Best way to start robotics.

Hello, So I'd like to start with robotics, but I don't really know where to start, just start with a project, or read things first? I don't want to buy all kinds of stuff or arduino while I can't use it, because I'm new with robotics.  Hope someone can help,  Thanks in advance!

Posted by Kolnorp 4 years ago

Start Rating!!!

A lot of people are complaining about the new Rating Sytem. Well, here's the thing, if you don't rate, these ratings won't become balanced, and they'll stay that way forever!Rating isn't hard, just choose how many stars an Ible or topic deserves!Even if its just a forum topic, rate it!It won't take your time! We need to get these ratings moving!If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago

How to start an instructable?

I am trying to start an instructable, and every time I try to publish it, it doesn't publish. Can anyone give me some help? Thanks

Posted by jtcrules 10 years ago

10 hp electric start motor

I just purchaced a 10hp briggs 4cyl electric start go kart motor and im needing help figuring out how to rewire the switch. (wires were cut) anybody know where i can find a wiring diagram for it or an instructable on wiring it? any help is appreciated thanks.

Posted by kdf.inc1969 5 years ago

Why isn't the Bikes and Wheels contest accepting entries?

It says the contest started yesterday. Why won't it take entries?

Posted by lime3D 5 years ago


I have tried searching and I am unable to find out how, so I am asking here. How do you start a guide? Please answer if you know how, it would be great.

Posted by McGyver2 7 years ago

Raspberry Pi

Hello everyone I wanted some suggestions from the users of raspberry pi on where to start after getting the raspberry pi. I've searched the web and found a lot of things, but they weren't exactly beginners friendly. I am upgrading from an Arduino to a Raspberry pi and the difference between them is enormous. Arduino seemed a lot more welcoming and easier compared to Raspberry pi. So do you guys have some tips or places to start from for me? Any help is appreciated. Thank You

Posted by robo10302 3 years ago

I'm new to Instructables. What are some good tools to have?

I got hooked to Istructables with things like the desktop trebuchet, the marshmallow shooter, the $10 dollar Mont Blanc pen, and the PVC bike repair stand. There is so much more I want to do on Instructables, but I don't have the tool capabilities to do so. Where is a good place to start in terms of what kind of tools I should get?

Posted by GoCubs252 9 years ago

Campfire lighting tricks?

I find myself with the task of lighting a camp fire, either dramatically, magically or mysteriously.  I know a couple of methods, but the campfire audience have seen them before. Anybody got any novel ideas for lighting a campfire at the sneaky pull of a cord, or throw of a hidden switch? (Yes, I know about wire wool and batteries...)

Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago

XP Start Menu Hover Change?

So I've been messing with some different visual styles for xp and noticed that none of them  changed the hover color in the start menu. To me it drags the themes appeal way down. Is there a way to change it from the default highlight: To something like this: While preserving my current theme setup? If so, How? -rx

Posted by Rockerx 8 years ago

Senior Research Project

Hello Everybody! I'm doing a research project about 3D printing and the effect it has on the way we make things. I've created a quick survey to get some general information about the maker perspective on the technology, and it would be awesome if I could get some responses. This is especially for those who use 3D printing regularly. Thanks in advance!  - basementhacker

Posted by basementhacker 3 years ago

Is there a good start program for 3D printing?

Hi, I don't have a 3D printed but I would like to post instructions on making something in 3D, does anyone know what program I can use to write the file in? I need to be able to write a file compatible with most 3D printers so users can download, plug in and use straight away. Thanks for the help in advance.

Posted by JM1999 3 years ago

sachs / ratary 30cc motorized bicycle hub converting to electric start

Hi i have looked for parts for this bike motor and have found a couple of importers as im an ozzy and found im gunna have to pay 125 for a pull start for it yet ive seen the mini motos have similar set ups and have easy start conversions and electic start converstions wich are much cheaper i also want an unrestricted cdi unit wich cost around the same could any1 tell me if there are any mini motos or thumptar parts ect that mite also fit as i no the 110cc thumptar motor was made from the design of the sachs motor for the 125 madass bike so there would have to be something to fit it besides these imported parts that cost an arm and a leg my bike is the 30cc ratary version .

Posted by jimmbay 6 years ago

Grounding Issue in DIY Circuit

Hello everyone, I'm having a bit of a problem getting my LM317 soft-start circuit to function properly. If you'll take a look at my schematic, I've built everything on the schematic up until the relays and diodes get involved (specifically where the output forks into two). In order to check that I soldered the board correctly, I hooked an LED up to where the fork would be to make sure the soft-start worked. Here's where things get funny: If the LED is connected to the rectifier's negative, the LED behaves as I expect it to, with a slow turn-on. However, if I keep the LED connected to the same positive point, but hook the led directly to ground, nothing happens. In fact, using a multimeter showed that no voltage would flow to ground from the positive, but that 14 volts were flowing between the same positive point and negative. I need voltage to flow to ground, this is a ground safety interlock for a welder I'm working on... does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for reading :)

Posted by reakter 6 years ago

i want to start and stop my line follower robot robot by blutooth

Please help me , i have no idea how to change it. i have line follower robot , and i want to operate my robot by blutooth , i want start and stop my line follower robot by blutooh ,my line follower robot code is //code is int rightmotor1=12; int leftmotor1=13; int rightmotor2=9; int leftmotor2=8; int sensorleft=5; int sensorcenter=6; int sensorright=7; int l1=1; int l2=1; int l3=1; int f1=0; int f2=0; int f3=0; ////////////////////////////////////// void setup() { pinMode(rightmotor1,OUTPUT); pinMode(leftmotor1,OUTPUT); pinMode(rightmotor2,OUTPUT); pinMode(leftmotor2,OUTPUT); pinMode(sensorleft,INPUT); pinMode(sensorcenter,INPUT); pinMode(sensorright,INPUT); } /////////////////////////////////////////////////// void loop() { l1=digitalRead(sensorleft); l2=digitalRead(sensorcenter); l3=digitalRead(sensorright); ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// if(l1==1&&l2;==1&&l3;==1)   //feedback when comes all sensor on white { l1=f1; l2=f2; l3=f3; } //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// if(l1==0&&l2;==1&&l3;==1||l1==0&&l2;==0&&l3;==1)   //left turn {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0); } else if(l1==1&&l2;==1&&l3;==0||l1==1&&l2;==0&&l3;==0)  //right turn {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0); } else if(l1==1&&l2;==0&&l3;==1)  //go forward straight {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0); } else if(l1==0&&l2;==0&&l3;==0) //stop {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0);   delay(2000);    digitalWrite(rightmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0);   } /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// f1=l1; f2=l2; f3=l3;        //memory variables //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// } , i want to keep all code in function and want to call in blutoooh code i want my robot start and stop by blutooth please help me my blutooth code is #include SoftwareSerial mySerial(10, 11); // RX, TX String state;// string to store incoming message from bluetooth int  LED = 5; // LED on pin 13 void setup() { mySerial.begin(9600); Serial.begin(9600); // serial communication to check the data on serial monitor    pinMode(LED, OUTPUT); mySerial.println("Welcome to the wonderful world of bluetooth communication");   delay(1000);   mySerial.println("Sending a '1' will turn on the LED, Sending a '0' will turn off the LED");   delay(1000);   mySerial.println("a '3' will flash the LED and a '4' will kick out a lot of data from the LDR"); } //-----------------------------------------------------------------------//  void loop() {   while (mySerial.available()){  //Check if there is an available byte to read   delay(10); //Delay added to make thing stable   char c =; //Conduct a serial read   state += c; //build the string- either "On" or "off"   }    if (state.length() > 0) {     Serial.println(state);   if(state == "turn on")   {     digitalWrite(5, HIGH);           }     else if(state == "turn off")   {     digitalWrite(5, LOW);      }      else if(state == "turn1 on")   {     digitalWrite(5, HIGH);           }     else if(state == "turn2 off")   {     digitalWrite(5, LOW);      }     state ="";}} //Reset the variable i am using arduino atmega2560 and blutooth hc 06 and using  l298n 3 sensor

Posted by ShaidK 2 years ago

soft start and speed control for single phase induction motor 1hp or less

hello i am oghenevwogaga izoma a diploma student i have been given a final year project of which i am to provide a speed control and also a soft start for a single phase induction motor No specifications given, i am to do the research on my own and come up with everything. please i need help and i am also running out of time. Motor specification not more than 1hp

Posted by oghenevwogaga 7 years ago

Getting started!

Hello everyone, I just found this site last night and lets just say that i didnt get to much sleep! A quick introduction about me. Im 24y old guy from sweden. I loved taking electronic stuff apart as a kid (not so much putting them back together) and i did some experementing in school but it soon faded. I then went on to become an electrician(house/construction installations) and have been working as one for 6 years now but never really went back into electronics. The last few years LED's has been getting big as the main lightsource in our homes but the comercial solutions aren't always satisfactory, hence my renewed interest in this. Only thing i've done outside of work is built some computers but never really modding. As if i didnt  have enough to do in my spare time i now wanna get into this, so i have a few questions on how to get started: - What basic tools do i need? Soldering kit, precision screwdrivers, multimeter......more? -What store is best for getting supplies/tools? Is it ebay or do you prefer a specific company? Any site that is better/worse to use living in sweden? Also should i stock up on basic components or just get what i need for my projects? -Is there any other communities that supplements this one? Any Swedish sites perhaps? -Anything else i should know before buying some stuff and starting? Right know im mostly focused on mods involving LED and lighting in general. Suggestions about that? Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section but i didnt really find any better place. I know this might not be as exciting as the other questions in here but all input is greatly appreciated!  TLDNR: What do i need to know/have to get started modding electronics? Cheers!

Posted by Allecc 5 years ago

Has anyone managed to run BOCHS on a PSP SLIM?

The PSP Port of bochs was apparently ported for 1.50 Firmware, and no other, Making incompatible with the modern 5XX Custom Firmware. Does anyone here have experience on this and have you gotten bochs to run and at least got past the BIOS loading part? The reason i am forced to use bochs is because it supports All os'es out there, According to my tests, bochs Should be able to Allocate up to 41.2 MB of RAM on a PSP SLIM, but i can't get bochs to start on my PSP. When i start it it gives me the traditional error(that means that it is only for firmware 1.50) So i installed LEDA It stands for something, supposedly it allows you to run most 1.50 firmware apps on 3++ Firmware. Now it starts, It slowly fades out, like perfect And then after a few seconds it exits, no error, what i suspect being wrong is a configuration file. So If anyone got it to run, At least to the Bios loading part, Keep me updated, and post a comment. Thanks ~ReCreate

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago

Geeetech voice recognition module how to import group 2??

Hi everyone i am using a geeetech voice recognition module for a project. i have read the manual and been able to train and import group 1. But when i train group 2 then try to import group 2, there is no response only group 1 is saved see AccessPort below. How to train group 1 and 2 and import both?????? i need 10 voice commands that is why i need those 2 groups. ================================================================= Common Mode START AGAIN START Different START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one Group1 finishi! START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one Group2 finishi! Group1 Imported!

Posted by keshavcanaye 1 year ago

Help! How to code this (START SWITCH)

Sir/Mam,    I have a problem on coding in my start button, when i pushed the start button, the process still working and need to finish its task given on the code then OFF, The Problem is: the problem is, when i pressed the start the button(ON), the process starts, but when i press the start button (OFF) , the Arduino finishes the entire code before it turns off. what i need is when i turn off the switch, the entire microcontroller(ARDUINO) is turn off, and when i start again the start button(ON), the process starts from the top.

Posted by Khel.Limbaro 3 years ago

Arduino contest started judging early

I was looking at the arduino contest yesterday and it said judging started on feb 3 but today (the 29th) the judging started. Why?

Posted by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago

Who started this group?

Hey, who started up nerfreeks. Can't find it anywhere.

Posted by Top Dog 10 years ago

Start Menu

Hi Everybody! Does anybody know how to remove the start menu? I want the screen completely free from everything except the wallpaper. Is it possible to totally remove the start menu?

Posted by Dancerboy 11 years ago

Cheap tools that will get you started.

This forum is to transfer ideas about what tools to use when getting started blacksmithing. Everybody has to start with some tools and the cheaper, the better.

Posted by Ferrite 11 years ago

Starting a project - How?

It's one thing to start a project when professors, supervisors, etc are pounding on you to get it done. But how do you manage to do all that alone? I have many ideas but they're just that - ideas. So how can I effectively start and finish one?

Posted by ebubeo 4 years ago

Getting started in microcontrollers

Does anyone know a website or book that can help me get started with microcontrollers without Arduino?

Posted by starwing123 9 years ago

starting a new instructable

It wont let me start a second instuctable when i already have one i am working on.

Posted by survivalman 6 years ago

Start Menu Contents and Programs

What are the usual things on your start menu? What is under All Programs?

Posted by puffyfluff 9 years ago

I want to start a collaboration but need help.

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

Posted by mg0930mg 9 years ago

Nice Little Speed Contest Starts Today

New speed contest to start later today. More details soon.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Getting Started

I'm looking to get started at wood-carving, and am wondering what I need to get to get started. What tools? and where to get them? What are good woods? What are good first-time projects? Thanks

Posted by sdfgeoff 6 years ago

Getting started in Tech. Any easy projects?

Hey all. I would love to start working with circuits more than I do (I know the basics of circuits, soldering, mostly practical knowledge). I would really like to start doing a lot more with building projects that really utilize circuitry. So my question is: What are some fun and easy projects that I can get started on? Appreciate any help :)

Posted by MainManLuke 7 years ago

How to get started in battle bots

I was wanting to start building a battlebot but im not sure where to start and how to design it so was wondering if you would help me and also can someone show me how to use pneumatics for a weapon.

Posted by taz2020 9 years ago

Getting Start with Pinoccio: Arduino Mesh Networking

Pinoccio is a brand new technology. I created a short video to help you get started. Hopefully you will be inspired by Pinoccio as I was and you will contribute to Pinoccio’s success. Slide deck for this video is available at -Frank

Posted by fcohen 4 years ago

How Do You Start Collections?

How do you start collections? I want to make a collection, but I can't see a button to start it. There isn't much more to say........

Posted by random_builder 1 year ago

Where to start?

Where did everyone start with modding and building of electronics? This stuff blows my mind away, and I wanted to start getting into building things, but there are instructables that basically say "have experience before attempting this project". Are you all electrical engineers or just hobbyists who worked with circuit boards for years and just know this stuff? Any fun begineer tech instructables or books to read about circuits or working with chips like Arduino? Thanks everyone, just trying to learn!

Posted by benallen18 7 years ago

Start by makin the M4A1

WE will start making the m4a1 so everybody is welcome to show their instructables to me. Notice:you must show me your instructables by messaging me or email me the instruction before u can post it in public

Posted by hiue 10 years ago

I am a pro member and today I started getting Ads in my drafts?

I am a pro member and today I started getting Ads in my drafts.

Posted by JRV31 3 years ago

Ready to start? Click here! text is broken on the Hack It! Challenge page.

On this page: The text that says: Ready to start? Click here! Links here: Which says: ERROR 400: No contest found! - Just thought someone should know.

Posted by danfolkes 6 years ago

I want to start a website, help and recommendations for web hosting, etc.?

I want to start a website, I want forums and maybe a chat. I want a pretty cheap website host (no higher than 7 dollars a month). Do you have any suggestions or help?

Posted by halzep 10 years ago

tools needed to get started ?

Hi there, i haven't made anything on this site yet. i'm wondering what are some good tools and supplies to get started with? anything that you come across in most projects (like a drill) ?

Posted by mrtunes 6 years ago

Where To Start For Making Games

Hi everybody, i want to start making video games but have no experience with computer programming i have worked with tools such as : FPS Creator (thegamecreators) Sandbox (Platinumarts)

Posted by A-R-G 5 years ago

How do I get started in electronics

Hi, I just entered ninth grade and just started to get a large interest in electronics. They don't really have any courses at my school on this subject which is rather frustrating, but I am joining the schools robotics team. I have read a few books on the subject and do have a pretty solid understanding of the basics. I read "Getting started in electronics" by Forrest Mims. So far my understanding has gone as far as learning the basics of logic gates but no farther. My question is where should I start.  Any suggestions or info on any resources would definately be helpful. Thanks

Posted by Jake4444 7 years ago

How do I make a soundboard that activates via a momentary switch?

Hi all, For an upcoming case mod project, I would like to make a soundboard that, when a momentary switch is activated, plays a pre-loaded sound. In this case, when a momentary key switch is turned, it will start the computer, and play the sound of an engine starting. It would be even better if I could add a delay, so it starts playing the sound of the starter motor in the engine, and then continue on to the engine starting as the PC starts, but it requires you to keep the key switch activated, so its just like starting a car. Does anyone know how I could go about this?

Posted by BodenM 6 years ago

Beginning Robotics-- Where Should I Start?

Hello, as you can tell from my profile, I have a passion for robots.  I'd like to have a career in developing artificial intelligence in particular, and I would like to start sharpening my skills now.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure where to start. I was wondering if someone could give me an idea where to start out, as well as if someone could provide a link to a C compiler (preferably free).  Thank you very much for any help.

Posted by StarscreamClone 4 years ago

Starting with Zigbee

Hello  I'm a newbie to Zigbee and wanted to work on some hobby projects with Zigbee. I know the basics of zigbee and have theoretical understanding about it! Kindly suggest me on few simple hobby project ideas  with Zigbee with Arduino to get started with. Thanks in advance

Posted by tk9999 7 years ago

How do a start writing an app?

Ok, so the ipad 2 looks like an instructables machine!  I saw another post that rumored an ible app is on the way, which is sweet. How do I start writing apps myself?

Posted by sarahfish 7 years ago

Starting your own religion

How many of you have fathomed about doing it? How far did you actually go with it?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago

Best of Instructables Craft Section Start Preview

Check out the start of the Craft section of [Best of Instructables Book with an introduction written by Randy.More previews coming soon!See the latest news about The Best of Instructables Volume 1 here.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

started school

Going to be an electrical engineer I like high voltage but here my latest experiment any body know a better way to make a capacitor

Posted by wiccakingkamui 5 years ago