project update

NEW:project top secret II: building blimp: cancel top secret declassified true jet engine:on hold D.P.C. canon:on hold remote control knex car with independent suspension:cancel

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project: top secret help

I need to know what is the smallest spark plug that you can get and its voltage.

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project conditions

i have decided to post forums that show the current state of the project that i am working on to post for instuctables. projects: blimp:stand still-need mylar top secret: blue prints near completion

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super water guns

SUPER HOMEMADE BALLOON PUMP WATER GUNS hello, I was wondering if you can make an instructable about an easy water gun, without going to the store. this is part challenge, I you can use a balloon pump, any plastic pvc pipes, maybe a soda bottle for storing water, and other stuff like a water balloon just doing nothing around your house. be creative, and please reply! (this isn't only for fun)

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project udates

Project top secret II: canceltrue jet engine:on holdD.P.C. canon:on holdnew: knex crane;buildingi wish to add a side note for those who don't know. the reasons for this post is to show my progress on instructables. oh the three main reasons for my projects to be canceled arenot enough money most of the times(please don't send donations. i'm just listing the reasons not begging for money)to hard to make sometimesto lazy to make it rarely

Topic by Sun Gear 


Super awesome secret thread! WOOT!

WHY DID YOU CHANGE?!? Why did you change what was good? This new site is awful! I see pics with no idea of what I'm looking at because the titles and brief descriptions are gone. I can't even hover and get a mouse over text. BTW - the pages don't format right in my OS / Browser combo - couldn't you have tested this first? This was a great site that needed no tweaking. Sad, so very sad....

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Lens for a project

Hi! Im gonna try out this project, Telescope , as I know nothing about optic or lens function maybe someone could just let me know if I should go for a Tele-Auto 6.3/400 mm or a Sigma 70-300 mm F4-5,6 DL Macro Super. I asked the creator but as time runs out for me I hope this gives a faster response =) Thanks

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Super BAG!

I am sparsh from India and i am a technology freak i am very new to Arduino. I recently lost my sisters bag (it was her favourite one! ) she still hasn't forgiven me and make up to her , im gonna get her a new one... Not only do i wanna get her a bag, i wanna get her a Super bag! This is a bag i found online.. the one i lost was leather too.. ​ I was hoping all of you would be able to help me plan the bag ... Mission : a bag that has arduino and bluetooth connection and a small screen(to show bag battery and bluetooth connection status), can connect to phone, play music through awesome speaker that is connected to super large capacity battery that can be charged via wall plug or solar panel. Same battery has a standard Indian 3 pin socket to connect laptop on the go.  Maybe some way of bag lost detection on phone when bag not connected via bluetooth. Also maybe some lights connected to the arduino that respond to music playing through the bluetooth ... i also had the idea of using a breathlyzer or some other cool utility that you can think of ... I believe a lot of this will be possible with only an arduino board and a 1sheeld . Or if you have any other ideas in mind I have saved up some money. i would like to pay any of you some if you would like to help me with this project and think that you cannot do it for free ! Otherwise id love to see the community giving in their inputs and extra add ons. Thanks Looking forward to hearing from you ... sparshbatraphotography@gmail.com

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Television to secret compartment

So, I have this old TV that is complete and absolute crap in my room just sitting there, looking ugly. So I got an idea that maybe I could turn it into something else on the inside since it's not super small and it would be funny. Anything would be cool, but I had a couple ideas: fridge bookshelf make the screen a cupboard door to the empty inside aquarium drawer etc

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I want to start a collaboration but need help.

I need an idea, and/or would like to help with an already started i'ble.

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Kiteman knows a secret!

Instructables is going back into the publishing business! OK, so it's not much of a secret, what with a bunch of people getting emails about their projects going into them, but individual comments are building into a bigger picture: Instructables is following up The Book with a bunch of eBooks - a BIG bunch of eBooks. I don't know the titles, yet, but there are going to be... (counts on fingers, runs out) more than several (in aPub format, maybe Kindle too?).  Did you get an email?  Are you going to be in one of them? If you find out a theme or title, add a comment. Can we work out what they all are before The Powers That Be let us know officially? Oh, and get this - at least some of the several will be free for pro members to download!  Now there's even more of a reason to post a cool project that could get freatured - a helping of free pro-ness would come with a side-order of eBookiness! (K'NEX?  Surely not?) Yes!  They're on the Kindle!

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secret compartment box?

I really love what this person did https://www.instructables.com/id/SF6IAZEFPKF9VUM/But I was wondering does anyone have any simpler projects? I wanted to make a box to fill with gifts with a hidden drawer/compartment where I could put a scrapbook. Its a gift for my boyfriend and where this box is very nice I dont think I would be able to accomplish something like that being a newbie to work working.?

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Welcome to Super Capacitors!

First off, I know this goes to the whole front page, but this is posted in the Super Capacitor group, just so you know. Welcome to the people who joined my group! If anybody has any cool projects or ideas, please post and talk about them! Also if you know of any good deals for capacitors, please tell!

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super SPEEDY glue

Super glue. Good stuff. A bit slow sometimes. Baking soda speeds it up. But I want it clear.  I don't have accelerator. I think I could get some on the far side of town, but don't know someplace close to buy it. Internet says moisture cures it. I don't find this to be true. Internet says heat, air movement, UV.  At the moment, my project is sittin in the sun, which gives all 3 things, but there's no control group.  Qs What sorta place sells accelerator for cyanoacrylate? Which techniques have sped you along with it before?

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arduino secret knock lock

Found a project where this guy uses an Arduino to detect a selected kncock pattern to unlock a door. Clever, though i hope no one is listening when it's being set! found here

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What is the project called when you have a hollowed out can that you can hide stuff in? like a secret storage spot?

I have a rockstar can that I want to turn into a hidden storage spot to hide things in like money. What is the name of the project so I can look it up on here? or are there any links I can follow to find it?

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Distant projects with the kids

Hey everyone. So I'm back on the road for work and hundreds of miles from my amazing wife and awesome minions. It's hard traveling for work and being the husband and father the family expects you to be. So my wife came down to visit for the weekend and I got to thinking. My daughter loves building things and doing electrical projects. So I took the wife to the local hardware store and sent her home with parts and pieces. This week my daughter and I will be building a lamp for her nightstand. I bought her a 1/2" NPT flange, a 10" 1/2" galvanized pipe, a 1/2" coupling, a 1/2" to 1/8" adapter, a 1/8" nipple, an 8' lamp cord, and a lamp socket with a turn key switch. She put it together tonight to get an idea of how it will go together. She's super excited and happy to be doing a project with dad albeit over facetime. It should turn out pretty good. Guess why I'm posting is I just need some community. The hotel room gets lonely and there isn't much to do unless I'm working. So I'd like to strike up some conversations and just learn some new stuff. Thanks for the support and the great uploads. You're all a huge inspiration. Thank you.

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Project: bead printer

Hey everyone! My name is Michael and I have a project I'm working on: a fuse beads automatic "printer". After I got my mechanical eng. degree I was looking for a project to prove to myself it was worth it. I guess being a maker was my secret ambition, and I felt I needed some project to be proud of.  While babysitting my little cousins and doing some works with Perler beads, I thought to myself: hey! this is cool- I should try making something bigger! and so, as my works grew larger, I began to wonder- can I make it automatic?   What are fuse beads?  These are small beads made from plastic that come in various colors, and can melt under a regular home iron. Its a kids toy- you place a pattern on a mat, iron it- and get cool results. google it!   What is it supposed to do?  The idea is simple: place individual beads of various colors on a mat full of small spikes according to a pattern. sounds simple, doesn't it? I think its good to first look at a 2 color (black-white) simple scheme and try to print it on a small part of the board. Once the mechanical part is finished, the real programming will start.   Some numbers:  The beads are about 5[mm] in diameter and in height. A typical board is 30X30 spikes. A piece could usually contains 2-10 main colors.   !!STOP!!! Before you read my concept, I would like to know- how would you try to make this project? I have had this idea in my mind for over a year now, and I'm looking for new ideas.   The concept so far: As I've mentioned, its been a long journey already. I am far from having a working prototype and am open to suggestions. The "printer" I designed is similar to a CNC machine: a tube has 15 beads in it. The tube is moved above the board, placing the beads. Refill will be done manually since I wish to prove the mechanics first. I made the printer with Lego and an NXT controller and engines, simply because I had it at home. I tried making a 2 axis motion using a rack and gear (with transmission), moving a tube with beads in it. To my dread, the beads do not like falling off when placed on top of one another (in the tube), so I used a third engine, converting the rotary motion into linear one, applying a small force over the tube to prevent the beads from falling, moving them to the next position, than letting go. I discovered the engines are not as accurate as I would have wanted, and the results are meh. I will add some pictures at a later time as I need to re-assemble it.     Thanks a lot for reading, and I hope we can make this dream come true- lets have some fun!  

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super-basic LED stuff

I'm working on a project for Halloween that involves some LEDs, I've got a bunch of old cigar boxes painted up to look like Ghostbusters proton traps and I just want to have red lights on them, preferably blinking. I got an LED assortment at Radio Shack to experiment with. When I put a 9v battery to one I saw a tiny flash and then nothing, so I think I overpowered it. But when I went down to a 1.5v AA battery nothing happens. I'm sure this is stupid-simple, but I've got no experience whatsoever. Any specifics would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

Topic by Purple Chez 


How do you properly set up a transfer pak in Project64's N-Rage's Direct-Input8 V2 1.80a Plugin?

I am running Project 64, and recently got Pokemon Stadium and Pokemon Yellow (I know it's for the Gameboy, and have the emulator.) For the love, I have no idea how to properly set up the transfer pak to run with the software and make the game playable. I am using theN-Rage's Direct-Input8 V2 1.80a Plugin. Could anyone who knows how to do this give me instructions?

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Source for sturdy tubes + clear stuffs

I'm going to be dropping a submersible (on a rope for now, no motors yet...) about 600 meters into open ocean. This 'Sub' will need a clear viewing window for a camera, and be sturdy enough to withstand about 700 PSI, according to WikiAnswers (apparently, one vertical meter- 1.09 PSI, right? I'm missing something, aren't I.) So, how thick/ what type of tube will I need, and where can I get it? The project is secret for now, don't ask why I'm doing it.

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NEED HELP! LED project .....

Hello, I'll make this as quick and simple as possible ... I'm working on making a headlight for my motorcycle (Kawasaki KLR 650) ... I have about 55 watts to work with (probably a little more than that now) ... it has to run on a 12v system... How much light is it possible to produce with this amount of power? ( I might have as much as 60 - 90 watts to work with, as I've swichted all the other lights on the bike to LEDs so my power usage is down from stock) It would have to have a running light ... and a "bright" light. I have no experience with LEDs, and A minimal amount with electronics. Any help would be apreciated.... I have no idea where to start with this... Requirements: Waterproof Super Bright (brighter than a 55w halogen bulb, would like to be as bright at possible) dim and bright mode Able to run in 0 - 130 degrees ferenheight evironment(spelling)

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Saftey issues

Hello, I have been thinking about a project for a long long time, using 2 huge super capacitors with usb devices, such as an ipod. I am currently thinking of using 2 these: Link to 350 maxwell ultra capsLink to 350 maxwell ultra capsBut my real concern is safety. These capacitors can produce loads of amps at 5v, and that alarms me. Are my concerns real, if so, is there any safety precautions that one could take?

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Super Bright Blue LED Driver Answered

I was about to start a project when I got stumped. I need advice on what driver circuit would be best to drive 10-20 super bright blue LEDs off of batteries. Thanks for the help. P.S. If you need me to specify anything (which you probably will) just ask :)

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I want to build a super computer.? Answered

I have about 20 old ps2 keyboards, How can i build them into a super computer.  I've aslo got a bunch of old video crds and some memory chips.   Help me I'm in a hurry.  I need it to design some other projects.

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A Supercar Made Entriely of Wood

Joe Harmon, a product designer, wanted to show that wood isn't a past's material and that it can be used for high precision engineering. So with a couple of friends and a dog, he's buidling a supercar made entirely of wood (oubvisoulsy not the engine). They even made some of the tools they're using, like a loom to weave the wooden composite!" We aren't really all about mission statements around here; too often, they are phoney and superfluous. That said, here is ours. We are building a high-performance, mid-engined supercar from wood composites as a graduate project at North Carolina State University. Wood will be used whereever possible, including the chassis, body, and large percentages of the suspension components and wheels. The car has a target weight of 2500lbs and a power goal of over 600 horsepower. We aren't trying to sell anything; we aren't trying to save the world, and we aren't advocating that everyone should drive a wooden car. This project is a scholastic endeavour in which are simply trying to explore materials, learn, teach, share ideas, and stimulate creativity. This section details who we are and what we are doing. We hope you enjoy checking out what we are working on. "Joe Harmon DesignFlickr Photostream

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September Project Contest Winners

The votes are in! Congratulations to the winners of the September Project contest!September Project Contest First Prize winnersAtomic Zombie's ChopWork Orange chopper bicycle by KoolKatCyanotypes - super easy photo prints at home. by ianFloppy Disk Bag by imanalchemistHandbound Book by BrianSawyerA Traditional Jacob's Ladder by ereinEach first prize winner with receive a Digital Spy Camera from Wild Planet Toys.September Project Contest Second Prize winners3D DDR Frame for PS2 by impulse94DIY Home Bicycle Repair Stand by pizzFixed Disc Sander from Angle Grinder by divxnzHydroponics - at Home and for Beginners and Solutions to Hydroponic Problems (Lack of Root-Plant Support) by trebuchet03Insulating Laptop Pad by Bats22pvc kayak by hellokellerStanding Desk Conversion Platform by 5dotsTen Green - modular shelving by royshearerTyvek FedEx Wallet with Change Pocket by cheewee2000Willow Twig Furniture by SlimJimEach second prize winner will receive a Magnetic USB card reader. Some assembly required!Honorable MentionAncient Aeolipile -steam engine, and magnets for good measure... by trebuchet03Can in Can Grill by nabilahmadDaisy Duke Toolbox by SlimJimDisposable camera coilgun by AlfonsVHDIY: EXTREME Power saving wireless mouse mod by Corbin_DallasEasy and tasty stir fry by SupercookieFolding Game Board by degroofFreezing summer tomato crop by shecktorGuacamole by easementHow to build a heliostat parabolic reflector by Tool Using AnimalHow to Build Up a Bike by joeHow to Build your own 1u Linux Server by jonesygoodstuffHow to make a RAILGUN! by AlexTheGreatHow to remove Logos from your PDA / cell phone with sugar by spankvalMagnetic speed sensor by PeterTheUnGreatMagnetic Tool Rack by packrathackerMicrodot - wrist watch LED pattern timepiece by rgbphilMonica's wedding cards by outofthewoodsOpenface Bagel Sandwich and Another gooood sandwich by eraaawghhhParty top-hat made of playing cards by Sergey ChernyshevPay-per-Copy Machine Exploit by nakPower to the Super Rebound by frickelkramSolid Perfume by rapierwittrailor project by trusted smilesVinyl Pencil Case by splityarnEach Honorable mention winner will receive an Instructables patch. It was really tough judging so many awesome projects. I hope everyone had fun building and documenting their projects. I'm sure you'll have fun going through the winners; it's really an incredible list!Thanks to everyone to who entered and to the people who helped judge the challenge: arwen, canida, dan, fungus amungus, intoon, leahculver, lebowski, and rachel.Original September contest instructions here, information about the SpyCam here, and information about the Magnetic USB card reader.

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DarkOwlKnex's Project Update Five

As of late, I have been modding Bijou, my magical rifle, and making Short Deluxe Extended Playtime Albums for certain characters.   (You can see the four original Homestuck Kids' soundtracks here.  Don't fret, you don't have to be a fan of Homestuck to enjoy the albums; in my opinion, it's good music, and as the albums are based on a certain character, they are based on a theme to some extent.) (There is going to be soundtracks for the ponies from My Little Pony; Dr. Richtofen and I have been collaborating on what songs to pick.) In addition to those two things, I have been working on a new pistol, that I'm going to call Insight.  It is a super compact pistol that is different from all others because of one thing: it has a tubular magazine.  To my knowledge, it's the most compact tubular magazine gun to date.  The pictures show the gun and how to load it. Insight also: Shoots green rods. (A downside for some, but a pro for others). Uses a red rod sized firing pin. Has a comfortable handle. Can hold up to five bullets at a time. Gets about 25 feet as of now.  (This is just the pre-beta version, so I will keep modding it until it goes farther) Requires no cut pieces. (Nor do any of my posted guns, come to think of it.) And... Yes, the gun has a theme song: Insight by Joy Division. That's pretty much it. DarkOwl Out...    ,     ,  (O,O) <(IIIII)>    I    I

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Why do people search for secret door bookcases on Thursdays? Answered

I was exploring the new profile page and browsed through to the "Launch Stats" button, and found the following strange behavior: on my project https://www.instructables.com/id/Secret-door-bookcase/, twice as many people visit on Thursday as any other day of the week. Remarkably consistently. For the last three months. None of my other instructables show this peculiarity. I can't imagine why. Any ideas? Is there a US show featuring secret doors that runs on Thursdays?

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Cellophane Recommendations

Anyone work with cellophane? I'm working on a papercraft and bought this cellophane. It is cheap, super thin and fragile and while it is fine, I was hoping to find something a bit thicker/sturdier. It kind of worked for what I am doing, but would love to know if there are other options. Anyone work with any cellophane and have suggestions? I would prefer to have a multi-color variety pack, but any suggestions are welcome :)

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Halloween Project Contest Winners

The votes are in! Congratulations to the winners of the October Halloween Project Contest!First PrizeThese three projects will win Make controller kits. How to scratchbuild a Boba Fett costume- using cardboard! by HonusLaser Vortex by meverPirate Cannon by Part Time Chef.comSecond PrizeThese five projects will win Wild Planet Toys Digital Spy Cameras. Bio hazard Beer Barrel by zieakJack-O-Laser of Doom by vatosupremeNazgul Mask for $15-20 by DrakzOscar the grouch costume by skiracer9xT-rex Roof Topper by hirerobThird PrizeThese 10 projects will win one year magazine subscriptions to the authors' choice of Make (digital or print version), Craft (digital or print version), or ReadyMade.Biohazard Halloween Candy by praguequestCoke Can Birdman by adrianFun with UV by TetranitrateGodzilla/T-Rex Costume by creatropeHan Solo 'En quesoed' en carbonite by GregDDCHaunted Flicker Light Adapter by infinitiyOperation - The Halloween Costume: TAKE 3 by NavySWO91Remote Power Control For Battery Powered Devices by pronteonStar Wars Cake (Mustafar) by CementTruckSuper quick last minute Squid costume by Tool Using AnimalHonorable MentionThere are enough patches so that each of the remaining projects entered will receive an Instructables patch! Again, it was really tough judging so many awesome projects. My Halloween was great and it looks like you had a wonderful Halloween too.Thanks to everyone to who entered and to the people who helped judge the challenge, especially the winners of the September Project contest and Magnet Challenge who helped judge: arwen, canida, g0pher, ian, KoolKat, numberandom, pronteon (who wasn't allowed to vote for his own), rachel, trebuchet03, and vatosupreme (who wasn't allowed to vote for his own).Original Halloween contest Instructions here.

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Accelerative problem...

Ok I'm in the planning stage of a secret project that is going ot be very risky if it isn't right, I need to accelerate ~100kg from ~20km/h to ~100km/h (I gave it all metric to help) over a reasonably short period of time, any improvement on 100km/h is welcome because I've done this without rockets in the past. Can anyone give me any idea where to get rockets that would be of suitable power, the largest estes rocket peaks at 25N of thrust and falls to 10N of thrust for only 2.5s after this, 10 of them would cause an acceleration of 1.41666. m/s2 which isn't much use to me. Unless I did my maths wrong, it's been a good while since i've done anything like this... Basically I'm looking for thrust and alot of it, preferably from something inexpensive but on this one I wouldn't mind paying a bit... Also I did look at the homemade candy rockets but I wasn't sure I'd be able to achieve the amount of thrust safely...

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looking for a collcab partner? Answered

I need a collab partner for a secret project.

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Touch Sensitive counter project question

Hi everyone, Great to be part of this community. I am trying to make a touch sensitive counter, the sensor has to be as flat as possible, something like a thick cardboard, or I can put a flat sensor in between two sheets. It needs to handle about 10-20lbs of weight. It will go under fabric like carpet, so it cannot be super sensitive, clickable is fine. It will be connected to a very simple 1 or 2 digit counter. Any suggestions? PS: Eventually I'd like to upgrade this with a system that can instruct something else, for example 5 counters, display etc. Or be able to use bluetooth or wifi or arduino, and be able to count back. For example input 10 and it will count 1/10, 2/10, 3/10, etc..

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I want to start a group project for a really good K'nex gun. Anyone interested?

I'm working on a secret project but would like to put a team of knex builders and designers together to help create this as a group effort. Is anyone interested?

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instructables hack: image-grid project browsing index

If you noticed the slideshow project index uses a grid of big thumbnails to let you view the projects. you can use this for regular instructables too! try these links:https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/?layout=imageshttps://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/?sort=RECENT&layout;=imagesthe secret is the 'layout=images' bit, appending that to any of the 'explore' url's will show it in the new format.

Topic by dan   |  last reply


Instructables bumpers available for your project videos!

The team here at HQ has just completed a new set of Instructables bumpers for the videos you include in your tutorials! There's at least one for every category on the site (with the exception of Home; that's coming soon) and you can download them and add them to the videos you embed in your instructables. They were super fun to make and we're looking forward to seeing them in your projects. Leave us a link in this forum if you use any of them!

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"Super-magnet ramp" is world's best visual illusion

The video below was awarded Best Illusion of the Year at this year's Vision Sciences Society meeting.  I originally saw this posted in Nature News: In a packed concert hall, Kokichi Sugihara wields a pickaxe and mimes a blow to the stage. "I am a miner, and I have a secret," Sugihara says, adjusting his hard hat and headlamp. "I have discovered a new super-magnet." A screen behind Sugihara begins playing a video. A cardboard structure appears, consisting of four ramps ascending to a raised platform. A hand places a wooden ball at the base of a ramp, and it rolls uphill, before stopping on the 'super-magnetized' platform. As the same trick is repeated for the other three ramps, the crowd lets out an "ooh". Thanks to Kiteman, here's the author's own Web site: http://home.mims.meiji.ac.jp/~sugihara/hobby/hobbye.html Image and video from Koichi Sugihara, Meiji University.

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the laser trip alarm

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Trip-Mine/ I find this project absolutley great but I want to know if there is a way to make it so when the alarm is triggered i can be notified without having to look at the LED on the circuit board. so for example i have the laster and circuit board at the enterance to my house, and im in the basement 1 floor under, is there a way to make it so a light or buzzer is triggered where i am as opposed to upstairs?

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Super Bright Light for Nighttime Video Capture

Introducing the ProdMod Night Vlogger 160!Michael from ProdMod designed a high powered version of his photo light using a Luxeon LED with heatsink - The following project is a neat way to make your own high powered video light to attach to your digital camera or camcorder. I called it the NightVlogger 160 after I read the term on this article of someone willing to use this type of light to allow him to take paparrazi style video at night. At 160 lumen it is very bright and fits in a slim AAA battery holder using only 3 batteries.Make your own or buy the kit.Check out the facts at ProdMod.Then use it to film your Halloween shennanigans and post them here!via: MAKE

Topic by scoochmaroo 


Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missions

CNN discovers the growing Guerrilla Gardening movement, in a nice article by Lara Farrar:Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missionsStory Highlights# Guerrilla gardeners cultivate neglected land without asking for permission# Guerrillas meet for digs in night to make over derelict patches of dirt# Richard Reynolds says he has helped create 28 guerrilla gardens in London# Artist Liz Christy founded first guerrilla group in 1973 in New York CityOf course, here on Instructables, we've known about Guerrilla Gardening for quite a while. Check out the following cool projects:Moss bombsWater bottle sprinkler capHow to plant flowers on your sidewalkMoss GraffitiElectric seed hopper for remote gardeningThere's also the Reap what you Sow & Guerilla Gardening group...

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How to build a strongbox for a video camera?

I guess that is what I want to build. I basically need a box to hold a camera and a GPS that can also withstand a lot of damage. It would probably be a lot like the rigs they use to send cameras up with weather balloons.  Any recommendations for materials? I can build it well enough, however, I don't know what can take damage and protect the electronics at the same time.

Question by Rockerx   |  last reply


Brains for a robot?

It's time I turn yet again to the forums for advice, this time on recommended robot brains! [Serious] I have a project for a class requiring design, construction and programming of something. More than half of my fellow students are doing clocks of some sort, be they binary or nixie tube. A friend of mine is doing a holonomic robot, and my plan was to do a walking robot, based on ideas like the WowWee robosaurus, using a simple tail and head to balance and few motors to run it in comparison to any conventional biped. As far as servos, I was hoping to use something like the HerculeX or other serially connected servo, so I can just daisy chain the few I would need and simplify the wiring, as well as get experience with serially addressing things. Planned sensors are 2-4 IR rangefinders, 2-4 wire whiskers and one tilt switch to turn it off if it tips over. Sensors I'd love to add would be something like a super basic camera for simple machine vision if I ever learn to code that well, but I doubt that will be the case; and the LIDAR thing from the Neato XV-11 which is again unlikely. Things I was looking at for super basic use included: Arduino, HC11 MC (backplane type), BASIC Stamp, PIC. For a little more complexity I was seriously considering things like the Freescale Tower ARM, Gumstix or other. I'd love to have the serial servos, sensor assemblies and the camera and have integration with Robot operating system through an onboard computer, but I have no idea what to use to setup ROS or what would be best, or if my plan of parts to use is even good enough. In other words, what ideas should I throw out as impossible or what would I need for say, ROS use? Ideally i want to do a semi autonomous robot, so that i don't have to manually direct it everywhere, but I'd still be keeping an eye on it when it's running so it doesn't break something. If I understand ROS correctly I can use an external computer to control it, but I can also let it be autonomous? Coding math and logic in the machine language for a Z80 computer doesn't really prepare for robot building, although the class is basically a teach programming basics and throw you into the deep end. [/serious] Thank you in advance for your help!

Topic by Nyanman   |  last reply


Advanced Helmet

Advanced Helmet By: Arseny Ratnikov I want to create a helmet that looks like a sci fi helmet (mass effect, titanfall, halo, etc.) and that; **Want to make cool helmet, need help with having multiple camera feed output to multiple screens** * Protects my head (able to decrease force from impact by significant degree) * Can filter the air I breath (does not need to be super extreme filter, just filter out general junk, the better the filter the more pleased I am, but if it becomes too bulky/expensive then it is unnecessary)(Optional/Most Likely) * Has a HUD with my vitals on it. I would wear some sensors, such as HR monitor to have some cool biofeedback, maybe also include other information.(option) * Maybe even have it be a digital display where there are cameras on the front and maye back of the helmet that then are displayed on the interior screen, where I have voice commands setup for some different things. * Have the helmet be as sound proof as possible and have microphones where my ears would be, then inside the helmet speakers, so that I can modify the noise around me to be how I want it to be. I understand this would be rather difficult (at least including all of the bullets) and that it could even be a touch silly. Yet, I find this a rather intriguing pursuit and think it will help contribute to becoming a cyborg. Any tips would be greatly appreciated as I don't really know where to start for this. I can imagine a lot of the work might be done on an arduino, but I simply don't know the feasibility of modifying noises of the world around you and having the cameras on the helmet. So here's a little prioritization sheet I worked out, it is not exactly in order, and maybe you all have some suggestions on what might be more critical to design and functionality. Prioritization 1. Functionality a. Head protection a1. Padding/Inertia dampener a2. Sturdy/solid b. Control of phone through bluetooth b1. In helmet speakers b2. In helmet microphone b3. Voice control c. Control of other systems such as screens c1. Voice control of screens c2. Screen modification c3. Screen HUD and other functions (maybe GPS map, time, etc.) d. Camera view d1. Camera live to screen with little to no latency d1a. 360 degree view compressed to 180 degree screen (maybe) d2. Computer control of camera feed d2a. Visuals, different HUDs e. Sound modulation e1. Sound cancelling e2. Sound reproduction at low to no latency e3. Sound modification e3a. Changing pitch e3b. Change decibel levels e3c. Change relative level of external sounds f. The HUD f1. Display of vitals f1a. Heart rate, oxygenation, etc. (Requires some monitor) f2. Display of time and other running interests f3. Display of current location on google maps/GPS system g. Air Filtration g1. Filtration of air, relatively high quality g2. Seal on head or seal over mouth and nose or full body suit that connects to helmet h. Extra Features 2. Style a. Look good b. Look like popular sci-fi media c. Does not interfere with functionality and accents functionality How should I do this? I am planning on using some old phone screens if I can for the screen part and multiple cameras. I plan on using a raspberry computing system (might need multiple) to modulate the output from the cameras. How could I make multiple camera outputs lay onto multiple screens that looks good at three to five inches from the eyes? Also how can I make the raspberry pi control my phone and computer via voice, or at least change a screens properties? Thanks

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Super basic resource for learning electric motors

I watch an insane amount of YouTube, particularly woodworking, as designing and building furniture is my big passion in life. I have, however, become more and more interested in learning about motors. It has become increasingly obvious to me that literally, every tool in a workshop is simply a motor that turns something. Saws, drills, sanders, planers, jointers, even dust collectors are all nothing more than a motor turning something around and around in a circle.   I just bought a new Table Saw, and during my 6 months of researching, I read all about 1, 2, 3, and even 5 horsepower motors. Single-phase vs. three phase. rpms, 110V vs 120V vs 220 vs 240V etc etc etc... It was all mostly abstract, as I could tell that higher horsepower means "good" and lower horsepower means "less good." But now, I have a lot of projects that I want to build, but I know nothing about motors.  I've been watching a lot of Matthias Wandel on YouTube, and I want to know everything there is to know about motors. Unfortunately, I don't know anything really about electronics at all. But I feel like learning about motors is a great place to start learning. Does anyone have a book or a resource that literally takes things back to motors 101 for 10 year olds?

Topic by Dolmetscher007 


Help me make a bookcase door to a secret room

  Inappropriate Incomplete Spam Scooby-Doo movies became famous for it, spy movies have been known to have them, Batman had one, and yet... I used to live in Kansas, before I moved to Arizona, and while I was there I visited a place called Science City. It is basically an indoor amusement park with funky gizmos like a hologram of a fist sized diamond behind a painting, and a rocking chair that doubles as a power generator. But the thing that interested me most was a wall that revolved at the center, becoming a door that would lead to another room. I asked some of the employees about it, but it must be a trade secret since they all said they couldn't, or wouldn't tell me. One of them even denied the existence of such a wall! Ever since then, I have seen various recreations like this in spy and mystery movies. I think that this would be the coolest thing ever. You see, when you turn the wall around, one side is a fake bookcase, the other is a blank wall. It turns 180 degrees, then you have to turn it the other way. I want one of those in a cabin that my family is building up in the mountains. Since it would have to be custom built, I would need a very good idea of where to start. Anything in the way of advice, answers, or even speculations anyone could give me would be absolutely great. Sincerely Yours, Zelback1

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Haywired: Pointless (Yet Awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclined

I just received my copy of Haywired: Pointless (Yet Awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclined, which is a book of 13 electronics projects and techniques including a moving eyeball portrait, a super capacitor car, and wire wrapping and soldering how-tos. I previewed the book a few months ago, and think Haywired has a great mix of projects, and inspires you to learn how electronics, motors, and sensors work by giving you hands-on instructions to actually make them work. It is a great first book for the budding inventor or engineer. (As I state on the back of the book!)If you do any of these projects, please post an Instructable with your take!Update: Mike Rigsby has posted an Instructable from the book:Flashlight Without Batteries.

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is there a decent-ish nintendo64 clone i could use for portability conversion? Answered

Been looking for a Nintendo 64 (first pic, quite obviously) for a conversion project, but i don't want to use an official system for it, cus they are what they are. so i remembered when i was shopping for a new NES ( i got mine from my grandma, and it almost never works. no reflection on her, but more a reflection on the connectors used in the system) and i saw a few that were not made by Nintendo, one specifically that i saw, was the Retro-Duo (Second Pic) which can hookup super-Nintendo cartridges, and NES carts. so after i remembered that, i thought that an N64 clone would be good for a conversion experiment. anyone got an idea as to where to find them? i searched eBay, but nothing came up but clone-wars stuff

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looking for a collab partner

Lookin for a collab partner to help me on my secret project a knex powerful semiauto non slingshot mauser c96. just looking for some to help me make a working mech.

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