capacitor control

I was just wondering if anyone knows any methods of controlling the energy discharge from a capacitor..

Topic by nuncoop   |  last reply


Temperature control

Hey I am wondering how to make something to shut off a heat source at a certain temperature. The heat source is a normal appliance that is plugged into the wall.

Topic by lun0s   |  last reply


Remote Control

Hello people! I was wondering if anyone knows how to hook up a computer to a remote control from a bluray, so I can do stuff with the commands from the remote.

Topic by Game Maker   |  last reply


Mind control

I don't know why, but the picture for the robot contest looks like instructables robot mind controlling the rabbit or what ever the creature it is. It makes me think it is a mind control contest when I first saw that picture.

Topic by Plasmana   |  last reply


temperature controller

I have a code that can increase the duty cycle of the pmw output to control the brightness of my bulb and i have lm35 conneted next to the bulb to sense the temperature and now my problem is i have to add two more additional switches for my gain and make the other two the setpoint of my temp,and i de an attachment of my code

Topic by PapaneE   |  last reply


REMOTE CONTROL

I'd attached two pictures here. can anyone help me with this? at least let me know what it is called so i can further search how to utilize it with my device. is it possible to use this with arduino & how i connect them? if possible i want to use it as my remote control for my device. it is wireless. however i don't want to use it as wireless. help me please because using push button does not work. thanks.

Topic by lovetronic   |  last reply


Motor Controller

Dear Sir, Can you help me in developing a 24/36 mosfet controller for tricycle? Regards P​

Topic by hgsan   |  last reply


Motor controlers?

I have a 24 volt motor from an old mobility scooter and I want to control it with my arduino but I have no idea what motor controller to use. I presume that I will need to use PWM to control it but what hardware to use I have no idea. Any help I would really appreciate. Thanks

Question by cheesemarathon   |  last reply


Remote controll

I need to remote controll two 12 volt motors each one needs to operate independent of the other and both motors must go forward and back if you have any tips or diagrams on how to remote controll this please leave a comment.

Topic by Redneck2   |  last reply


House Controlling

I have pic18F2553 with interface  and it is programmed on c++ for 1/0 how to make it controlling house lights and windows?? im physician but i know alot of things about houses building

Question by Tariq R.Hijaz   |  last reply


iTunes controller?

I'm not sure if I was searching for the right key words, but I was planning on building a desk with all of my computer components built into it, save the monitor keyboard and mouse, and I wanted to make like a little controller for iTunes that controlls random, repeat, next song, previous song, pause, and play. Like, would it be possible to take apart a spare remote control and use the circuitry and buttons from that to do it? Is it even possible? Also, this will be on a Windows 7 PC

Topic by Eavath   |  last reply


speed controller ?

You can make a washing machine motor with the module and taco run with a potentiometer switch to give you speed control over the motor I have the planes for a hot point motor but not the motor im using !! does anyone have the no how as to with leads to connect to contact mrkeithg.rumsey@tesco.net

Question by rumsey   |  last reply


Controller Camera

I'm new to this sorry. I want to make a wireless contolled camera or some thing that use either the ps1 or n64 controllers. Like if you press X it will take the photo. I want to have a display near or on the controller so it can be viewed with out the camera. As well as a usb cable so it can plug directly into the pc. I know it sounds like a lot too but I have most of the parts.

Topic by squall_01   |  last reply


Radio control. Answered

I have radio control radio and receivers from different cars with different AM. They are all 49 mhz, can I change AM by replacing old resisters at  the right spot and put less resistive ones to make it work? Any way?

Question by jbaker22   |  last reply


charge controller

I have the cm3024z charge controller. i have 240 watts going in, controller going to batteries, no conection on the load,   have 1500 watt converter hooked to batteries. set the controller as such,,, HvD-14v, LvR-12.5 v'  LvD-10.8 v . my voltage comming in to the controller is good, when i get to the hvd it kicks out at 14v as it should, but my lvr doesnt want to kick back in. i have let the batteties drain below the lvr but will not kick back in ..  is there anybody that can help with this, i have retured the first one and this is my second one with same problem. i have left the system hooked up as acording to manual,but after it kicks out it just wont kick bavk in unless i disconnect the panels and reconnect them.   all help would be appreciate, thanks

Topic by puddlepod   |  last reply


Temp controller

I need to activate a garage door opener  with temp control. Opener uses momentary switches   There is a solarium on the out side of my shop garage door, When the temp between the door and the solarium reaches +/- 90 degrees  the door would open and +/-60 degrees the door would shut. Because the opener needs momentary contacts a regular thermostat  will not work. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated..

Topic by mcsxr2   |  last reply


Computer Control

I would like to know how to control the speed of a small DC motor via serial or USB. I have general electrical and programming knowledge, but I have no idea how I would do this. I have found http://www.lvr.com/usb.htm..Any help?

Topic by Crash2108   |  last reply


Cnc controller Answered

Im building a cnc machine and want to know whats the best free milling software i dont have a parralel port only usb

Question by hightekrednek2396   |  last reply


Controlling Amperage

Hiyas, I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I was wanting to build or buy something I could control Amp input. The system would be 12 -14 v dc and I want to be able to limit the input to say... 25 - 30 amps. So if a system would naturally draw more amps I want to be able to control the system be limiting the amp input...if that is making any sense. Got any thoughts ??? tks Huchleberry

Topic by huchleberry 


Ambilight controller

Hey guys,has any body tried the ambilight controller like the one here ==> http://www.hacknmod.com/displayMOD.php?hack=990the link for the controller points to some weirdly languaged (hope thats a word "languaged") site but with no content. i am preparing my comp for fragapalooza (canada's largest lan party) so if any one has done/looked up this mod, please point to a schematic for the led controller...the controller is connected to a pc with a serial cable and has many outputs to connect chains of leds plus i think there is another power supply to power the leds (as the chains of leds are long)...any help is appreciated...note: this is a multipost to produce results efficiently...i hope...***update: nothing after 3 days at bit-tech or fragapalooza.com...:(

Topic by Slisgrinder   |  last reply


Second controller?

Hello, peoples! I want to install a second xbox 360 controller onto my PC, so that my brother and I can play games together without me having to use the keyboard and mouse and having much rage quit happen. But, the lovely people at Microsoft say that it isn't possible to install more than one controller on a PC, but I know that's bull because I've seen people do it before.  I already have one installed; I have the driver and everything. But my computer doesn't even look at the second controller like it exists.  What is wrong, how do I fix it and how can I make gaming easier? Thank you for your time!!

Question by RoadkillJoe667   |  last reply


Control Amperage

Hiyas, I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I was wanting to build or buy something I could control Amp input. The system would be 12 -14 v dc and I want to be able to limit the input to say... 25 - 30 amps. So if a system would naturally draw more amps I want to be able to control the system be limiting the amp input...if that is making any sense. Got any thoughts ??? tks Huchleberry

Topic by huchleberry   |  last reply


charge controller

Question for you all. I have a solar powered spot light I really like, when it's charged up. It has a 6vdc 4ah battery in it and I wish to re-charge it from my 12vdc system. Source power will be my 12vdc 160 ah battery and I'm thinking of using my extra 12vdc charge controller with a 3.5 ohm / 1 watt (or better) resistor attached to reduce the power to 6vdc. I believe that will work, but I don't know if the controller will know when the battery has reached capacity? The other thought is to just by-pass the 6vdc battery and run the light from the 12vdc system (using the resistor to reduce the power). Any thoughts?

Topic by olddawg   |  last reply


PS360 Controller

I'm planning on making an Xbox controller with a dualshock 3 controller inside.  I'll be making one for me, but I'm looking to earn some money so I'm curious if anybody would be interested in buying a second one for themselves.  Keep in mind this won't be cheap, it will cost up to $100 in parts alone.  While I don't have a lot of experience, I have a lot of skill (see my tvbgone sonic screwdriver for an example). Lastly, keep in mind this is not a sale yet, just gauging interest so I know whether or to make a second one.  Leave comments here on requests for aesthetic features, and PM me if you have a price you'd be willing to pay.  Please only reply if you're serious.  Expect to see a sale post sometime in July, I'll be going by best offer.

Topic by furrysalamander   |  last reply


REMOTE CONTROL

Someone can advice me what switch is suitable to use in my remote control. I had tried push button however it does not compatible with the coding (I'm using chipkit UNO32). My intention is to make the user select AUTO mode or MANUAL Mode. After selecting, the user will be asked to select speed and duration. So this requires a lot of loop-inside-a-loop, if-inside-if etc. When I'm using push button, the microcontroller cannot read the command when the second button is push. I heard, if using push button I need electronic relay. 

Topic by lovetronic   |  last reply


temp controller

Hi dont know is anybody can help replacing the batteris in my drill pack and found that it has what looks like a thermistior??? to control chaging temp.  unfortunatly when dismantling I shorted it out to + and i believe blew it. i need to renew it as it lookslike it feeds relay in charger to switch  when fully charged (its a 1 hour fast charge)  how ever dont know what it is . it appear tobe connected in series with a resistor ???(again not sure can up load a photo if it helps) the thermistor is 2 wire and marked M20 tp118/c 02c if that helps, the resistor 05u-045G peter

Question by peter354   |  last reply


accelerometer controller

Hi I’m making an accelerometer (3-axis) that I want to be able to work in some programs and games. I haven’t built any tech´s before. Hehe so plz replay with easy words. There are some tutorials out there which are based on an old game controller and stuff. But I want to do my on an Arduino board with a USB connection or wireless connection. Here is a tricky part, I want it to fit a cube chassi that is around 7-10 centimeters, I haven’t done it yet so that’s why I put it to 7-10 cm because I have still time to make it bigger or smaller. I don’t know much about the wireless connection and battery to make these things. I know I’m sounding like someone that doesn’t have a clue about these things and it’s true, I want to learn it and make this controller. If someone can tell me more about this sort of project or tips me to a tutorial or something it would be excellent.

Topic by Blackanemone   |  last reply


Heating Control

I have been thinking for some years now that I would like to have finer control over my central heating. The problem Now we are older we feel the cold more so in winter the heating is on all the time. This means that we have to keep altering the thermostat on each radiator at different times of the day or just leave them and so waste energy. One method means wasting energy but the other means rooms will be colder than we want initially.   The system and what i have We have a combination boiler which has a digital timer and also on the panel are temperature controls for hot water and radiator temperature. Each radiator has a thermostatic valve so each room can have it's temperature set independently. I have a computer which runs 24/7 and also a bit whacker which I can control via python code and electronics has been a hobby for over 50 years My idea I would like to have some system which would allow me to adjust each room temperature via computer control.   Possible solutions Solution 1 Fit a stepper motor to each thermostatic valve to adjust it at different times of the day/night. This would allow precise control but would be quite expensive to set up. Solution 2 Fit a small structure round each valve with a filament bulb or resistance wire in the bottom so that when power is applied to it then the temperature around the valve will rise and so the valve will close or, at least partially close. I think this would be much cheaper to implement but would have the small on-going cost of using power to the bulbs whenever the room temperature needs to be cooler that it would normally be. My initial plan Build a small structure around one of the valves with a low voltage bulb in it. It would have vents at top and bottom and so air would circulate. I have a portable digital thermometer so i could gather information and try different bulbs to see how much power would be needed and therefore what the on-going cost would be. Also try various shapes of structure to see what the effect would be.   So guys what do you think?

Topic by buteman   |  last reply


Quality control

First, let me just say how much I love Instuctables.com......I really can't remember....not one single time this year, not checking in here for even ONE SINGLE DAY!! It is my go-to place!! That said, I've kinda been thinking about the amounts of digital "clutter" that exist here. Now, I myself have only put up two instructables......so I wouldn't claim to be a MAJOR contributor, by any definition...........but what I mean is....... there are some instrutables here that are just junk!  Some kid zipped in here 4 years ago, put up something he (so-called) "made" with a piece of notebook paper and and a stick......no photos or the photos are garbage, and he hasn't been back since. A few bad ratings, and a couple of bad comments....and that's it.  Has anyone ever discussed any sort of "juried" process after awhile?  I dunno.....maybe it's a bad idea, and god knows my work here isn't Smithsonian quality material, but I did put a'lot of thought into it, and I love the community here! I just think if something has less than two stars after 3 years and all the comments are wretched.......it should maybe be removed. Such an action can be announced, maybe, or voting or something. .....just food for thought. C

Topic by chipper35   |  last reply


Can you control arduino with a gamecube controller? Answered

I want to control arduino with a gamecube controller to drive robots and for other projects. I was just wondering if its possible and if anyone has a code they would be willing to share. I would love to do it on my own but I  new to programming and am not sure what i am doing.

Question by Jgniklu   |  last reply


solenoid valve control

Hi, im wanting to build somthing simple to control the heater control valve on my fiesta. its a simple solenoid valve at 0v its open(hot) at 12v(14.4v) its closed(cold) the propper control board uses pulses to control the valve, the board has since given up and im left with a very hot car, now i thought a simple way to sort the problem might be to use the 10k pot on the control board with a MOSFET and just vary the voltage going to the valve. will this have the same effect on the valve?

Topic by stevelee10   |  last reply


Remotely controlled throwies

I'd love to make some throwies that can be remotely controlled. At a minimum I want to turn them on and off, colour and brightness change would be fantastic.  What's are the options for doing this - what's the cheapest, lightest, smallest way to control them remotely? Some kind of RFID and switch? Is this going to drastically raise the price from about $1 a piece, or could it be done cheaply? How many could feasibly be controlled at once?

Topic by ollieg   |  last reply


Manually controlling keyboard?

I am looking to control a keyboard using output from another computer. The output must control the other computer by the keyboard. or send keyboard strokes through the wireless keyboard adapter. I can not control second computer by a program, ethernet, or usb direct cable. I might be able to use usb if the imput show as if its a keyboard. I can use old style keyboard ps/2 or usb. I,m trying to control a computer that is on a VPN and it wont allow and connection or programs running like I mentioned. I could get by only controlling the mouse of the other computer from the frist.  

Question by dbartoletbet   |  last reply


motor control help?

Ok so first off i just cant wrap my head around this for some reason...... what im looking to do (basically) is have a "pod" turn left and right i want it to be controlled via some type of joystick. i get the mechanics but i just dont understand the electronics. i think i need some kind of pwm motor control. well i just got all the stuff to follow some of the instructables on here but i get nothing.......well i got a smoking pot? no pun intended anyway please someone help

Question by dannyces   |  last reply


Changing a remote control?

Hi I have a remote controlled bait boat tht I use for fishing but the remote control ain't great and was wondering if I could maybe change it for an old one off of a RC car (cheap child's one) as the one I have ony has 3 buttons, 1 for forward and 2 for left n right,  oh and 1 for activating the hopper to let the bait out, if this is possible and someone could give me some advise I would be very grateful, also obviuosly my boat hasn't got a reverse could tht be incorporated into it or is tht gonna be a whole new motor?? 

Question by Jabace123   |  last reply


direct nodeMCU control?

Hi guys this is my first attempt on automation using the nodeMCU lua ESP8266  My goal is to control the gpio via wifi without connecting the node to my home network it should dependent  I have found e bunch of code but it has to be joined to my homework thanks

Question by Conwyn'   |  last reply


remote control a webcam?

Trying to make my old Logitech wireless controller control my webcam. Like focus, up down, left right. Is this possible?

Question by neon2392   |  last reply


control via internet?

I'm new on this people i built a circuit & i control it with my PC if i wanna control it via internet should i buy static IP or I can upload my app on my website directly ?? if there another way that will be helpful 

Question by thijaz   |  last reply


Facial Robot Controll

Facial feature detection is an interesting addition to robotics. Much of human communication is done without verbs and nouns so a robot that can pick up on visual cues from the human face will probably be leagues ahead of it's peers. I imagine that using this feature it can pick up the disconect between words and facial expression to get a understanding of sarcasm. Turing test, here we come!Face Controlling Robots

Topic by lamedust   |  last reply


alternator control mechanism

Im planning for a project on alternator control mechanisms. can anyone provide me relevant ideas about the topic?

Question by Puranjay Menon   |  last reply


LED Board Control

Hi there.  I salvaged 2 boards of LEDs from an old LED can at work.  They were previously DMX, and have an array of red, green, and blue LEDs.  There are four leads coming from the board, +, -, a dashed line, and an unmarked line.  I am looking to integrate these with another project, but am unsure how to go about finding how to control them electrically.  I was thinking it might be digitally controlled right on the board, but I see no IC.   All I am looking to do is figure out where voltage needs to be applied in order to have different RGB levels.  If I helps, the number printed on the board is FT140PCB GS.  I am able to attach an image if that would be helpful. Any ideas of how to go about this?  Thanks a lot, anything would help!

Topic by chamberlain2007   |  last reply


Help Motor Control!

Hey guys, I need to create a motor that can have a fader/dial so that I can control its speed (rotations). I figure it must be a simple enough system but I don't even know where to begin in terms of parts. I just need it to be strong enough that I can spin a GoPro camera (fairly light - but not toy car motor weak). Sincerely, Alex

Topic by mrmadsci   |  last reply


inline volume control

Hi im ramanta from indonesia i try to add an aux in to my old boombox, the reference from here https://cocodrilabs.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/installing-an-auxiliary-input-on-a-stereo/ i already got it working, but the problem is the potentiometer(volume). Only one channels work my boombox has 2 IC Amp, one for each channel. I already try to connect the source(ipod) directly to the amp (without the pots), work like a charm. But the sound is too loud and distorted

Topic by ramanta 


Statistical Process Control

Is there any interest in Statistical Process Control? I posted one instructable about it: https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Statistical-Process-Control-to-test-the-Atti/ I am considering an instructable to measure the quality of resistors. Do they really hold 5% tolerance? The test is simpler than the test in my last instructable, and I would get deeper into the maths.

Topic by JRV31   |  last reply


remote control light

I'm working on a sort of a scavenger hunt thing. Night time on an outdoor trail. For one station I would like to have a set-up where a seeker would press a button (like a doorbell) which would light an LED, telling them where to look. I know that I could connect a battery, a button, and some sort of a light using actual wire, but it would be great if I could do this wirelessly. It would only have to work over a short distance (a few dozen feet at most) and only for one evening. I'm not especially electronics-savvy, but I work well with instructions. I'd appreciate any leads!!!

Topic by Purple Chez   |  last reply


Emotiv Mind Control?

I saw on BBC tech news of a mind control headset made by Emotiv which claims to be a way of controlling on a computer using your mind.The technology has been used for years in helping severely disabled people communicate but this seems to be one of the first times that this technology has gone mainstream.But the question is: Is this just a novelty item?And more importantly: Will I be able to play anything on it other than that Myst-like demo that they supply?And if this product is really going to hail the end of the gamepad then what will YOU use it for?Released next year![Here's the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7254078.stm]

Topic by bobulator   |  last reply


How to Control a Servo?

How do you control a servo? I know you can control it via Arduino or some other microcontroler, but can you control a servo with out the need of programing??? I know the servo has 3 wires red, black and yellow... and if what I heard is right, that yellow wire is for controlling it.... Thank you! Comodore

Question by comodore   |  last reply


Arduino Control by Excel2000

Hi Is it possible to send single character data from MS Excel2000, to the Arduino monitor, which will ,via the usb send on to the Arduino device. (say turning leds on and off.)  Low volume of data, 10 characters minute. That is within VBA of the Excel to send the data from Excel to appear in Arduino monitor and thru USB  to Arduino Nano where it will be dealt with by other arduino sketch. I will need to know what vba to use in Excel and what code required in sketch to accept vba. Thanks CharlesHarris

Question by charlie.harris.376   |  last reply


Cable remote control

Hi all I am interested in building a specialised tracked vehicle but instead of your "normal" remotes I would prefer a cable remote control that can at least use 12 or more functions. I actually look of building this in to a small Metal Case like you use for camera equipment with a monitor in the Lid and include the battery pack to power everything.  Anyone got any ideas of how to build such a remote and the outlay of the functions. I have some knowledge in electric and schematic. I do have a CTC 3D Printer with Dual Extruder but I only just got this one and have so far not used it as I want first to get the feel for it on how to work with it and look up a variety of videos on YouTube before I use this one in anger. I also do not yet have the Case as I am still bidding on one on eBay. I plan to start the build in September / October and be looking at the moment for a large (1/16 or larger) Tracked Vehicle Chassis. I once did see one in a Chinese Online Shop but cant find it again. I am sure that I bookmarked it but again, I cant find it. So I am looking over various online shops for a set but so far I had no success. If anyone has build something similar before please get in touch with me as this is my first real project that i would really love to pull of over the winter time to hopefully use next summer.

Topic by BernhardK4 


Robosapien android control? Answered

Ive recently found some different hacks for wowwee's Robosapien and these have inspired me to dig out my old one and see what i could do. One thing i want to start with is controlling it with maybe an app on my android, ive found a few different websites  with different ways to go about this but none was what i wanted. Ive found these two projects ( here and here) and i wondering if anyone could help me bridge the two (the coding still gives me a headache), of if you have a different way to go about it.  Thanks in advance

Question by zootsuitman   |  last reply