Web Design and Animation

Hi! I am offering my services for some simple web design, or 2D flash animation, or both! I use the Godaddy web hosting service, and use Flash CS4 for all my animating. If you wish to be hosted by another service, I can do that as well. Here is some of my work; www.brianschopshop.com I did this website for a local barber when I lived in Wisconsin. I try to keep an up to date relationship with my clients. If you wish to contact me email me at sammartz42@gmail.com, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I will answer comments to this forum topic as well. I charge about 50-100 dollars per page depending on the content, and animation is charged by the length at 10 dollars for every 20 seconds.

Topic by martzsam 


DESIGN tutorials!

I've been looking around, and it seems like generally instructables users are not web/graphics designers. There needs to be a section for the design tutorials!!! Anyways when my schedule frees up in the future, I'll add some flash and dreamweaver tutorials... otherwise there is a major lacking of web DIY instructables! what you guys think? Dont you guys wanna learn how to DIY (design it yourself)? I am talkin about design here, not art.

Topic by tekness   |  last reply


Web design & development series

Hi, I am web designer & developer form Nederland. I've been looking around here for some time and it seems like there are not many series that cover everthing about how to design and then develop a website. I thought it would be awsome to create a instructsble serie that let's someone develop there own website in pure HTML & CSS. So I have a couple of ideas. - explaining the basics of flat design (todays standard in web design) - creating a website in pure html & css from the ground up - creating a compleet wordpress theme - much more If you like one of the above ideas or if you have one of your own, please let me know. Thanks for reading. And let me know what you think! Greetings from Holland.

Topic by Kevin Tipker   |  last reply


Graphic / Interactive Designer wanted for Instructables.com

This position has been filled!We need a designer to make Instructables better, more fun, easier to use and nicer to look at. We're looking for the best talent we can find and then we'll figure out how to make it work for both parties. You don't have to be available for full time work and you don't have to work in the office or even in the same country.Great visual design skills are our most important criteria. You'll also need to be able to turn your designs into cross-platform CSS and XHTML that integrate with our existing style sheets. Some level of Flash experience will also be required.Please send your cover letter, rates and portfolio to iwannawork [at] instructables [dot] comWe look forward to hearing from you!

Topic by lebowski   |  last reply


Web interface help? Answered

I would like to know if its possible to build a website with the raspberry pi.I would like to know if  it was possible to design something in such a way that if i clicked a button on the website or web interface it would run a program on the raspberry pi?

Question by akinich   |  last reply


How to improve Instructables.com !

Hi, I am web designer so I will be specific. These little things bug me but they must drive crazy those ordinary PC users. It seriously degrades the overall user experience on this web ! Here I will point to current problems and show you how to fix it. All following is about EDIT MODE. Constructive critisism, right ? :) UPLOAD IMAGES I know you are using jQuery UI 1.8.11 on this site. Now there is no indicator IF the file uploads at all and/or in case of bigger file/slower connection how long it needs yet ! You have it already in use, when "updating" small progress bar I saw used in images area. Use following it will do miracles: http://jqueryui.com/progressbar/#animated UPLOAD IMAGES AGAIN :) Put buttons SELECT FILES + UPLOAD FILES side by side ! Imagine adding 20 images the upload button goes down. Do not force user to think let alone to do things extra, hide buttons from him ! Thanks. And not to forget ADD there tiny link sor of button to DELETE ALL IMAGES before uploading. What if you choose by accident wrong folder and upload 20 images you do not want to. Sort of CHECK ALL + DELETE function so you can for instance uncheck those you want to leave there. Thanks. CLOSED WINDOW BY ACCIDENT = SAVE This happens. You edit for a while, close window only to realise content is not saved. Could you implement: * AUTO SAVE function after like 5 mins ? * if NOT saved ! = give him JavaScript pop up with "You have unsaved draft. Do you want to continue or save first ?" * IF SAVED = let user close window, no big deal * if saved = add to left small greyish message Saved ... or the button itself * NEW content = button says SAVE NOW * if saved = itself could go grey and have text SAVED = when content changes, turn it orange again ! * the same functionality that GMAIL uses, it is simple REORDER STEP Biggest pain here ! I can have like 20 steps, want to move 1/2 of them for instance. Let us reorder ALL STEPS simply ! Click on the reorder button and offer, let us reorder, offer us small OK button or some function to toggle the "moving" state back to stationary. ADD STEP + vs. INSERT STEP Enlighten me please if mistaken. Do you realise these 2 buttons EACH NEXT to each other do the EXACTLY same thing ? Delete one :) EDIT AREA FOR TEXT The window is too small. Lenghty steps are pain to write and review on such size. Enable resizing handle the same you already have in forums post edit mode ! ERROR WARNING MESSAGES Get rid of those ugly default JavaScript message windows please. Use this and style it to your web orange :) http://jqueryui.com/dialog/#modal-message http://jqueryui.com/dialog/#modal-confirmation Dear Instructables.com look at screenshots for better reference. Do not let me waste two hours of my time figuring out stuff and writing this post. Thanks :) Best regards -- Krsiak Daniel http://linkedin.com/in/krsiakdaniel

Topic by krsiak   |  last reply


Which is better for web design, Dreamweaver or Flash? Answered

 I suppose I could get both, but I don't want to use bitTorrent or drain myself financially, so if I could only have one to make better webpages, which would it be?

Question by DELETED_M4industries   |  last reply


$100,000 prize for environmental design

From EETimes EuropeActual Competition Web page(This hasn't year appeared on the US EETimes web site. Wonder Why?)Electronics engineers, students and academics are being invited to submit designs for aninnovative product that uses electronic components and has a positive impact on theenvironment in the Live Edge competition.The winning entrant will receive a cash prize of $50,000 as well as the support to movethe design towards production. The support package, estimated to be worth an additional$50,000, will include the services of an electronic design consultancy that will develop thedesign to prototype stage, assistance with legal matters and IP registration, marketing andpublicity, as well as Premier Farnell’s help in securing investment funding.

Topic by westfw   |  last reply


Massive web made with packing tape

Design collective For Use/Numen used about 117,000 feet of tape to make this fantastic web in a former stock exchange building in Vienna. It's strong enough for people to walk on. In fact it wsa made for a dance troupe. “The installation is based on an idea for a dance performance in which the form evolves from the movement of the dancers between the pillars,” explains For Use’s Christoph Katzler. “The dancers are stretching the tape while they move, so the resulting shape is a recording of the choreography.” Check out the link for more pictures and a video. Designers Spin Spidey-Worthy Webs From Packing Tape via Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


New site for an acting school, made with our new beta App

We just finished work on a website for an acting school with our new beta application Wordpress. You can read more about the project here: http://www.afterburnerapp.com/2012/07/05/the-meisner-trained-series/

Topic by Greg Inc. 


Design Changes on Instructables

As you've noticed, we've been making some design changes to Instructables.  We're trying to accomplish a number of things including making it easier to find content you're interested in, creating more compelling products for advertisers, and supporting and growing what we've already built.  Here, I'll share the details around some specific design changes. One of my big goals for 2010 is to increase our direct visitors.  A direct visitor might type our URL into their browser, click on a link in a newsletter, come to the site from one of their bookmarks, or search for a phrase that includes "Instructables".  Other types of visitors include searchers, who come to the site from phrases such as "sweet potato fries" but aren't specifically trying to reach Instructables.com, and visitors from blogs or news portals.  My thesis is that more and more brand advertisers will want to reach our true community, and not people who are just passing by.  A pretty good proxy for our true community is direct visitors, and we've already seen the savviest advertisers try to reach only that community by advertising exclusively on our homepage (the recent Apple campaigns, for example).  To grow our business and ensure that Instructables thrives, it's important that we have great opportunities for advertisers, and a stronger community means more great Instructables and more intelligent people seeing and commenting on your Instructables. To this end, we've been working to increase the likelihood that someone will go deeper into our content, and remember to come back in the future.  Said another way, we want that sweet potato fries Google search to introduce someone to Instructables, and then have them think, "wow this site is amazing, I'll bookmark it, sign up for the newsletter, come back, etc..."  Some of the most dramatic changes are on the homepage and channel homepages.   On the homepage, we've removed the intro text from the links to Instructables.  By making the homepage less cluttered with words, I was hoping to increase the number of people clicking on an Instructable.  Also, I felt that the beginning of the intro text didn't contribute much to my understanding of the Instructable, and often it was no more than a repetition of the title (and at worse a note about how it was someone's first...).  Removing text to increase engagement might seem counter-intuitive, but with too much going on, visitors sometimes just leave rather than decide what to click on.  So far, clicks from the homepage are flat or slightly up, so this change hasn't had a negative effect on deepening visits, and may over time move us in a positive direction.  On the channel homepages, we've drastically changed the layout to be more blog-like.  My theory here was to give people a format they were more familiar with from elsewhere on the web, and results have been dramatic.  The exit-rates (the percentage of visitors that leave Instructables from a particular page) on our channel homepages have been cut in half.  For example, the exit-rate on the home channel homepage has dropped from 12% to 4.5%.  This is really good!  To me, this indicates that on the channel homepages we're giving visitors more compelling content, and they are more likely to dig into that content. In support of our efforts to deepen visits, we've been doing similar smaller changes all over the site. Most of these are based on our traffic and click analysis, and if my theories are wrong, we change back or try something else.  One particular change that has generated concern is the removal of the Answers link from the header.  This has nothing to do with our support of Answers in general -- it's based on data.  That link was almost completely unused.  Coming again from the perspective of making a slightly cleaner look, we removed it.  As the link wasn't generating any clicks, traffic to Answers has been unaffected.  In fact, as we're highlighting specific answers on the channel homepages, traffic to the Answers section is actually up 7% since we removed the link:  from Feb. 1 - 18 answers did an average of 11.1 K pageviews per day; from Feb. 19 - 28 it's done 11.9 K pageviews per day.  Perhaps that's noise in the data, but removing the link certainly hasn't been the end of answers, and the trend since the change is positive. So, we do rearrange the furniture from time to time, but it's never without reason.  We're always trying to make Instructables better.  We've messed up in the past, and we'll surely mess up in the future; but I think this is good, because if we're not reaching and striving a little bit beyond our comfort zone, we're not learning and improving. 

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


CAD design from paper?

Hello instructables community. I want to make this into a CAD design and have someone run the model and see if it works. If anyone has any suggestions as to how to do this or is a student and wants to make some extra money helping me with this, just hit me up. Below is a link to the device I want to make: http://www.google.com/patents/US20040130227 Amplifying instruction: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct;=j&q;=cyclic%20centripetal%20generator%20hackmart&source;=web&cd;=1&ved;=0CCoQFjAA&url;=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.cose.isu.edu%2F~hackmart%2Fsescentrifugal.pdf&ei;=BTPQUcHrJ4zbiwKYz4DACg&usg;=AFQjCNGf_p4U4ZcmmJg9s8aYQJYcuwOfLw&bvm;=bv.48572450,d.cGE&cad;=rja

Topic by Bellerophon2200   |  last reply


anyone need/want a free website?

For my final in web design I have to make someone a website so if you need/want one post your ideas for one only requirements are: it can't be a blog, and i need to have 3-5 pages with a good amount of info. and thats about it.

Topic by tubanator-2.0   |  last reply


How to Design Flash Games?

Hey Everyone, I have recently been made redundant from my job and have decided to work on my IT Skills.   I have a huge interest in website development and have joined the freelance.com and peopleperhour.com websites which are for people who want to post projects and look for work.  To enable myself to get any clients I will need to build up a portfolio - I am fairly new to web design and have been using the Serif applications as well as general html coding in notepad and a have some experience in MS FrontPage and Dreamweaver.  I am working on a website for myself which will be used as a sample site for my portfolio - It is for an animal welfare charity and will include competitions, product info, events etc.  I want to aim the website at children and young people, it will be an organisation that can help children develop their key skills such as communication, team leading, motivational and discipline.  Sorry for the long introduction - Anyways I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to give me some guidance on how to create multimedia games - simple flash games that can get children to interact and learn Thank you Kind Regards Michelle Edwards

Topic by medwards14   |  last reply


how to create a message box in php-designer with a code?

Its all about our web project. we need to make a message box using php-designer. if we write a message in our friends it is automatically appeare like in facebook

Question by Juvy Villegas 


How to bypass the Zscaler web proxy/filter? Answered

Ok so here are the details, I want to access sites like youtube, and well just youtube and I tried the https protocol and that didn't work and on top of that there's a bug installed within our computer especially designed to keep us away from changing any of the proxy settings in all of these browsers and I only have these 3 browsers: Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. If possible I would prefer Firefox because of the add-ons that I have with it. And i can't modify anything within the advance settings button on the Network/Internet Preference Pane. And as my last resort I ask all of you on how do I bypass this web filter? P.S. I have a mac mountain lion v10.8.4 Tank you very much for your support

Question by SkyRiseElite753   |  last reply


123D Design for iOS update out now!

What's new: * Color! Set colors for your design. Defined colors will appear when the model is opened in 123D Design web and desktop tools. * Dimensions. Tap on an object to display its measurements. *Create image snapshots of your design that you can email, share, or save to your image library. * Contextual menus appear with a long press on parts or on the canvas. * Insert parts by dragging and dropping to the canvas, or double tap a part to drop it at the origin. * Lock or unlock objects in the workspace. * UI improvements and bug fixes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/123d-design/id567821620?ls=1&mt;=8

Topic by andrewt   |  last reply


live 49ers

I am a software engineer by profession and a part time web designer too. Recently I have created a few web 2.0 pages after learning PHP and web designing .I love creating videos too. Two of my web 2.0 pages which I love the most are live 49ers and 49ers blog. I am very excited after building this and will be building more videos of this sort in my spare time . I love listening to slow music and play guitar as a hobby I also enjoy spending time with my family, going on holidays and playing sport.

Topic by blogss49ers   |  last reply


List of solutions to IE not displaying web pages properly? Answered

I've been doing a bit of web design recently. My site looks great in firefox but in internet explorer the unordered lists for the menu are double spaced making it look a bit naff. After a bit of googling I couldn't find anything on it but wondered if any iblers had come across a list of common problems with html and css that makes internet explorer display it differently? (Pictures: firefox on left, IE on right)

Question by Jayefuu   |  last reply


Electronics! What type of circuits, are needed to design a remote control flashlight.

I would like to turn on a small battery powered light by remote control. Is there a web site that sells the parts needed? Someone suggested a remote control relay would be needed. By circuits I mean a general group like PLC's.

Question by coulee   |  last reply


ID/Creationism trolling an academic requirement?

This could explain a lot. (From RichardDawkins.net via Slashdot )Apparently, the course on "Intelligent Design and Christian Apologetics" at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has, as a requirement worth 20% of the final grade, "(4) provide at least 10 posts defending ID that you've made on "hostile" websites, the posts totalling 3,000 words, along with the URLs (i.e., web links) to each post (worth 20% of your grade)."The next time I see a lengthy, ad-hominem-laden, scientifically dubious argument for Intelligent Design on this site I'm going to wonder whether it is a college student fulfilling course requirements by trolling. I notice that reading the replies to your 3,000 words of propaganda isn't required. Now we just have to find whoever it is offering photocopies of Tesla's secret notebooks and plans for perpetual motion machines if you post enough stuff supporting overunity HHO generators.Note to those so inclined: this is not flamebait, I'm reporting a piece of news relevant to this community (because of our semi-regular flamewars debates about ID etc.). Flames will be reported as spam and subsequently ignored. Intelligent Discussion will be welcomed.

Topic by PKM   |  last reply


How do I get started in Electronic Circuit Engineering? Answered

I have been teaching my self the basics of Electronics in the past month and I think that I am far enough along that I want to start teaching my self what goes into a circuit.  I understand the fundamental stuff, the basic parts and pieces and now I am trying to find some books that explains a circuit.  Take for example a 2 transistor LED flasher. I can build this circuit from memory and is simple enough and you can find many diagrams of it on the web. What I cannot find is someplace that explains step by step the processes occurring that make it actually flash.  The above mentioned circuit is simple enough for me to understand what is going on, but I am not talking about that one circuit in particular. I guess what I am after is a guide that teaches me how to read what a circuit is doing, and for what purpose a component is needed for in a circuit. I hope I was clear in my question, I wasn't really sure exactly how to ask. 

Question by atrumblood   |  last reply


I am trying to get a website to work correctly. Can any HTML wizards help me? Free Pro membership to the best answer! Answered

I am trying to redesign the website that is used by the company I work for.  The company would prefer it if I could make them a site that uses frames.  This is so it will be relatively easy to change/update pages.  I am not very experienced with using frames, but I have made some good progress so far.  I have two questions that I cannot seem to find the answer to. 1.  How do you add a border with a radius around a framed website? The design that my company liked had a border around it with rounded edges to frame the site.  I have no problem doing this in CSS with a regular website.  However, I cannot get the border to show up around the framed site. I have tried putting a border around the framed page using CSS.  I have also tried adding the border to select parts of the framed page.  (For example: a rounded border on the top, left, and bottom of the left frame panel.)  This does result in a pseudo-border around the site, but the radius does not show up.  It is just a rectangular outline. 2.  Is it possible to have two overlapping background images? There is a strong vertical line and horizontal line on the page as design elements.  I would love to have those lines stretch infinitely across the background.  I know how to do this with one image, but can you layer background images on top of each other? My idea for a solution would be a set of GIF images with transparent sections.  One image would be the horizontal line and the other image would be the vertical.  The place where the two lines meet is a part of the website, so I am not worried about where these images will overlap since they would be in the background.

Question by skittlespider   |  last reply


Auto egg turner motor. What motor do I need for my incubator?

I built an incubator from a redundant wine cooler but the motor wasn't up to the job. I had underestimated the total load and stripped the gears in the gearbox. Can someone tell me in very basic terms what I need to change and where to look for them? Also, the top connection needs to be a ball and socket type affair (not very smooth at the moment). Where do you buy components like that? Thanks. Paul http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=33362

Question by toxo   |  last reply


Any good designs for a tone generator using 555 or 556 ic chips?

I've seen a few on the web but I was wondering if any of you out there have put anything together that you really like.

Question by bigdeee   |  last reply


Flash instructables

==HIGH DEMAND NEEDED==That says it all.If there is high demand, I will make instructables for flashEG: Preloaders, Animation, Web Design, Games, etc...

Topic by HBF   |  last reply


Some hints at making stuffed animals and casting resin

I posted a web album that goes through some of the process designing a plush animal and adding resin parts to it. It isn't super though rough, but might be helpful to some. Feel free to ask questions!Mr. Blue's Web Album

Topic by goosezilla 


Request: Non-Alpha Characters in Titles to Designate Awards

Dear Instructables Administration: While downloading Instructables as PDF files, I like to edit the name of the file with the following convention at the end of the title: How_to_Make_Mashed_Potatoes (*++).pdf The part that looks like this (*++) indicates that the instructable has been featured (*) and has been a finalist in 2 contests (++). This lets me peruse my downloaded instructables within a given category (I file them by project type) and find one that is really top-of-the-line at a glance. Would it be possible and/or acceptable to have this sort of suffix automatically added to the title of downloads by the instructable web site? This would save much time and effort for me and anyone else who was interested in this luxurious little feature. Perhaps it could be included as a preference check-box for those who did (or didn't) want this feature enabling them to choose it? Would the code to do this be difficult to implement? I hereby request this feature for pro members! Timothy Nugent

Question by timnugent   |  last reply


How do I publish an Instructable and can make sure my work is not stolen for commercial products? Answered

Background: A nice member noticed an induction heater "kit" on Ebay and commented about it. After a lot of digging I found some pictures and technical details on the web - Google translate might be funny at times but was a real help for my bad chinese skills... Turned out the shematics for this heater are identical to my design. Sure they use a different mosfets and and create a nice looking circuit board for all but it does not change the fact that my design drives it. One chinese wholeseller is selling them in 500pcs bulk. Current problem: I am working on the next generation of my induction heater based on an induction cooktop. Since the power levels are much higher and more option possible I think it will be a great project loved by a lot of people. But I feel reluctant to publish it in a detailed form that can be used by everyone to re-create it as I fear it will end up on Ebay as well. So far I can't even estimate how much profit some chinese guy is making while laughing at me and for obvious reasons I would like to prevent that from happening to 2.0 as well... Is there any way to protect my designs or to get hands on the chinaman to strangle some money back out of him?

Question by Downunder35m   |  last reply


Blogger or Writer? Want to publish your thoughts on creativity, art or design?

Hi everyone, I've been an Instructables fan for a long time, and I'm currently a web producer for an online community for creative people called ArtBistro (www.artbistro.com). We're looking for contributing writers, if you have a design or art related blog or like to write about those topics, we'd love hear from you. Drop me an email at awells@artbistro.com if you're interested.

Topic by alanwells   |  last reply


Can this be a coincidence? Do they look like two independent designs? Answered

I came across this kit when I was browsing the web. What surprised me is the uncanny resemblance to my design published here in Instructables. I'd like to know what you guys think about those two designs. Do they look like they are created by two independent designers? Can someone design a product so similar to another without copying the other? (The kit in the front part of the picture is taken from Eastern Voltage Research website. The photo is photoshopped by them since yesterday to remove holes on the end of the PCB which accomodate home made battery clips.) Please post your opinions! Thank you!

Question by ledartist   |  last reply


Easy automated method to find chronological age of an integrated circuit design? Answered

This is not a question related to a homework or career assignment. This question is an existential question. Specifically, the thing that I am wondering if it exists, or not, is an easy and automated method for finding the chronological date, e.g. a year, Anno Domini (AD) or Common Era (CE), when a named integrated circuit (IC) was introduced.  Preferably this method exists in the form of a free resource on the Web. As an example, the well known 555 timer IC was introduced in the year 1971, and I am reasonably confident that was the year, because the Wikipedia article titled "555 timer IC", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_timer_IC contains the words: "Introduced in 1971 by American company Signetics, the 555 is still in widespread use..." And I assume that statement is totally true, because if I can't trust the people who edit Wikipedia, I mean, who can I trust? ;-) Unfortunately, Wikipedia does not have a fact-filled article for almost every IC every sold.  In contrast, a place like www.alldatasheet.com has data sheets for almost every IC ever sold, but, it turns out, the data sheet does not always reveal the year the IC was introduced. To clarify this further, the thing I really want to exist, would be like a web site, with a name like: www.howoldismyic.com, or www.howoldisthisic.com, or www.icdob.com etc. (Please note that none of those URLs point to actual existing web sites, at the time of this writing.) Moreover, I am fantasizing this web site would contain a form, for to enter the name of the IC to look up, and then after hitting the "Submit" button, it would magically tell me what year that IC was introduced to the world, and maybe also which semiconductor company gave birth to it. As some example input and output, the query NE555 would return:  NE555, 1971, Signetics(r) As an additional twist to this fantasy, the query, LM555, would return the same thing, and this magical web page would like, know, that LM555 was a later version of the same IC, except produced by a different manufacturer, namely National(r); i.e LM555 was National's version of the 555 timer . If you have read this far, I congratulate you!  And I appreciate your eyeball time! If you are wondering about my motivation for this question, it is just that think the year an IC was introduced would be a very useful metric, like for answering more specific questions, like: The SG3524 and LTC3780 are ICs used for making switchmode power supplies.  Which of these ICs is more modern? I.e which IC was introduced latest? It turns out, the answer to this question is: The SG3524 is older (introduced first).  The LTC3780 is younger (introduced second). The SG3524 was introduced (I am guessing) in 1977, and that guess is based on some cryptic scribbles in a data sheet for the SG3524, published by Texas Instruments(r). The exact characters were: "SLVS077D – APRIL 1977 – REVISED FEBRUARY 2003" and I am just naively interpreting that blurb to mean the SG3524 was introduced in 1977. Regarding the LTC3780, I think it was introduced some time in the 1990s.  Looking at its datasheet, from Linear Technology(r), I could not find an obvious description of what year it was first introduced, but the first page mentions some US Patent numbers, and looking up those patent numbers, gives dates circa the early 1990s. So the LTC3780 is the younger than the SG3524. However to find that answer, I kind of had to do a bunch of reading of datasheets, and US Patent numbers, and that method took a little bit of work. My question:  Is there an easier way to find out how old (or young) an IC is?  More specifically is there an existing resource on the Web, like a free database, or a IC history site, or something where I can essentially "look up" the year an IC was introduced. By the way there is no absolutely zero urgency attached to this question.  So please answer if you feel like it,  and don't if you don't. I thank you for reading this.  My name is Jack A Lopez, and I approve of this message.

Question by Jack A Lopez   |  last reply


Minimalist 2 wheeled robot with front, left, right sensors, and line following

I'm scouring the web for a tested design for a 2 wheeled (+caster) robot with an arduino and 3 sensors, left, right, forward and a line following sensor. Can anyone recommend a specific design (not a kit, but just a tested configuration?) Thanks!

Topic by pitosalas   |  last reply


Need help with making a CAD model, or interested person in a generator project

Greetings citizens of instructables, I want to make a power generator, but I want to make a CAD model, and analyze the thing in motion before I build it. It's based on a patent and it supposedly makes free energy....so if this turns you off then turn 360 degrees and moon-walk away. That being said, to keep it short and to the point, this is for proof of concept and will be used in a creative work for proof of concept.  It's not for profit.  I'm actually going to put my own money into building this thing, so, yeah, I just want to see it come to fruition; see if it will work. Design: http://www.google.com/patents/US20040130227 For amplifying instruction: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct;=j&q;=cose.edu%20centripetal%20generator&source;=web&cd;=1&cad;=rja&ved;=0CCoQFjAA&url;=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.cose.isu.edu%2F~hackmart%2Fsescentrifugal.pdf&ei;=bjbQUfCyLKaJiAKU1oCwCw&usg;=AFQjCNGf_p4U4ZcmmJg9s8aYQJYcuwOfLw&bvm;=bv.48572450,d.cGE (I also attached the PDF's below) If anyone is interested in working on this project with me because they genuinely think it's friggin awesome, or if you want to make a little money because you're a starving student (that's cool, I'm fine with that), or have any other constructive input to offer, then please hit me up or post below. Finally, if you're in question about how the machine works, then please post it here so I can clarify, it's actually pretty simple and the math is very simple as well. Thanks! Ian

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Is showing the user SQL error messages dangerous? Answered

If during error conditions your website shows a page full of SQL messages, does this put you at greater risk of an injection attack?

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Syracuse, NY Internet-Entrepreneurs

Seeking Internet-Entrepreneurs located in the Syracuse/Central Upstate NY area to participate in brief face-to-face research interview. Interested persons should contact setsuccess@email.phoenix.edu

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Web 2.0 Expo Ignite Talk: Budding engineers design, build, and share their rubberband-powered creations on Instructables

On Sunday, April 15th at the Web 2.0 Expo Ignite session, Christy gave a great 5-minute talk titled "K'Nex Guns: Open-Source Hardware on Instructables: Everyone wants open-source hardware, but how do we get there? A group of K'Nex gun-building kids has actually done it on Instructables; I'll explain how." It was fun, people liked it, and she was asked to give it again today during the Wednesday Keynote presentations of the Web 2.0 Expo.In light of tragic events at Virgina Tech, we wanted to reaffirm our message and ensure that no one mistakes it as glorifying violence. The community that has formed around rubberband-powered K'Nex guns is a positive community. They are using their energy to build, document, collaborate, and share their ideas. They help, support, and encourage each other. They innovate on each others designs, and are meticulous about sharing the credit. These are great qualities we respect and encourage. So, we ask you to look beyond the surface and past the rubberband-powered guns to what's beneath. The users' gun fascination will fade with age, but the underlying positive qualities instilled by this community will not. The skills they're building here are exactly those required for a successful engineer, and for a responsible, mature member of the innovation community. We're against violence, but for innovation and design and creativity.One of the chief reasons we started Instructables was because we saw a community growing and thriving around open-source designs for kitesurfing. The K'Nex community is very similar and grew organically, so we wanted to highlight it and share our insight into it. Check out the slides from Christy's talk, here in the attached PDF, and links to some of the things mentioned:The longer user-innovation talk that this talk is based on.KILLERK's K'NEX GUNtoulvus's Making 3d knex models using mlcadmepain's knex tripwire, huge knex crossbow, and XW30K 8-1/2 cm shot ShifleMost Innovative K'nex Gun Design Contestoodalumps's Knex Machine GunTrainman 2000's The VORTEXInnovative Knex Guns groupNo guns K'Nex groupThe K'Nex projects are impressive and inspiring, but Instructables is the platform for for a wide variety of great projects and ideas. Check out some of the other projects on our site: We have other great communities building around bikes, boat building, homemade gifts, micro-controllers, recipes, recycled materials, and many more. Join in, learn something, and share your knowledge with the community. Enjoy your time here on Instructables.Added: Thanks to Fumi Yamazaki for letting me link to her video, which includes a brief hello to her Japanese audience (taken at the end of the conference) then a little bit of my talk

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First image uploaded to web - subjects of photo splitting up (don't tell Kelseymh!)

From the BBC: An all-female doo-wop band whose image is believed to have been the first photo uploaded to the fledgling world wide web is to play its final gig. Les Horribles Cernettes take their swansong at the Hardronic Festival at the Cern laboratory in Geneva - the birthplace of the web. A picture of the women was uploaded to the web on 18 July, 1992, by web creator - and fan - Tim Berners-Lee. He wanted it to test out the version of the web he was working on at Cern. Press tornado The band was founded in 1990 by Michele de Gennaro who worked at Cern as a graphic designer. The Cernettes get their name from the initials of the giant particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, used at Cern to investigate fundamental physics. The group has won fame in scientific circles by performing at Cern social gatherings and physics conferences. The women sing classic 60s pop songs, as well as their own compositions such as Microwave Love, Collider and My Sweetheart is a Nobel Prize. The gig on 21 July at the annual Cern music festival will be their first performance for five years - and is billed as their last. Jim Halley, manager of the band, said there had been a huge upsurge of interest in the band because of the anniversary of the image being uploaded to the web. The band was even featured on the US talkshow hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, said Mr Halley. "This photo was one of those that changed the web, from a platform for physics documentation, to a media for our lives," [the band] said. Les Horribles Cernettes.

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motor driver circuit board?

Hi, i am just trying to build a motor driver circuit board (ardiuno sheild) like that are posted on the front  web site of "society  of robots" by using integrate circuit (L298). does any body knows where i can get that kind of design?

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I have seen 5 or 6 wooden bicycles out there on the web . How do they make those plywood wheels? Answered

I can make the rest of the wooden bicycle but, I really want to make some of those laminated wood wheels with the metal bicycle rims . A lot of the bicycles just use standard wire spoked wheels " it is a great design " but , 5 or 6 wooden bikes use plywood in place of the spokes . Anyone know how , it seems silly " well sillier " of me to reinvent the wheel if someone has a good design already . It's not about saving time or money I already have wheels I could use . I just think they look way cool . Thanks !

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Text Message Controlled Devices

For my school science fair, I am designing a circuit that will turn appliances on/off through their power cord by a text message. I am thinking of using the vibrating motor leads of an old phone to control it. Anyone who knows of a source on the Wide Wide World o' Web about such a circuit, or would like to help me design it (collaborate on an i'ble?), PM me or email me at westy158497@yahoo.com. Yes, I use the same name and password for everything!

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Autoplaying ads

The new site design is quite nice, though I didn't have any issue with the old site. However, I have a real big problem with one feature of the new site. The auto-playing advertising videos are annoying! Not only is this rude, but it violates the rules of web design 101. It's just bad form. Viewers should always have the choice whether to start media or not. It's particularly annoying when you're logged in as a paid Pro user. Please fix this and the new site will be great. Thanks!

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Website suggestions

Well I've been asked to do several sites recently while making my own. First come first serve (IMHO) and that would be my cadets squadron, the CO (commanding officer) gave me two weeks to make a site and i was wondering if anyone had any good design suggestions, at the minute the site has to be fully functional but content is not needed and I can't prototype to you for legal reasons either. My mums boss heard about my ability to churn out web pages fast (I did my entire I.T. project site overnight) so she wants me to design a web page for Voluntary Arts Ireland about projects we've done, and I'm already caught because I've payrolled since i did photogrphy work for them at ten quid an hour. This one hasn't even started yet and I was wondering if anyone had any nice ideas or thoughts for it. Oh and my own site will be fired up soon with a page of projects etc linked into instructables, giving me a chance to add more traffic to the site and hopefully drag in more instructableers...

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I want to build a really cheep light table

I want to build a good, cheap light table but all I'm finding on the web are instructions to build a light box. Light boxes are for taking pictures of objects. I don't want to take pictures. Light tables are for tracing stuff from an already existing image. Anybody can take a picture. I'm an artist/designer and I design and build stuff from random images. Does anyone out there know how to build a LIGHT TABLE? Gyrine 77

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Committed online DJs needed

New online radio station requires DJs I'm starting a new station called Black Box Radio. I am looking to bring together a regular set of DJs to have their own shows on the station. We are launching in the new year. I am also looking for a web designer or two as well as DJ managers and maybe a couple graphic designers Anyone want to to DJ for us? All styles are considered. Reply here and email tom-knox@hotmail.co.uk to get in touch Visit our partially built website. http://www.blackboxradio.co.uk/

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Recommendation for Contest: Accessibility and Assistive Technology

On behalf of Kiteman, NachoMahma, and myself, I would like to propose to the Instructables staff a contest theme of accessibility (in the sense of disability access, adaptive equipment and assistive technology, and the independent living movement). We'd like to see the contest include not just hardware (devices), but also software and online design (Web, PDF, etc.) which is fully accessible. Both specific designs and descriptions of the guidelines and tools to use should be included.For my own selfish benefit, I would like to have already published I'bles eligible for such a contest, but that's a policy decision for Instructables, not for me.

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What is the first thing you look at in a website?

I am redesigning my website (again) but this time I am doing it all myself. No Wordpress or phpBB involved this time!! And this year in my Computing class, I have learned a fair bit on contrast, hierarchy, and how to lay website elements out proportionally. Have a look at what I've made so far: http://geekify.geek.nz (all the links are dummies, and the navibar has a couple of bugs in it). However I want to find out what people first look at, when they visit a new website. Is it a big banner, bright colours, a logo, an annoying 10min Flash intro? For instance, what first catches your eye on this....design crime: http://www.havenworks.com/ ?

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Need coding to handle multiple relays with multiple touch sensor (TTP223), IR remote and from web for nodemcu ESP12E?

Hey friends! Can anyone help me in designing a switch board which can be operated with touch sensors (TTP223), IR Remote and also with web application (like android / ios app) or with http:// . Coding for the same is my basic requirement. Basically i am looking for the coding. The things which i am having with me : 1) 5v - 8 ch Relay, 2) TTP 223 Touch sensor (6 nos) 3) V1.0 NodeMcu LUA WiFi Networking ESP8266 Development Board and  4) DS3231 AT24C32 IIC Precision RTC Real Time Clock Memory Module any comments are welcome!!!

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What is the programming language best suited to make small programs?

Hi, I've been wanting to learn a programming language for a while now, but I can't decide what language to learn. I have some experience in html and css, but web design is not the kind of code I want to learn. I want to make small programs, just to help with every-day use. I am currently using windows at the moment, but I might be making a switch to linux in the near future. I have been looking into VB, Python and Ruby, but I don't know what Python and Ruby are good at. Making small programs or web development. If there are any other languages that you thing I should look at please feel free to post them.

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What is a good, cheap, 3D part modeling program? Answered

I need a program to design 3D parts, if I had a few thousands of dollars budget, I would of purchased Inventor or Solidworks but they are much too expensive. Searching the web I only found all kinds of open source programs that are not "professional" enough. I am looking for something cheaper than 100$. Anybody knows about one? Thanks.

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