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Future posts?

Is it just ,e or (at this time) did tech king post comments over -300 minutes ago?

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The future for robotics

This is a forum in which people talk about their opinions on robots in the future!

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From the future...?

So yesterday, something very weird happened. I just got onto Instructables and went to the forums. While I was glancing through, I noticed something extremely weird. At the right side of every forum, it shows the most previous comment and who wrote it. But look at this picture below... it appears that kelseymh wrote a comment from the future...?!?!?!

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Future Weapons

What would the future weapons look like? Will they use bullets? Most recent innovations in weaponry?

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The Motorcycle Of The Future

Hailed as the arrival of the motorcycle of the future the MotoCzysz E1PC electric motorcycle is burning up the track. With a 100 horsepower (continuous) and 250 pound-feet or torque, it's no slouch. Check it out via Wired's Autopia http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/06/motoczysz-e1pc/  

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Welcome to the Future

New knex ball machine by Sandroknexmaster, coming soon!

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The Future of Invisibility

It is reported that a team of researches at the University of California, Berkeley claim to be on the doorstep of invisibility. Using a special type of metamaterial they are bending electromagnetic waves and negatively refracting visible light. Their ultimate goal is to render entire objects invisible to the naked eye. After reading this, I conducted some invisibility experiments of my own. Based on my initial experiments with invisibility cloaking, I must concede that we are not quite there yet, but are getting close (see image).For more information, read the full news report

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Future Projects

Well, I am bored, so I thought I would give an outline of my planned projects I have planned so far. They are in the order I plan upon doing them, and I am going to attempt to give a rough estimate of how long it will take me.  First up there is a dragon. It leans towards the European side, if a little flatter than what is considered "normal". I have most of him complete, and he should be completed by next Monday. (He is completed and you can find him here I can't say anything about this project at the moment, as it is a gift for another instructables member. The project itself will take two or three weeks and be posted at the beginning of June. (This project is done, but can not be posted yet) Next I have a triforce from the Legend of Zelda franchise planned. It will be three dimensial, and I hope to make it able to stand up on its own. It will take a week, maybe two. (Completed and can be found here) Most likely to be the last project started in May, I want to make a jumping mouse from the movie Coraline. The key word there is want. I may not be able to follow through on it. It all depends if I can find a way to do all of the small pieces well, and if I can find a yarn color that I like. These are all projects that I want to do, but do not have a date or an order to do them in. The last project could be placed down here, but I know I will spend at least a day figuring out if I can do it or not at the end of May.  Finishing up a simple, but tedious project I have started a good while ago. I may just take it with me when I go places and work it when I am going places. I don't know. It needs to get done though. The project, by the way, is crocheting with thread around a headphone cord. Very tedious. In case you missed it, I have a thing for dragons, and I also want an oriental dragon. So that will happen at some point. For yet another dragon, I have a little one that I cartoon sometimes that I would like to make a version of. I m not sure if I really want to make, but at the same time I do. I also want another hat. I have several hats already, but there is a really cute one I saw that I want to make.  I want to make another pokemon. Maybe a Skrelp or a Dralage or perhaps a life size Joltik. One other note is, I am a student and final exams are approaching rapidly. It is entirely and likely possible that the projects will be delayed slightly due to extra study time. June Update: The next project is going to be a Skrelp from the Pokemon franchise. It has not been started but it is slotted to. I have recently purchased a jig, so I will be playing with it a lot. I may just be copying other's designs, but a few of my own my slip through as well. I have tentative plans to recreate Kyube from Madoka Magica. I have several papercraft projects spinning around in my head. Mostly drawing out templates to recreate some of my favorite characters. I am unsure if I will post them on instructables, as I am unsure as how I would manage it. If any one has any suggestions, I would love to here them. I have an instructable planned on how to do negative word art, and one working with zentangles as well. It will be a while before either happens, as I want more practice first.

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Instructables in the Institute for the Future's Future of Making Map

I helped The Institute for the Future, an independent, nonprofit research group with nearly 40 years of forecasting experience, create their Future of Making Map, which has just been published and mentions Instructables:Two future forces, one mostly social, one mostly technological, are intersecting to transform how goods, services, and experiences--the "stuff" of our world--will be designed, manufactured, and distributed over the next decade. An emerging do-it-yourself culture of "makers" is boldly voiding warranties to tweak, hack, and customize the products they buy. And what they can't purchase, they build from scratch. Meanwhile, flexible manufacturing technologies on the horizon will change fabrication from massive and centralized to lightweight and ad hoc. These trends sit atop a platform of grassroots economics--new market structures developing online that embody a shift from stores and sales to communities and connections.Check out the full Future of Making Map here.

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Prophecies for Future Research

800 years from now, archeologists will conduct research on landfills and compare international findings concerning the wealth of an ancient culture based on the amount on disposable diapers found. Share your own.  

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Paper airplane of the future

Make a future paper airplane that are not from the original design. Diffrent shape Works Here are the paper airplane that you should not looks like and copy with: Arc Lite Glider Skywarrior

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The Future Of Knex Guns?

What kind of guns do you foresee in 1, 3, and/or 5 years? Where do you think that the hobby of knex gun building is heading?

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Whatever happened to the future? Answered

Kind of a stupid question, but seriously! Where is my flying car?Why can I not teleport?Why can I not buy an invisibility device?How come I don't have a hoverboardWhy do we not live on Mars?Where did the future go?

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The Future Needs Fixing!

As you may, or may not, be aware, Sugru have done a bit of a re-launch of their site & community. Guess who was was of sixty or so people asked to help? (Blink, and you'll miss me!) Sugru is a brilliant material for Makers, with hundreds of projects already posted on Instructables, it comes out of the packet like sticky modelling clay, after a few minutes it starts to cure, until it fully sets as a food-safe silicone rubber that will adhere to most surfaces.

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The Future Of Nuclear Energy

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0.0in; font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman , serif; } p.Standard, li.Standard, div.Standard { margin: 0.0in; font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman , serif; } *.MsoChpDefault { font-size: 12.0pt; } *.MsoPapDefault { } div.WordSection1 { page: WordSection1; }                                              Nuclear energy is sometimes referred to as pollutant energy or “bad” energy. This is some what true but in the case of research  there is no “bad” waste being emitted from the reactions that undergo in theses reactors. Commercial Nuclear Reactors or CNRs do produce a lot of residue. They produce this residue by using their fuel so much to the point of radioactive waste. Small Research Reactors or SRRs do not do this, instead of using it up they produce new isotopes that can be useful instead of becoming waste.   So why don't we use SRRs? We do not use SRRs because of financial and safety. The safety concern comes in when the reactors are able to undergo Nuclear fission witch releases huge amounts of heat that no current materiel known to men kind is capable of withstanding. The other type of SRR is safe and financially friendly but does not produce electricity instead it uses approximately 1 million volts DC, but produces isotopes from elements such as Hydrogen witch is found in water.   In conclusion nuclear energy has not ended.

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The future of K'nex guns?

What is the future of K'nex guns? It had literally been almost a year since I had been on this site, and when I came back, I was almost shocked to see that the best guns a year ago are still the best guns today.  There has been almost no improvements or innovations in the past year, and in many cases, the guns have gotten worse.   I really don't want to sound mean but this is a problem.  The only ones that I have seen (and I haven't looked around too thoroughly yet, so correct me if I am wrong) that have created something notably innovative and new are TheDunkis (new ram concept and gun), Zak (swagboss), Knexguy (bullpup bolt action), and Jollex (repeating sling).  And of course there are a few promising new-comers such as Icetank and Ryry.   I just want to encourage you all to at least try to think of something, put it down on paper, let others know, and even try to build it.  And even if there isn't something completely new you can come up with there are still so many things out there that need to be perfected such as pump actions, shotguns, repeating slings, horizontal (tube) mags, etc.  You can even try to combine some for an even more impressive gun. Personally, I think the future of knex guns are in horizontal magazines, as they are very rarely used and there are so many unexplored uses they can be put to.   Hopefully that inspired you to try something new, and if you don't agree with my point of view, prove me wrong!  Show me something that you've made that will amaze us.  I am simply trying to inspire a new year of knex guns.   So, what do you think the future of knex guns is?

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Topics from the future

Why do I find topics from the future?

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Alternative-future at SXSW

This event at SXSW on Monday the 12th looks pretty damn awesome.If anyone attends, please post pictures or links to pictures to the SteamPunk group.

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Alternative-future at SXSW

This event at SXSW on Monday the 12th looks pretty damn awesome.If anyone attends, please post pictures or links to pictures to the SteamPunk group.

Topic by jeffreyf  


The future of Computer Interface ?

Although this is a little dated already (Feb. 2010),  I thought this was rather interesting in how it took the IBM "table" computer,  and freed it from the confines of the table, as it were. Here, at this link, is the video showing this interface, ce / OS being demonstrated. 

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ideas for future contests

There could be a contest on how to judge the contest. I expect winners to be something that took thinking, presented well and also very unique. Things that have been sold for years in stores, done handmade...and things that are all over the Internet...made before...do not seem to be first prize winners in my thoughts.... perhaps if you had a contest..you could get all the things people expect from your contests.. .put these items in excel and give points to every thing the project excels at.. ..that is how we pick our scholarship winners for high school alumni each year...

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The future of "mobile" energy...

Right now our current standard is still to use LI-Ion batteries when it comes to rechargable and power demanding devices.We all want more power for our phones, laptops or battery powered tools on the job.And we also want to be able to charge our batteries faster and faster.Back in the old days a D-Cell like lead acid battery in a flashlight was good for about 3 hours until it started to dim a bit.With up to 4 batteries inside they were not just heavy but also quite hazardous.Chargin was usually done over night and you just hoped they were not blowing up while charging.I spare you the other types that came after and that we still use as they all have their good and their bad sides.If we trust our marketing experts than quite soon we will only have electric cars on our roads and battery the size of a suitcase shall be able to run your car for hundreds of miles.The ideas of graphite based batteries or those using crystals and their forming reactions are all great and promising.Some will certainly make it to the consumer in a few years.The one thing that we are never told though is where all the energy to charge those batteries is supposed to come from.Replacing the combustion engine with electric motors is one thing but if no fossil fuel is used....Energy does not come out of thin air!Right now a lot of countries already struggle to provide a reliable power supply grid and distribution network.If you ever enjoyed a scorching hot day during a blackout caused by everyone using too much electricity you know what I mean...The population is growing as fast as the energy demand for our industries.Solar and wind are well and good but without proper storage solutions of not real use because no one can really predict how much they can produce.You know, weather and such things...If we trust our so called experts than all will come together really nice.By the time we have really powerful batteries we will have enough alternative energy supply chains up and running to keep them charged.I have a few issues with this entire concept, so let's see what other people have to about this:Imagine you have a nice and big cabin somewhere really remote and beautiful - but with no electricity for miles.Obvious solution for the modern hunter or nature lover is to invest into free energy.Free because that is how your solar, battery and inverter system would be advertised.You buy the stuff and after that all the electricity comes for free - the things pays for itself!Reality is a bit off though as you need to maintain and replace the costly batteries over time and such things.All this however totally changes for a residential home.Getting a huge solar system on your roof is no problem.Getting off the grid next to impossible.You see, once (or even before) you sign up for an electricity contract it is defined that your home is in a residential area.This brings certain limitations like the requirement to connect ot gas (if available), water, sewage and electricity.Only way to enjoy your "free" energy is by getting a good deal with your supplier.Some countries do it differently but around here it goes like this:Whatever you use still comes right off the grid.That is because your solar system really struggles to cope with load changes and providing surplus back to the grid.And since your meter is not capable ofworking properly with it either...To make it "fair" it is metered how much you use and how much you supply.Most companies here even do this on at least an hourly base - just to fair...For your bill the amounts are then adjusted.What you supplied is taken off.Sadly in most cases going negativ is not an option - if you provide more than what you use only your supplier is laughing.To make things worse what you supply is valued far lower than what you get from the grid.Often the difference is above 20%.Control....Around here quite a few people basically covered house, shed, carport and all with solar panels.This was while we had a great subsidy from the government to go solar...After now over three years most of these people still struggle to get anywhere near even for their investment.Without the grants the timeframe to break even was estimated to be around 12 years - which is about the time for when you need to replace the lot anyway and start over.Some do get nice savings on their bills though but families with kids not so much...If you have little to no chance to get your investment back before you have to replace it, then it is not really that much of a good deal after all.Imagine in town with hundreds of small houses everyone would be able to get the same money back for the electricity they provide...Pay 18 cents per kWh from the grid and get 18 cents perkWh for what you supply and once you provide more than you use you get money back.The providers won't allow this to happen as it means they not just loose some money but also they would lose control.How could they justify another price hike?How could they explain the blackouts?Why should tey pay you at all... ;)If a city with enough open and unused space would decide to go solar on a huge scale and while add also add a lot wind turbines....Someone would need the electricity provided and someone need to step in for those times where demand is above supply.Here the old triangle of power goes into full swing....You see a city or town would need also need a sub station to handle the electricity and to distribute it to the town houses, shops and so on.Funny thing is that only a "provider" can do such things.Doing it privat is usually only possible in really remote areas, like big mining outposts that just have no other option than using generators or solar/wind.And in most areas a town or city is no longer allowed to be a provider of electricty - at least not in the drirect form.Buying in bulk is no problem, having your own supply system however is not in the books.Right now most, if not all the big wind and solar farms are owned and operated by energy providers.There is billionaires everyhwere who could build a solar and wind farm the size of Texas if they really wanted but they won't do it either...Starts with the land, goes over the usage rights and won't end with activists claiming how bad it all is.Means it won't happen and if it does then the energy providers get together and claim they guy might have money but does not have the right to provide energy unless he actuall starts a corresponding company and plays by their unwritten rules.Can we still dream about it though?The dream is kept alive like the fire of hope that is only a tiny amber.If you sign up for electricity you are asked if you would like to pay bit extra so your electricity comes from alternative sources.Why is that bad, after all it is green?The initial investment might be huge for a wind farm but after that it is more or less just providing mone out of thin air.You can look the cost up for the new windfarm build near you.Same for the electricity prices in that area.And also the expected output of the entire farm.Do the math and calculate how quickly they break even....Once they do it only profit but you still pay the extra to go green.A bit like the new road that came with a toll....After 5 years the motorists paid it off but 10 years later they are still being charged while the road is disintegrating...Now add electric cars and our constantly rising consumption to the mix...We can't provide the electricity ourselfs as we don't get fully paid for it, we can go off grid either.The atom as the source of electricity is being phased out slowly as well.Finally as some might say, considering the thausands of years we have to deal with the produced waste and what aftereffects the storage might bring.Our providers will keep their grip on us for as long as they can.No government will stop them as in return they wouldn't have electricity.A cold war if you like.We never cared how much fuel our cars use until the OPEC decide to limit supplies and drive the prices up.And you can see the riches especially in Saudi Arabia.For most of the big OPEC players it really does not matter anymore whether or not they have oil or not.They make the same or even more money by other means and more modern means now.After this initial shellshock we woke up and decided that for the shopping trip of the wife a small car with just 4 cylinders will do.Overcrowded cities and roads also pushed us more into thinking small.Again it took force to go further, this time by governments slowy "going green".Emmissions, greenhouse gasses, polution, particles and corbon monoxide...Sounded all godd in the ads but it meant we could no longer afford our old car or even got banned from entering the town center with it.But a lot people still can't afford a modern car that meets the standards.Once they finally got the money and car the laws change again and they need yet again a newer car.This created a huge export and recyling market and profits for other people though.And what differenc did it all make in reality?While we were forced to improve and lose money countries like the US refused for years to even consider reducing the pollution.Countries like China and Russia even increased their pollution to impossible levels.We all remember how Bejing was literally shut down for the Olympics so the athletes have a chance to survive the games...We know how the pollution or global warming problem is misused to make money.The governments get huge payouts in the form of taxes from those cars that can't meet the specs.The dealer smiles with the increased sales of cars.And again the government smiles too as they get taxes from this as well.We know it happened before and is still happening with everything realted to fossil fuels, global warming and pollution, so why would electricity be any different?Reactors and coal fired power plants are phased out with basically nothing to replace them.Solar and wind will provide and till then we keep what we really need to keep....There is no plan for what comes after coal and the atom.There is no alternative.Batteries need electricity.And providers will always be the middleman controlling both the price and the availability.So how does this actually work you might wonder...No matter who invents or produces a new device to provide electricity - there is a very limited market for them.A farmer can't buy a full size wind generator and place it on his land...But an electricity provider can buy thausands of them....And if you go bigger than ask yourself who would need a 10 or 100MW fusion generator?Providing electricity is only a viable option if you go big and if you can sell the excess with a profit margin.Leaves only our electricity providers as customers.If you don't have to care about the buying price because it will be put down one way or the other onto your customers than it is like a credit.Only difference is that once it is paid off you start to get money back!Imagine that for your bank account ;)And if you know what you sell can have a very generous profit margin because your buyer does not care then the solar or wind farm will be quite costly to build..."We know we are not cheap, but who else can deliver you what you need?"And like our big supermarkets there will be an agreement on what the wind generator can cost.Ressources....Be it wind, be it solar or just the modern electric motor in your car - they all require stuff that is very limited on our planet.Take Neodyminum.Without it we have no wind generator or fancy motors as we wouldn't have powerful enough magnets.Vital elements and mineral required are only available in a few spots on our erth in quantities justifying mining them.I won't make this much longer than it already is, so please look up what is really needed to keep our future solow and wind projects alive.Then go and check where we can find thes things in good quantities.Once you did you might realise why the world tolerates the abuse of human rights, freedom or just self expression in other countries ;)If only China would stop today to export and sell their rare earths and prcious minerals basically our entire production worldwide would suffer quickly.Entire industries break down quickly and prices for certain things would literally explode.The US already started to re-open long abandoned mining projects as suddenly even the most costly operations become viable again.Think about this next time you fancy a world free of cars and truck using combustion engines ;)

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Future Instructables and New Job

Hello guys, its Zombiekiller-93 here and today I'm giving you a heads up on future Instructables because I started a new job several weeks ago and I just haven't got the time to be making new instructions or reviews but i can still build stuff. The only possible best chance of making the actually instructions/reviews is during the spring and summer holidays since that is I prefer to make them. Sorry to those that really love seeing my creations but my paid job has to come first but I will try my very best to get new stuff onto instructables. I still be leaving comments and favourites so I 'am still around. 

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Sigh...future posts again...

Eric? It's happening again...

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Predict the Future! ...of data sets

I just made an excel spreadsheet, that predicts the future of data sets. My main reason was because I wanted to have a way to predict my Instructable views, but this could be used for a lot more. This is not completely accurate (as it uses the best fitting line of the data) so don't believe it completely. To use it, just change the first two numbers (at least) to values you want to see grow. Any value you don't know. Mark with n

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LG's Design the Future Competition

Call for entries! Your assignment: imagine the future of mobile communication. LG Mobile Phones is partnering with crowdSPRING to announce a new competition to define the next generation of mobile communication.  If you are a U.S. resident (citizen or green card holder) age 18 (or age of majority in state of residence) and older, you can have a chance to design your vision of the next revolutionary LG mobile phone and compete for more than $80,000 in awards.  Exercise your creative imagination and let your ideas be heard.  You don’t have to work for LG to make an impact on the future of mobile communication! www.crowdspring.com/LG

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An Idea for a future contest? (Updated)

Come the season, how about a snowman contest?Good entries should include construction techniques, but should also show some skill, imagination, humour and possibly topicality.Source of the ideaActually, why not make it a native materials sculpting contest?Such in Grizedale Park Sculpture Trail

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Suggested (future) Pro feature

Just an idea that occurred to me... Some people produce Instructables that take a long time.  They might want to let people see how they are going. How about a section on pro orangeboards for Workshop Notes? Taking the same format as an Instructable (photos, steps, image notes), but showing up only on a pro's orangeboard, and not needing to conform to the usual Ible standards (like "being finished"), they could be a record of the progress being made in a project. Pros could use one set of workshop notes to record everything they are doing, maybe with a step per project, or they could have a set of notes per project.  In the case of the latter, they could also have the option of, when the project is finished, switching the project from their orangeboard to become a proper published Instructable. Just a thought.

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Anyone want to Co-Create the future?

Hi all sydney instructables and indestructables - i just love all this stuff and i am sure some of you are just as passionate. i am running a futures festival and currently in open innovation/open production mode - ie., we all get together and just make a really cool festival. Its called Live Futures 2020: A World of Opportunity. We are creating interaction spaces for the public, particularly young people, futurists, scientists, inventors, researchers, designers, artists, performers, architects, engineers,.......to co-create the future. covering things like nanotech, biotech, health, robotics, education, climate, retrofitting cities to be sustainable, etc... only limited by all our imaginations. If you have something cool to share or just like the idea of co-creating the future join us to create the festival and share the loveat last year's festival we had a young guy who made the coolest electronic musical instruments out of junk and old toys and the crowd loved it. I am sure we now have upcoming electronics whizzes in sydney because of him, i hope tim'll be with us this year too. maybe you have something inspirational too...

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Vote for the Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest

The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest closed for entries last night and the entries are amazing! Each and every entry is eligible to win the grand prize of a $20,000 gift card and we need your help to choose which one deserves to win. Voting is open until Jan. 11 and the top entries with the top 30 votes will move on to Round 2.To vote for the entries in the contest you simply need to be a registered user at Instructables. Once you're logged in, just click on the "vote now!" button at the top of each Instructable. You can also vote from within the contest page itself. Here are a few links to help you to start digging through the entries: Entries sorted by rating Entries sorted by most recent Entries sorted by pageviews Entries sorted by votesYou can vote for as many entries as you want.

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LED, the trend of the future in the lighting industry

LED is more and more popular worldwide. I think it should be the trend of the future in the lighting industry

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BMW from back to the future remake!

Well, i was a massive fan of back to the future, and i found this great remake of one of the 'futuristic' cars from the second film.I think its great how films take newly released cars, stick some junk on them, and make them look like there from the future, they still do it today!'Chabotte restored the car to movie condition - obviously, and sadly, without flight capabilities.''Chabotte spent his blood, sweat and tears on this project strictly for the love of the car.'Hit the link for the full story, and a great gallery!viaJalopnik

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Question....on Workshop of the Future contest(s)

Are there 2 contests named Workshop of the Future? they appear to be different in nature. THANKS all, for making the Titles and pictures different enough in order to make the two contests less confusing. It is APPRECIATED.

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A Carbon Tide: Past, Present and Future

The New York Times has a really nice graph showing the world's historical and projected carbon emissions here at A Carbon Tide: Past, Present and Future Global emissions of carbon dioxide, measured by the weight of carbon it contains.Their choice to display it in flash rather than a similarly-sized image is somewhat annoying, but the chart itself does a nice job presenting a type of data that is often difficult to comprehend. Getting people to truly grasp the size and scale of some of the world's energy issues is one of the key challenges in making progress on those issues. In 2004, 7.9 billion metric tons of carbon were released -- did you make good use of your metric ton?Here's a thought experiment in that same vein: The San Francisco oil spill was originally reported as a 140 gallon spill, but turned out to be approximately 58,000 gallons. How much worse is a 58,000 gallon spill compared to a 140 gallon spill?

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Free future energy? A viable solution.

Http://www.ted.com/talks/justin_hall_tipping_freeing_energy_from_the_grid.html If you cant see the video please copy paste the above link in your browser. Please watch the video out. I found this video very interesting because it actually gives a proper solution to a big problem. It even uses a material that is pretty much abundant in our world (carbon). the use of this material would open alot of independant project and automated. I dont have alot more to say but I think this would be a great stimulant for a collective mind. Any ideas what you would do with it or where you would want to see it?

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Will there be more in future can we make owr own contests?

Will there be any more USB contests in future can we make owr own contestsin future with prizes?

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Instructables hits the road with the Future of Sports Tour

PopSci is doing a roadshow called The Future of Sports Tour. You can learn about how science and technology are affecting the way we play and train. Golf, tennis, hockey, baseball and other sports keep evolving with the times and this is a way to see that in person. If you're in the SF bay area, New York, or Miami you can go and check it out.PopSci has also been nice enough to give us a bit of floorspace to show off three DIY games: Ladder Golf, Kubb, and Pringles Golf. You can see the games in person and see some footage of us playing them as well.If you're near any of these it should be worth the trip. And if not you can always make a set of your own and play at home!Dates:San Francisco (Great Mall) - July 18+19New York (Smith Haven Mall) - July 26+27Miami (Miami International) - August 2+3 Future of Sports Tour

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Finding out about forthcoming contests.

I'm not sure if this has been asked before although I do seem to have a vague recollection of someone mentioning it. Is there any way of finding out what contests are planned for say the next month or so?

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Where to go.

I am 22 from SE Asia, I am working as a programmer. A self-taught guitar player, that loves building project on electronics and wood work. I have been contemplating of moving out from my country, maybe in the next 2-3 years, but I am not sure where and what skills should I keep on improving if I want to emigrate to another country. What skills that I have now or I don't have should I improve or learn to be able to financially support myself in another country. Thank you for any advice or insight you can give.

Topic by VAustin89    |  last reply


Any ideas for a 'Future and Space' themed costume?

It's for a school party four weeks from now. I'm thinking of going as an alien, and I have an awesome piece of fabric, now I'm wondering how to sew it into an alien costume. Any other 'Future and Space' related ideas are also welcome!

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All Ears, The Future of Making in Singapore event

The crew from Autodesk Pier 9 and Instructables is coming back to Singapore! We are so encouraged by the growth of the maker and innovation scene there. This international movement is growing and evolving and sometimes it's important to take stock and see where we're going and what we want to be doing. So we'd love to invite you to The Projector on June 4th  2016 from 2pm - 5pm to discuss the Future of Making in Singapore. We're hoping to reach broadly and invite some of the active members and organizations in Singapore, feel free to FWD this invite someone you think we've missed! You can RSVP and find out more details here. We are also inviting speakers to give a 10-15 min talk on any topic related to entrepreneurship, maker movement, 3D printing or anything that might be interesting! Feel free to reach out to us if you are keen to present a topic or know of someone who might be. Following the presentation session, there will be a panel discussion with Eric Wilhelm and community leaders in Singapore to share their thoughts on what the future holds for the sunny island nation. We will also be holding an Instructables Show & Tell on 7th June 2016 from 6 – 9pm at Autodesk Asia, where we would love to see what crazy and amazing projects people have been building here! More details can be found here.

Topic by ewilhelm  


Compressor-free refrigerator may loom in the future

. From Compressor-free refrigerator may loom in the future at Penn State Engineering via Slashdot:University Park, Pa. - Refrigerators and other cooling devices may one day lose their compressors and coils of piping and become solid state, according to Penn State researchers who are investigating electrically induced heat effects of some ferroelectric polymers."This is the first step in the development of an electric field refrigeration unit," says Qiming Zhang, distinguished professor of electrical engineering. "For the future, we can envision a flat panel refrigerator. No more coils, no more compressors, just solid polymer with appropriate heat exchangers."

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Real-life Back to the Future 2 hoverboard

French artist Nils Guadagnin has built his very own hoverboard based on the hoverboards in Back to the Future II. It's pink, it's a board, and it actually does hover when placed on its platform. Integrated into the board and the plinth is an electromagnetic system which levitates the board. A laser system stabilises the object in the air. The board is hovering with the help of two CLM-1+ levitation modules made by Crealev. Hoverboard Project via geekologie

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Back to the Future Part II Nike Shoes

Sup, everyone! So the idea I had was the nike shoes in back to the future part II. I got to thinking that it would be really cool if i could make a pair, so i looked around and found that nike had already made a pair back in 2011, it looked to me like they used reinforced foam. So then the next thought i had was get on instructables and get some ideas from you guys. The basic idea I have is to modole them out of strong foam, i'll probably make a cardboard mockup first, then line it with fome and material. after that I'll probably get some really stiff foam then make the outside out of that an probably make the sole out of rubber. Please share your ideas, thanks in advance

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Back to the Future contest opened a bit late

So, as we all know, the day that Marty McFly travels to in 2015 is fast approaching (October 21). As a big BTTF fan, I put together an entire Marty McFly costume complete with holographic hat, Nike Air Mags, and jacket. A couple of days ago I posted an Instructable on how to make the jacket, but now it seems I am ineligible to enter the Back to the Future contest that just opened today. (I didn't even know about it because it wasn't on the upcoming contests forum post or the contest page of the app) Obviously, I'm pretty bummed and honestly it seems kind of late for the contest to start only two weeks from the day that people are going to want to have a bunch of BTTF props and costume pieces put together, don't you think? I actually rushed to get my tutorial finished because I wanted to be sure that others in the community would have enough time to follow it and make their own. Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a way I could still enter. I would just post a new, improved Instructable for the same thing, but I don't want to feel like I'm spamming or have my featured percentage to go down. =\

Topic by MEG4NTRON    |  last reply


want help with a possible future steampunk instructible

okay, so i want to make a steampunk contraption.  at first it was going to be a spring loaded gun like the derringer thing in sherlock holmes but with a huge gun (i actually have feasible plans in my head for that one.)  but it drifted off to make an even bigger gun.   i thought, and came up with an awesome idea. a retractable Gatling gun arm.  the gun will move forward, and backward, and will spin around. i made a 3d example to show what i mean, if i can figure out how to post it. [URL=http://s187.photobucket.com/albums/x151/zeig70/?action=view&current;=MyMovie.mp4][IMG]http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x151/zeig70/th_MyMovie.jpg[/IMG][/URL] and if that's the wrong code: what do you think?  any suggestions, questions, ect?

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I thought this was interesting: Future Edisons - on PBS

Everybody has a great idea that could change the way we work, the way we live or the way we play. Everyday Edisons documents the development process of 12 inventions and the parallel stories of the people who invented them. Selected from thousands, the 15 Everyday Edisons learn how their extraordinary ideas are taken from a sketch on a napkin to a store shelf.Take Sheldon Levinson and Michael Diep: both like to tinker with concepts for new and improved products, or simply the next crazy fad. Levinson, a true kid-at-heart, is always looking for the next best toy or gadget to make people smile. Taking the traditional favorite bubbles and combining them with the lava lamp, another iconic American gadget, he developed the latest twist on bubble toys.Diep, a refugee from Vietnam, has thousands of inventions in his back pocket, one of which is a new design for a dual cat toy and claw scratcher. As a hectic business consultant, Diep encountered a challenge many of us face lack of time. With limited personal free time, much less time to take his cat to the veterinarian for nail trimmings, Diep incorporated sand paper into his jungle gym to naturally file the nails as it played.Inventing isn't just for adults, the retired or the self-proclaimed inventor. Mark and Cody Fox, brothers and juniors in high school, were tired of paying year-end fines for bent corners and broken spines on their school text books. After combining a few fabric swatches, some hot glue and pieces of plastic, the young men developed a way to prevent the dreaded fines come June.And The Link to the PBS site

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


Observing single photons (may be future Instructable)

In a thread on building a DIY Geiger counter, I mentioned that it's possible to do an experiment to see single photons directly with your eyes. This is a lab we did when I was an undergraduate, more than 20 years ago. I haven't done the setup myself since then, so I'm just going to describe it; if I have the opportunity run it again, then I'll make an I'ble.If someone else decides to tackle it, please feel free to write it up yourself!The human eye detects light via a family of proteins called opsins. Different forms of photopsins are sensitive to different wavebands, which is what gives us color vision. Rhodopsin is sensitive mainly to greenish-blue light, and provides us with monochromatic night vision. Rhodopsin works by changing its conformation when it absorbs a photon; that change of conformation allows ions to flow through the rod cell's membrane and generate a signal. The signal from each rod cell is processed through the retina and passed to the visual cortex, where a representation of the visual field is constructed.Human rhodopsin has a quantum efficiency of about 25% (there's a 25% chance a single photon will be absorbed and produce the rod-cell signal). By comparison, cat rhodopsin is more than 90% quantum efficient. 25% QE is sufficiently high to be observable -- a source of single photons can be seen by a dark-adpated person with normal vision.You'll need a steady source of well-collimated photons. A green laser pointer (~532 nm) will do nicely. But how many photons does it generate? A wavelength of 532 nm corresponds to 3.53×10-19 joules. So a small 1mW laser pointer puts out 2.8×1015 photons per second (watt = joule/s). How do you reduce that to one photon at a time? With filters. An ND3 neutral density filter reduces the output light by 10-3 compared to the input, so a stack of just five ND3's in front of this laster pointer would result in (on average) just 2.8 photons per second! A stack of four ND4's would give you 0.28 photons/s on average.If you don't have neutral density filters, you can make a decent approximation, by stacking sheets of black trash-bag plastic. To make this work you have to measure the attenuation yourself, so you'll need a photodetector, something which gives an output (voltage, resistance, current, whatever) proportional to the intensity of light.Once you have your single-photon source, you need to set it up in a completely dark room. If you have access to an old-style photographic darkroom, use it. Otherwise, use thick (3-5 mm) black felt and gaffer's tape to seal any windows and doorframes. Put the laser on a table or stand pointed at your face, with the stack of NDs (or trash bags) in front of it. If you're doing this by yourself, you may want to have a piece of tape set up to hold the pointer's button down. Otherwise, your lab partner will take care of it.Sit in the dark for 20 to 30 minutes. This will seem like forever, so you may want something to help you keep track of the time. A standard CD will be about half finished, or you can get through ten pop sons on your iPod, when your eyes become dark adapted.Turn on the laser. You'll see intermittent flashes all coming from nearly the same place in your visual field; if you turn your head, the location will move in the opposite direction. If you've used filters to get down to a few flashes per second, POV will make them easier to see. At less than one photon per second, you'll see them individually.

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The negative "posted X minutes ago" bug is happening again.

In the answers section, the time since some questions were posted has started showing negative times again, as it did recently (towards the end of last year) As of about 10:23PM, GMT, this question: https://www.instructables.com/answers/Need-help-with-audio-trigger-for-camerahow-do-/ Says it was posted "-3 minutes ago"

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