrical connection to the plates and you can screw any colour you want into the heatsink. It comes in every wavelength from 380 (uv right up to IR at 1040nm) Ill be adding pics shortly of acrylic displays the 180 degree one is absolutely perfect for these i use frost spray on edges i want to illuminate and leave clear other bits the effect is amazing even masking a flat acrylic and putting two tone pictures using the spray is awsome. iv also designed an off the shelf PCB up to 60watts it drives any series parallel circuit, all you do is program it with the wattage of the whole array. If you program say 15watts in an array with several LED's it powers the array with the exact forward voltage required and alters realtime so the light output is near constant. Also have a patent pending on this as well. I have lots of time and plenty of these available if anyone is interested I am now running a small business based around it and have done some really nice hand crafted kit. More pics to follow all questions welcome Thanks all

Topic by L.E.D Guy    |  last reply


Hand Made "Mummified Faeries" on Etsy!

Isher Creations on Etsy has several hand made "mummified Faerie" displays available for sale.  Several photos of each specimen are on the site. These would make excellent displays for your dark art collection, Halloween Haunt, bookcase...wherever!  Each is in its own display case. Check it out today!

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Facebook tweaks

I've just pushed out a small set of changes, mostly around the Facebook integration.  The Facebook login button isn't so obvious, and we've now got some admin features to handle a case that turns out to happen more than we expected.  Here's what it is: Some people have both an Instructables account and a Facebook account.  Some of these use different email addresses for each.  When a person clicks the Login with Facebook button and approves Instructables with their Facebook account, one of the pieces of information we get is their email address, and we check it against our existing email addresses so as to link the correct account if we find a match.  Often there is no match, and in the vast majority of these cases the person doesn't already have an Instructables account.  So we make them one, and link it to their Facebook account. However sometimes they do have an Instructables account already, and now all of a sudden they have two!  This is confusing and wrong, and we'd been dealing with it in a rather arduous manner involving direct database changes, which is always something to avoid.  Now we've got a system for admins to handle this case with just a few clicks. Other than that, there are some bugfixes, for example around character display -- a few of our new Facebook visitors don't use the Latin alphabet!  So we handle that a little better now.  We have some more sensible default actions for new registrations, and a couple things to help our admins manage contests more easily, which they've been asking for for some time.

Topic by rachel  


ibles in a museum

You may or may not be aware that one of our members is actually a world-famous museum (it's real, I checked).The individual who actually produces the projects is Lao Jianhua - a real live artist-type-person.Anyhoo, what this ramble leads me up to is this;What Instructables projects would you put in a museum?Unrepeatable one-off projects, easily-copied classics and anywhere in between - what projects do you think should grace the galleries of a museum of modern art, design and lifestyle?Maybe you can think of a set of projects that logically go together, even if the connection is tenuous or surreal.V&A; Collections

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looking for blueprint or schdmatic for Christmas light display with music to control the lights?

I have looked on you tube for christmas light displays with music and want to build one with 30 to 35 plugs for the lights with music. I don't have $800. to $ 3,000. to buy from a store. Would like to put together this summer and put in the local paper for people to see and collect canned food for the local food bank. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bill

Question by bsheintzen    |  last reply


Design help for battery powered LED lighting for display case? Answered

I wonder if people might have suggestions for battery powered lighting for a display case? The all glass case (except for base and canopy) now has an AC powered four MR16 halogen system. I want to replace that because of the heat, and because I don't want a power cord running from canopy down the glass sides. Ugly. I'd like to replace those bi-pin halogens with LED lights and power it all with a rechargeable battery. The canopy over the six foot tall case is 4" deep by 15" wide by 70" long, open at the top. I'd like to conceal the works in that 4" space. I'd want the battery(s) to be easily removeable and reinstallable for external charging. Long life to maximize intervals between charging would be a big plus. The lights would typically only be used when we have visitors. Maybe for as long as a couple of hours several times a month, but probably typically for much shorter periods. Ideas? Thank you. --David

Question by davidqxo    |  last reply


Paid LCD Project

Hello instructables, I have an idea for a device but not the skill to build a prototype.  I am in need of someone with technical skill in microcontrollers and LCDs. The device I aim to create is basically an LCD watch or bracelet. Rather than time which is numerical, I need the watch to display words. It will be wearable on the wrist and therefore use a battery. No buttons or input are required for this project. I also don't need to make the case. I just need the working parts. I envision that this will require an LCD screen, a microcontroller chip, memory, and a battery for power. If you are interested, I will be happy to pay you for your help. If interested, please PM me so we can discuss what I am trying to make further. I am flexible on the design and hopefully it would be a fun and easy project a willing participant.  Again, I will pay for your time and components but this should also be a relatively fun and straightforward project for anyone who's worked with LCDs (e.g Nokia screens) and microcontrollers before. I look forward to hearing from you.  Take care. 

Topic by lamide  


Laptop Display Upgrade to Touch?

I wish to upgrade my Laptop Display from Non Touch to Touch. I did a bit of research on the internet, but am unable to find a proper answer. Is it possible? I would love to migrate from half HD non touch display to full HD touch display (even IPS). But here in India, I'm unable to find it in this config for 15.6" size (atleast, not cheaply). I have found one display which has a few things common with my old display. Both have TFT with LED Backlight, same size, aspect ratio, resolution and no of pins. Old Display: 15.6 inch TFT with LED Backlight (Non touch) (16:9). Resolution: 1366 x 768. 40 Pins. Part Number: B156XW04V5 Datasheet: https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/A20/A20-LCD15.6/resources/B156XW04V5.pdf Cost: ₹5000 ($75 approx) Proposed New Display: 15.6 inch TFT with LED Backlight (Touch) (16:9). Resolution: 1366 x 768. 40 Pins. Part Number: B156XTT01 Datasheet: http://www.datasheetspdf.com/datasheet/download.php?id=923648 Cost: ₹12500 ($180 approx) Would I need to change LVDS cable as well? Existing LVDS Cable: Part Number: P5LJ0 Datasheet: http://www.s-manuals.com/pdf/motherboard/compal/compal_la-7221p_r1.0_schematics.pdf Here are the answers to some questions you might have: 1. Laptop is Acer Aspire TimelineX 5830TG. 2. My Laptop did not have any variant with 1080p display or touch display. 3. The old display is slightly cracked. Hence I need to change it anyway. 4. The top flap, display mounting brackets and bezel are damaged too. And the laptop is 5 years old and am unable to get the replacement parts. Hence I am planning on building a new housing for the new display, in any case. (Suggestions in this regard are also welcome) So a bit of variation in physical dimensions is not a problem. 5. Motherboard is Intel i5 2410M with Intel 3000 graphics processor. Graphics Card is Nvidia 540M. (I couldn't find supported resolutions on official websites, but according to 3rd Party websites, both should support 1080p) 6. I have some experience with Electronic Disassembly and Assembly. 7. I can do soldering, but I'm not very good at it. Hence, would like to avoid it, if possible.

Question by dcthelord    |  last reply


How can I get a car stereo LCD display working?

I shorted 12v power to case, stereo works fine,just LCD display is dead. Thanks.

Question by cornholeeo    |  last reply


LED Voltage indicator

I have recently installed a solar panel in my garden to charge a 12volt 21Ah battery. I would like to show it off a bit by using a simple LED display to show it working. What I was thinking was to have a range of about 8V-25V. At the low end would be blue leds (for cold) up to red (hot) at the high end. Does anybody have any idea how I would go about getting something together. I can read circuit diagrams at a push (my Dad's the expert) and would like as much information as possible. Would it be possible to have 1 LED per volt ? Am I being simple? Would this project be self defeating in that it'd use lots of the free power I'm trying to collect? Any help anybody can give I'd be grateful to receive. Share & Enjoy. Zippy.

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What is the best way to hang/ display knives and swords?

I have a fairly large blade collection and i need a way to display them for now they are clutterly on my dresser they need to br free and have room to breath. What is a good way to hand them from the wall?

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With the new web format I can't find how to add to a collection.

It appears the Instructables has made changes to the web page that displays an Instructible. The old web page had an easy to click button to add an interesting Instructible to a collection. I can't find how to add to or create a collection with the new format. Help!

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Identify WW1 20mm shell casing?

A WWII veteran friend of mine has donated two shells collected on the battlefield in WWI by his father. Following are some photos of the shells: I have tentatively identified them as 20mm HE shells but would like more information, such as manufacturer and probably use. The first image shows both shells. They are 20mm in diameter, the brass casing is 70mm, the steel casing is 49mm and the head is 25mm. The steel casing shows an A and what appears to be an exploding shell. The other two images are of the bases. The letters at the top appear to be B &S;  but could be something else. I believe this is the manufacturer's mark. The 18 should be the year of manufacture. I have no idea what the 125 on the left means nor the numbers on the bottom which are hard to identify. Any assistance would be appreciated because my friend, who is now 95, would like more information concerning the shells. Thank you. Roger Laplante

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Traveling horizontal lines on a projector display?

I hooked up this projector at work (it's a BenQ) and when I view the projected image (in this case a computer screen) I see horizontal lines traveling up the picture. This projector is the only thing on the circuit right now.  I had to branch off the existing electrical line to add a new plug on the ceiling.  When I plug the projector into the existing outlets I get no lines, when I plug it into the outlet I installed I get lines.  The existing outlets on the circuit are all isolated grounds.  I have tried wiring in a regular outlet and then switched it to an isolated ground when the lines appeared, thinking it could be a ground issue.  I know my wiring is correct as I've installed these projectors before. What could it be?

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can i use a digital photo frame display panel as a second monitor, disassembly i guess will be required?

I would like to use a small 7" digital photo frame and remove the lcd panel to use as a display for a htpc case. I am not sure if it's a simple case of soldering a d-sub connector to the panel inputs, or a bit more technical?

Question by khepri    |  last reply


I need a cheap 8-10" LCD display. Are there any digi photo frames that can be converted to a VGA input?

My laptop just died. I want to build a new one. Pelican case style. I don't want to spend a ton of money on the tft touchscreen deals. I just need a display, preferably 800x600 or better display. I really don't want to have to use a TV out to a portable DVD player. As far as not buying a eee or something similar I work in the oil field so this thing will probably see some pretty crappy conditions.

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Does anyone know anything or have any sources about how to collect and preserve insects?

I would like to make a display of bugs in my area, and was wondering if anyone had any ideas/links as to how to trap/preserve/display insects? Thanks in advance!

Topic by musicalbee2003    |  last reply


Rotating Powered Display for GEEK swag

OK, Ill admit it, I'm a nerd.  I'm a Star Wars fan, and I got a new den that I want to geek out. I have a museum-quality X-wing fighter that I want to display on a counter top (&&&).  The piece has a display base, and a acrylic post that the model sits on - and through which three wires go up into the model and illuminates the outer engines, and numerous cockpit fiber-optic display bits.  It is uber-cool to look at in the dark. 8-) But I want to fab a custom display base that ROTATES so the model does a slow 360 revolution over, say, a minute or so.  But I also want to KEEP the lights. So, my puzzle is this.. How can I fab POWER RINGS, so that my model can display its lights as it revolves? -Or- Is there any way I can hack some kind of cheapo commercial wireless power conduction thing, so that I dont really NEED hard wires at all.  I can rig some rechargeable battery pack onto the rotating display base, and something that transmits the power on the table-top base (that doesnt rotate).  To be clear, the motor that does the rotation OF the base I can wire directly to the wall, But for the LEDs built into the model, I figure I need maybe 40mW of DC power that I want transferred to the batteries on the top to juice the model while turned on. I get this idea from my Wii wireless controller recharger.  I only have to put the controllers onto a special plate plugged in to the wall when not being used, and they recharge.  With this, SOMEHOW, power is getting to the batteries in the charger *without* being directly wired to the charging adapter. Anyway, since everyone on this site is a genius, I know the can give me an idea or two. HELP ME GET MY GEEK ON. -Dave &&& If you're interested, it's the eFX Collectibles RED FIVE X-Wing Studio Scale model,

Topic by Clone_Wolf  


Help with SMD marking!

Hello, I recently had a tablet to repair and this SMD IC was damaged: "C03AE". I can't figure out exactly what it is. Results I got range from LDO to Power switch to overcurrent protection. Does anyone know or have the datasheet for the latter? Its SOT-25 package. The tablet works fine without the IC (can charge, work on wall adapter only, etc). Here are some voltage readings WRT to ground (pin 2) and battery at 36% charge (pin numbering as per picture) Case 1: display ON, charger not connected: Pin 1, 3 and 4: 0.00V Pin 5: 3.64V Case 2: display OFF, charger not connected Same as case 1 Case 3: display ON, charger connected Pin 1: 4.74V Pin 3 and 4: 0.00V Pin 5: 4.64V Case 4: display OFF, charger connected Pin 1: 5.11V Pin 3 and 4: 0.00V Pin 5: 4.74V Any help is greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Nawaz

Topic by Nawaz    |  last reply


UPDATE !!!! Sneak Peak: preview of initial results of my prototype display case....

Here is what I got when I fired up the project in total darkness......it needs tweaking, which I will do this weekend and hopefully publish then. WOW !  Is this ever taking a LONG time (and back breaking work at my bench).   Had I thought ahead, I would have saved myself a LOT of trouble and gotten myself some LED sockets....soldering over 90 pairs of leads is tedious at best.....

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Ethernet.h causing problems with 7 segment display driver [Arduino]

Hey Instructables,  I have a really annoying issue with some Arduino code I am writing.  The code is for an ethernet controlled countdown timer.  In it's component parts the functions all work fine,  I can drive the 7 segment display fine. I can start/stop/set a count over Ethernet However as soon as I add the line  Ethernet.begin(mac, ip); in void setup()  The 7 segment display starts to show errors, specifically the first of the four digits. Even If I don't include any additional Ethernet related code in the loop, just calling the library on setup causes problems.  I'm not an especially experienced programmer so I'm really hoping someone can share a little of their wisdom here! #include #include          // needed for Arduino versions later than 0018 #include #include          // UDP library from: bjoern@cs.stanford.edu 12/30/2008 int digit1 = 11; //PWM Display pin 1 int digit2 = 10; //PWM Display pin 2 int digit3 = 9; //PWM Display pin 6 int digit4 = 6; //PWM Display pin 8 //Pin mapping from Arduino to the ATmega DIP28 if you need it //http://www.arduino.cc/en/Hacking/PinMapping int segA = A1; //Display pin 14 int segB = 3; //Display pin 16 int segC = 4; //Display pin 13 int segD = 5; //Display pin 3 int segE = A0; //Display pin 5 int segF = 7; //Display pin 11 int segG = 8; //Display pin 15 // Enter a MAC address and IP address for your controller below. // The IP address will be dependent on your local network: byte mac[] = {   0xDE, 0xAD, 0xBE, 0xEF, 0xFE, 0xED }; IPAddress ip(192, 168, 1, 177); unsigned int localPort = 8888;      // local port to listen on // buffers for receiving and sending data char packetBuffer[UDP_TX_PACKET_MAX_SIZE]; //buffer to hold incoming packet, char ReplyBuffer[] = "acknowledged";       // a string to send back // An EthernetUDP instance to let us send and receive packets over UDP EthernetUDP Udp; elapsedMillis timeElapsed; //declare global if you don't want it reset every time loop runs //  milliseconds in a second unsigned int interval = 1000; unsigned int seconds = 0; unsigned int state = 1; unsigned int timeSetting = 10; unsigned int oldSeconds = 0; char theCount[9] = "01:06:30"; int secs = 0; int mins = 0; int hours = 0; String isItTime = ""; String firstFour = ""; void setup() {                      Ethernet.begin(mac, ip);   Udp.begin(localPort);      pinMode(segA, OUTPUT);   pinMode(segB, OUTPUT);   pinMode(segC, OUTPUT);   pinMode(segD, OUTPUT);   pinMode(segE, OUTPUT);   pinMode(segF, OUTPUT);   pinMode(segG, OUTPUT);   pinMode(digit1, OUTPUT);   pinMode(digit2, OUTPUT);   pinMode(digit3, OUTPUT);   pinMode(digit4, OUTPUT);     pinMode(13, OUTPUT);     } void loop() {     displayNumber(millis()/1000);    } void displayNumber(int toDisplay) { #define DISPLAY_BRIGHTNESS  500 #define DIGIT_ON  HIGH #define DIGIT_OFF  LOW   long beginTime = millis();   for(int digit = 4 ; digit > 0 ; digit--) {     //Turn on a digit for a short amount of time     switch(digit) {     case 1:       digitalWrite(digit1, DIGIT_ON);       break;     case 2:       digitalWrite(digit2, DIGIT_ON);       break;     case 3:       digitalWrite(digit3, DIGIT_ON);       break;     case 4:       digitalWrite(digit4, DIGIT_ON);       break;     }     //Turn on the right segments for this digit     lightNumber(toDisplay % 10);     toDisplay /= 10;     delayMicroseconds(DISPLAY_BRIGHTNESS); //Display this digit for a fraction of a second (between 1us and 5000us, 500 is pretty good)     //Turn off all segments     lightNumber(10);     //Turn off all digits     digitalWrite(digit1, DIGIT_OFF);     digitalWrite(digit2, DIGIT_OFF);     digitalWrite(digit3, DIGIT_OFF);     digitalWrite(digit4, DIGIT_OFF);   }   while( (millis() - beginTime) < 10) ; //Wait for 20ms to pass before we paint the display again } //Given a number, turns on those segments //If number == 10, then turn off number void lightNumber(int numberToDisplay) { #define SEGMENT_ON  LOW #define SEGMENT_OFF HIGH   switch (numberToDisplay){   case 0:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_OFF);     break;   case 1:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_OFF);     break;   case 2:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_ON);     break;   case 3:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_ON);     break;   case 4:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_ON);     break;   case 5:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_ON);     break;   case 6:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_ON);     break;   case 7:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_OFF);     break;   case 8:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_ON);     break;   case 9:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_ON);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_ON);     break;   case 10:     digitalWrite(segA, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segB, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segC, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segD, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segE, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segF, SEGMENT_OFF);     digitalWrite(segG, SEGMENT_OFF);     break;   } }

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How to use LEDs for the first time?

I'm making a display case as a gift and I wanted to add a couple of LED lights with a simple switch to turn on/off.  Doesn't need to be super bright or too fancy.  The case will be about 12" long x 5" deep x 5-6" high overall.  Can anyone direct me to a good site to learn the basics of working with LEDs?  Like how to wire them up and put in the switch?  Thank you!

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Creating a network of LCD screens that display 'room stats'?

My mission is to have my house automated, and in that process, in each room I want to have a touchscreen LCD monitor with a laptop mounted behind it displaying stats for that room (e.g temperature, weather, news, panic button etc). I've come up with a mockup of what the very basics of the UI would include. Each unit will be connected by wireless (or CAT6 depending if I can be bothered) to my main server, which will push all the data not collected by the sensors (e.g news). What would be the best way to design the UI and to link it with the various sensors involved? 

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how to turn an old Macintosh computer into a monochrome monitor (ie add composite video in) for Arduino Pong or TVout?

Can someone explain how to add a composite video input to an old black & white Macintosh SE or Classic computer (in my case a Mac Classic II) to use as a display for Arduino Pong or other projects? For info on hooking Arduino to a TV, see http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Main/TVout Maybe you could make it switchable so you can still use the Macintosh as a Macintosh.

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Can anyone identify this 20mm shell casing? Answered

My grandfather gave me this shell casing, and I have been having a hell of a time trying to find out what kind of gun it is from. On the bottom it says "20mm MK 4 I.S. 1944" From my browsing on the internet, I think it might possibly be a US naval autocannon round, possibly from a 20mm Oerlikon gun, or from a British Antiaircraft gun That said, I still haven't found an exact match. The thing that sets this shell apart from the others is the taper. Normally, casings are straight or are tapered in sections, at a much steeper angle. This shell has a simple taper at a very smooth angle. I have not found a shell that has a matching taper.  The other distinguishing feature are the small divots around the edge, presumably to help hold the projectile onto the shell. This is rather rare, because usually the projectile stays seated in the shell without any special aid. There is also a weld mark on the side of the shell, possibly from being held in a belt, but I am not sure. I have big hand, so the shell looks rather small. It is actually pretty small for a 20mm shell. Any help in ID'ing this shell is appreciated.

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Old image used for "Recent Instructables" display

Hello, I published an instructable ( https://www.instructables.com/id/Large-LEGO-MineCraft-Creeper-Bot/ ) last night. Today when I view the "Recent Instructables" under the LEGO Channel I find that a much older image is being used in the "Recent Instructables" view at https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-play/channel-lego/?sort=RECENT The old image has not been used in the instructable for a few days now. I have been assuming that the first image on the first (intro) page of an instructable would be used. I have since deleted the old image. Is there any way to update this? The older image was a placeholder and not reflective of the quality of the project. I have been using the 'old' editor for this project, though I did temporarily try the new editor. Old image: https://cdn.instructables.com/F14/BXKK/HT3DZV0X/F14BXKKHT3DZV0X.RECTANGLE1.jpg New image: https://cdn.instructables.com/FCM/Q0TE/HU1RX9SF/FCMQ0TEHU1RX9SF.MEDIUM.jpg These have also been attached in case the links above fail : ) Thank you!  - Josh W.

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Has anyone put battery operated mini LED spotlights in an acrylic display case?

I was  given  a Bradford Mint 1:24 scale 1966 Mustang convertible model car for my birthday. I want to display the car in a lighted acrylic 10" cube and a 3" base. I am asking the Instructables community for their help, as I have never undertaken a project like this before.To begin the car measures about 8" Lx 4" W x roughly 4" H. Now, here are my three questions. First, would an AA battery power source run a switch plus 4 LED violet spotlights? Second, what can I use to attach the LED's to the base? And is there a way to harness the LED light to only highlight a specific point on the model car ? I have never undertaken anything like this before. And although I can picture the look I'd like to achieve in my head; I'm very much in the dark about a lot of the details needed to get the job done.Any help on any one or all four of my questions would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Cathy

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Can I make a Page Protector a DS Card Case.... thing?

I've got a DS and I'm starting to get a collection of games. The thing is, I don't want to buy a lot of card cases that can only hold 3 or 4 games. Can I make my own with a page protecter? If so, how? Can I do it on both sides or just one? Should I add something in the midde?

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Old Smartphone LCD as Head Mounted Display?

I've got an old HTC EVO 4G, otherwise known as the PC36100.  I'm attempting to create a 1 to 1 display to connect directly to my computer for a cheap Head Mounted Disply.  I've attempted to use various wireless RDPs.  However, the lag while attempting to do ANYTHING is horrible.  So I attempted to find an app that would connect directly to the phone via USB.  I found two.  Neither of which I feel comfortable dropping money on with such poor reviews and trials that don't work. So finally, I decided why not just use the LCD directly.  No messing with the hardware limitations of the phone at all.  So I took the phone apart.  I got right down to the LCD itself and found that it has a 17-pin input.  But, I don't really know much about it beyond that.  I can tell you that the cable reads: Career 06 94V-0 <->2 C36_FPC REV A I even have a picture of it.  I think it's attached.  If not, I'll fix that. Essentially what I want to know is, what do I need to make it be a fully working LCD monitor for my computer.  I know I'll need a module to convert the signal from what it is now to HDMI or VGA whatever the case may be.  I also know I need power to the screen.  But, beyond that, I don't know where to look.  I've tried looking up the cable information, but I'm not getting great results.  Any help in the matter, would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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How Can I Make a Display Stand for my Custom Starship?

I designed a custom Star Trek ship for my friend for Christmas and had it 3D printed through Shapeways. I'd really like to make a stand for it, but since she's coming home right after New Years and I'm running very low on funds I can't have one 3D printed. Is there a relatively cheap and quick way to make a decent looking stand, preferably one that doesn't physically attach to the ship? Here's a photo of it, just in case that helps!

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Can I make this using nokia 3155 LCD components?

I have a broken nokia 3155 phone but the LCD's is still functioning well. I had the idea to use it as a front panel display on the PC's case to display the disk capacity, the date and time, temperature, etc. Do you think is it possible? I do not understand at all about electronics so if you think it's possible, please teach me how. *sorry for my english reference images:

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Library for easy alpha-numeric display on an LED matrix?

I'm looking for a library for either the Arduino or AVR line of microcontrollers, that enables easy display of scrolling text on a 5x7 or 8x8 LED matrix.  Here's what my requirements are: - The library should contain a table of common alphanumeric characters (alphabet, numbers, and maybe some symbols) - A function should call up any number of letters to form words or phrases, like this: Scroll(H,E,L,L,O,sp,W,O,R,L,D); - Once the function is called, the text automatically scrolls across the display - The function can be called from anywhere, like if/then statements, case statements, results of random numbers, etc. - Additional modifiers, like scrolling left or right, speed, and repetition would be nice to have but not necessary. I've searched the AVRfreaks forum and various Arduino forums, but haven't found what I'm looking for.  So far anything I've found is basically hard-coded bit-banging, making it difficult to change the text and impossible to store more than maybe 100 total characters.  My goal, with a set library of characters, is to have the ability to play back hundreds or thousands of characters, arranged as single words or phrases.  They should be as easy to change as typing in a new sentence in plain language into the code.   So, has anyone come across such a thing?

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PETTY COIN BANK- initial stage. Can anyone help?

Hey Guys... need some advise and help on the initial idea and components of this project. PETTY COIN BANK: PURPOSE: - To electronically segregate coins, display the total number of coins per each case and the total monetary amount inside, with dispensing and security capability. FUNCTION: - Individual coins inserted in the coin slot will be segregated to go to the corresponding individual coin cases and each case will count and display the number of coins dropped in them and a general display for the total amount of money inserted in the device. With a security lock, the device is capable of dispensing coins. so What do you think? Some advise on how i can make this possible... I do have some ideas on the segregation and dispensing mechanisms of the project, and how to identify each of the coins from each other when inserted in the coin slot.My concern would be the Displays for the each NUMBER OF COINS that falls per case (3 displays in total), and the TOTAL MONETARY AMOUNT display that counts per inserted coin in the system. Of course when dispensing, the number of coins should be decremented and the TOTAL MONETARY AMOUNT would change as well depending on the coin and number of coins dispensed. And as you might have read from the purpose and function, this project intends to have a security lock for the dispensing mechanism. Anyone can put coins but only someone that knows the code can dispense coins. I plan on putting a keypad for that. but here is the thing... I DON'T KNOW WHAT MICRO-CONTROLLER I SHOULD USE. I plan on using ARDUINO, but what arduino should i use? and if someone can help i'd like a count of the inputs and outputs so i can decide on what to use. Thanks if someone helps on this...

Question by Gedon    |  last reply


PVC vs Hydroponics and Rain water collection - a timely warning

Hello one and all- I've been interested in hydroponics for a very long time.  Now the time has come around that I should get out and get some form of it built and begin using it.  I began researching different styles and of course reading here on Instructables. I read about all the different styles and methods.  I looked at kits, partial kits, and building my own design.  I also began to think about moving away from the use of the well on my property.  I looked into rain water capture.  Here in the north east there's been no shortage of rain even in a "dry" year. In nearly every tutorial or kit I've found them based on a PVC product or using PVC materials.  I remembered that there had been an issue with Lead (Pb) being in PVC. I looked it up.  It appears that there are serious issues with the use of PVC and Lead is only one of them. Here is a sampling of the links to the issue of Lead in PVC - http://lists.essential.org/1996/dioxin-l/msg00205.html http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/safe_pipes_mean_safe_water/ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080602091241.htm http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/reports/whatswrong.pdf This is just a few links - there are a ton more. It's an interesting read and should give everyone working with PVC cause for pause.   For example instead of using the PVC gutters I had planned on for the rainwater collection I've been thinking about making them from wood (Plywood) and coating the inside with Food Grade Shellac.  I will be using PVC pots for container vegetable gardening this year but I will rough up the interior of the container (taking precautions - respirator, gloves etc) and again using Food Grade Shellac to prevent the PVC coming into contact with the growth media or growing vegetables. I was sort of surprised by this info and just thought I should share it just in case someone was unaware of the issue.  I would like to cross post this but am not likely to do so for concern of running afoul of some rule.  Feel free to share this info though.  In fact please share this widely- Good luck with your projects, Marcintosh

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Anyone thought of adding a second lcd panel to a laptop to create a dual display?

Hello everyone, Just wanted to ask a question to all of you modders out there... Seeing as two or three new products have been shown off at technology shows sporting dual displays on a laptop of normal dimensions, has anyone thought of trying to add one themselves? They are so thin now, and I am sure altering components such as lcd controllers and graphics output could be done pretty straightforwardly. Several teams appear to have come up with what I would expect is the most efficient and attractive method: a sliding lcd panel in front of the second panel, both embedded in the lid. I am a video editor, and this would be ideal as our programs are so big, we need as much real estate as we can get visually. Anyone willing to give it a go with an old spare and do an instructable? Here is a link to my favourite dual display laptop design: http://www.techspot.com/news/36018 [...] ebook.html http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/10 [...] -kohjinsh/ The two ends of the laptop spectrum - high end desktop replacement with two 15" screens (adding two full HD 1080p 15.6" wouldn't be too hard); and a 10" netbook with a 768p dual display setup proves that it is practically feasible and even financially viable. A bit of casing areound the second panel, an extra GFX module using an expresscard port or similar, perhaps an lcd controller, and bob is your father's brother. If anyone thinks they could manage it in principle, please do upload any pics of the project - Im sure many will find it useful and inspiring for their own mods... Thanks, David

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i am looking for a way to create a fps-like head mounted display.

I have read looked at alot of the hmd's on this site, but none of them do anything more than show what you can already see without them. i want to build/buy (preferably build) a hmd with a compass, gps guiding system, battery life, ect. i know its alot, but i think it would be cool and useful in alot of cases.

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Have an interesting thing for sell...

I have a brand new, unused bare (without a proper case) DVD player screen. I am going to sell it on Ebay once more. It can display 200,000+ colors, etc. Look for it up in a couple weeks or so. Thanks Ethan

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Pdf export breaks special characters - in my case for Czech language

The PDF export is a great feature. I experienced a bug in text encoding with Czech language. When special characters like: č ě š č ř ž ý á  got displayed badly (as few other characters) in the pdf while on the web they look ok. Would be really great to see this fixed since i want to do my Instructables bi-lingual. thanks: this is a link to my instructable that causes problems. https://www.instructables.com/id/Upload-new-software-to-Trinity-using-Arduino-Jak-n/ and link to pdf itself: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/34763329/Upload-new-software-to-Trinity-using-Arduino-Jak-n.pdf i am using chrome on OSX 10.7.5 keep up great work. Václav and btw. the new file uploader didn`t work to attach the pdf - so i tried the old one and now I don`t see whether the pdf is attached or not - thats why i attached the dropbox link

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Can you change the shape of an Ni-Ca battery? Answered

From my experience a battery is a collection of cells; and since Ni-Ca batteries are cased in heatshrink you can see the various cells it is made up of!  As I just bought the wrong battery for my airsoft gun (it is way too big) I thought if I took the casing off and disassembled it into various batteries could you then turn it into a stick battery? May seem obvious; but I'm new to this :) Thanks

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