Just a spot to post random ideas for inventions. Example: If you took a crank, put the right amount of weights on it, and let it go from the top, it would go around forever due to the momentum. Anyone interested?
Topic by Epeoples | last reply
Last year for the invention convention i made a hovercraft and everyone was really impressed and now this year i don't know what to do i need to keep up my reputation i just need a good idea.
Topic by Tanners | last reply
I came up with a great idea about one year ago. The outcome was 3 inventions all related. I am a union plumber from Chicago. My ideas are plumbing related, also with water saving. Inventions has no patent. Looking for someone to help me patent,prototype,market,and find a investor. Also must believe in my idea as much as I do. I feel this idea should be in every home and office. I am a plumber, I think this should of been out 20 years ago. Looking for someone in the Chicago land area, that can help me market my inventions from step 1. firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic by daaabears
Hey guys! The company I work for is holding an invention challenge with Harman to generate ideas for the headphones of tomorrow. If your product gets sold, you'll get royalties based on gross revenue. Anyone can participate—experts, audiophiles, music lovers, tech geeks, etc. If you think you have what it takes, you can submit your idea here: https://www.quirky.com/harman/the-headphones-of-tomorrow
Topic by theDomenICK | last reply
Hey, I have got 3 computer fans, and first I would like to see if anyone knows how much volts they normally take to run, I wouldnt guess to much since they're simple and small. And I was trying to think of ideas of what to try to make with them, running with solar panels. I wanted to try to think of something more than just runnings fans. I'm open to all ideas thanks!
Topic by rpvanpatt | last reply
I need help trying to get my invention manufactured. Or help to stop me dreaming of Pego ever being a success! It's a clothes peg - same size & material, just a different shape. Clothes pegs sell - Pego should sell. When it's not hanging washing out kids can clip them together to build models - the shape allows the clamp to grip the body - the handles spring out to also act as grips. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ydl_RCCQKo&feature;=fvst I have a few days left on quirky.com & need comments & votes to help Pego to manufacture. http://www.quirky.com/ideations/166745 Let me know what you think - why won't it work? Cheers Andrew Canfield
Topic by PegoAC
Say hello to Mr.T. He is old, simple, and there is really nothing special about him. However, Mr.T is a sneaky little feller. He likes putting on clever disguises like iron sights and stocks and even removable magazines to make people think that he is special. But he isn't. He's been around for years now, and for some reason, can't accept that his time is done. As a community, we are going to get rid of Mr.T. I hope you found that funny, but more importantly, I hope that you took it seriously. No, I am not talking about the guy who played Clubber Lang in the third rocky. I am talking about the K'nex gun that has been built and posted thousands of times, and makes the rest of the Instructables community hate K'nex gun builders. At this point, pretty much any search done on this site will result in at least one K'nex gun. What is worse? They are all the same. The "T" format is the most simple, most redundant approach to building a K'nex aside from the now heavily discriminated block trigger guns. They involve three things: 1. A vertical magazine 2. A firing ram 3. A trigger Any gun that requires only these three components to operate is, in my opinion, pointless. Despite cosmetic features such as stocks and iron sights, all "T" format guns are exactly the same. Yes, they do work, and some of them even work very well, but at this point, improvement will only occur with change, not with repetition. Compared to a few years ago, this K'nex community is dwindling on the edge of a cliff. Many people have lost interest because nothing new was being made, so they just quit. I do not support this decision, but I cannot blame them either. Like many of the other "veterans" on this site, I have been on and off, but have never officially quit. Sometimes one just needs to think. Hopefully by now, I have made it clear: not another Mr.T should be posted ever again. They are great guns for those learning the ropes. That is about it. There are so many other options out there. Horizontal magazines, pump systems, lever systems, bolt systems, and so many more. Make up your own system! Combine different systems! There are millions, maybe billions of different ways to put a thousand K'nex together, so why limit yourself. You are all builders, which means that you see things in your head before you make it. But sometimes these ideas come to us in inopportune times, so what do you do? Write it down. Even if your drawing skills are as pathetic as mine, just scribble it out so you can make sense of it, and then refine it later with a ruler. Then get to work on it. So, here are the steps you can take to advance this community: 1. Stop posting Mr.T!!! He can be a good teacher, but that is about all. 2. Be different! My goal when I entered this community was to make guns that nobody has ever made. No two of my guns are similar, nor are my guns like any others out there. You have millions of options. Make use of them! 3. If you have an idea, write it down! Even if it seems absurd, I guarantee that it, even if it only be small parts of it, will improve your building skill. I really hope this has made you want to make something different. Not much more I can say. Just go do it. Oblivitus and TheDunkis have started building a database of different gun elements and different ways of approaching them. Check it out and feel free to contribute! http://knexbuilding.wikispaces.com/
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
Instructables is teaming up with Inventables to run a Digital Fabrication Contest. The coolest part of this contest is that Inventables is also offering a $20 gift certificate to anyone who enters an Instructable in this contest. Eligible entries document how to make anything that involves a laser cutter, a 3D printer, CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC plasma cutter, embroidery machine and more! If you turned a digital design into a physical object, we want to see how you did it. Have fun!
Topic by audreyobscura | last reply
We should come up with a list of halo weapons that have not been invented yet...Such as a good SMG, or a Beam Rifle, or a good assault rifle...the list goes on. Also, if any one already has one of these topics/threads, I did not see it, so I started this one.
Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch | last reply
Hi All,Has anyone found a good article re: developing and then protecting your invention?There are all these TV ads for companies to help you file a patent application which seem dubious.Have you found other forums besides here to ask questions as you go along and develop your invention?Are there any engineering forums where you can discuss with design engineers how to build a prototype or model or create blueprints for it?Thank you!
Topic by eager to learn | last reply
I happened across this article showing "17 Wonderful Inventions to Solve All Your First World Problems": http://www.dailyedge.ie/inventions-first-world-problems-1349251-Mar2014/ #1 is pretty ingenious! #6 can easily be manipulated ;) #8, #9, and #17 are just down right great! But I could see #9 getting a bit annoying... #12 is for the book lover in us all My question is...Do YOU have any first world problems you'd like to see a hack for? What are they? Do you have a hack for them (and if you do, please share!)? And better yet, what world problems in general would you like to see fixed and how would YOU fix them?
Topic by Meglymoo87 | last reply
Hey, You see i am a new member around here but i have been here for a long time as a guest , i explored the site and it has some pretty need stuff around here. I tried some of it and really enjoyed it , then slowly i made it a hobby to invent things from here. Now i have a bunch of inventions and electronics lying around. Then i planned to design and make my own small invention workshop in my room, you see i don't want to take it as a full time work and keep it a hobby thats why i never made it big. So my question is now to you professionals who may have a personal workspace where they carry out there little evil works, how to design a effective and efficient workshop layout with the following things taken into considerations: - A work are where i would do the work ( Give m a list of things i should put over here) - A smooth storage area for my parts ( i am thinking of putting on my spare bed) - A display area for m inventions - And a circuit processing area (pcb) - And a enough space to sleep in. I hope you would help me and guide me through it. - Please let me know all the tools and things needed to start a invention workshop. ;) Arylic
Topic by arylic | last reply
This idea came to me after a day of fishing (I lost my best lure, but through the miracle of snorkeling, found it.) This seems like a simple idea, and I'm surprised it hasn't been invented yet. It is an improvement on the lures that supposedly look like a wounded fish.The idea is simple. A small, sealable "refill tube" connects to a hollow area inside the lure. This is the reservoir for fish blood. A thin membrane on one side of the lure allows the blood to seep out. You refill by filling an eyedropper with blood and inserting it into the refill tube. (I'm being brief right now because this is the third time I've typed this and I'm getting tired.)
Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll | last reply
Traveling with bikes can made easier with couplings and taking it apart, but the wheel has always been a solid item that has to be worked around. This might not be true in the future with this new folding wheel that is made up of six segments.This design by Duncan Fitzsimmons is being looked at by major manufacturers, or so he says, but no matter what it will take a while to come to market and likely cost more than all of my bikes combined. I can only hope that these eventually do some out and the economy of scale makes them only mildly ridiculous in price. link
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Hey gang, 1st time, long time. I'm not very savvy when it comes to most things electrical, but have a question about (mainstream) rechargeable battery powered inventions. In my case, Dewalt 18v batteries, but for arguments sake, it could cover a slew of rechargeables. I have at least a dozen Dewalt 18v tools and accessories. I've had most of them for years and only the 2 most well-used tools have failed (and been rebuilt). So I love the reliability. I 'round-robin' my 6 batteries (mix of the older style XRP and the new Li-Ion), I've yet to have a battery fail and all still hold a decent charge - the oldest XRPs are going on 7-8 years old. I often use my (2) dewalt lights I have as light when the power goes out in the house or when I spend a few nights at the race track (tent camping, but not roughing it like out in the middle of the woods). 3-4 batteries typically do the job for a weekend. I'm on the fence about buying a Dewalt (charging) radio, but it doesn't seem like it will charge via USB when it's running on battery power.... ...which leads me to my main (ignorant) question: Why don't we see inventions that can be powered by main stream rechargable battery (reliable, safe, readily available, and owned by many people already)? A couple examples include: A device to charge small electronics via usb (Cell phone, tablet, etc). Smart phones can do so many things now, being able to charge it with existing batteries would make them even more universal (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-cichon/radio-shack-ad_b_4612973.html ) A small fan, something pretty portable. (yes, I know I could probably rig something up with my drill, but having a dedicated fan would be nice) A small water pump. (again, ignorance comes into play here) Not sure what kind of pressure/flow rate is possible, but having it connected to my rain barrels to increase the pressure over my current gravity feed setup would be nice. I'm not looking to pressure wash, just want to be able to have some more pressure. (minor update: An ebay search yielded one for sale, looks like I'm no pioneer here) I should have wrote the others down, I recall having a few more ideas. Any input from a knowledgeable person on the topic would be appreciated. And for those that may argue that buying these devices and using standard batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc) would be a cheaper investment. You're right! (IF you didn't already have a bunch of tool batteries, which is my point) Regards
Topic by JustLuckey | last reply
Im currently enrolled in an Engineering design and development class for school. The class is broken into groups and each group comes up with a problem statement. Each group then works on the project in depth all year. My group is having a hard time coming up with problems that need solving. Some of our ideas are: Space efficiency alternate uses for "X" materials clean transportation/energy Any ideas are welcome and much appreciated Thanks-Nick
Topic by Habernic000 | last reply
OK folks, how hard can this possibly be?Yeah, yeah, I know. Probably REALLY hard. But if we all team up and combine our gray matter, can't we overcome any technological obstacle with our collective geekiness?I want to see an affordable, open-source doodad that can turn an LCD from a dead laptop into a working external flatscreen monitor. It should accept digital & analog signals and allow us all to hack up beautiful screens ready to embed in our brilliant projects, while keeping LCD's out of the landfill.punish3r valiantly went down this road: https://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-Converted-to-2nd-Monitor/but then ended up "cheating" (his words, not mine) by using software that does most of the work (plus he started with a functional laptop!). Discussions I've read usually end with "you'd have to buy a controller for that specific LCD, which would cost almost as much as a regular flatscreen so what's the point?"I reject this (resting on my laurels of ignorance)! If a controller truly exists for every LCD on earth, don't they share lots of common features? And if so, can't we come up with a generic one that could be programmed or dip-switched or soldered or otherwise persuaded to play nice with any LCD on the playground? Even the weird one by the monkey bars who smells like cheese? (Sorry; stretched my metaphor too far and it broke)I envision a circuit board with PC or even TV "in," an amazingly versatile multi-pin adaptor or cable that would replace or connect to that flimsy little ribbon cable sprouting from the LCD. The board would have a USB plug for programming, and a chip smart enough to remember what you tell it. Some smart person will write a nifty app that talks to the board, and vast legions of techies across the globe (or rogue employees of the LCD manufacturers, perhaps?) will upload specs for all of their LCD panels that will be used by other smart people to create a profile for any given panel that can be dropped onto the board.It would have to be really low-cost to make sense, but I envision a cottage industry: package it up as a kit, or we could build goofy-looking monitors out of e-waste and sell them!Somebody else could probably strengthen the argument in favor of this invention by providing a list of terrible LCD ingredients that would be re-purposed out of our trash heaps and water supplies and cat food... I'll leave that up to the experts.What do you think, folks? Is this a pipe dream, or a viable idea? Either way, let's do it!(and if anybody manages to make one, I get dibs on a prototype!)Thanks for reading!Mike
Topic by mikecraghead | last reply
During the month of February xClosure is running a national search campaign to find 5 products to market nationally. Winning the contest involves 3 steps: 1. Fill out the application here before March 1st 2. 10 finalists will present in person or via the web to a panel of live judges on March 21st 3. 5 winners will be selected to have their product marketed This is an opportunity to tap into the talent of an experienced marketing team. All product descriptions, details and files submitted are protected under a mutual NDA/non-compete/non-circumvent agreement to protect your idea and product. So take 10 minutes to fill out the application at http://www.xclosure.com/application-page and good luck!
Topic by tylertrunnell | last reply
I need a invention for school,anyone have an easy one,thats really coool?........i cant find any good ones on this site that is simple and awesome at the same time....thanks
Question by priceis | last reply
The Telegraph ran a great article featuring online DIY culture and Instructables. Weird and wonderful inventions by Chris StevensMeet the DIY enthusiasts using the internet in their fight against throwaway society.The internet has spawned a new breed of extreme DIY enthusiasts. They build jet engines in their garages using instructions downloaded from forums, and they upload videos of the explosive results. They weld together rollercoasters out of scrap materials and household items. They teach themselves taxidermy to build "The Mouse Mouse", a real mouse with electrical innards. Or, like 17-year-old Thiago Olson, who built a fusion reactor in his house, they're scouting for parts in their local B & Q. The online DIYers are rebelling against a consumer society that has convinced many of us that everything is bought, not made. "It's a reaction against a mass-produced culture," says Eric Wilhelm, founder of Instructables.com. "People want to express themselves and show their individuality - building something cool that you can't buy and showing how you did it is a great way to express yourself."While the traditional DIYer is overjoyed to have put up a set of shelves without losing a finger, the extreme online DIYer spends the weekend with an angle-grinder turning a supermarket trolley into an armchair, or building a Guitar Hero game controller from scratch. Online projects show you how to make your own USB charger, extend the battery life of your laptop, or use a Mont Blanc refill to transform a ÃÂ£1 pen."People are passionate about all sorts of things," says Wilhelm. "From the wacky, far-out jet engines and taxidermy to the everyday stuff like how to tie your shoes or manage washing your laundry most efficiently."The projects are uploaded by users, who offer each other step-by-step advice on everything from the sinister to the charming. The extreme DIYers dare each other to create increasingly elaborate projects, posting photos and videos of near-misses and successes. The internet is perfect for this kind of experimentation; it's a place where inquisitive geeks meet friends with power-tools. All these projects have gorgeous colour photos to go with them, and the strength of interest in these extreme-DIY sites has led communities to meet offline. This year, Makezine.com held a fair in the US attended by 45,000 "makers"."Besides the skill of building and the exchange of ideas, it's a lot of fun," says Phillip Torrone, senior editor of Make magazine. "We seem to be in an era of thinking more about the things we buy, make, consume and cherish. The result of that is people making things - it's more gratifying." Scandals over rip-offs, such as the recent study that showed ink-jet printer cartridges wilfully waste more than 50 per cent of the ink (tinyurl.com/2957jw), make Torrone's DIY ethos all the more appealing.If you're the sort of clumsy oaf that regularly snaps USB keys off in their sockets, these DIY sites also offer advice on repairing consumer electronics. Wilhem's favourite DIY project is the dachshund wheelchair (tinyurl.com/ytc6bb). The DIYer who made it explains: "Our dachshund hurt his back, so for rehab we made him swim a lot, and I built this chair until he could use his back legs again."Online DIYers have an enthusiasm for science and exploration, and many are simply reacting to the low-quality of mass-produced goods, especially consumer electronics. They object to our modern throw-away culture. The DIYers also upstage technology manufacturers by demonstrating easy ways to fix what would otherwise be thrown away. "It's really more about problem-solving with more people", says Torrone.More news articles about Instructables here.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Its a kind of bow... but its not a bow..
Question by rabarbarbaar! | last reply
Hello Instructables! I am volunteering at a local high school science and engineering event, and I am looking to put a list together of some Out-of-the-Box inventions for your home (kitchen, bathroom, laundry, cooking, cleaning, anything!). I was going to present the list to these kids to see if they have any more ideas to piggy back off of them to get them to start thinking innovatively. If you could invent any appliance for the home, what would it be?
Topic by Brennn10 | last reply
I have an idea or two and wonder if there is someone who would like to make these ideas into products that can be sold or bought by a company that wants to corner the market. first idea: a tool used by bicycle shops to help change tires on bikes. second idea: a safe room for the worker of a jewlry store in the event of a robbery in progress. third idea: same idea as No. 2 but adapted for secure entry into a building when being threatened. fourth idea: a new adventure ride for disney.
Topic by jamestruett | last reply
I was wondering if we could create a new website device, we could call it the Invention Mixer Software.It would basically be a large database of practical or groundbreaking inventions, and maybe many of the instructables here.We could arrange it according to use (Renewable Energy, Agricultural, Games, etc) and we could arrange it like a shopping cart selection. Each item would contain Name of Invention, Its basic use and advantage over common inventions, and the link to the manufacturer or institution doing the research.With the shopping cart, you can choose the inventions and instructables you like and store them in the website, or copy and paste to your friends to discuss,compare or talk over.It would be more than hobbyists website. People making new inventions could compare with the products now in the market, and compare it to instructables that can make similar inventions.It would be like a cheap, low cost utility compared to the very powerful but expensive invention making machines like:INVENTION MACHINE Softwarehttp://www.invention-machine.com/productsservices.aspxor stuff like this:CREAX Invention Softwarehttp://www.creax.com/innovation_software.htmThis would be the every man's invention software on a website.
Topic by mikedu | last reply
Hello , I want to invent one product which is simple for my education . I am manufacturing engineer . And with some simple material , we should invent products . But , i can't imagine now that what should I can invent with these materials . Please , Help me that what can I invent with these materials ?? Materials are ; 10 Pipet 1 Adhesive tape 1 Toilet tissue 5 Rubber band 20 Paper clip 1 Paper Glass 1 egg .
Topic by honourbjk | last reply
Next week we'll be launching the Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest! To enter it you need to create a new sport and tell us how to play it. If there are any custom pieces that it needs, tell us how to make those, too!Your sport can be a variation of an existing sport, but it does need to be original. Show us something awesome and win hundreds of dollars worth of clothes from Horny Toad. You'll be able to play and live and work in style!More information coming next week when the contest launches.
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Science Channel's All-American Makers is looking for focus group participants: people who want to give their opinions on new exciting inventions before they hit the marketplace. We will be filming throughout October in Jersey City. TIME COMMITMENT: 4-5 hours COMPENSATION: $100 Anyone who is interested or who knows of someone who might be interested, email email@example.com or call 212-993-8518. Tech-savvy consumers, parents on the go, grillers, bikers, car owners, etc. People of all ages.
Topic by Christopher Bray
Instructables and Horny Toad are happy to announce the winners of the Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest!So many creative and interesting sports were submitted that clearly shows that Instructables users really do love to play by their own rules and we salute you for that. Even better than playing a game is making it on your own and tweaking the rules to your satisfaction.Congratulations to all of the winners and everyone else who entered. If you didn't win a prize this time keep on checking back for more contests. We'd love to see what you have for the next time around.Now, on with the winners! Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive a $100 gift certificate for Horny Toad clothes. Make a handheld skating and snowboarding sail! Ripstik Mini Lacrosse Ball Wrestle Ball Disc Polo - Ultimate on Bicycles First Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive a $200 gift certificate for Horny Toad clothes. Chaam Crazy Croquet! Freestyle Snowshoe Boulder Jumping Frisbee Shootout Grand PrizeThe author of this Instructables will receive a $400 gift certificate for Horny Toad clothes. Drainage Luge by pbshoe
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply