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Posted by lolcat360 9 years ago

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

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

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

Winners of NVIDIA's Speak Visual Contest include 2 Instructables users

Computer modders take prizes in NVIDIA's Speak Visual Contest. The contest was open to computer modders and visual artists, but most of the winners are modders. The grand prize winner blows away the competition and deserves the powerhouse computer that its creator will get. (We met the Austin Modders at Maker Faire Austin - they had some great stuff on display.)Scroll down, all the way down, to see Instructables user whatsisface's entry that won him a couple books.UPDATE: Another Instructables user, nav.sparx, won a BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE graphics card. Nice! Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Does anyone know of a way to convert a visual basic project (vbp) to an executable file? Maybe a 3rd party compiler? P.S. Don't tell me to go to File>Make

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 10 years ago

Can anyone think of what can be done with a replacement iphone screen?

Can anyone think of what can be done with a replacement iphone screen? It is touch.  So something neat should be able to be created. What kind of visual display could be connected to it? thanks

Posted by gregd101 6 years ago

Arduino Bluetooth to Visual Forms

Hey folks I hav a problem: I am trying to make a GUI in visual forms which displays Data received from an Arduino via Arduino sent with a HC-06 Blutooth module, the data is a 10 cell integer array which should be displayed in 10 textboxes. my problem is how do I retrieve the data from the computer's bluetooth in Visual Forms/Studio. thank you for your help

Posted by Red-Fox 2 years ago

Arduino Bluetooth to Visual Forms

He folks I have a problem I am trying to send data with my arduino via a hc-06 bluetooth module to my pc and display the data with visal forms, my problem is how do I get the data into Visual studio/forms? the data is a 10 cell integer array wich should be displayed as 10 textboxes. or is there a better software to create a GUI thank you in advance

Posted by Red-Fox 2 years ago

Batch Coding

I need an interactive advanced batch and visual basic scripts course.

Posted by DarkShadowOrigin 6 months ago

The world needs ALL kinds of minds: dispelling the them versus us myth

Temple Grandin in a 20 minute speech on the Autistic Spectrum.  The need for a variety of input as well as output....rather then putting out. One can consider this as Self Hacking, if one wishes to incorporate a wider point of view. The video can be found here  

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago

Visual Studio Plug-in for Sony Clie

It's been many years, but when the Sony Clie was available I managed to get a Visual Studio plug-in for Clie development. Anyone have the plug-in? Link? Torrent? Anything? I'm trying to repurpose one.

Posted by Sovereignty 7 years ago

Starting a community to trade your old cables, electronic components or computer parts

Dear all, We are a small company located in Singapore and we are starting a community for the trading and reselling of your old and unwanted cables, electronic components or computer parts that are lying around your house. So help us do our part for mother earth by visiting the following link:-  http://sites.google.com/site/ventincrecables/green-ventincre As a start and due to the lack of funding, we will temporary use google group to host all advertisement postings. Hopefully, as we move along, more funding will start flowing in to enable us to utilize a better platform like tal.ki so that more people would be able to take part in this small project that we have. We will be really grateful if you can join this community by posting your advertisements and also, donating funds from time to time as these are crucial for the survival of this community. Our future plans would be to include the donation of computers and laptops to communities in developing countries, charities or schools. Do feel free to drop us an email at needitbadly@gmail.com should you have any queries or suggestions. Yours Sincerely, Ventincre!

Posted by needitbadly 8 years ago

A visual timer for kids

I would like help figuring out how to make this special type of clock.   I need some for my daughter, but don't want to shell out the $30 plus dollars for each one.   It is basically counting down time in a visual way for children who are too young to understand numbers counting down. I know there are computer based ones online, but it is not always convenient to have the computer on. Thanks for any help! Karl

Posted by karling 6 years ago

"Britain from Above's" beautiful visualizations of data

The new BBC series Britain From Above has some amazing graphic visualizations of data, including GPS, telephone exchange activity, etc. The patterns are quite organic and very beautiful... BBC story on Britain from Above

Posted by gmoon 10 years ago

A visual timer for kids

I would like help figuring out how to make this special type of clock . I need some for my daughter, but don't want to shell out the $30 plus dollars for each one. It is basically counting down time in a visual way for children who are too young to understand numbers counting down. I know there are computer based ones online, but it is not always convenient to have the computer on. Thanks for any help! Karl

Posted by karling 6 years ago

LED music visualizer

Hi folks! I just saw this great tutorial about the interactive LED table (https://www.instructables.com/id/Interactive-LED-table/). Can it be modded so that music (over an external program, of course) controls the LED's? If so I would be pleased when you can explain it to me. Thanks

Posted by bildderfrau 7 years ago

ben heck a/v selector, alternate chips

Hey guys, I am about to set out and create Ben Heck's A/V selector.  http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/13/how-to-make-a-solid-state-a-v-switcher/ He uses a bus switch, CBT3244A, Digi-Key part # 568-3619-5-ND (out of stock I believe).  While I could order a comparable bus switch, I have several lying around from hacking apart a kid's toy.  74hc374. I've looked at the datasheets and, I've never been very adept at understanding them, preferring the lazymans terms.  I understand that the original chip has 2 switches (to use for two separate a/v connections, or turning both on for a connection with more pins) while the chip I have has only one switch, allowing up to 8 channels to go through. What I'm confused about is the state of the "on" switch for the one I have, or maybe the clock.  From what I understand, they each need to be pulled LOW (connected to ground) in order for their respective inputs to flow through, can the clock, in my case, be ignored? For the arduino tags, I do plan to make this project remote controlled.  But I'm a serious beginner in this area.  Basically I plan to replicate this project for arduino.  http://www.tauntek.com/tinyir2-learning-ir-remote-control-receiver.htm  Would there be a point to that?  Or would it be simpler to just order the chip by itself already programmed.  I think that programmed tinyir2 PIC chip and arduino chips come out around the same price wise.  I have the other components lying around already.

Posted by stalledaction 6 years ago

The War Globe

Military Spending by Andrew Cooke is a neat quick project he created that presents the amount each country spends on their military in a nice globe. The idea is neat, but what's even better is the fact that he has all the source code and instructions on how to make something like this. If you're interested in data visualization, I suggest checking this out:Military Spending Data Visualization Example

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Does anyone know some cool things that i can do with vbscript i mean i tried to find some stuff on the net ansd i did but i want to learn more lol.

Posted by rickick 11 years ago

Visual map of the top 288,945 most visited websites.

I just found this absolutely astonishing piece by NMAP that visually shows the top 288,945 most visited websites on the web. Yes, I know what you are wondering, and instructables is on there. They included a search box, so you can find your favorite sites. Just make sure you put in a "www." and a ".com", otherwise the search won't work. Enjoy! Via Engadget Source NMAP

Posted by kcls 7 years ago

Speak Visual Contest - for computer modders and visual artists

MAKE has just announce a new contest it's running with NVIDIA called the Speak Visual Contest. This is perfect for computer modders since you can enter a PC mod, gamer station or PC hardware creation. Interestingly enough, it's also open to motion graphics and data visualization that uses a graphics card as well.Top prize is a Digital Storm PC with some killer specs that's worth over two grand. Five runners up will win the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE. Others will win copies of Building The Perfect PC 2nd Edition or Make Projects: Small Form Factor PCs from MAKE.Even cooler, one of the ways to enter is to submit an Instructable with "modificationstation" as a tag. Below is the full list of ways to enter.Flickr: tag your photos with "modificationstation" and also add it to the Make: Flickr photo pool.YouTube, Vimeo, blip.tv: tag your videos with "modificationstation".Submit your project link via the Make: Submit form.Instructables, tag your project with "modificationstation".You can also send links to your videos, photos or more to us via email. Speak Visual Contest

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Help for making an Arduino powered Nixie Bar music visualizer

Hello everyone! I would like to make a nixie bargraph music visualizer which is controlled using an arduino. The problem is i can find guides on making one without the arduino, or with the arduino but without the nixie bars. How do i combine these two together and what about the code?  Are there some kind people on this forum who will assist me accomplish this goal? :)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=___XwMbhV4k <- Arduino https://www.instructables.com/id/Nixie-Tube-Music-Visualizer/ <- Nixies

Posted by rasmussen105 1 year ago

Introducing the fastest, smartest and simplest way to code Arduino!

Hello Everyone! I would like to present a new website for coding Arduino: www.Cherpa.io This website allows users to code arduino online, but it has these cool new features: - Visualization: There's a dashboard where users can add visualization elements like a gauge, barmeter, graph to visualize data from arduino and controllers like buttons, sliders..to control the circuit and move servo motors for example. - Chatbot: A new chatbot is introduced to answer all electronics related questions. Its still new and learning every day. - Auto-complete for arduino. - You can upload and save your code online in your profile. Here is a video that demonstrates what im talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwTggv5V3Uw I would love to hear your thoughts, an any suggestions! Have a great day :D

Posted by IbrahimE16 9 months ago

Video Magnifier for my visually impaired daughter

I am in desperate need of the plans or any help in building a video magnifier for my daughter. The video magnifiers for sale are way outside my budget. They start around $1800. It would need to be able to be used through a tv or computer. Any help in this would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by The1pdub 10 years ago

Memorizing stuff easily

Memorizing Method This was originally going to be my first instructable but I figured it would be better off as a forum thingy. This is a method that can help you remember up to 10 items. I learned this from one of my teachers and find that it is quite effective. All you need for this is a brain, the names of 10 items, very little rhyming ability, and some imagination. Rhyming words that that you need to know... ONE rhymes with BUN TWO with TREE THREE with TREE FOUR with DOOR FIVE with HIVE SIX with STICKS SEVEN with HEAVEN EIGHT with GATE NINE with LINE TEN with HEN How do you apply these rhymes to remembering stuff you ask, here’s how. With an example... say the ten things you need to remember are, computer, a grenade, frog, cow, ninja, thumbtack, phone, cereal, Kansas, and CD. Computer is your #1 item and BUN rhymes with ONE, soooooo, picture a computer in a hamburger bun STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. A grenade is your #2 item, TWO rhymes with SHOE so picture a grenade in a shoe STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. THREE rhymes with TREE, so visualize a frog in a tree or a tree frog STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. FOUR rhymes with DOOR, word #4 is cow, so picture a cow stuck in a door or something like that, STOP! Visualize this image for a moment, and then move on. FIVE rhymes with HIVE, like a bee hive, so visualize a ninja fighting bees or something. Okay, #5 is the last ex. I am going to explain, you should be able to figure out your own images for the rest.

Posted by wingman246 11 years ago

Where to obtain parts?

So, I pulled this piece from an old back massager and I wish to build something special for a deaf friend. I have a couple more motors from old game controllers that I'll be scavenging too, but I need some more materials for the rest of the device. Anybody know where I can obtain the circuits and other parts to build a music visualizer (not arduino or anything requiring programming)? Preferably free or the very least free?

Posted by Strayokatoknight 2 years ago

vbs scripts

Does any one know vbs scripting if so comment cause I want to learn it. (please tell me codes)

Posted by animan1 9 years ago

How to make barcode using VB.NET

I need to make a barcode in my Visual Basic .NET projects? Is there any available solutions? Can you help me with code?

Posted by ellismadison275 6 years ago

Website problems?

Is anybody else having problems downloading PDFs? Some of the links just seem to be to the HTML page that is currently being viewed - maybe it's an experiment in visual positive feedback... Duncan

Posted by duncan_a 9 years ago

Instructables Podcast

I'd love to see U-Boat do an instructables podcast to go along with, or even as an audio/visual substitute for the weekly featured projects email. Even a slideshow of main steps photos with a voice-over would be awesome!

Posted by stasterisk 10 years ago

Artsy Graphic Equalizer

Here's a new way to visualize music. I never really understood the thrill of watching the bars light up and turn off in response to music, but this is much more entertaining. via Wooster Collective

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Building a sound reactive lightbus/module visualizer

Hello fellow instructables.com dwellers!!I am wanting to do a case mod with a window of frosted plexi glass and have LED lights behind it for show. I also want to be able to make them dance to music or whatever goes through my soundcard and cannot find a good instructable for this.What I understand is that you need a sound reactive module hooked up to your lights and have seen these things for sale on ebay, but no info on how to build my own.here are some links to videos who us this tech in lighting:LED visualizerexternal cold cathodsON A DS!!sunbeam lightbusmorelast oneSryy bout all those links : )So if anyone can help me find a DIY guide for something like any of these, or any info that will prevent me from having to buy one and have no idea how to mod it. Thanks to everyone who replies in advance, and wish me luck.

Posted by The Jesus Panda 10 years ago

Beeping Eggs for the Visually Impaired?

Hi everyone, this is my 1st post, - long time lurker :) Basicly, this is easter related somewhat, though I know late :p but I was reading a family friends blog that is about the process she is going thu of adopting a little boy who is visually impared... long story short, she found these eggs:           http://www.maxiaids.com/store/prodview.asp?idproduct=7880 that beep so they can be found.    problem is : their $18!!  each!   and I think thats alot, for a kid who just wants to have fun on easter. Anyways, could these not be made cheaper? I am not techno savy like many of you out there. I can craft with the best... but I dont know how i'd made these, and i'd love to for next easter when my friend has her new son :) any suggestions? thanks alot :) (i hope i posted this in the right section, and this hasnt been done already, i looked i promise!!)

Posted by GreenDee 7 years ago

Amazing Light Shows

Favorite light shows or props that are inspiring?  Lasers and LED's.... I just saw Squarepusher's latest "Dark Steering" and was impressed, and Pink Floyd's shows were awesome.  Any others?

Posted by CrLz 5 years ago

Sound Sensative LED

I wanted to make an LED board that I could wear on my shirt or hat that can sense bass sounds (like in and around 80Hz). I play House music, and it would be an awesome visual aspect, and wondered if someone had an instructable on it. Thanks

Posted by ColinMcNutt 11 years ago

Pro membership, but asks me to login when I try to download

I'm trying to download "Streaming Data Visualization : Plotly + Raspberry Pi".  When I select it, a login screen appears, but repeatedly returns to the login screen after I feel in the fields.

Posted by jd1941 4 years ago

Augmented Reality Magic

Check out this mix of augmented reality with old-fashioned magic for a cool combination. Augmented reality involves processing a video stream and adding extra visual effects to what is happening in real time. Very much worth a look. via Make blog

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Arduino Debugger Preview - 10 Beta Testers Required

The Visual Micro Arduino debug tools seemlessly combine simple debug features into the free Visual Studio plugin. The tools allow us to make use of the source code breakpoint features of Visual Studio. Please read and understand all of these documents if you are working on dangerous projects such as critical devices and/or moving machines. There are 15 draft documents available on visualmicro.com, this is a link to the first document Arduino Debugger Overview In the image below we can see a number of debug breakpoints, some are conditional. In the code, the old style debug messages are commented because they are no longer needed :) The debugger includes optional trace or break, jump to source, edit and continue. All Arduino variables or expressions can be included in breakpoint reporting. String messages are not stored on the Arduinio which allows long an informative messages to be created without using Arduino RAM and without need to alter source codes. The debug upgrade is expected to be free for educational use, $50 hobby use, $200 commercial use. 10 beta testers are required whom will each be provided with a free license. Please contact instructablesbeta@visualmicro.com Due for release June 2012

Posted by visualmicro 6 years ago

Punctured speaker dust cover (bubble)

I punctured the dust cover (the centermost part of the speaker that looks like half of a ball) of a Sonance Visual Performance VP65 speaker.  The puncture is about 1/4 inch in diameter and did not touch any of the internal parts. Can this be repaired?  Will it affect the performance of the speaker?

Posted by edieppa2 5 years ago

sewing basics

I probably know more about sewing as far as hands on, visual stuff, but lack vocabulary. As such, a verbal, or wordy description doesn't help me much. Is there a good site for novices to learn more? Or are there specific -ibles for those of us who don't know a ball point needle from an inseam?

Posted by Toga_Dan 5 years ago

what type of screen can i use as the monitor for an auto back up camera?

I have the camera , which is a nice unit that works at night. i know i could use my archos, since it has audio-visual inputs.

Posted by escapefromyonkers 7 years ago

robot motor question.

I would like to ask if what motor can you suggest so that our intended user can know that our robot is moving? our intended users are the visually impaired so our robot will help them to navigate. our robot is an obstacle detection robot thanks

Posted by bryan_caray 3 years ago

Pimp My Room

Here's the deal:I'm moving.I have no furniture.I have a lot of stuff to store.I have no room.I want my new room to be an awesome sanctuary for rest and creativity. Help!I need your ideas to make my room the most efficient, effective, awesome place it can be, trick it out with lighting, stereo and unusual effects.Ideas?UPDATEHere's some stuff that's begun to inspire me, if it helps you get a better idea of what I have in mind.LIGHTING:Under-bed LightingSun Jarambient light systemand I want to hang a bunch of these from globes or something:Jar of FirefliesART, ETC.Vinyl Wall Art[https://www.instructables.com/id/Audio-Visual-Art....FOTC-Style/ Audio-Visual Art]Poster Magnet Board

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago

I need some help please ^^

Hello everyone. i have one project to control the rotation 3 phase motor with visual C. But i don't know how to do that. anyone who know tell me how to do that please :)

Posted by pfromthailand 4 years ago


Well I was burning some disks and I just started wondering if anyone knew if when you burn CD's, does the reflection from them alter in any way? Would it change if it was just audio? Just visual? Text? Anyone know? I'm really looking forward to using some of the old CD's for an art project.

Posted by A good name 10 years ago

Scholarship Robot Proposal: Garden Bot

Right now, my wife and I have a small garden(5'x7' if that). We have had good success at growing tomatoes so far. None of them have started to ripening so this would be a good test environment. The main idea would be to come up with a way to have the robot pick the tomatoes. One idea is to have a camera positioned on the tomato plants. The camera relays the information to a PC that does the visual processing. The PC sends general coordinates to the robot and the robot picks the fruit (tomatoes are really fruit). if the visual processing is not feasibility in the time frame available. The robot could water the plants at a certain time and a variable amount of water per plant. I have a couple of arduinos that can be used to aid in the functionality of the robot. If the arduino zigbee unit comes out it would be cool to use that as well.

Posted by neuromancer2701 11 years ago

velleman 8055 pc to mains light

Hi all, I would like to know if any of you would like me to upload my plans on how to use the velleman 8055 board to switch on your mains lights? This is a simple example of how to automate your home from your own PC. The applications for this are endless as long as you can program in Visual Basic.

Posted by johnkj 11 years ago

Screen Panel Wall

Hi all, I would like to make a video panel that would take up a big portion of the wall in my house. I would like to output various visualization on to it, so it needs to be connected to a computer. Something similair to advertisment panels you see here and there; or store displays. What would be the cheapest way to achieve that? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Posted by AngriusCommius 2 years ago

Plastic Part Needed

I am looking for a plastic part and have searched all over the internet for it and cannot find it. To give you a visual of the part, its looks just like a plastic pizza box support but its height is about 6 to 8 inches. Has anyone seen anything similar to this description? Thank you for your responses. Chris

Posted by milkyway312 6 years ago

Spray On Clothing, fabric in a can?

Anybody have ideas for DIY spray on/paint on clothing/fabric along the lines of fabrican? Even a fabric that would be impossible to wash or even take off the model without destroying would be a cool start. It could be used for visualizing dress sculptures or something along those lines, at the very least.

Posted by wefoundamy 6 years ago

Scientists HELP!!! Ideas/Instructables for installation art celebrating chemistry, new elements, need models of atoms

I am heading a group of teens making ART to be installed in a park in Livermore, CA where the Lawerence Livermore National Lab has commissioned us to celebrate the discovery of the 116th element "Livermorium" - problem is, we artists need help VISUALIZING and making the esoteric idea of atoms into VISUALS that the lay person could enjoy and understand. We have a corner park. We need to make INTERACTIVE science displays that are hardy to the weather and to human touch. -- How to show (the latest ideas) of an atomic model for Livermorium?? -- How to explain/show what that element is for? -- How to display the dynamics of molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, etc. --what machines does a scientist use to discover new elements? Please reply with links to images, explain simply about the structure of atoms/molecules, IDEAS?

Posted by stinastar 6 years ago