The Instructables Community

Recently I was watching an episode of futurama (I dated a robot) where the characters enter the internet to download a celebrity. The point is, the internet there is like a mall. People actually come inside the internet.I was wondering, how would Instructables be presented here? And how about youtube?Any ideas how it would be?Looked like this:

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Community Garden

Hello all, I was doing some work in the garden, weeding and harvesting some Veg when I had an idea. I thought "I wish my local community had a place where I could grow my own plants with everyone else that I know". Then I thought "Maybe I should set up 'my' own community garden!" It has since become my mission of the day (and hopefully the next few months or so) to try and figure out how to make this happen. But almost immediately I have run into many problems. I have managed to sort these problems into 4 sections: 1. Location 2. Price (renting or buying?) 3. Management 4.Resources (human AND natural) I think that time will not be too much of a problem, as the summer holidays are commencing soon which will bring me a great amount of free time. I know it's a big ask of you to think up any solutions/tactics that I can use for this project, but I know that it's been done before and documented as an 'Ible at least once. This is more of a question than a forum topic, so to bring the relevance levels to a happy medium I ask: What are your experiences of Community Gardens? What are your opinions of them? Thank you for your input,  -R-

Topic by roblin90 


Knexing for The Community!

Hey, so one of the things which annoys me, and likely annoys you guys as well, is people posting the most epic creations you have ever seen in picture form, with the sentence "Should i post???", and then when you ask them to post instructions, they say that they've broke it up, and you can never get to build that gun, even though your eyes are drooling and your mouth is crying tears of cabbage... WELL LOOK NO FURTHER! From now on (actually whenever i feel like it), if there is i gun with no instructions, and a reasonable piece count, send me the link, and i will attempt to build it, and then post instructions. OR if you are so amazingly good at instructables and knex and stuff, but don't have the time to make one, again, I WILL DO IT FOR YOU, and i will actually give you guys, the creators, all the credit! All i require is enough pics from different angles! So what are you waiting for? LET'S MAKE A BETTER INSTRUCTABLES COMMUNITY! (ps. this shouldn't be against the code of conduct if you ask the creator first if you can get me to build it, otherwise it is stealing of content)

Topic by Zappa021 


Knexing for the community!

Hey, so one of the things which annoys me, and likely annoys you guys as well, is people posting the most epic creations you have ever seen in picture form, with the sentence "Should i post???", and then when you ask them to post instructions, they say that they've broke it up, and you can never get to build that gun, even though your eyes are drooling and your mouth is crying tears of cabbage... WELL LOOK NO FURTHER! From now on (actually whenever i feel like it), if there is i gun with no instructions, and a reasonable piece count, send me the link, and i will attempt to build it, and then post instructions. OR if you are so amazingly good at instructables and knex and stuff, but don't have the time to make one, again, I WILL DO IT FOR YOU, and i will actually give you guys, the creators, all the credit! All i require is enough pics from different angles! So what are you waiting for? LET'S MAKE A BETTER INSTRUCTABLES COMMUNITY! (ps. this shouldn't be against the code of conduct if you ask the creator first if you can get me to build it, otherwise it is stealing of content)

Question by Zappa021   |  last reply


Powerline communication

Hello I'm intrested in plc (powerline communiction) but I can't find specific schematics and / or "to the point" information. If someone can help me with information ect... or anything use full??  Thnx

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Wireless Communication Answered

I want to make some small cheap (possibly from toys) walkie talkies it would also be handy if i could attach some headphones(with inbuilt [eg iphone headphones] or seperate mic) im hopeing to have signel ~100-500m but anything will do.

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Question for the Community

Hi, I've been to this site a few times in the past, but this site stuck in mind for some unknown reason; anyhow, I made this account due to this urging curiosity to know why you make all these strange, fascinating, and completely useless stuff. I don't remember if it was MIT or Stanford but one of them said that inventions should be useful and solve a real problem. Thanks for your comments.

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Community Project Website

Hello All,  Recently, I came across this website for people to collaborate and create things for the community. I thought this would be a good place to share it. Many of us make things that benefit community, and we all have different backgrounds. This is a free website that we can post projects on, and can get crowdfunding. It seems legitimate, and is for sure worth a try. A friend of mine started the idea behind this website, if any of you guys have any ideas to work on in the community, you guys should give it a shot.    The website is: www.innovatebuild.org -rlingineni

Topic by rlingineni 


NodeMCU to NodeMCU communication

Dear All,I am really a newbie here playing with two NodeMCUs. I started out with basics and after a while I stepped into my actual project. The project is to display toilet status indicator. My plan is to pick up the data from PIR sensor and feed it to one NodeMCU and have another NodeMCU process the data on the other end of the room and display the status on and I2c 16 x 2 LCD. I was able to connect the PIR and LCD onto one NodeMCU and test it and things were fine. I am really looking for some help to use TCP/IP protocol to have the nodeMCUs communicate to each other.My basic code is as below:#include#include int sensor = 13;LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x27, 16, 2);void setup(){ Serial.begin(115200);Wire.begin(D2, D1); pinMode(sensor, INPUT); pinMode(LED_BUILTIN, OUTPUT);lcd.begin(); }void loop (){ long state = digitalRead(13); if (state == HIGH){ Serial.println("Motion recognized"); lcd.setCursor(5, 0); lcd.print("RESTROOM IS"); lcd.setCursor(0, 1); lcd.print("OCCUPIED"); digitalWrite (LED_BUILTIN, LOW); delay(5000); lcd.clear(); } else { if (state == LOW); Serial.println("Motion Absent!"); lcd.setCursor(0, 1); lcd.print("NOW VACANT"); digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, HIGH); delay(5000); lcd.clear(); }}Thanks for any help you can provide or guide me to examples.

Question by BharatharajV 


The Community Over the Years

In the seven years I've been on Instructables, one thing I know to be true is that the community has changed. A lot. It is amusing to look over the "How to Steal An Instructable" post made years ago, which satirized the theft of projects. Looking back on things as old as this proves funny but also depressing though; the community has changed so dramatically in the years that have transpired that copied projects are now no longer the objects of satire or chiding but the recipients of praise and prizes. A few months ago, when I again broached the topic of copies on Instructables and the problems they cause, I was met with responses indicating that to overcome copycats all one needed to do was work a little harder. That is, those who have already put forward the effort of actually developing something new and of their own design should now work even harder to succeed. Curiously absent was any suggestion that copycats exert themselves and actually do something say--original. By chance, I ran into a thread I had not seen in years while writing this: the thread on the "Instructables laws," guiding principles users ought to observe. There are four, with some accompanying notes to all. The first entry, the Zeroth Law, is the one relevant to projects and their content. It states that: "if an Instructable exactly like yours has not already been posted, then you shall post your Instructable." An addendum is made to it, stating: "If your Instructable has an identical goal to a pre-existing Instructable, but achieves that goal by a different or improved route, or in a different style, then you shall also post your Instructable." The legitimacy of simplicity is also noted in an accompanying corollary. None of the above ideas are wrong. On the contrary, it is people ignoring this thinking which has caused serious issues. Nowadays, people know other projects have been published with identical instructions (and even superior quality), yet they proceed on and repost it themselves anyway. Furthermore, their copying usually violates the copyright restrictions laid out by the original creator. When the Instructables laws were written down, it is clear that original content was valued highly and respected. Nowadays, the dedication of the community toward these ideals is questionable to say the least. Today the community displays a disconcerting apathy toward makers and what they do. Just a few weeks ago, I was told the community is not interested in anything but the results--that the makers and their efforts are completely irrelevant. I'd rather not believe that is how the community at large believes things ought to be (especially given that it's a particularly unimpressive pitch to attract new makers and new ideas), but it seems like it may in fact be just that. With that in mind, things have obviously changed--for better or for worse is in the eyes of the beholder; I have already reached my own personal conclusion.

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Gift Giving In the Community

After making my friend Weiss a genuine Instructables nametag while I was interning (he specifically asked me to), he told me that he'd pay me back somehow. The other day I got an IM from him saying that he was sending me a holiday gift, which I thought was really, really generous! Today, the 11th, I received a letter in the mail today from Weiss!I eagerly opened it, to find a caring message, "Happy Hannukah!" and an awesome photogram. I'm really loving the muffins, robots, and muffiny text!So, it's that time of the year again, and I'm thinking that it's time I gave back to the community.... literally.For those select few of you who have really helped me along with my projects, emulated my projects, or have come to me for help, and maintained contact with me, expect to see a little something holiday-related in your mailbox at some point (if you choose to accept such a gift). It might arrive really late, and I'm sorry about that, but I really have to get my college apps in before that January first deadline.Anyhow, I'll PM you before I send it out, and if you think that I might have forgotten about you, just hit me up with a PM or orangeboard post =)

Topic by T3h_Muffinator   |  last reply


Trying to join the community

Cannot successfully upload a jpg file so I can't participate in the community! I keep getting error messages from instructables. Any ideas what is going on folks?

Topic by Kspraydad 


KNEX Community Contest

So, I thought it may be nice to have some community contest? We'd need some ideas and stuff, though, so what do you think? More discussion about this over here: http://knexflux.net/t57

Topic by Sorunome   |  last reply


Building a communication device

Hey guys - I was wondering if anyone could point me to any instructables or other how-to's that teach you how to build a device that can communicate over the air over a given frequency? I've searched around a bunch but I can't really find anything. (I'm also completely stupid when it comes to this kind of stuff.)

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Knex Community: Twitter

Does anyone else in the community have twitter? Well, i do. I'll be giving updates on my knex projects. But PLEASE keep in mind that i also have a life. So i may be communicating with my friends, or things you don't understand, so PLEASE don't ask what on earth i'm talking about if you don't understand. I hate explaining inside jokes. Anyways! http://twitter.com/ajleece Why don't you post yours? Also, if you have facebook, add me! https://www.facebook.com/ajleece

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Community Project Idea

I had an idea that once a month, I (or anyone else) could post a list of materials. Then the community (you) could come up with ideas using some or all of the matierials. The person(s) who posted the original list of materials would pick the best or most reasonable project/idea, make it, and put up an instructable on it. Let me know whether it would be something anyone would like to do.

Topic by Ora   |  last reply


arduino ultrasonic communication

I was thinking about using the ultrasonic  module (hc-sr04) for communication for two or more arduino.the way i was thinking of do to turn a 8 bit number into single bits(i have no idea on how to do that) and send them one at time(with delay) to a another arduino which turn it back into a number also  has a master arduino  and slave arduinos 

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RS 485 communication

Im trying to communicate with servos that use rs458 to move, Im going to use a chip from here: http://para.maxim-ic.com/en/search.mvp?fam=rs485&793=2.5%20to%205.5|3.0%20to%205.5|5&tree;=master probebly the MAX13181. But i need to know what pic micro to use to change the one pulse two pulse from a servo controller to a digital signal that the MAX13181 chip can understand

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Mobile pc communications

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this so i'm sorry if its not. I am looking to control a set of switches using an old mobile phone connected to my PC. Sending a text message to the phone would let you do various things depending on the text message content. I don't even know if this would be possible but it is something I am looking to do and this seems to be one of the solutions (if possible) to what I need to do. If anyone else can help me with a way to control anything remotely without a wireless Internet connection, possibly even if its only 3G/EDGE/HSDPA Thanks

Topic by kaotix   |  last reply


Bluetooth communication questions.

Hi all, I havent played with bluetooth before, so I wanted to ask a few questions before getting myself started. I want to create a simple robot that is controlled by bluetooth and make most of it from scratch. where there will be a transmitter and a receiver, followed by arduino that creates my PWM, the H-bridge and finally the motors.  I was wondering how exactly does the bluetooth work. I checked a little bit online for the prices.  the standard bluetooth dongle that connects to a PC are about 2-5$. but the arduino shields are 60-100$. I was wondering if I can get myself 2 bluetooth USB dongle and make them communicate between each other.  Is it because there are other 'modules' neccessary to properly communicate that the computer has so we cant use a dongle on the arduino which making us buy the expensive shield? So to recapitulate, my point is, can I use a standard cheap usb dongle to both send and receive information?

Topic by bjaii 


Serial communication on Arduino? Answered

I tested a QRD1114 reflective sensor using a voltage meter, and was working great. I was getting good responses from the sensor (one of the sensors I was using had a bad LED which was not working, but the sensor worked fine with an external IR LED that I had laying around.) But as soon as I hooked it up to an analog input pin of my arduino board, and used the serial communications to display the reading from the sensor on the serial monitor, every reading would be 1023 (which should be the highest possible reading) even when there wasn't anything near the sensor. I changed the pin, so I know it isn't a defective pin. I repeated the test with a photo cell and got similar results. what could be the problem, and what can I do about it?

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My problem with this community

I have been "using" instructables for maybe 2 years or so. Well i have to admit that more rubish instructables are being published and I can't be happy as before. Year ago i had habit before sleep to open instructables app on my android tablet and search for cool instructable on featured page but nowdays all I can see is some nonsence and similar why?? What happened? :( Example : " Easy way to change wallpaper on windows 7 home " -> gets milion views  ...

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Farewell my community

I just want to take this chance to say goodbye. As most (if not all) of you, probably don't know, I am a mormon of missionary age. I received my call to Billings, Montana and report on the 24th of July, though I don't know how much I'll be on the site between now and then. Thank you to all the awesome people on this site who have put up with and answered the questions I've asked when not thinking (really, go back and read them), and all you awesome people who have commented on my instructables and given feedback. I will be gone for the next two years, so if it seems like I've gone comatose, it's because for all intents and purposes, I have. If you have any questions regarding my instructables, I won't be able to answer them after I report, but other members of the community, and my brother (should he choose to reveal himself) should be able to answer your questions. Till we meet again in two years, I fare thee well.

Topic by A-Nony-Mus   |  last reply


Ingenuity in the cannabis community

This is an inquiry aimed at the moderators and staff of the site specifically, but should also involve the community. I live in Northern California, which is one of the world centers of marijuana use and culture. My entire life I have been exposed to users of the drug, and it is a drug, although a largely harmless one in comparison to other legal drugs (and let's not make this a debate, please. it's not the issue at hand, argue about that in other places PLEASE). I would also like to add that I do not, never have, and will most likely never smoke marijuana unless I develop a medical condition for which it is prescribed. Being a maker, I have noticed the large amount of art, ingenuity, and design that goes into the smoking devices that these people use. This creativity and design is something that I feel should be shared on this site. Marijuana is a drug that is legal in many places, either freely available or medicinally, or in a legal gray area. In fact, it seems much more legal, and arguably safer than a portion of the projects on this website. From the perspective of someone who does dumb things safely, I have seen some stuff on here that is terrifying at worst, and dumb at best. That said, it's all usually creative, and awesome, and is by no means representative of the vast majority of content on this site. tl;dr: marijuana apparatus can be very creative and artistic, values supported by this site it is legal in various areas and a lot safer than some things I have seen on here The actual question: What is the official position of the mods/staff/community on posting content including or related to marijuana smoking apparatus? I have made many different kinds of smoking things for my friends, and it is a much more in depth and scientific process than one would imagine. If it's okay, I would like to share some of these creations. also, that's not my picture, just an example of an intricate bong.

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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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What do we call ourselves?

We need a term for members of the Instructables community. En'iblers? Instructablists? Any other suggestions?

Question by ToniRose   |  last reply


Suggestion for pasta sauce to go with spinach flavoured dough

Hi, I have made a spinach flavored dough and want some suggestions for what pasta sauce would go well with it.Thanks

Question by MoafaqA 


Will laminated poster handle extreme temperatures?

Need to know if this poster will last in extrem temperature, if I laminate it (with clear plastic in one of those machines at copy store). Poster will be protected from direct sun and water, but will be subject to winter and summer temperatures in northern Illinois (negative 15 to 105 degrees). Thoughts? Or should I use a glue and no laminate?

Question by Doowhop 


DC motor

I had a 220v angle grinder. It was burnt. I take the rotor of the grinder out. Its completely fine. Now i make a DC motor using this rotor and magnets(for field current). My question is, how much maximum DC volts this motor can take to get the maximum RPM. Because the motor was 220v AC, Will it run on 220v DC?

Question by Shezi007   |  last reply


Classroom jeopardy repair

We are a non profit using the classroom jeopardy 8000 game for programs with adults and students, and have had great success with participation. We have run into problems with the signal recognition acting sporadically. The company educational insights no longer sells or services the product and we have no clue who we could go to for help. Who would know the how to with this great program ? Thanks for any help you can send our way.

Question by michael mulfino   |  last reply


Does anyone know if instructables will make it where we can post a picture inline with the text.

I feel like that would make things easier for people to understand. something like;Do this step. It should look like this:*Picture of step*Now do this. It should look like this:*Picture of next step*.Other forums have this. seems like a basic feature that would help encourage people to post more meaningful projects.

Topic by Terabull   |  last reply


​Unable to do "Save As" of MPP File

I have multiple MPP files that I can no longer perform a "Save As' (into Excel, csv, etc) on. I am now getting an "Operation failed" message box. There never used to be a problem, but now there is. It is affecting multiple users, not just myself. I don't have any idea even where to begin troubleshooting what is going on. Any suggestions to repair mpp file or fix this bug would be greatly appreciated.

Question by Gerrison   |  last reply


Suggestions for a beginner project bike?

I'm jumping the gun a little bit here, but looking ahead to winter and the off season, I want to find a cheap project bike I can tinker with. I have some mechanical inclinations, but it will be a bit of learning curve, so I want something that's pretty accessible and relatively easy to work on for a beginner. I'm looking for a cruiser anywhere from 250cc to 500cc with minimal bells and whistles. Lay those suggestions on me. Showbox Tutuapp VidmateAlso, what are some red flags I should look out for that are going to end up giving me nightmares? I want a bike I can work on and learn with, but I'm definitely not looking to do a complete rebuild.

Topic by popchau   |  last reply


3 Separate speakers 3 separate outputs from 1 sound card

Hello everyone. I'm working on a project right now that requires me to send 3 individual tones to 3 individual speakers without any overlap. I had decided that I was going to use the program audacity, as it can generate the tones and frequencies that I need, and a 6 channel amplifier connected to the 3 speakers I'm using. However, after I played around with it, I found that I could only generate 2 tones at a time, and could only get them to play out of the individual speakers I wanted by adjusting the L/R balance on the individual settings for each tone, but I can't create more than 2 without getting overlap. I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a plug-in that would solve the problem that I'm having. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Question by Guccisgizmos   |  last reply


Separate speakers different outputs from one computer

Hello everyone. I'm working on a project right now that requires me to send 3 individual tones to 3 individual speakers without any overlap. I had decided that I was going to use the program audacity, as it can generate the tones and frequencies that I need, and a 6 channel amplifier connected to the 3 speakers I'm using. However, after I played around with it, I found that I could only generate 2 tones at a time, and could only get them to play out of the individual speakers I wanted by adjusting the L/R balance on the individual settings for each tone, but I can't create more than 2 without getting overlap. I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a plug-in that would solve the problem that I'm having. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Question by Guccisgizmos 


Annual Instructables Community Review

Hello, everyone, I would like to share with you my experience in this community for about 7 years of being a member here. Instructables members are very talented and very reliable also they are supportive. The community helps me to grow as an enthusiast in technology. This community is very educational. I really recommended this community for any makers around the world. I love being a member here and show what I made. I believe sharing is caring, so if we share each other's idea our world will be better for the next generations. I am lucky of being part of Instructables Community since 2009! (Wareneutron) P.S. Review this community by leaving a simple reply to this post! I hope everyone will share their thoughts and opinions or even feedback about this growing community of makers.

Topic by WarenGonzaga 


Community Built Ball Machine.

Hey guys and girls. I'm planning to build a community built ball machine. IE, YOU suggest the elements. I'll build the lift, but either show a picture of the element, or a link to where it is used, and I'll hopefully have it finished soon.So, any suggestions?

Topic by ajleece   |  last reply


New Instructables Community Section

Last night we released a re-worked version of the forums as part of our new Community section. We quickly built the previous version of the forums more than a year ago to give people a place to discuss and share things that weren't quite full Instructables. The forums quickly grew way beyond what we had originally designed them to do, and last night we finally got a chance to improve them.The forums are now organized into categories, with a Market Place section and a Help section, and addition to the general forum. There's even a special forum category exclusively for K'Nex. If like the old forum sorting, that's still available by clicking view all on any of the three sections. Also, you can now preview your forum topic before you post it, or leave it unpublished but saved in case you have something more to add. Tell us what you like, and help us find and squash any bugs!

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


Feature request for the community section

Might be just me but I would appreciate to have the name or who made the last posting in a topic.Having the date is one thing but a name would allow to see if the thread starter replied or someone else.

Topic by Downunder35m 


A Love Letter to the Instructables Community

Dear fellow contributors, Halloween is approaching, and that was what first got me involved in the Instructables community. I haven't posted anything in about a year now.  We bought a house, and all the maintenance that comes with that took away my free time for projects.  Then I got promoted to a position I've always been after, which is also more time consuming.  Then when i finally reclaimed some free time, I started volunteering taking photos for a local animal shelter to help get cats re-homed faster, AND started fostering under-sized kittens for another shelter! All of this has been great life stuff, but it has left the craft room in my new house woefully underused. Just wanted to write and express my appreciation for this community. When I was posting projects, I was immersed! I loved seeing what other people made and interacting with the makers. I loved helping to judge contests and the thrill of seeing if i would place in one myself.  Instructables gave me a creative outlet back when I was in positions at work that were less satisfying. Instructables gave me a whole world of people to connect with when my own world was so small.  Thanks to those individuals who were always supportive, celebratory, and who answered questions for a newbie.  Thanks to the hardworking staff at Instructables to were always great communicators and who choose such fun challenges and prizes! This place is great. I hope to make a return to posting Instructables someday when life slows down. Maybe about kitten fostering, since I now have plenty of experience with that! Just wanted to say thanks, and to tell my fellow makers never to take your free time for granted.  It is a gift! Keep sharing your gifts with others :)

Topic by ashleyjlong 


Is the KNEX gun community dead?

So there has not been a post in the KNEX forum section for weeks about KNEX guns and It is getting so slow and dead around here that I could not stand it any more so I thought I would post a topic to see what others think. Are any of you working on stuff? I know some KNEX gunners have moved to YouTube but there is still very little content also a lot of people have left I know years ago everybody was saying that the community was dead but there was a nice jump in activity in the last year or so but It seams that stuff is dead as meat around here know. I found this community to be are very welcoming and fun place on the internet and I would hate to see it dead for good. Is there anybody that has plans of posting again? I just want to know how things are going has everybody lost interest or just grown out of this hobby? I hope that we can come back to life but I don't know will 2015 go down as the year the KNEX gun community died? Hope all is well with all you KNEXers! 

Topic by sonic broom   |  last reply


(removed by author or community request)

Why can't Instructables do away with the "removed by author or blah blah blah" thing. It just clutters things up, and doesn't really serve a purpose. If instructables wants the person that made the comment to know it was removed, email them. Any time we have to remove something that can't be edited, it leaves behind this garbage. Before, there was a set rhyme and reason to deleting posts and not having that happen (bottoms up!), but recently I created a post which was the first reply to the first comment in my $1 security hardware instructable, and noticed a glaring error in it and IMMEDIATELY deleted it (because there was no EDIT function) and it left one of these steaming piles of Yak poo in the comment thread. PLEASE - GET RID OF THESE ANNOYANCES! Win7 Ultimate Google Chrome Version 32.0.1700.19 beta-m Aura $1 PC Hardware Security Power Lockout deleting reply

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Using Arduino For Communication Device?

Hi there, I'm currently working on a University project for my Final Year and currently have some proposed ideas for a social device which can be worn or attached to clothing. My plan is to create a device which sends messages or other information using a sender/receiver which then stores the information, ready to be read later either through USB or simply viewing it on the device itself. It may even work in a similar way to another, similar project I have found on Instructables (see below). The user would simply wear this item of clothing in a specific environment (such as a nightclub - speaking hyperthetically) which would allow communication between people just by walking past another person with the same device. Think of this as a close-proximity, P2P-type device for communication. https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Lilypad-Interactive-Passion-Sensing-Scarf/ I have talked the project over with my peers and found that there are two main options to creating such a device, which are: - Use several Arduinos (one for each user) which send and receive information via RFID Readers/Writers (again, a set of each for each user) attached to the board. One problem with this is that it will be incredibly bulky and unlikely to survive being washed or put through the punishment that clothing often takes on a daily basis. - Use a central Arduino board which receives information from Arduino XBees which receive information from the central Arduino and are sent information back from it. One problem with this is when several devices come into contact with each other, the central Arduino will be unable to tell which message has come from and should go to another device. However, one plus point with this is that I've heard XBees (Series 2 only) will be able to send and receive information on their own and are incredibly small. If you have any ideas on how this device could be produced or if you have any comments on the above, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you may have. Cheers, KugarWeb.

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Café Twin Arts and Science Community Advisory

Http://cafetwinctv.blogspot.com/ Cafe Twin Community TV Show__ A Bridge to Music and Science with conversation and project development on a community level and via community twining as demonstrated post World War II in Europe with leadership from France and Germany Twitter ID: waldenthreenet

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Intel Galileo will not communicate with Uno?

Hello, I want to communicate with my arduino uno via serial on pins 0 and 1 of the Galieo and SoftwareSerial on Uno pins 10 and 11. I have checked the baud rate and all i get when i read the SoftwareSerial port is garbage. Does anybody know why this is happening? Thanks

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Makey Makey Community Hub

We are stoked to be part of this new teacher community! Thank you, Instructables! We are going to have our own community hub soon, and are hoping you'll want to be a part of it! Do you have a Makey Makey guide that you've created for your classroom? We'd love to see it and share it on our hub! Share a link in this topic to show us what you've made.

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Halloween Bash – A Community Arcade

A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games, with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival – it’s the perfect mix of technology, creativity and Halloween celebration. Community Maker Groups with large arcade games throughout the Center. Cardboard Challenge + Community Arcade game -making Station: You make the games, we provide the prizes! Saturday, October 25, 2014 noon – 4pm Bon Air Center Just off Hwy 101 on Sir Francis Drake Blvd in Greenbrae, CA

Topic by vkbonair 


Arduino UART communication quandary

I'm trying to hook up a 5v Arduino to a 3.3v datalogger. I just realized that in all the time I have been messing around with micro controllers, I have never communicated serially to a device that wasn't 5V. I was about to just wire the two devices together when I thought better of it and figured I should look into the matter a little further. Can I just directly connect the RX pin on the 3.3V device to the TX pin on the Arduino? Or do I need to add a resistor in-between? Or a voltage divider? Actually, that wasn't all that many questions. Basically, I'm just wondering what is good form in communicating between devices of varying voltages?

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