Search for thinkgeek in Topics


Upcoming Contest: ThinkGeek Hacks

A new contest is going to be starting up next week: the ThinkGeek Hacks Contest. Modify any product from ThinkGeek and you could win a $250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek. Multiple entries can be submitted as always and while only users from a specific list of countries can enter, the list is pretty huge.Check out the contest page for more information. ThinkGeek Hacks Contest

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


How do i make this? (see link in description) Answered

Http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/84b2/ I saw this on thinkgeek and want to know if theirs a home way to make it....

Question by octopuscabbage    |  last reply


Contest submission broken

I submitted a hack (https://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_turn_a_ThinkGeek_Screaming_Monkey_Slingshot/) to the ThinkGeek contest last night, and another (https://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_turn_a_ThinkGeek_Screaming_Monkey_Slingshot_1/) this morning. Only the second gave me any confirmation email or anything of the sort though. The first Instructable doesn't show up on the contest site, but, on the Instructable, it has the ThinkGeek hacks logo at the top. Any suggestions? I am thinking that it is because they are named similarly (though they are completely separate).

Topic by Machines_In_Motion    |  last reply


Why did my instructable get cut out?

It just disappeared during the voting from the contest. Is that because it got cut?

Topic by jaxthecob    |  last reply


How does this thinkgeek air conditioning device work? Answered

I was wondering, how does this device work? http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/travel-outdoors/c400/ I tried to understand it, but if it does work filtering water, wouldn't the water have to steal heat from the device, and than the vapor would be blowed to my face, giving it heat to return to liquid state?

Question by guiks    |  last reply


shipping

I love the stuff but shipping outrageous to canada 20$ 40$ for a tee shirt

Topic by mman1506    |  last reply


ThinkGeek wants your ideas, and they are willing to pay for them!

Our friends over at ThinkGeek are a smart bunch of bananas. They know that even though they have the coolest nerd-gear available that the best ideas are yet to come, and they are going to come from makers just like us. That's why they've recently launched the IdeaFactory, a place where you can submit your awesome product ideas and (if they like them) they might just turn it into a product to sell on their online store! The gist: "If ThinkGeek chooses to make your idea into a real product, we'll pay you an advance of $1000 and then 10% of retail sales for the life of the product up to $1 million in Net Sales. When your product reaches $1 million (yay!), the rate drops to 5%...you will also have the opportunity to purchase any quantity of the product at a reasonable price just above cost (excluding shipping). You'll be free to sell that product on your own website or when you make public appearances at conventions, trade shows, or other public events. This way you can show off your genius work and point proudly to your wallet while chuckling manically to yourself." What are you waiting for? Head on over to the IdeaFactory and check out all the details, then submit a few of your ideas!

Topic by mikeasaurus    |  last reply


How to make a Rope Bracelet?

Hi guys. MrGeek here with a question. I found a pretty awesome bracelet at think geek (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/bd44/)  and I was wondering If anyone knew how to make one. I've looked over some of the instructables here, and haven't found anything. If there is something, or if you're More creative than me (which you probably are) could you please show me? Thanks! MrGeek

Question by MrGeek    |  last reply


Got the Spywatch from thinkgeek! EXCITEMENT!!! Then I read that it only worked with PCs. HELP!!?

I have a Macbook and was wondering if there was any software I could download or something I could do to enable my mac and spywatch to work in harmony.

Question by CrawdadMan    |  last reply


awesome! but can I...

Is it allowed to build one of the things they sell there? like building a pocket laser show (just an example)

Topic by dunnos    |  last reply


Proximity Shirt

Is there a project on the site that duplicates what the two proximity shirts do that were sold on thinkgeek? Locked-on proximity shirt: http://craziestgadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/proximity-sensing-shirt.gif Zelda hearts proximity shirt: http://www.thegreenhead.com/imgs/proximity-based-dynamic-life-shirt-3.jpg I am not trying to make my own shirts but I am interested in the tech that makes those two shirts work. If the same results can be duplicated with an ardurino and/or xbee, then that would be great!! Please let me know if that can be done and if yes, could you point me in the right direction. Thanks!

Topic by helloman    |  last reply


Wire Glue, Solder Free Fun.

Well, I'm not very good at soldering, for one simple reason, I've not done alot of it since my school days.This kind of solution is perfect for someone like me, who often only needs a simple led circuit to hook up inside a prop.It would save me having to get the soldering iron out, and could easily be an advantage when getting circuits into strange shapes.Carbon is one of our favorite elements. It makes diamonds, it makes all known life possible, and it makes pencils (and who doesn't love pencils?) Also, it seems that carbon fullerenes (buckeyballs, nanotubes, etc) are going to do a lot in our future. Time to bring a little of that microcarbon goodness into your home and make it work for you now. "Wire Glue" Conductive Glue uses microcarbon technology to make a glue that also conducts electricity.Via Thinkgeek

Topic by gmjhowe    |  last reply


ThinkGeek is looking for an Electrical Engineer Prototype Wizard

Become part of a dynamic group at ThinkGeek developing custom manufactured retail products. Your primary job will be to design and create electronics prototypes for possible future ThinkGeek products. We're looking for someone who can take a feasible concept and prototype a functional (though perhaps not beautiful) model in circuit board form. Have your own electronics based ideas to add to the ThinkGeek swirling maelstrom of custom product awesomeness? This is a big plus. In a nutshell, we're looking for someone who understands geek culture, loves to create interesting and amazing circuits and can thrive in a dynamic non-structured work environment.If building is in your blood and you want to help ThinkGeek create the coolest most unique geeky products around, then we have a great job for you! Please Keep in Mind!We have specific requirements for people applying for the Electrical Engineer Prototype Wizard position. Please read the How To Apply section below to make sure you apply correctly or your application will not be considered. You Should Have: - College degree or equivalentExpert experience designing and prototyping electronics for toys and gadgets from scratch - Be able to interface electronics via USB, be a wizard at ArduinoKnowledge and understanding of Bluetooth/WiFi interfaces is a plus - Highly detail oriented and organizedStrong understanding of technical capabilities of consumer products and pricing - Understanding of product style and ergonomicsKeen familiarity with popular tech culture (gaming, science, computers, internet culture, etc.) - Independently motivated with a strong work ethicExcellent person-to-person, communication & written skills - Travel abroad 2-3 times/year (China/Hong Kong/Japan)Strong spreadsheet and word processing skills. - Strong computer and internet use skills.Team oriented personality with only occasional bouts of solipsism. - Ability to grok ThinkGeek.An appreciation for Star Wars, good beer, robots, monkeys and sushi is a plus. This position is on site in our Fairfax, Virginia office only. No outsourcing or freelance positions for this job will be considered. Not even you Gandalf. Strongly Desired: - Experience building mechanical gadgets or other items besides circuitsProficiency with Adobe Illustrator - Great ideas for new electronics based products - A pet monkey... (although he may only visit the office on Sundays) How To Apply: ThinkGeek is a small, close-knit group of fun, weird, and enthusiastic people who run one of the most successful niche eCommerce sites on the Internets (IR #232). As part of Geeknet, a publicly held company, ThinkGeek employees receive an excellent benefits package while enjoying the fun of working in an exciting start-up environment in our Fairfax, Virginia office. Please note, this posting is for a permanent, full time position in our Fairfax, Virginia office. Only local applicants or those willing to relocate will be considered. No outsourcing or freelance positions for this job will be considered. Thanks for asking! In addition to your cover letter, resume and salary requirements please complete the following simple assignment. Failure to include everything, including the assignment will cause your application to not be considered. (no hard feelings, but we need to make sure you really want the job... ok?) Also, just a heads up that if we do decide to interview you we'll expect you to show up with some examples of circuit-based projects you've done in the past... gotcha? Electrical Engineer Prototype Wizard Assignment Please submit a list of at least six previous electronics projects you have created in the past. For each one include the following information: - Name of project - Photo of project or video link if available - What does this item do? - What is the most notable aspect of this item? - What technology was used to create this item? - Specifically what did YOU personally create on this item? This assignment can be part of your resume or cover letter. You can do it as plain text, PDF, or HTML. Photos can be embedded or links. We're not picky, just get it in there where we can see it. Please note that this assignment is at-will and we will not provide any monetary or other compensation to you for completing it. CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS JOB

Topic by TyBot    |  last reply


Halloween Prize: Zombie Gift Pack from ThinkGeek!

ThinkGeek has put up some awesome prizes for the DIY Halloween Contest! Their zombie pack will be included with all of the first prizes and grand prizes.The zombie pack includes the new Dismember Me Plush Zombie, a Zombie Brain Gelatin Mold, a Zombie Protest t-shirt, and The Zen of Zombie and The Zombie Survival Guide books.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


Regarding the DIY music box... Answered

I was considering getting the DIY music box www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/8f7f/ at thinkgeek and I'm wondering if there is a website with song blueprints and if I have to buy special paper to use for it.

Question by Fizzxwizz    |  last reply


I want caffene?

Okey dokey, as the heading says: I want cafenne? Ive had cofee, I REFUSE energey drink, And I'm in melbourne, ( No thinkgeek for me!) So. What?

Question by Warlrosity    |  last reply


2 questions

1st- is it or if how possible to combine 2 electronic devices into 1 2nd-Can you give me a link to a  shop like thinkgeek that sends anywhere in the world

Topic by Ilija Miljkovac    |  last reply


Are there any other websites similiar to instructables out there? Answered

I know about thinkgeek and hack-a-day already. I was just wondered if there are any more cool ones that could help quench my thirst for innovation. thanks!

Question by MechEngineerMike    |  last reply


Just to be sure

Hi, The entry deadline for the thinkgeek hacks contest is 5-april-2009 Just to be sure, does this mean you have to submit your entry before midnight today, april 4th, or can you still submit your entry tomorrow? -Yon

Topic by yonsje    |  last reply


Annoy-A-Thing 2.0 Development

Annoy-A-Thing made by let_it_out_org.After seeing some interest in developing a second iteration of the device, I thought it could be a good idea to start a forum thread for the development.I think the device should ; Beep at random (or kind of) interval, Use a 555 or a 556 timer, and it should not be powered by a microcontroller.

Topic by lordofthedonuts    |  last reply


(newsletter) Gummi Shot Glasses, Powerthief, Glowing Coffee Table...

Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } The brand new Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest is officially open to any rubber band-powered contraption! Enter now to win cool books from Klutz!Burning Questions is back with a vengeance with Burning Questions 7. Answer our questions and win the love of thousands, or at least a spiffy new t-shirt!Enjoy modifying the things you buy? Then check out the ThinkGeek Hacks Contest. Hack or modify any ThinkGeek item and win a $250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek!And of course, you definitely want to win a laser cutter!Enter any awesome project with a green twist in the Epilog Challenge and win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko! Wave Laptop Stand How to Keep a House Plant Alive Make an Ikea-style Instruction Manual Homemade Annoy-a-thing (Annoy-a-tron) Win a laser cutter! Stretch, twist, and power something cool! Gummi Shot Glasses Musical Bra Make a Chainmail Shirt Powerthief Make A Tesla Turbine Fancy Desk with an in-built PC Hydraulic Ram Pump Plastic Smithing Let your geekiness shine! Get connected! Drill Press Laser Pointer Motion Sensor Cat Toy Glow Tank Coffee Table Paper Airplane Walkalong Glider Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus  


Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

Once again, ThinkGeek has hatched an April Fool's joke that sparked so much interest, they're now looking into production rights.This awesome Tauntaun sleeping bag was just one of several spoof products that TG game up with to prank its audience. In response to their onslaught of letters, they're promising their best to bring it life. From ThinkGeek:Use the glowing lightsaber zipper pull on the Tauntaun sleeping bag to illustrate how Han Solo saved Luke Skywalker from certain death in the freezing climate of Hoth by slitting open the belly of a dead Tauntaun and placing Luke inside the stinking (but warm) carcass. If your kids don't change their tune on which Star Wars film is the greatest ever, you can do your best Jar Jar impression until they repent. via: consumerist

Topic by scoochmaroo    |  last reply


USB doomsday device usb hub

I'm sure most of you have seen the USB doomsday device usb hub on thinkgeek, I'm looking to make my own, anyone have any suggestions on where to begin? I have a usb hub so i assume ill just need to rig up some lights and switches to a box, can't imagine it'll be that tough.

Topic by Itnick    |  last reply


(newsletter) Confetti Cannon, Medieval Gauntlets, Cardboard Furniture...

Mar 5, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Enjoy modifying the things you buy? Then check out the new ThinkGeek Hacks Contest. Hack or modify any ThinkGeek item and win a $250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek! Want to win a laser cutter?Enter any awesome project with a green twist in the Epilog Challenge and win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko!The Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Contest winners have been announced. See who won!We're in the running for best Classic website in the SXSW People's Choice Awards! Vote for us!New contest next week:The Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest will be open to any rubber band-powered contraption! Start tinkering now for the chance to win cool books from Klutz! Use Your Cell Phone on a Land Line Build a Medieval Gauntlet Pin Clock Exploding Confetti Cannon Win a laser cutter! Let your geekiness shine! Homemade Ranch Dressing Cheap Office or Room Divider Duct Tape Corsage and Flowers How to Propose - (Time Travel Edition) Featured question from the new Answers section: Does anyone know how to make a 3-phase wind power generator interface with a home's electric system? One-Touch Keypad Key Homemade Lox at 1/4 the Cost Cheap, Easy and Recycled Jewelry! Build Working Gears from Junkmail Coming Soon! See who won! Variable Soldering Iron Controller Chocolate Bowl Offline Mechanical Steampunkers' Blog Design Your Own Cardboard Furniture Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus  


(newsletter) Improve your WiFi, Ultimate Breakfast Sausage, Chocolate Enchilada...

Feb 26, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to win a laser cutter?Enter any awesome project with a green twist in the Epilog Challenge and win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko!The Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Contest has closed for entries, but is open for voting through Sunday. Who should win the chocolate, or a date with Noah? Vote for your favorites!We're in the running for the best Classic website in the SXSW People's Choice Awards! Vote for us!Coming soonEnjoy modifying the things you buy? Then check out the upcoming ThinkGeek Hacks Contest. Hack or modify any ThinkGeek item and win a $250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek! World's Greenest Water Pump by eltigre Get Smart Style Shoe Phone by gardners How to Make Anything by Stuart.Mcfarlan Learn Needle Tatting With Flower Pendant by TotusMel Win a laser cutter! Make Artificial Fishing Bait for Little to No $ by unexplained_3 The Portal Door by ddi7i4d Ear Bud Case from a Contact Lens Case by mowdish Simple Algae Home CO2 Scrubber by egbertfitzwilly Featured question from the new Answers section: Can I make a micro Tesla coil powered by a 9 volt battery? Asked in Offbeat by LaxLuvr Chocolate Tortilla Ice Cream Enchilada by sansoy What to do with an Old Computer by prodlad Steampunk Bluetooth Headset by Absconditus The Ultimate Breakfast Sausage by noahw Vote for your favorites! Do so much more with less! Make a WiFi Antenna by huang.wencong Optical Illusion - Falling Buildings by DoubleVision Power LEDs with AC by qs The Emergency Flash Drive by graphicsman Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus  


April Fools Speed Contest Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from the April Fools Speed Contest!The entries for this contest made us laugh and giggle and hopefully some prankster will be inspired to try one of them out on a friend. Keep on being creative and surprising people where they least expect it to keep the world an interesting place, everybody.Now, on with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these Instructables will each receive Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 28 Build-It Yourself Projects from ThinkGeek and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews !!GREAT COMPUTER PRANKS !! computer commands using notepad and command prompt by dean-101 How to conduct a social experiment on webcam (or simply play a joke on your friends) by sam noyoun Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Ye Olde Aprile Fools Prankes! Jelly Doughnut Surprise How To Change Your Fortune A Blast From The Past Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a box, the author of this Instructable will receive Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 28 Build-It Yourself Projects from ThinkGeek and an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this aging Instructable.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


Coming Soon: April Fools Day Contest

Next week we'll be starting an April Fools Day Contest. So start thinking of some clever ideas for a prank that you'd like to pull on someone else. Prizes will be supplied by ThinkGeek. The only rule is that there has to be something that you make for the prank. Any idea that you have for the prank needs to be fleshed out as your own project with original photos. Pictures of the prank being pulled are even better! More details about the contest and prizes to be announced later this week. UPDATE: The contest page is here.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


(newsletter) Chocolate Painting, Redirect a Light Switch, Car Dash Camera Mount

Sign-up for this newsletter: Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest - Create an energy-saving Instructable and you could win a MacBook Pro! April Fools Contest - Share your best pranks, tricks, and practical jokes! Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest - Open to any rubber band-powered contraption. Win cool books from Klutz!Burning Questions 7 - Answer our questions and win the love of thousands, or at least a spiffy new t-shirt! ThinkGeek Hacks Contest - Hack or modify any ThinkGeek item and win a $250 gift certificate! Epilog Challenge - Enter any awesome project with a green twist for the chance to win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko! Starburst Mirror Compact and Cheap Hydroponics System Car Dash Camera Mount Desktop Energy Seed Lamp Win a laser cutter! Stretch, twist, and power something cool Etch Aluminum Panel Labels/Designs Chicken Barrow Carbon Composite Hydrofoil From Junk! Manly Crafts Guide Featured questions from our new Answers section: What can be put on the compost pile? Is it possible for a device to be 100% efficient? Robot Racer Redirect a Light Switch Build a PC Enable Half Stars In iTunes Win a green MacBook Pro! Closes for entries this Sunday! Home Gardening Guide Fabric Tilt Sensing Bracelet Chocolate Painting Reverse Clock Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by noahw  


what I should use for the DBZ battle Armor V1 (non-shoulder pads)

Sadly I'm doing a change of plans for Free Comic Book Day instead of being a Trekkie there I'm gonna be as a Super Saiyan with the V1 armor on without those huge shoulder pads I just need ideas on what I should use to create this Armor to go with my Blue Lens Scouter I've bought from ThinkGeek. What kind of Foam or material that is strong and sturdy to withstand me moving around in. I'll gather up the list once I have the main base of what I should use to make this.

Topic by SuperScourge    |  last reply


(newsletter) Geiger Lamp, Homemade Paper, Viking Shoes...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest - Create an energy-saving Instructable and you could win a MacBook Pro! April Fools Contest - Share your best pranks, tricks, and practical jokes! Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest - Open to any rubber band-powered contraption. Win cool books from Klutz!Burning Questions 7 - Answer our questions and win the love of thousands, or at least a spiffy new t-shirt! ThinkGeek Hacks Contest - Hack or modify any ThinkGeek item and win a $250 gift certificate! Epilog Challenge - Enter any awesome project with a green twist for the chance to win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko! Viking Shoes JB Weld Casting Build Your Own Earth Box VHS Cassette Clock Win a laser cutter! Stretch, twist, and power something cool Ultimate DeskSquid / Helping Hand Get Your Two Year old to Spell Her Name Homemade Paper Baked Brie Featured questions from our new Answers section: What's the best poison oak treatment? Is there an easy way to run a computer/laptop from a car battery? Unclog Sink Pipes Geiger Lamp Make Your Own Wedding Invitations Build a Simple Security Camera Safe Let your geekiness shine! Share your best tricks! Key Ring Hex Bit Use Spaghetti to Paint Like Jackson Pollock Layered Glass Art Make a Quick Knife from a Clutch Finger Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by noahw    |  last reply


Thrustmaster F22 Joystick to control servos

Hi there, I'm thinking about trying to use a microcontroller (AVRMega128) to read from an old Thrustmaster F22 port and then move some servos to eventually make some small "rocket turrer" for the office, like those that u can buy at thinkgeek. The fact is that I've searched for the specifications of a 15 pin joystick port and it says they were originally made to support two two-buttons joysticks, that means, two pins to control X and Y axis and other two for buttons, and the same for the eventual second joystick...funny, because mine is only one and it has 8 buttons, 4 ordinary and 4 to control the views...Do u know were to get the specifications of thrustmaster F22 joystick port? thanx

Topic by pingo wellman  


(newsletter) Cheap Screenprinting, Bike Boombox, Pi Day...

Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } We're now running THREE awesome contests, so get to work on your Instructables! Burning Questions is back with a vengeance. Answer our questions and win the love of thousands, or at least a spiffy new t-shirt! ThinkGeek Hacks Contest is now open for those of you who enjoy modifying the things you buy. Hack or modify anything from ThinkGeek and win a $250 gift certificate!Epilog Challenge is still open for entries. Enter your project with a green twist for a chance to win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or a gift certificate from Ponoko!Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest is almost open for your rubber band-powered contraptions! Win cool books from Klutz! Pi Day Guide Screenprint for Less Than $10 Make a Soil Blocker Build a Music Studio in an Apartment Win a laser cutter! Stretch, twist, and power something cool! (almost open) Build a Bike Boom Box Steampunk Clockwork Piston Turn a 300 Watt Lamp into a 20 Watt CFL Reconstructive Surgery for a Suitcase Get a free Expo Pass or save 35% on Conference registrations for Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco! Featured questions from our new Answers section: How do I build an audio amplifier circuit?Is there an affordable way to wireless stream audio from my laptop to my speakers? Oobleck: Gooey Science Experiment Build an Inexpensive Ikea NAS Make an Automatic Plant Light Spraygun 101 Let your geekiness shine! Get your green ready! Master a Perfect Inline Wire Splice Greenhouse From Old Windows Optical Illusion - Mysterious Black Dots Three Part Clock Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


LEDs that get brighter when they're closer.

Ohkay, so I have an idea for a cute gift. The idea is to make two heart pendants that get brighter depending on how close they are to each-other. The problem is, I have no idea how to go about the dimming aspect. I've never even held a soldering gun, let alone used one. But I'd be willing to pick it up for this if I had a good tutorial/instructable to go off of. Even a general idea of what to look into would be great. I've seen similar things like the WiFi detector t-shirt at ThinkGeek, but again I'm a n00b when it comes to this stuff, so I don't know how useful that is when applied to something like this. Any help would be much appreciated, this is most definitely a burning question that's been bothering me.

Topic by the.jahn  


Office Warfare Book on Sale Now

Spending all day in a cubicle is a lot like a war of attrition between you and the clock, with skirmishes against neighbouring tribes to establish dominance. While we haven't yet figured out a way to speed up time to get your out of your white-collar jail, we do have a handy book that could make your hours under fluorescent light s little more enjoyable. Presenting, Office Weapons: Projects to Fortify Your Cubicle A collection of over 40 projects made by YOU, members of Instructables, that you can create in your cubicle from easily sourced office supplies. There's grappling hooks, trebuchets, darts and more - all made out of office supplies! We've even included some fun non-warfare projects at the end to keep you entertained in times of peace. Check out the projects that are in the book, then head over to ThinkGeek or Amazon to grab a copy for yourself. If all else fails, you can always use the book as a shield from your cubicle neighbour (who has already purchased this book and is arming himself as you read this).

Topic by mikeasaurus  


Pallet Sled, iPod Controlling Dress, War Hammer

  Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech New Projects for a New Year! It's time to get started on your new year's resolution to learn something new, and make something awesome! Check out these great projects to help you make the most of your time this winter, indoors and out. Help decide who wins great prizes from ThinkGeek in the Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest. Vote now! Make a Sled out of a Wooden Pallet Twittering Laser Tripwire Make a 70's Style String Lamp Evening Dress with iPod Control How to Make Sushi Make a Viking War Hammer Flipbook You Can Make at the Office Table Saw from Electric Hand Saw Build a Thermoelectric Lamp Bike Tail Light Upgrade Easter Solar Engine Make a LEGO Table Out of PVC Pipe Salt Water and Aluminum Foil Light Traditional Portrait Painting Make Your Own Clothing Labels Make a Baggy T-shirt into a Dress Guides Chocolate Free Stuff High Voltage Duct Tape Wallets

Topic by fungus amungus  


I want to make a simple sound board.

I already found a instructable that plays a portal song using an avr: https://www.instructables.com/id/Portal-Still-Alive-on-AVR-microcontrollers/ I wanna make something just like that, small, minimal, but i want to know how to do it propoerly, can someone point me the way? I wanted to do simples short sound samples, with a button, that's fairly simple, but i'm not familiar with the audio part. I know i have to convert wave sound samples to hex, but the whole process i still don't know right. I am familiar with eletronics and arduino, but this project has limited space. I can use pic's, perhaps AVR, but i got limited time, as this will be a gift. We gona do a potato Glados, with a real potato with copper and zync nails, using a booster/thiefbug as a potato only manage to give 1.2V . Theres is a similar produt on ThinkGeek, we could just buy it, but doing it is way more symbolic. Considering that we live in Brazil, the simples way possible is always prefered, importing stuff takes precious time. I'll probably stick with that avr and modify the code, but any help would be awesome.

Question by pmlemes    |  last reply


(newsletter) Cake Pops, Book Scanner, Office Pranks...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Epilog Challenge - Help choose who wins an Epilog laser cutter! Vote now! Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest - What's the best rubber band-powered Instructable of them all? Vote now! Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest - Create an energy-saving Instructable and you could win a MacBook Pro! The ThinkGeek Hacks Contest winners have been announced. See who won! Cake Pops Self Watering Garden - Using Recycled Water Steampunk Segway (Legway) DIY High-Speed Book Scanner from Trash Win a MacBook Pro!Closes on May 6! Vote now! Build an Ultra Efficient Fridge Make Delicious Coffee Liqueur Recycled 55 Gallon Barrel Chair Save Water! Kitchen Faucet with Foot Pedal Featured questions from our new Answers section: Physical and electrical engineering. What is a good thing to start with? Can a DC motor from an electric scooter generate power? Homemade Grey Water System Make Killer PCBs Ecological Cardboard Laptop Case Build a Foundry and sand-cast Aluminum Help choose the winners! Sailing the seas for free How to Redecorate the Office ATX Power Supply Mod With USB Ports Make a Female Game Character from Wax Turn an Office into the Beach Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus  


(newsletter) Star Wars Secret Door, Laptop Stand, LED Tutu

  Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech Have a Homemade Holiday There's just over a week left to make holiday decorations, food, and gifts for friends and family. Have fun finishing your projects, and don't forget to take pictures to enter our awesome holiday contests! Food: Cook up something amazing for the Holiday Food Contest to win a food processor or enter your architectural wonder in the Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest to win an Instructables Pro membership. Both contests end this Sunday! Gifts and decorations: Enter the Homemade Holidays Contest, and win a Kymera magic wand, Shapeways gift certificates, and Instructables Pro memberships! Drinks: Whether you like your drinks strong or kid-friendly, enter them in the Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest and win sweet prizes from ThinkGeek! Easy Chocolate Truffles LED Holiday TuTu Xbox Millennium Falcon Mod Handsome Wooden Walking Stick Book That Can Only be Opened Once Bookcase Door / Han in Carbonite Cinnamon Roasted Almonds Sunrise and Sunset Lamp with LEDs Christmas Story Bunny Costume Ice-Worm Cocktail Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Eiffel Tower in Gingerbread Sleek Laptop Stand Sword-hilted Broken-back Seax Mana Mocktail Zoltar Speaks Costume Guides Light Up the Night! Contest Winners Gift Ideas for Women Easy Cookie Recipes Gift Ideas for Men Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by fungus amungus  


(newsletter) Twittering Office Chair, Commodore 64 Laptop, Glowing Alien...

Sign-up for this newsletter: WARNING: LAST CALL to submit your awesome projects to win an Epilog Laser and Ponoko gift certificates, or books from Klutz! Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest - Open to any rubber band-powered contraption. Win cool books from Klutz! Closes for entries this Sunday, April 19! Epilog Challenge - Enter any awesome project with a green twist for the chance to win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko! Closes for entries this Sunday, April 19! Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest - Create an energy-saving Instructable and you could win a MacBook Pro! The April Fools Contest and Burning Questions 7 winners have been announced! See who won here and here. The ThinkGeek Hacks Contest winners will be announced tomorrow. Press Aluminum Cans into Wall Tiles Toothpaste Squeezer The Green Twist Machine Commodore 64 Laptop Closes for entries this Sunday! Win a MacBook Pro! Glowing Alien in a Jar Build an Eskimohut in wood! Movable Record Player Greeting Card Sharpen Your Drill Bits Featured questions from our new Answers section: How can I get crispy french fries at home? Could a prism and lenses be used to make a stereoscopic video with only one camera? Needle Tatting a Necklace Vehicle Efficiency Upgrades Auto Spy Remote Make a Brass Bird Cage Dress Closes for entries on Sunday! Dozens of tips Foot Operated Computer Mouse Recycled Cardboard Lamp - This Way Up! Make a Ceramic Sphericon The Twittering Office Chair Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus  


Backyard Rockets Book on Sale Now

Ladies and gentlemen, we humbly present to you a book containing the instructions for creating rockets in the comfort and privacy of your own backyard. Backyard Rockets contains a compendium of devices that shoot, fire, explode, throw, toss, or propel. With projects like the vacuum-cleaner bazooka, you'll be flinging things into the air in no time. Mikeasaurus put this one together, so you know it's gonna be fun. Bonus for Pro members: you can buy the book at a discount from ThinkGeek. And if you're keen on launching things, we just so happen to be running a Launch It! Contest from May 27th to June 24th, 2013 (and probably again at some point, those contests are always fun.) Because you’re a longtime Instructables fan (an assumption I’m making since you’re reading our forums), you’re probably not the target audience for these books. You’ve seen the projects before, commented on them, favorited them, and know where to go if you need instructions. These are more for those of you whose parents don’t quite get what you mean when you talk about Instructables, who have a friend who’d love the site but isn’t really an internet person, or who know a camp counselor who is tired of all the tie-dye stains on their nice shorts. So buy a copy. Give it to someone you love. Or give it to someone who you think might singe off their eyebrows by failing to follow safety protocols when making backyard rockets, thus allowing you the chance to steal their date to the movies since eyebrows always beats no eyebrows unless you are Stan Sitwell.

Topic by wilgubeast    |  last reply


(newsletter) Business Card Catapult, Easter Prank, Handheld Tesla Coil...

Sign-up for this newsletter: We're now running FOUR awesome contests, so get to work on your Instructables! Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest - Create an energy-saving Instructable and you could win a MacBook Pro! Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest - Open to any rubber band-powered contraption. Win cool books from Klutz! Closes for entries on April 19!Burning Questions 7 - Answer our questions and win the love of thousands, or at least a spiffy new t-shirt! Epilog Challenge - Enter any awesome project with a green twist for the chance to win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko! Closes for entries on April 19! The April Fools Contest and ThinkGeek Hacks Contest have closed for entries and are in the voting phase. Check them out and vote now! Make an Irretrievable Easter Egg The Business Card Catapult Power Glove 20th Anniversary Edition How to Make Kimchi / Kim Chee Closes for entries on April 19! Win a MacBook Pro! Make a Korg Kaossilator Guitar How to Thread Eyebrows Walking Papercraft Mech Warrior How to Make an Atari Game Featured questions from our new Answers section: How do you make a small but very strong electromagnet??? How can I make a hole in a glass bottle? Camera Light Ring Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day LCD Articulating Bracket for Cheap Quick and Dirty "Tesla Coil" Stretch, twist, and power something cool! Only the best for you Rubber-Band Powered Altoids Boat Hydroponic Food Factory Domo-Kun Backpack Add a Shower to your Toilet Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus  


Firefox Pranks, Bamboo Bicycle, Bratz Knife Block...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 3, 2008 Welcome back! April is Photojojo Photo Month. Enter a sweet photo-themed Instructable and win an Eye-Fi card that lets you transfer photos from your camera wirelessly! We will be hosting a Show & Tell at the SF Bay Area Yuri's Night 2008! If you want to show something off, let us know! Check out these cool instructables! Firefox Pranks These Firefox add-ons were made for April Fools' Day, but they're good for any time you want to mess with a friend's browser. posted by fungus amungus on Mar 28, 2008 How to Build a Bamboo Bicycle Get some bamboo and build your own smooth custom ride. posted by ayasbek on Mar 30, 2008 Learn How To Shave With A Straight Razor Who says you need five blade disposable razors to get a smooth shave? Get a straight razor and relearn the lost art of shaving. posted by adamjgonzales on Mar 16, 2008 How to Sew Everyone should know the basics of the needle and thread. Read this Instructable and get started. posted by jessyratfink on Apr 3, 2008 How to Fill an Office with Packing Peanuts Ever wanted to fill your co-worker's office with shipping peanuts? Of course you have. Here's how to get the same effect without filling the whole room. posted by jetgrrl on Mar 28, 2008 Maille and Plates Armour Life can be tough out there. With a custom set of armour you'll be ready for whatever comes at you. posted by armourkris on Mar 21, 2008 1UP Cakes Make cakes that look like Super Mario Bros. 1UPs for an awesome 8-bit party! posted by Nachimir on Mar 27, 2008 Win cool prizes from ThinkGeek! April is Photo Month! Re-fashion your wardrobe! Cat-Powered Automatic Cat Feeder Make your cat do some work to get his food! posted by labelreader on Apr 1, 2008 Refrigerator Handle Switch Prank - Make Fools Out of Your Coworkers! Swap fridge hinges for an easy and effective prank. posted by numberandom on Apr 2, 2007 DIY Flash Diffuser with Swappable Colors Want to diffuse the flash and add some color to your photos at the same time? This quick and dirt-cheap trick will get you there. posted by deth2all on Mar 30, 2008 Magnetic Sonic Cube Landmine Want them to remember you when you're gone? Leave an alarm that won't go off after they move it from its spot! posted by photozz on Mar 15, 2007 Ye Olde Aprile Fools Prankes! Come hither and chooseth the best pranke for thine means. posted by Jieze on Mar 27, 2008 Bratz Knife Block Reuse an old doll and make a place for your knives at the same time with this twisted knife block. WARNING: Graphic doll cutting. posted by Tetranitrate on Apr 2, 2008   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus  


My idea for the iRobot Challenge

Okay, I hope this is good :-D!Well, my idea is actually several ideas, but they all share the same theme:Chumby + iRobot's Create(And yes, I already have a Chumby)This might sound crazy, like adding speakers to an iPod, but it is defiantly possible.Since I don't have one, I can't say, for 100% sure, exactly how I'm going to make it work, but I have plenty of ideas. (I'll work backwards)The robot has 25 inputs. My last resort would to be to hook up the headphone jack to 2 of those inputs, and send signals by pulsing sound, similar to the way TV remotes pulse light. This is guaranteed to work, because Flash (which I'll be using in the project itself), can access the speaker. For robot-to-Chumby communication, there is the Microphone.Next up, is building this Sensor Package module that you can use with your Chumby. This would also work great, since it has 8 digital outputs, 8 digital inputs, and 12 motor drivers (which I could probably use as more outputs). However, I haven't found out yet if you can access this from flash, so it may become an issue. However, it seems more likely than the following:My first attempt is to tap into unused (in my setup) pins on the "Chumbilical", the main wire that connects the sensors to the main unit. This includes a USB port. Again, I am doubtful that Flash can access these, but I may be able to figure something out in Java or Phython.So I've hooked this up to the Chumby, now what? There are so many possibilities, because my new robot will now have various sensors from the Chumby, along with it's touch-screen display and WiFi.One could start with the "physical alarm clock", an alarm clock that you'd chase down to turn off. (As seen on ThinkGeek, it's "Clocky") Although, this is very much underusing it's capabilities. Next, of course, is the email alert system. When you're not on the computer, sometimes something external is a nice reminder :P In a workplace, lets assume someone gets an email every minute. This should be perfect timing for it to drive from cubical-to-cubical on every email. It would, however, be forced to rely on relative positioning.After the frivolous, this could be set up as a system where the Chumby would display images of me, streamed form a webcam, as I control the robot. Attached, would also be a webcam, streaming from the robot to my computer. (This was done with the Make: controller and a MacBook) (And yes, the Chumby has a HTTP server in it, and can support some webcams!)Heck! Why not have all three running at once :PI defiantly think the first 2 are not Instructable-worthy, but I wanted to give some other examples. The 3rd would be the one I do ;-) It would be much lest costly than the full-sized version, this being under $350. (I'm guessing that's about 1/3rd the cost?)Thanks for considering me as someone worthy of this "scholarship", I know I will use it over and over again if I end up getting it :D

Topic by zachninme    |  last reply