Laser Tag Question

So, I found this ( https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Laser-tag-system-from-simple-to-complex/?ALLSTEPS ) (I would comment this question, but i dont have pro) and I'm wondering: A. are the two circuits connected in any way. B. If not, not does the body (Detection) circuit get power? Also, is there anyway to integrate a timer into this so that say, each round could be 10 minutes and you could (somehow) wirelessly start the timer, and it would start (But not count down) from the set time when armed? Thanks.

Question by Tuckoguy 


Laser Tag Hacking

I've been toying with this idea for a while, but I can't go anywhere with it until I get some programming experience (I'm taking a class on it next year, so I'll be able to do it then). I was thinking of this as a potential way to cheat at laser tag (or make it more interesting at least). get a microcontroller, a photoresistor, and plenty of cheap laser diodes with collimators, lenses, etc (a bunch of cheap laser pointers would work for this). use the photoresistor to have the microcontroller "learn" your laser's signal (so that you can get credit for your tagging), and then reproduces that signal at the press of a button. put all the lasers facing outward in a ball and presto, a laser tag grenade. just wondered if anyone could think of a good way to do this.

Topic by codongolev   |  last reply


Frequency of Laser Tag guns

Does anyone know if Laser tag guns use infared LED's emitting at a certain frequency, If so what frequency/range of frequency

Topic by thermoelectric   |  last reply


Laser Tag Pack and Gun

How would you create a laser tag game set, like at Ultrazone or similar? Would you just have a bunch of Photocells in parallel connected to your gun, or something? Can somone point me in the right direction?

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Is it possible to use PWM to send data via a laser? Answered

I am looking into making a laser tag system with an arduino and was wondering how easy it would be to make a laser diode output PWM signals, instead of using an infrared LED. I'm sure this has been considered before, but I couldn't find it anywhere!! Obviously all players would be given protective glasses to wear :) (on a side note: I was also wondering that if it was possible, could it be used in an RGB laser, to make more than seven colours?) Thanks in advance :)

Question by 5225jackiechanman   |  last reply


DIY Laser Tag System Cheap/Easy?

I would like to create a portable laser tag system. Somthing with targets on vests, and connected laser phaser, targets to shoot at, Basically something cheap, easy, and similar to the Lazer Runner Laser Tag System. In case you are not familiar with this, here is a link to their products: http://www.lazerrunner.com/Heres-What-You-Get.html or if you want the main page: http://www.lazerrunner.com/ I know that there are tutorials all over the internet, even here on Instructables, but I dont understand any of them, how to build it, or how it works. Or its too expensive. I want something that I can build for about $20 - $30 if parts are bought online, not somewhere like Radio Shack because I find projects such as this cost too much if EVERYTHING is bought there.

Question by Tuckoguy   |  last reply


is it possible to CHEAPLY spread a laser pointer's light out into a shape like a large rectangle?

Instead of a single tiny point of light, I'd like a laser pointer that shows a large (solid if possible) rectangle. Is there any way to change the shape of the light projected by one of those cheap (<$5) laser pointers to project this?

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Extremely basic laser tag setup?

I'm looking into building a cheap, easy to build, no frills (score, shot counter, reload, etc) laser tag setup. All I'm looking for are: - a modulated 40khz IR emitter, with a muzzle flash LED - shot sound (any easy way to do this with a piezo buzzer, or other really easy way?) - a receiver that sends the signal to a piezo buzzer connected to your ear I'm not gonna go for milestag, because it's too expensive to make my goal of 8 guns with, and I don't have the skills to make it (or time), but I will use its general emitter and receiver setup, just no fancy microcontroller. All I want is a "point and shoot you got me". I AM looking for a long range, though, equal to milestag guns, and for that I'm using its modulated emitter and receiver setup (to avoid sun interference... am I right?). So far I've seen this and this as for attempts at making something old school like this, but as electronic-circuitry inadept as I am, I can't put everything together easily without some help. I've included a photo of my schematic, created with the help of the above links and modified/simplified forms of the milestag sensor... please help with corrections. My primary questions are: - how do I add a sound output to the emitter? A beep is acceptable, but if there's an easy way to add a real shot sound, I'd go for that. - how do I limit the pulse to a short, like 0.25 second time period (I realize this was answered in one of the above links, but I need a circuit diagram or more noobproof explanation for it), then stop the beam? - how would I ground the LED (Vishay tsal 6100) and a non-ultrabright, red LED (the emitter output) in the emitter schematic (left)? Do I need resistors before the ground? - how would I add the piezo buzzer to the output in the receiver schematic? I'm using a Mouser part #  539-PT2130FPQ, in case there are resistors i should know to add. - do I ground the #1 terminals on the 3 terminal 40 khz receiver/demodulator? Originally, they would have been linked to the "data" wire on the milestag module. Please help a budding DIY electronics enthusiast out?

Question by MadBricoleur 


Will a Laser Cutter cut Phenolic?

My dad's engineering company just "bought" a $20,000 engraver to engrave phenolic tags. (They cost $8 a piece normally, but the raw materials is only $0.25 a tag). The reason I say "bought" is because they have it, but theres been problems with it so they haven't paid for it yet, and can return it. The engraver takes 15 minutes to do 15 tags, and requires constant monitoring to make sure that the vacuum that sucks up the shavings doesn't suck the tag up itself. I thought a laser cutter would be much, much simpler. (And after engraving about 200 of these, in batches of 5, I know it would be) The major block is weather or not it can cut the phenolic tags, and if theres some way to create the layout from an excel spreadsheet.(IE importing an excel spreadsheet, and it creates a template with the vars in the spreadsheet) The latter is not as great an issue, as I can probably do some programming myself to fix it. Thanks!

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Making a cheap home made laser tag system : How?

Ok guys, help me brainstorm here... there are no Laser Tag or alike projects on Instructables... how about it? Anyone up for the test? A "simple" Led/Laser Gun and a target that once hitted by the blast, sounds an alarma or flashes a light or something of sorts... what about it?

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Raspberry Pi Laser Tag Without Linux Server?

Hi Everyone, I have wanted to build a DIY laser tag system for a while now. I found this instructable- www.instructables.com/id/Infrared-Laser-Tag-With-Raspberry-Pi-Zero/ It is exactly what I waqs loking for with a few minor changes. It uses a Linux server to control all the guns. My dad is thinking of getting a new PC, and I would be able to use his old one. The only thing is, I would like to keep Windows on it for other things it will be used for. Is there any way I can use this instructable with a Windows pc? Thanks!

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phototransistor for high voltage

Before the begining sorry for bad english I want to make laser tag with electric shock when hits This is circuit of taser what I want to do is remove the switch and replace with wire so that the taser can charge automatically then I want to put a phototransistor(that react to red laser) to the poles(where you get shocked when touch them together) but because the both poles are attached to bodies the taser can't be charged so I tried to block one side of pole with phototransistor but when I touch the two poles phototransistor burned(?) and I got shocked in this case what can i do?

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Anyone Made/Thought About Making This? (MILES Tag)

Hi, I recently stumbled on the DIY Miles tag web site. For those of you who don't know MILES tag stands for Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System. It is used to train solders in combat, without that pesky thing that kept pooping up in live fire training: death. So, it basially looks like a really fun game of laser tag. All of the parts are obtainable on the site, assembled PCBs as well as just the PCBs and other various important parts. If you do enough digging into this small community of DIY laser-tag..ers you can find that they are apparently a very helpful bunch and there are lots of how-to documents. There are many documents out there I was wondering if anyone here had any ideas or if they had built one.Miles Tag "Official" Site: http://www.lasertagparts.com/mtdesign.htmWikipedia entry on MILES: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_Integrated_Laser_Engagement_System A Italian site on the subject (Some digging revels a part English site): http://www.lasertagitalia.itA Laser tag forum: http://www.laserforums.comTagger Construction: http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~leif/infratag/tag1_main.htmlCheck it out, I'm hoping to get some ideas as to how to make a case from anyone who care to give there 2 cents!-Gigman

Topic by gigman 


How do I send data via lasers? Answered

I would like a flexible wearable material capable of receiving data via a laser. I would like the material to not be too affected by outside light and I would like the data transfer rate to be fast (it's only about 3 one-digit numbers I'm sending, so it shouldn't be a problem.) I am using this for a laser tag system, and the back, solders and front two sides is where I'm planning on these sensors being, so flexibility is not absolutely necessary, but would be very nice (being thin and durable, however, is necessary) please no lenses. I don't mind an elaborate setup, as long as it doesn't cost too much and uses minimal tools, but would prefer a simple "attach this to that then wire it to the controller" setup. I'll answer any questions on clarification to the best of my ability. Thank you in advance for any help.

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Tiger Electronics LAZERTAG gun to PC port??

I have recently disassembled an old laser tag gun I have had for a long time. I am hoping to possibly turn it into an interface for my PC. Using the infrared LEDS It could likely be tracked with an Infrared filter webcam. The other key things are the Buttons. It's a more advanced laser tag gun in that it contains it's own LCD, multiple buttons for controlling options, No wearable pack, and confusing circuity with several microprocessors. I hope to connect it in some way that may allow the LCD to be used with something like LCD Studio, and the buttons be able to be mapped to keys. Is there any way to do this? 

Question by Lyokoking99 


Wanted: Infrared Laser Tag Technology for a New Drone Game

Hi, I'm looking for someone to develop infrared laser tag technology that enables drones to chase, shoot and record 'hits' on participating drones.      Here are the features I'm looking for: a)  Used primarily indoors to avoid problems with FAA, BVLOS, wind etc. b)  IR LEDs detectable @ 30 m c)  Indicates 'hits' by light and sound d)  Detection proximity + -  12" diameter e)  FPV not required for MVP- line-of-sight ok f)  'Shield' feature preferred g)  Self contained rechargeable battery h)  Smartphone integration preferred i)  After a certain number of 'shots', cannon briefly disabled    If you are an laser tag developer and this is something you can do please get in touch.     I will pay, or glad to cut you in on a Kickstarter / crowdfunding campaign revenue share if you prefer (or a combination of both).  I'm a Kickstarter specialist and plan on featuring it on a crowdfunding campaign.    I don't come onto the board very often, so please email me directly at: Earl Brown ebrown@combathawks.com 805-984-2925 Santa Barbara, CA  USA

Topic by EarlB7 


Laser conversion from pointer to burn

I could have sworn I saw an instructable on converting a regular laser pointer (low wattage type) into one that would burn (if only a little), i.e. increase it's power output, but now I am finding it impossible to locate. Has it been removed? Are there not proper tags to help me weed out the other half million laser projects? Have I lost my memory and there never was such a project? inquiring minds want to know...

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Constructing a realistic lasergame

I am making a laser game/tag system and I would like an IR detector/sensor that can tell the difference between a direct hit and a near hit fly by so that the "bullets"can still cause sounds on a near hit. The sensor should be as invisible as possible but should have a very clear and acurate detection. If there is no way I can make it work I will tweak the guns to be louder. Guns will have to hit over atleast 200 meters "For snipers". I know I need a double-convex lens but I just don't know wich LED I need. It would also help if next to a focused LED there is a way to send an infrared signal in all directions for just a while "For explosives". I have looked at ad hoc but no idea if it would work in there. For the suits I will most likely use sensors connected to a micro-controller/processor. Oh I forgot to mention that I am not using infrared lasers because they will most likely burn or damage the equipment.

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New Robot Merchandise?

I'm not bragging, but I think I have about five or six Instructables patches, what with running up in contests and getting featured in the newsletter. I'm running out of places to put them. How about laser-cut rubber keyrings or zipper tags? Or Robot mugs? Any comments? Other ideas?

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How can i focus two or more (infra red) led's into one tight beam? Thanks

This would be for a laser tag gun, more than one infra red LED could greatly improve distance (so it is theorized) but if you think it wouldn't, give us a yell. How it normally works in the gun, is a high powered infrared LED with an already tight beam of about 20 degrees is projected onto a double convex lense about 2 to 5 cm in diameter. The beam is focused by moving the LED back and forwards with snipers having tight beams for the longest range and others having very wide beams to limit range and but improve accuracy at close range. Any help is much APPRECIATED. OH and someone recommended a cube beam splitter but i have no idea what they are so you may want to look them up... THANKS COMMUNITY

Question by DELETED_D4VOBRO   |  last reply


Want more power! I have a several of late '80's World of Wonder "Lazer Tag" pistols, target sensors plus the rifle.

I know they operate in the IR area, but ever since I bought them, back in the day, I always wanted to modify them,amp the power, make the beam visible etc.  I am a noob here so any help would be great!  I love these things.  Thanks!

Question by Dreikatzen   |  last reply


Gas connections

Hey Guys.  I have a laser tag project that I am making. Now I want to put high pressure air recoil on it. With the HPA being in the magazine and the recoil being a blow back valve in the gun. The issue I have ATM is the connection between the gun and the magazine. I basically want it like a butane connection. I can't find anywhere that shows designs or standards for this though. Or anyone who sells these parts. Also I don't want to use a gas magazine as I have custom magazines and guns. Cheers. 

Topic by TrevorB42   |  last reply


Gas Inlet valves

Hey guys and girls, I am after a supplier for gas inlet valves, or a standard or anything... Basically I have a laser tag system that I want to add high pressure air recoil to, but I want the air supply in a removable magazine, that will then connect to the gun and go through a blow back valve once the trigger is pulled etc. Now, the problem I have is the connection between the magazine and the gun, to allow the gas to flow through, I know airsoft guns have recoil magazines that they can use, (Im in Australia, so i don't have access to these). But would really like to know where I can get some of the parts from. Or designs maybe.

Topic by TrevorB42 


Focus an LED

I was wondering if anyone knew how to focus more than one LED (infra red) into one tightish (about 1m at 100ms) beam. This would actually be for a laser tag gun that i would like to make an instructable about. The game is based on these high powered infrared leds that are focused by a 2cm-5cm diameter double convex lens assembly. Snipers obviously need further distance and have a tight beam while others have a much wider beam. The focus can be adjusted by moving the led back or forwards. Having more than one LED may lead to dramatic leaps in range (so it is theorised). I have been told to use cube beam splitter but i don't even know what they are. Thanks community any help is seriously much appreciated Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou

Topic by DELETED_D4VOBRO 


I basically need a person detector. Sort of...

Some friends and I have been playing laser tag a lot recently, We try to team up in Free For All but always end up shooting each other due to darkness. I was wondering, is there any way (Cheap) To build something that each person can have, one person has a device that sends a signal to the other person when about 20 feet away, and on the other persons device, it would vibrate or buzz or something to indicate that the other person is coming. So basically when one person is 20 feet away, all other devices vibrate. One sender, and the rest receivers. And they would have to be pocket sized. Is there any way of doing this? My original plan was to use ElectroMagnetic Fields, one person has the detector, and the other, an EM Pump, But I could not find a pump design powerful enough for 20 foot range. Please Help! Thanks.

Question by Tuckoguy   |  last reply


Honus- Finalist

Honus is a finalist in the Laser Cutter Challenge for:How to make a Green Lantern ring-including a glowing version!This is a forum post created by Instructables on behalf of the finalist. Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Check out all the finalists in the master list or in theLaser Cutter Finalists Group! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for being considered a finalist- this is a great site with a tremendous amount of knowledge, talent and inspiration for individuals like myself that want to create as well as learn from others. There were so many great entries (350!) in this contest that if you haven't perused the entire group, please do so- there's something for everyone! As for my own entry, after reading through it you may discover that the beauty of learning this mold and pattern making process is that you can then make all sorts of custom resin castings, which makes for some pretty cool projects like custom cases for electronics projects, custom resin cast jewelry or that special part you need to create for your own project. You're only really limited by your imagination!And since people ask "what would YOU do with a laser cutter?" this the proposal I came up with according to the original rules (I had posted this a while back in the forums)-It is important to me as it has to do with how I feel as a community we can have a really positive impact in the world not just by offering our instructables but by directly helping those in need and at the same time promoting ourselves and this site. I think it's a neat idea and while I'm sure there would need to be some tweaks here and there I believe the overall idea itself is sound.My idea would be to start a laser service- with a twist.Let's say someone posts an instructable in the laser group that requires the use of the laser for their project. I would provide that at a given cost based on the complexity of the job- let's just say $40. From that $40, 20% would go into a Paypal/bank account to be held seperately for a charity.Now let's say that person wants duplicates for themselves to sell on eBay or wherever. I would do this at a reduced cost, say $30. This is because the setup work has already been done. Now 25% of the money goes into the charity account.Now let's say that someone reads the original instructable and wants to create the item for themselves. It would cost them $40 but now $5 goes back to the creator of the instructable and still 20% goes into the charity account.When the charity account reaches $500 everyone that has posted an instructable in the laser group votes on where the money goes- it can be a school, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, needy family, scholarship fund, etc. but it will have to be limited to a few choices during every voting session. The money is then donated in the name of Instructables.com -everyone that creates something here gets to see their projects create a direct impact on the world around them in the form of this charity donation.The original creator of the instructable also gets $5 every time their instructable is used to create a product that they designed!Well that's my idea- I know the rules concerning the contest have changed but I'm still going to do this anyway if I'm lucky enough to win. That's been my plan all along and I think it's something that benefits everyone and I'm sticking to it! :DThanks!!And for those interested, more of my instructables are here: https://www.instructables.com/tag/?limit%3Atype%3Ainstructable=on&sort;=none&q;=Honus

Topic by Honus   |  last reply


Powderly Released From Prison - Plans Instructable

As you may have heard instructables friend James Powderly was being held by the Chinese government for planning a pro-Tibet laser tagging event. He was held for 6 days and was finally released on monday. Here's what he had to say in a statement on Artnet:Powderly, who feels he was subjected to psychological torture, nevertheless stresses that what he went through pales in comparison to the ordeal of political prisoners or other inmates. He intends to share his experience with human rights groups and politicians, as well as with the public through his art. "They're going to really wish that they killed my ass," he said.If you're interested in his experience you can check out the article at Artnet, or you can wait for Powderly's own instructable in which he plans to instructablize his "Beijing projection machine" calling it "How to Get Yourself Thrown in a Chinese Jail." And from the test image you see below, it looks like it's going to be great.We're glad you're back and safe, James.

Topic by lamedust   |  last reply


Recycling old funfair "light" guns

Hi, first of all, I'm not sure I'm posting in the right place, if I'm not I apologize, but I couldn't find any that seemed more correct. Anyway, my grandfather passed away many years ago and among his knickknack were two handguns and two rifles that he had crafted for a funfair he worked at. (Images at the bottom) All 4 are originally made shoot light as far as I'm aware (he passed away when I was very young, and I've never seen them in action), they look like they are meant for light at least, as they all have lenses inside the barrel. That said they don't look functional anymore, and especially not the rifles as my little brother wanted to rebuild them for laser tag, but only got as far as taking them apart. The thing is I have some experience with electronics (Arduino, Raspberry PI and more) and a few years of experience programming (though mainly pc programs). I want to make something with them, but I've had them kicking around for a while now, but to be honest, I have no idea what I could do with them. Any and all ideas are appreciated =) (except suggestions about turning them into real weapons ;) ) Regards -Logan

Topic by shalow   |  last reply


12v device to switch on a 9v device (signal to switch on only)

I have a device that is switched on by a sensor, powered by 12v, 1.3amp battery. I have another device that is switched on by a mechanical push button switch, this is powered by a 9v battery. I want to piggy back on the wires that switch on the 12v device and take the signal (to turn on only) to the device that is already powered by a 9v battery and normally turned on by a push button switch. ( I want to replace this mechanical push button switch with an "electronic switch" turned on and off the the presence and absence of the 12v signal) I want the 9v device to switch on only when the 12v device switches on and switch off when the 12v device switches off. Also I want the 9v device to only run on the original 9v battery (not accepting power from the 12v device and not returning any power from the 9v device to the 12v device. Is there a switch device/relay that can do this? A device that I can just connect between the wires going from the 12v device to the 9v device? I am a novice to electronics please be kind. I an open to using part from another device, and basic mods. Thank you

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Friend of Instructables and Friend of Humanity Held in China

Long-time friend of Instructables James Powderly of GRL, FFFFFAT LAB and Throwies fame is currently reported to be held by the Chinese Government for over 24 hours without further word for planning a pro-Tibet LASER Tag event in Beijing. "James is proud to have been kicked out of the Synthetic Times new media art exhibition in Beijing because he wouldn't censor his little art project. James wonders why organizations like the MoMA, Parsons, Eyebeam, Ars Electronica and many other arts and cultural institutions around the world who claim to support free speech and expression would participate in a show like this. But they did! It was after being kicked to the curb by the show's curator that James connected with Students for a Free Tibet and decided he would go to China anyway and do what he though was right in support of Tibet, Taiwan, free speech and the people of China. James lives, if indeed he is alive, in the County of Kings, Brooklyn, and teaches at the Communication Design and Technology program at Parsons the New School for Design. I am James Powderly and I approve of this message."We wish the best to him and his family.This via Boing Boing.

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(newsletter) EyeWriter, Remote-Control Lawnmower, Roof Coffee Cup

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Topic by fungus amungus 


nerf ranges

(NO MODDED NERF GUNS)ok i was wondring what are ALL of the ranges of nerf guns lleave a comment of its lowest range and its highest rangeand what gun it isBuzz Bee:Big BlastDouble ShotLaser Tek Mega Missle Mustang Six Rapid Fire RifleSingle Tek Tek FourTek Six Tek Ten Lanard Blasters:First Shot Big Salvo Blast Bazooka Maxshot Over and Under Sonic Bazooka Speed Loader Triple Shot ERTL BlastersPump Action Shotgun Rapid Fire Pump Action Shotgun Nerf Blasters:Airtech 1000 Airtech 2000 Airtech 3000 Airtech 4000Airtech Jet SquadronArmor Shot ArrowstormArrowstrikeAuto GripBig Bad BowBlastfire Bow N' Arrow BuzzawChainblazerCommlink IICrossbow CrossfireDart Tag BlasterDefender T-3 Disc Shot Double CrossbowEagle EyeEliminatorExpand-a-BlastFireflyGatorHidden ShotHornet Hydro BazookaIron Raptor Laser Fang Lightnin' Blitz Lock N' Load Longshot Longshot Front Gun Mad HornetMagstrike Manta Ray Maverick MonoblastNB-1Nite Finder: min:16' 7" max:23' 4" (thanks to zack scott from you tube)Nitro Quad Pen Blaster Powerclip PulsatorRapid Fire 20Ratchet Blast RattlerRazorbeastRazor Fin Reactor Recon Rip Chord Courtesy of DraconisRoto Track Sawtooth Scout Secret Shot 1 Secret Shot 2 Secret Strike Pocket Blaster Sharpshooter 1 Sharpshooter 2 SlingshotSneakshot Spiderman Dart Tag Gun Splitfire Stinger Stinging Scarab StrongArm SuperMaxx 250 SuperMaxx 500 SuperMaxx 750 SuperMaxx 1000 SuperMaxx 1500 (New) SuperMaxx 1500 (Old) Supermaxx 2000SuperMaxx 3000 (Blue) SuperMaxx 3000 (Green) SuperMaxx 5000 Switch Shot Switch Shots MaxSwitch Shots Super Switch Shots Ultra Tech Target Titan Triple Strike Triple TorchVulcan Warthog Whiptail Scorpion Wildfire Promotional Blasters:Kung Fu Panda Commander CrossbowPirates of the Carribean Flint Lock BlasterSpiderman 3 Blaster Spiderman Wrist BlasterStar Wars Rebel Trooper BlasterThe Batman Light Signal BlasterThe Two Towers of Uruk Urukai Bow Wayne Tech Tri-Fire Blaster Other Blasters:Air BazookaAirzone 8 Shooter Air Zone Arrow StormAir Zone Dual Fire Dart BlasterAirzone Scorpian Bow Halo Ma5c Rifle Kids Stuff Bow n' Arrow Kilroy Magnum PistolLightstorm 2 Optimus Prime Blaster Periscope BlasterPistol Splat PS-800Pool Blaster Roto RocketSplatmatic Thundersplat Spy Gear Signal Launcher Star Wars Clone Troopers Blaster SuperSoaker MaxD2000 Super Soaker 50 20th Anniversary EditionThe Proffesional Trigger FireUSB Missle Launcher Vortex Firestorm Vortex TornadoXxl BazookaXxl Skeet ShooterBlast HammerElectric EelJust Toys CrossbowMarshmallow ShooterMissile StormPreceptorQuick StrikeRam RodRocket StormUltrox Quadra CannonWrist Blitzerthanks for helping! =)

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The Dream Factory - Squid Labs and Instructables in Wired September 2005

This was Instructables' big debut. The author, Clive Thompson, came and hung out at Squid Labs for a couple of days, and later on we had a hilarious half-day photoshoot where the photographers couldn't remember Dan's name and had to keep calling him "wrench."Wired 13.09 The Dream Factoryby Clive ThompsonThey're already living that future in a small warehouse in Emeryville, California. It's the headquarters of Squid Labs, run by a gang of five MIT alums who by day create prototypes of new technologies for outside firms - and by night fabricate weird gizmos just for fun."Everything I own is basically one of a kind," says a cheery Saul Griffith, one of the cofounders, as he crouches on the floor of his dust-covered workshop, rooting through an enormous bucket of metal brackets and bolts. A tall, shaggy Australian, he's wearing ragged flip-flops and a pair of cargo pants so stained with oil and grime that I can't determine their original color. Dozens of his group's inventions lie scattered about: a Frisbee embedded with microchip-driven LEDs, a set of robots precision-cut from plastic, a bunch of helmet-mounted laser-and-GPS sensors designed to help firefighters locate one another in a blazing house.Today, Griffith is building a "hybrid electric bicycle" with a hidden battery compartment inside the bike's 4-foot-long, chopper-style front forks. To hold the forks in place, he spent the morning designing a bracket, then cut out a flat template for it on Squid Labs' laser cutter. Now, with that template as a guide, he hacks the shape out of quarter-inch steel, using a terrifyingly loud metal cutter. "I'm really into this 'tractor' aesthetic, getting everything to look like industrial machinery!" he hollers over the cutter's shrieks, while a 3-foot cone of orange sparks flies up and ricochets off his face.Every few minutes, Griffith pauses to snap a photo of his progress. When done, he'll write up a comprehensive guide on how to build his project. This, he argues, is the next crucial step in fab culture: getting hobbyists to carefully document their plans and share them online. Squid Labs is hoping to kick-start such sharing this fall when it launches Instructables.com - an open database of interesting projects and fab techniques, "kind of like a Wikipedia for making stuff," Griffith explains. If people want to build his electric hybrid chopper bicycle, they'll be able to download the CorelDraw design of the bracket and send it someplace like eMachineShop to have their own copy printed."We got inspired when we looked at all these guys who'd engineered these incredible, modded parts for their Harleys. They'd have amazing photos of them, but they'd never post the CAD image," Griffith says. "We were like, Why not go open source?"Later that day, I get a taste of how weirdly transformative this idea is. I'm hanging out with Dan Goldwater - another Squid Labs cofounder - and admiring one of his inventions. It's a pair of plastic gears that sit on a bike pedal and power a tiny generator. As you ride, you can run LED lights or a radio. I tell him I'd love to have a version of it myself. So a couple of Squid Labs guys go over to the laser cutter, pull up the design, and a few minutes later hand me exact copies of Goldwater's gears. Design once, print often. "Pretty cool, eh?" Goldwater grins."Griffith imagines that fab tools could produce new economic models for creators. Suppose a hobbyist made a cool plastic exterior for an MP3 player. Suppose she put the design online, and 700 people downloaded the file and had it printed at eMachineShop. "At what point," he asks, "would a manufacturer say, Hey, there's a market here - and offer to buy the design from her?""So, sure, soon we'll be able to build anything. But should we? "Let's say everyone suddenly can make their own hood ornaments. What if they actually do that? The real world would look like the Internet in 1996, when people started making their own Web sites." Griffith shudders. "Remember those hideous-looking psychedelic backgrounds and stupid animations? And blinking tags?""Rainbow dividers," Goldwater adds.It's a good point - and it makes me anxious about my guitar. Sure, it looked fine onscreen. But what if it turns out to be a monstrosity in my hands? Recalling my decision to use clear acrylic for the body, I break into a nervous sweat. It's going to look like something from a mid-'80s, big-hair heavy-metal band! What the hell was I thinking?Griffith interrupts my panic to announce that his chopper is ready. He wheels it onto the street, all five Squid Labbers in tow. Eric Wilhelm, a lanky designer, offers to be the test pilot. He straps on a helmet and mounts the seat. "Does it have brakes?" he asks."Sort of," Griffith says."It's amazing how often brakes are an afterthought," Wilhelm sighs. Then he hits the electric starter and peels off.

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The World's worst Instructables? (Updated)

I've posted this as a review of how the current rating system works at the low end of the scale, with reference to my 2007 postReminder of the scale:0.5 = Worthless1.0 = Poor1.5 = Some flaws2.0 = Almost average2.5 = Average (we don't go much higher than this here)Lowest rated Instructables as of today:extreme mini knex gun"How on earth is this rated higher than a buynch of my stuff??????"This one seemed to be very unpopular, 60 ratings brought it down to 1.10 but people were aiming for 0.5Oct08BLOW UP A GLASS SNAPPLE WITH YOUR HAND!!!!!Author "Hold it over a trash can and beat the living () out of the top"Generally viewed as one of the most moronic Instructables ever, 154 ratings gave this 1.16 (many of which have been translated from the old system).Nov06small-knex-gun 2"my first instructionable"Not popular at all, 27 ratings took this to 1.27May08How to make a flashdark"complete waste of instructables.com storage"They didn't get the joke... 23 ratings 1.30Dec08how-to-not-need-to-ever-type-in-any-computer-class"why did you chose knex as your one and only keyword?" (knex now appears twice in tags)32 ratings 1.36Apr07smallest knex gun EVERIt's only got 2 pieces, which was not appreciated by the KNEX communityAuthor: "come on people plz leave me aloneTHIS IS MY FIRST EVER INSTRUCTABLE!!!!!"1.37 from 41 ratingsOct08The coolest virus ever!"virus creators are the bane of all existence. Sorry, but I'm gonna have to ask you to rot somewhere uncomfortable."17 ratings 1.40Sep08Make-An-Awesome-CyborgSteampunk-Monocle"You can't really just stick screws to stuff and call it steampunk."21 ratings, 1.45Jul08how-to-make-a-basic-booby-trap"go back into the woods and practice your banjo."20 ratings 1.56July 06Minute-KNex-Semi-Automatic-PistolAuthor: "yeah, well this is my first instructable.. I've made ones that shoot some 37 feet or so, but they're too complicated for me to understand how I built them. I am almost annoyed at myself for putting on such a crappy gun. oh, well, I don't really care"27 ratings 1.58Nov07And what of the The World's worst Instructables 2007? Only the Snapple and tongue Instructables haven't been pushed into a corner.https://www.instructables.com/id/E8FS0ZXF1B3R8DV/ (out of sight?)"i smell summin and it aint laser burns.. I lived on a farm once and waded through alot of it."33 to 1.42May07https://www.instructables.com/id/EDW2YEMF0ZSTFDK/ (out of sight?)"This is precisely the same instructable as this one, complete with the same spelling errors and photos, except (your) instructable only has thumbnails of the blurry photos."44 ratings 1.42Apr07https://www.instructables.com/id/EFGG7JWF18DW9NB/ (out of sight?)"can we all PLEASE stop talking about weed?"126 ratings 1.94May07https://www.instructables.com/id/EWOYNZ04N8EWIJLOX6/ (out of sight?)"How come such a poorly made Instructable can be so popular?"115 ratings 2.13, that's closer to average than "almost"Jan07How-to-perform-your-own-Tongue-Bifurcation"Next you'll b doin it to your ()"88 ratings 2.56 (above average)Feb07The current system doesn't seem to be giving us a good distribution if nothing has yet managed to hit "poor" (even when a group of people were trying to rate beneath it)Statistics as of 9th March:5.00-4.5 16 0.07%4.49-4.0 362 1.6%3.99-3.5 3269 14.7%3.49-3.0 10238 46.1%2.99-2.5 4556 20.5%2.49-2.0 853 3.8%1.99-1.5 111 0.5%1.49-1.0 8 0.04%0.99-0.5 0 0%unrated 2787 12.6%81% of all Instructables are rated between 2.5 and 4.0 (93 % if you exclude unrated Instructables)L

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