Hoverbike takes off

Australian Christopher Malloy has built what seems to be a working hoverbike.  Built in his Sydney garage, with a custom carbon-fibre frame and a BMW engine, the machine is being touted as "Star Wars Speeder bike Mk1". Currently restricted to tethered flights of a few inches altitude, Malloy claims the bike feels stable, and is just waiting permission to undertake untethered tests. 'I am still ground testing at the moment only because I'm not 100 per cent sure what will happen so the straps are there to cover the unknown. I haven't had the pleasure of flying round the countryside yet. 'It is quite stable and doesn't want to tip over but if something unplanned happened during testing I wouldn't want to break the prototype. 'The Hoverbike was built with safety in mind so at least three components have to fail before you might have a serious airborne failure. 'There are also two explosive parachutes attached to the airframe and of course the rider could choose to wear their own parachute too. He predicts: 10,000ft altitude. 100mph 92 mile, 45 minute flight on one tank £45,000 pricetag The hoverbike should also have "ultralight" status - at only 270kg, under US regulations, no pilot's license would be required.  Since it has no driven wheels, it shouldn't require a road license either...!  Malloy is a former helicopter pilot, and says those skills are helpful when flying the hoverbike, but also says that the unique craft ultimately needs no more skill to fly than a motorbike, with speed and direction being controlled by a mixture of throttle and body-posture. As soon as I win the Lottery, I know who is going to get a knock at the door... Via Daily Mail

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"Oorja" Stove taking off in India

This is a stove being pushed by BP in rural India. It looks like an innovative product not just engineering-wise, but also in terms of marketing and distribution

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New Take on the Tandem

Jiang Qian has come up with a very interesting idea: bicycles (or are they tricycles?) that you can either ride alone or link up and ride with others. To top it off: the bikes are electric and fold up.Link via core 77

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taking the stand off of a dell 1702fp monitor

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The Instructables Robot takes his helmet off!!

I was just walking around minding my own business and was intently looking at funny videos of cattle on my cellular telephone and i accidentally walked down a dark alley, as i reached the end i saw the inctructables robot, i move forwards to say hi and i realize he has his helmet off, after the initial shock of having my childhood hero unmasked i quickly snap some photos so i can reveal the real so called "robot" to all the scepticals out there.

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How to take the project off of the arduino board? Answered

So i have been looking for a long time for a way to "take the project off of the arduino board" (unsure what else to call it so that hampers my search) in order to reuse the board without buying a new one, or dissemble the old one each time i do a new project. Then i stumbled upon this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-2-LED-Lamp-to-50-Smart-Lamp/ i see how he just used the arduino only to program it. How do you design this circuit?? i was unaware that the pins on the arduino correspond directly with pins on the chip, without extra parts between the chip and the pin. is this correct or am i mistaken? in theory if i have the blink program loaded up on the arduino and then i take the chip out and wire it up with power going to it and the correct leg of the chip wired "directly" to the resistor and LED would that work?   TL;DR I want to be able to program a different IC (assuming the correct model of chip is purchased) and use that in the final project so that i can then reuse the arduino. Are there instructables for this already? and i dont mind doing footwork, i just need to know what to search for.

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Site takes me to malware

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any way to take off a chain from a bike?

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What will take sediment and water stain off of windows?

I have a couple of windows at work, that have this cloudy appearance on them.  When they are still somewhat wet, just after I clean them, they look good until it drys.  The haze and or cloudy appearance is still there.  I'm guessing it's from the sprinklers and or whatever is in the water and baking in the sun for twenty years.  Does anyone know how I can get this window clean and clear to see through again?

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Easy way to strip paint off plastic containers?

I am trying to take paint (printing) off of a plastic container -- the body is a 5 and the lid is a 2. I can do it by hand using sand paper but it is taking a really long time. (And I have 18 containers to strip.) Any suggestions for something that would strip this and not be too crazy with fumes, bad for environment, yadda yadda yadda? Thanks for the help!

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Why my quadcopter is oscillating and crashing after taking off?

Hi guys, I am new to this multirotor domain. We are strugling with our first F450 quad. Below are the specs: 1. F450 quadcopter chassis 2. KK2.1 Flight controller. 3. FLYSKY CT6B --- 6 channel radio transmitter 4. 1400 KV Brushless motor 5. 30 amps ESC 6. Lipo battery Firstly the quad was not taking off properly. More over, after activating self level mode also, the quad is not at all stable. If we max up the throttle, then it flips in one side and crashes. Otherwise, it takes off from the ground upto 1-2 feet if we slowly increase the throttle and then oscillates and to avoid crash, we then decrease the throttle. Please see the video HERE for more reference. Please guys, really need your help in this matter. We are not able to understand exactly what is wrong with our quad. We have already calibrated our ESC's and the Accelarometer but no luck. Please help guys.

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UK hacked car takes speed record off Americans.

Just over a year ago, the BBC had a coffee-powered car built, along the lines of this popular instructable. Now, that same car has been used to set a new speed record for a gasification-powered car, previously set at 47mph by Beaver Energy, using a car run on gasified wood-chips. With his car running coffee grounds, engineer Martin Bacon and his team from County Durham. pushed the record up to 65mph, an official Guinness Record, although it falls short of the team's goal of 80mph. The BBC article is here, but if you're outside the UK, and can't watch the video, the same video is below, but lacks the voices.

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Off-line Instructables Editor

Often, projects do not happen at our computer desk, or even somewhere with internet. Maybe you want to work on your Instructable on an airplane ride. Maybe you only have access to the internet at the library. Either way, it would be nice to have an official Instructables user interface that is available for download. You could completely flesh out your Instructable on your own time, without access to the internet, and then just upload the whole thing all at once. The steps, keywords, images, and instructions would all auto-fill into an online version and you'd be set! Woo! I understand this would take some work, but I'm just throwing it out there. Something preliminary could even just be a rudimentary template that you work within and then the site can read the template and grab everything it needs off your computer. Your thoughts?

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Focal 'Standing' Chair knock-off

I'd very much like to take a crack at building a homemade version of this 'Standing' chair: http://www.focaluprightfurniture.com/standing-desk-video/ But until I can get a garage of my own, I thought I'd put it to you folks. I was thinking a cheap saddle stool would be a good place to start: http://goo.gl/DZE7y It's the base hinge that kind of stumps me.  What do you guys think?

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Reading Rainbow Goes off the Air :(

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Increase The Quality of Sound off of a Camcorder? Answered

A friend of mine asked me to film a music video featuring his new song. The thing is, I'm a video guy, not an audio guy. Heck, I had a hard enough time obtaining high quality professional music! So, do any if you know how to increase the sound quality of a Cannon FS10? I'll even take a "let me Google that for you," as I'm pretty bad at searching. :PIf anyone's interested, this is the video he wants to improve (he's not happy with his mom's recording).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LeYtC9LU-I&fmt;=22

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getting cover off sewing machine

I am trying to look inside my machine to see if I can fix what is likely a problem with a belt. This video shows my machine and the problem. The machine is a  Singer computer 7900 , which as far as I can tell is a Japanese only machine, though it appears similar to other computer machines. What I want to do right now is to remove the cover, but I haven't figure out how to do it. I have taken off two screws on the back top, and I can take off the bottom, and a small screw near the power cord. BUT I can't figure out what else I would need to to get the top off. Any hints?

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Can I clip the leads off of the back of my Arduino Uno? Answered

I don't have enough money to buy or make a specialized case, so I was wondering whether I could clip the leads off of my Arduino Uno for a smoother back surface, or should I take a piece of scrapwood and mount it on that?

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why are we asked to open the windows during take off and landing in a plane?

Ive always wanted to know why we are asked to open the shutters of an aircraft during take off and landing because the stewardess always tells me to open the shutters at that time

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How do I take files off a DVD without damaging the DVD? Answered

There are some DVD's I want to get files off of, (To be specific, movie files from a movie called "Braveheart") How can I go about this?

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HOW DO YOU TAKE THE METAL SNAPS OFF OF A LEATHER BIKER'S VEST?

My son has a leather Harley Davidson vest and the snaps have rusted, I need to know how to remove the old ones and replace them.

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Windows - Monitor turning itself off after a few minutes.

Today I faced a problem that according to my internet research on the tablet is quite costly and annoying. First off my specs for the computer in the basic form: Windows 7 on 32GB of RAM with a decent Nvidia graphics card. Problem: After a few minutes of use the screen suddenly goes dark, like when going on standby but Windows itself still runs as normal. Quite often when it happens the screen brightness goes up to max right before the screen goes dark. Taking out the monitor cable and pluggin it back in usually gives the screen a few seconds until it goes dark again. Official solution as suggested in many forums and knowledgebases: Take check if the problem is the same when using a different video port on the card - checked and it was for me. Check it the fan is working as it could be the card shuts down from heat problems - checked and cleaned the heatsink while at it. Replace the graphics card if problem persists - Why the hell would I do that???? My solution: Take the card out. Clean it with some air, especially the heatsink and fan. If have and old school office using paper and pen you might have one of these fancy easers with a blue part that is really coarse and has some fine particles in it. They were used to remove ink or pen writings instead of pencil marks. If you don't have one take some aluminium foil and crunch it to a small ball. Use the eraser/foil to clean the contacts of the card. The gold plating should come out nice and shiny, if it still looks dull keep working it a few minutes longer. Just rub from one side to the other over the contacts. Once fully shiny remove all debris by blowing it off - pay special attention to the tiny gaps between the contacts!! If in doubt use an old toothbrush (dry and clean of course) to clean between the contacts, a cottum bud works too if you are desperate. Put the card back into the computer and you have a really high chance the monitor stays on and will work fine from now on.

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building a keymachine to run off car 12v

HI, My dad is a locksmith and a old school diy'er. his birthday is coming and i want to build him a small keymachine that will run off car 12v. i just need a high rpm 12v tolerant motor that can take abuse....any suggestions

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Women who write: what would it take...

I'm researching starting an online magazine for smart, creative women. Like those of you on this site. I'd rather avoid writers experienced with magazines and girl-blogs because I'm sick of that generic "10 Things You ___" Cosmo style of writing. My question to Instructables women is: what sort of compensation would inspire you to write and/or photograph a blog post?  Notes on what kind of work I'd hope to publish: Insightful, funny, willing to be controversial, with the writer's unique voice, on topics such as work, family, home, DIY, cooking, unusual outdoorsy stuff, and what to do when your glue gun melts onto your grandmother's kitchen table. The more casual and personal the better, I want pieces that read like a note you dashed off to a friend. In other words, I want stuff that was fun for you to write, gives you a chance to show off your latest adventure/project/meal, and is equally fun to read. Tell me what kinda money you'd want to see! Or, email me an idea and we can get this party started right now with a deliciously huge $10-20 paid outta my own pocket for each piece. Best, Palmer

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Leaving China and Taking a Part With Me.

My time was short, it seems my time is always short. Groggily I was pulled from bed the day after the Maker Faire. Spending the night at Eric's place was so wonderful, it was my first nights sleep since leaving America a few days earlier. We loaded Eric Pans car with gear and headed out to pick up a 3D printer. 3D printing technology is booming in the states, nearly every hackerspace in America has a Makerbot and design firms have Shapeways to turn to to get their rapid prototyping. But elsewhere in the world these things are still fresh! Sharing tools is something I love to do because you never know where people's creativity will take them. You never can know all the problems in the world, but all the people know all their problems! One of my missions then is to share low cost and open technologies to people I think can make awesome use of them! The night before after the Shenzhen Maker Faire all the Makers were invited to a gathering. Beer, frogs on skewers and peanuts were all provided free of charge. We ate, drank, wheeled and dealed. Wiess Tech is a filament company in Shenzhen and they have started noticing that more and more of their customers were 3D printers. Especially DIY 3D printers. So they've begun to make Makerbot replicas with some modifications. And there I was - I wanted a 3D printer to bring with me to Beirut and they wanted… Well, I wasn't sure. The language barrier between us was strong. Somehow Eric and I convinced them that it would be a good idea to give me a machine, and perhaps I'd pay them back when I got to the states. At this point I was at $244 dollars and dropping and I couldn't even afford the incredible hackerspace price the company was offering of $500 dollars! They agreed, and that's how I found myself rushing off to their head quarters the next morning before catching my ship. But first. We must go to Seeed Studio to buy a cup of coffee from the robotic tweeting (QQ) coffee machine in their break room. Hahaha! We headed out to Wiess Tech and on the way there we drive by construction zone after construction zone. Aparently Shenzhen didn't exist 30 years ago, and now you can still see the signs of a rapid expansion. Everything here is growing at an incredible pace, and apparently even maker culture. We arrive at Wiess HQ, which is housed in a 30 story complex decked out with multiple confusing entrances, cafeterias and dual elevators for the odd and even numbered floors. After spending a bit of time wondering how to get to floor 22 and circling the building, we found ourselves face to face with a small crew of about 8people. A few people managing papers, a secretary, some of the marketing team, and one guy sitting at a table putting together Wiess Tech versions of the thingimatic. After speaking with them we find that they also sell a machines based around the Reprap project, one of the earliest open 3D printing projects and have in the works a few models of their own designs. I'm excited to see how Weiss Tech bootstraps itself off of open sourced designs and starts producing their own versions! I hope to see a whole new generation of better, faster and cheaper machines that stay open! Go Weiss Tech! Heading out to take a 3D panorama from their deck Eric rushes and tells me that my ship leaves in 20 mins and that the time is now. After an awkward moment or two talking about paypal and me giving them advice on staying open we undo all their packing (too bulky) throw the machine into my luggage and run. In the car Eric and I discuss the future of Chinese makers. It really seems this is just the start of something much larger. It's an exciting time, his company is building great products, more Chinese companies are looking at open source technologies and more people are calling themselves makers. Perhaps it's through Maker culture China will be able to become more than the King of manufacturing, but also participate in producing quality designs and solving serious problems. Leaving China, the baggage handlers on the ferry were rough handling Adriana, my 3D printer, and it really cut deep. But as I watched Shenzhen bay slowly recede, I knew the next time i came back, again, everything would again be different. This is the pace of China and yet it seems softened by the fog falling over the rolling green hills. +Bilal Ghalib

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Enter the 2010 Pi Day Bake Off

Serious Eats and ScienceBlogs team up to host another annual Pi Day Pie Bake Off, and you can win! Just make your favorite pie, take an awesome picture of it, and send in the photo and recipe for your chance to win $314.  Last year's winner?  Spicy Pi Bacon Squared Official rules and details here.

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how can i take an crank off a bmx bike an put it on a mountain bike? Answered

How to change the things on my bike

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How do you take off paint on plastic scale models without chemicals??

I messed up on painting a model car and I don't want to use paint thinner and if I sanded it off it would ruin the plastic...

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Someone is passing off their 'featured' instructable as their own work :(

Hi,  I wrote a tutorial a few years ago and popped it on youtube with a link to download the supporting files. It looks like one of the instructable 'authors' has taken my code, complete with stupid comments and popped it on here as their own work. I'm not worried about someone building on top of what I made but they appear to be offering little in the way of help to the people asking questions about the instructable and asking for people to vote for them in a challenge?  Taking it, improving it and citing the source would be fine, or even taking it and citing the source but this seems to be straight out 'here's some code I wrote' Is there a way to lodge a complaint about this sort of stuff other than emailing info@ Thanks

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Any guidance to Filming and taking photos in the dark? Answered

Hey everyone ! I have been using my galaxy S3 for my Instructables photos and I keep running into a problem. When I am able to pour some good light on it, I can take some really nice photo's. but as soon as a try to take a picture of any of my Led projects (in the dark) the quality goes out the window! (I assume because it can't focus in the dark?) I included two of the good photos as a comparison the the Disco ball. **I still need to be able to take shots in the dark, to highlight the Led's / project lighting** Any thoughts on how I could Improve both photos and vid? (Preferably with my cell) I've tried with and without flash, different angles and even focused it with the lights on before turning them off to take the photo.  https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-20-Disco-ball-with-lights-/ Hopefully someone can offer me some guidance; These Pics really don't look nice >.< (Best answer given in about a week !)

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Take a Black and White Photo, Get a patch!

 Hello again. It's time for another photo contest! This month the theme is a nice broad one, just to get things going after the first one last month. Black and White This months theme is Black and White. Try and focus on those distinctive shapes and defined shadows that make black and white photos pop. Get into the mindset of what will look good when in black and white. A good contrast is normally a good basis for a black and white photo. Any black and white photo is allowed, digital or analogue. Nearly all modern digital cameras have a black and white mode. The one stipulation is that you have to go and take a new photo! Not just upload an old photo. The idea is to encourage you to take some new pics, opposed to showing off what we have done before. Attached are a couple of shots I took today! Every black and white photo uploaded gets a Patch! If I missed giving you a patch last month, let me know in your comment, and I will send you one of each to make up.

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how do you take out the rear back window?

Im trying to take out my back window off of my honda accord 96 to remove tint, but i dont know how ...help -Paul-

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How do i take the back seat out of a 1965 Chevy Impala?

I want to take the seat cover off the seat without ripping it and it seems i can't take it off without taking the seat out. Can anyone help?

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How do I take a contour off my balcony railing and transfer it to a piece of wood?

I have a planter designed to fit over a piece of 2x4 railing, and a railing on my balcony that is smaller than 2x4, and curved, with a non-rectangular side profile. Please see the photos. I have annotated the first three photos. It's hard to see from the photo of the railing, so I drew a side profile of the railing shape and photographed my drawing. The planter has a groove in the bottom so that it'll rest securely on the 2x4. I want to make an adapter out of wood so that the planter will rest securely over my railing. I plan to cut some wood to fit perpendicular to and against the railing, countoured to fit over the railing, and seat a piece of wood over the top of the railing, running parallel to it, to seat the planter into.

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How do you strip off the "popcorn" on a popcorn ceiling? Answered

I want to get rid of the "popcorn" on the popcorn ceiling in my bathroom. I was wondering how I could take off the popcorn without having ot replace the ceiling.

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how do I change the heating element on an Amana TEA400-L dryer. Do I have to take the back off?

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how to get JP-8 or diesel fuel off clothing? Answered

I got a rucksack that has JP-8 spilled on it. It wont fit in a washer and im not breaking it apart to make it fit.  Any suggestions. I have heard that coke will take it off, but i dont want it to be sticky.

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Is it possible to run a Minecraft server off my website server?

I use FatCow as a web-hoster, and I was just wondering if it would be possible to run a Minecraft server off of it, so I can play online with a bunch of friends. If it is possible, would it take up a lot of bandwidth?

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ASAP!!! Converting an 120v AC charger to run off 12v? Answered

Basically, I have a camera battery charger that runs off of 120v AC. On the charger it says it outputs 8.4v at .43 amps. I have a solar panel that does 12v at 300ma (or 6v at >1A). Could I take the charger, and wire it into the solar panel? I know the output of the panel at 12v is less than the charger, but it might be able to charge. Has anybody done anything along the lines of this? I would be really happy if I could charge my camera batteries from the sun, as I am going on a trip soon, and they don't have a great power system :) The batteries are LI-Ion, so they DO need a charger...

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How do you get fabric dye off your hands? Answered

If there's no way to get it off but to let it wear off, about how long will it take to wear off?

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What is the best way to remove paint from a longshot? Answered

I have a longshot and i tried to paint/integrate it with the lsfg but it failed miserably. The paint is bad and the integration is terrible. i can take the lsfg off because it is only attached by hot glue. I want to take the paint off. What is the best way to take off the paint.

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Plasma ball science

What happens when you take off the top of one of those plasma balls? What is the sciene behind them? Can you take off the plasitc dome and put it in a different case?

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Is anything a "must save" off a junked electric stove? Answered

Replacing my old coiltop electric range (might be repairable, but I'd rather put the money into something I'll like better).  The old one's just going to be hauled away. A friend has requested the oven racks, and the new range comes with its own power cord, so the 220V cord is of dubious value and likely to just take up space... is there anything else that might actually be worth the effort of removing? (I suppose I could save the control panel and see if I can get its relays set up to control something else, but that requires figuring out what voltage it actually requires and I'm not sure it's worth the effort. Especially since the controls are what failed. Probably just a stuck relay, but...)

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