Noggin!

Have any of you watched Noggin? It's the channel with all the little kid shows. My favorites are: -Oobi -Wonder Pets -Oswald -Maggie and the Ferocious Beast -Franklin -Little Bear Thats "about it" I really like moose e moose and zee too.

Posted by CLASSIFIEDINFORMATION 10 years ago


Well, I thought it was amusing...

I was checking my email, and noticed this. I'm sure Goodhart will appreciate the humour...?

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Crazy contraption for your amusment

Thought  you might like Crazy contraption, music box thing , I got a giggle out of it http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/03/this-ludicrous-new-instrument-makes-music-with-2000-marbles/

Posted by liquidhandwash 2 years ago


Toilet-humour competition

Simple: download the blank image, upload with an amusing caption. The theme is "Famous people on the toilet", so the criteria are: someone we've heard of, and something amusing. Examples attached. Thanks to everyone who has contributed, this has gone very well so far. L

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


138 Years of Quirky Inventions

Amusing. www.popsci.com/gadgets/gallery/2010-05/archive-gallery-138-years-great-inventions

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


Alie and Georgia Present: The McNuggetini

It's quite amusing. A cocktail made from: Vodka A milkshake BBQ sauce A McNugget Also Bloody-bacon and cheese

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


How to Tell if a Webpage Sucks

Somewhat amusing: How to Tell if a Webpage Sucks.And yeah, we try not to suck. If we accidentally do you should tell us. :-)

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Not Anagrams

We're all familiar with anagrams?Rearranging the letters of a word phrase, or name to produce a new phrase, using all the original letters and only once each.For example* "Ripley's Believe it or Not" - "Lively enterprise. Boo it"Or anagrams of a former US PresidentHowever, more fun are not-anagramsFor example*Tony Blair - Lying hairdresser.Richard Branson - Lucifer chinned racketeer.Peter Stringfellow - Tangerine child catcher.Do you know of any amusing "not-anagrams"?Not-anagrams should sound like anagrams, they're not clever or amusing if they don't(Original idea from Viz comic / magazine, years ago)

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


Lookee-likee

I was amusing myself watching Filth Ritch and Catflap (1986), when I got a strange feeling of deja-vu.... Same hair-dresser? Look and decide (Rick Mayall in the blue shirt, Eric Wilhelm in the black)

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


Christmas stories

Merry christmas everybody! In the meantime, lets share some amusing christmas stories that you have had! anything from annoying relatives to dad having to use a chainsaw because he couldn't find the meat cleaver is fine!

Posted by The Jamalam 9 years ago


hi looking for info on custom buit coasters for sale\list of all knex rides

Hi all i am new to the bored so sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. i have 2 question first off any one know of any one who builds custom knex amusement rides any times from coasters,ferris wheels, any thing they come out with,if some one has there own design that fine. all so looking for a list of evry amusement park set\ride set knex evry came out with. if any one has info or does build custom sets. please contact me thank you david

Posted by toypark 9 years ago


Pedal-powered airship gets half way...

A French amateur pilot's attempt to be the first to cross the channel on a pedal-propelled airship has failed.Stephane Rousson, 39, from Nice, took off from Hythe on the Kent coast at about 0800 BST and was half-way to the French coast by 1300 BST.But he was hampered by a change in the wind direction and called off the trip 11 miles from Wissant in France.Mr Rousson said: "I'm not disappointed. I feel happy because it had nothing to do with any technical failure."During the challenge, Mr Rousson was suspended underneath the balloon envelope in a carbon fibre gondola, powering the two propellers with his feet using a bicycle-like contraption. The most amusing thing about the whole trip is the safety system:Just in case Rousson found himself flying irretrievably high, he hung an open penknife from the gondola framework, with the intention of popping the balloon and heading for a splashdown.Sorry, that's the second most amusing thing. The most amusing thing is the pilot's childhood inspiration - ET.BBC article

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Perfectly Plaid Serving Platter

Four frisky snowmen all decked out for fun are a merry middle on this pleasing plate, sized to hold tons of treats. An amusing way to add holiday magic to everything you eat! Porcelain.[url=http://www.giftforusa.com/product.asp?dept_id=1601&pfid;=37715]Click here[/url]

Posted by MARKE20 11 years ago


Anyone play Runescape? =3

Pretty much what the title said. Please don't tell me how its a bad game, that its just for kids, etc. If you dont have anything good to say, then dont say it. Anyways, if you play it and wanna join me and train skills and stuff inbox me on here :-) -Hiyadudez. Also, here is a picture for just pure amusement:

Posted by Hiyadudez 6 years ago


Instructables mentioned in Tree Lobsters! today

I read a few webcomics here and there.  One of my favorites is Tree Lobsters!, a four panel comic about arboreal crustaceans with a scientific and skeptical bent.   I was pleased this morning after I read today's comic, when I tapped the "Secret Message" button at the bottom of the page and found a brief but amusing reference to the site we all know and love.

Posted by depotdevoid 6 years ago


Crummy, Rainy Day

It's been windy and pouring rain all day, and there's nothing to do. I'm in DIY mode, and aready made Real Simple.com's doughnuts, Trebuchet's monkey bread, and an airsoft backup shotgun: https://www.instructables.com/id/Airsoft-Claymore/ Got anything I can do, or something to amuse me? BTW it snowed yesterday, it only snows up to three days a year before rain washes it away. My dog loves snow.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago


Jewelry - Salvaged Barbie Doll Parts

This is one of the more unique re-purposed jewelry ideas that I have seen.  At first I thought the faces and body parts were photos or maybe paintings.   However, the interesting and comical compositions are created using Barbie parts! The Plastic Body Series designed by Margaux Lange is a jewelry line that combines salvaged Barbie doll parts with sterling silver and pigmented resins. You actually HAVE to check out this link; I am so amused by this!

Posted by Carleyy 8 years ago


Draw Like Brian Ralph

Brian Ralph has some tips on how to draw a character? Who is Brian Ralph? I have no idea, but he put together an informative and amusing argument towards ditching those wooden dolls and the Marvel Way. In its place he recommends a looser style and more attention to shape and negative space.Worth a read even if you're still having problems getting your stick figures to look good. Draw like Brian Ralphvia Drawn!

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


How to Kill a Pleo (video)

Some amusing video of folks from the Sci-Fi network mildly abusing a Pleo. (This is the next toy from the people who brought you the Furby.)It's amazingly easy to kill off the little dinosaur, really. Thankfully you can always reboot.My favorite part was probably Stuart P. Bentley's comment:I can't believe you guys work for the Sci-Fi Channel and passed up the opportunity to choke a robot dinosaur while saying "IF THIS IS A CONSULAR SHIP, WHERE IS THE AMBASSADOR?"

Posted by canida 10 years ago


vibrating box needs led! (help me)

So after gaining inspiration from the bristle bot i made my own thing which is just a 9volt battery a switch and a motor, So far it has been really quite amusing. But I think it could use a little bit of improvement. First off would I need a resistor? And if i wanted to add an LED how would i find out what resistor to use. I got a pack of 20 random mixed ones off electric goldmine so i would want to attach one of those. Help!?

Posted by astrozombies138 10 years ago


'Hacking' old advertisement touchscreen from Avengers display

Can anyone give me some advise on how to go about using this for something more useful? It's a touchscreen micro-computer of sorts that has an SD card installed. On that card are several videos files that run automatically and upon touchscreen prompts. I'm thinking that it'd be nice to upload a video for the applicable season (think Halloween theme) and place it in my window so passers by can admire a scrolling video of something amusing. The SD card is a 4GB card and is only partially used (just over 3GB free)

Posted by ValleyWalker 1 year ago


Ninja

How cool are Ninja?A lot of people think just the word is cool, that Ninja are the ultimate (everything).A lot of people spend much time bickering over who are "real Ninja" or not.People also find Ninja films amusing (or even hilarious, myself included)And of course the "Official Ninja Website"Beyond people who think Ninja are totally awesome, I'd like to know what they've really done?WW2 - any involvement in the Pacific?Assassinations - anyone famous?Kicked-organised-crime-ass?Overthrown any governments?Killed anyone?Are the real Ninja subject to some conspiracy-outlook where "if you've heard about them they aren't real Ninja"?Anyone?

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


I'm sick

Does anyone have "good" excuses for sick-leave? Not for myself, but someone else in the building (or not as it happens to be, but she might be back in for a day this month...) So far I've got: Rabies Malaria Rickets Scurvy The Black Death Pendular-Plumbitis Lumber-Lung Plumber's crack Juggler's despair Achy-breaky-pelvis Post-traumatic alien-abduction disorder Electromagnetic hypersensitivity disorder Arbeit-macht-krank disorder Jogger's nipple Xbox-thumbs Lotto Letdown Bluntman-chronic fatigue syndrome prostate cancer necrotising fasciitis Death Millennium super-bug Happy Virus (The cartoon published in the free-paper amused me, and that's the only reason it's here)

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


Help needed to make a model spinning teacup ride

Hi can anyone help me I need to build 2 model amusement park rides, the first one a ferris wheel this has been sorted out however the second one is a spinning teacup ride which I have no idea where to start with it. I have looked on the internet for ideas but no such luck. The spinning teacup ride has to be built out of cardboard and recycable items, this ride needs to include a mechanism that is housed in the structure. Has anyone built a model like this. Where can I find some help with this. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need help Please!

Posted by dromedarius 2 years ago


Answers - it's not this bad...

I was doing a regular check of what coudal were linking and I found this. Spending a lot of time looking at Instructables Answers I'm both amused and interested, (and some other things...): www.yahooanswerfail.com/page/3/ E.g. ive heard a lot about this thing called autism. apparently it's like a special ability some people hav that makes you rly good at card games and stuff. how do i become autistic so i can win at casinos?! 31 - Do midgets have night vision? Posted in Pro because some questions are on the adult-side. It's scary in places, while mostly "sad". The point of this post is to remind those of us who look at Answers that it's pretty good around here. L

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


Night Photos of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch

Jonathan Haeber shot some inspiring night photos of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Haeber gained access to Neverland somehow and shot many beautiful photos which are available on Flickr.Apparently Jackson's 2,500 acre children-only amusement park was up for auction tomorrow due to a debt of $24 million that Jackson was carrying on the land. Luckily (?) it was announced yesterday that Jackson was going to be able to save the ranch from auction.What's this got to do with Instructables? It's easy to see from the photos that just about everything in the Neverland Ranch is custom made and tailored specifically for the needs of Jackson and the children. Such craftsmanship, so unique, so well executed - could Michael Jackson be the ultimate Maker?via Laughing Squid

Posted by noahw 10 years ago


Laser Beam Security, Amuse a Toddler, Aesthetic Life...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 6, 2008 Welcome back! See who won the prizes for Tool Tips Month! Enter your sweet paper airplane design to win a shirt in the Toss It! paper airplane speed contest! Coming Soon... We'll be in Austin on March 7-11 for SXSW Interactive. We'll be making LED Floaties at the PopSci party on March 9th and be checking out many other events. See our full schedule to see where we'll be and say hello! The winners for the Anti-Yo Worldwide Video Yoyo Contest will be announced tomorrow morning. Check out these cool instructables! Digital Camera Spectroscope This sweet and simple mod allows a slide to be mounted to most cell phones, turning them into digital spectrometers. posted by dorejc on Mar 3, 2008 Automatically remove songs from your iPod This handy trick only takes a minute to set up and lets you choose which songs you want to remove from your iPod while you're out and about. posted by getgreg on Mar 2, 2008 How to Amuse Toddlers Use these tips from a childcare provider to keep your toddler occupied in over 20 ways. posted by SteveGerber on Mar 5, 2008 How to peen a rivet Learn to peen a rivet and get one step closer to making that perfect suit of armor you've been dreaming about. posted by armourkris on Mar 2, 2008 How to Live an Aesthetic Life by Wearing, Eating, Traveling By, and Listening to Specific Colors Match a color to every day of the week! A guide to working at Instructables. posted by ewilhelm on Mar 3, 2008 Apple Floppy Amp Get back to the future when you install a powerful amp into an old, 5.25" old, floppy disk drive. posted by jeffkobi on Mar 1, 2008 Protect Your Home with Laser Beams! Here is an easy to make and powerful laser alarm system that can protect your entire home, indoors or out! posted by Kipkay on Mar 2, 2008 Add Color Effects to a B&W; Photo Use the free GIMP software to make parts of a photo pop out in color while the rest is black & white. posted by summit on Feb 20, 2008 Drill Press Lathe Turn a drill press into a lathe and get an intro to woodturning before shelling out the cash for a lathe. posted by Tool Using Animal on Feb 26, 2008 Improved Paper Wallet, Vinyl Style Has your paper wallet fallen apart or gotten soggy? Then maybe it's time to upgrade to this vinyl version for more durability and stability. posted by Demokr on Feb 27, 2008 Companion Cube Tissue box Make your own useful companion cube. This one won't protect you from explosions, but it will help your sniffles! posted by theslaminj on Mar 3, 2008 Make an iPod Video Projector Project video and pictures on a screen using your iPod, a mirror, a lens, and some scrap cardboard! posted by tanntraad on Feb 28, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


The Facepalm Award - What are your favorite comments and questions?

Every once in a while, I'll get a comment that makes my brain lock up on an Instructable or an Answer that I've posted. When I tell RavingWife about some of these, she accuses me of making them up, or at least embellishing for effect. This leads me to believe that others might find these amusing, and may also have funny comments of their own to contribute. In the spirit of fun, I hereby institute the Facepalm Award - to be given for comments posted on this site which unintentionally make us laugh, or at least stare in stunned disbelief. I'll kick it off with a couple of nominees of my own: 1) On a question asking for cheat codes for a video game, I answered: Wouldn't it be cool if there were a site out there dedicated to cheats and walkthroughs of video games? That would be AWESOME!!! The Nominee:      TheOriginalPoster (author) says:  hahaha very funny but i do not have that kind of time     Sure, because you're too busy doing important stuff like playing video games..... I don't know if I find this amusing because of the serious time management issues indicated by the response, or because the OP gave my snarky comment a Best Answer..... 2) This one has been flagged and deleted, so I'll have to paraphrase. It was a response on a thread which had absolutely nothing to do with sexuality, dating, relationships or anything in that vein. No double entendres, no sly puns, no wink-wink, nudge-nudge of any kind. My post on that thread was totally innocuous as well. The Nominee: HI I JUST SIGNED UP FOR THIS A LITTLE WHILE AGO IVE BEEN LOOKING AROUND- PRETTY COOL STUFF. ARE YOU BISEXUAL????? Uhhhh... what? So, do you have any nominees of your own? Post 'em so we can all have a chuckle. Nominees will not be officially judged by anyone. No points will be tallied, no winner will be selected, and any hypothetical winner which might have been selected would not have received any kind of prize anyway.

Posted by RavingMadStudios 8 years ago


Spontaneously-Combustible Flour?

Well, I know that if you put finely powdered stuff, like flour or sawdust, it has a chance that a spark will form and create a huge (and I am talking HUGE) fireball. Watch this video (those stupid kids): The above video amuses me: They state do not try this at home, but they apparently did. They obviously didn't know what they were doing, because if they had, they wouldn't have risked their friend (or at least severely burning him).Does anyone know the percentage chance that this will happen if, say, I took a cup of flour and use a shaker (or just a shaking motion) to spread it out into the air? If I wanted some flour to combust, would I be better off (not in health, in entertainment) to just use a match?Oh, and yeah, I am 13, but I am a bit more mature than other people I know that are my age. I'm glad they don't know about this site, because if they did, they would already be . (Seriously.)Thanks in advance!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago


Say hello to Debra, here of her own free will...

Debra's been frustratedly watching me float around 'ibles on my phone and computer for some time now and somehow instead of just hating me and instructables got interested and joined.  She's also my girlfriend, which means she's been subjected to my ible based ignorance quite a lot, but at least gets stuffed peppers out of it. Odd facts include that the sign on process will work on an iPod touch, you can't write topics on Android machines and only skyfire will load up the rich editor but will only write source, pages can be saved when building an 'ible. but that's it.   Basically I'm barely at the computer any more, being kind of mostly homeless so the rare occasions when I'm back are usually publishing 'ibles and doing serious computer things like getting amusing photos off the phone. 

Posted by killerjackalope 8 years ago


Instructable idea: cat stuff

Okay, so as you can see by the picture, some company has made these brainwave controlled cat ears. Needless to say, they are extremely amusing to see. My idea was to try and add onto that idea with a cat tail. I was thinking of using something to monitor, say, heart rate, and use some sort of microcontroller to run four servos linked through a super-simple spine robot. it would need some sort of secure backplane to support the base of the robot and the servo mechanism, as well as to hold the electronics. Or I guess you could try and make it brain controlled as well, although that would be more difficult. But for heart rate, perhaps as heart rate increased, the tail would start to move and twitch more? I would try and build it, but i have no experience with microcontrollers (or programming) and not enough spare money at this moment. So I am throwing this idea out there too whoever wants to make it (and probably make money on it.) Anyways, have fun.

Posted by Nyanman 6 years ago


Jargon ... it's not just for breakfast anymore

Here's the title and abstract of a preprint that was posted to arXiv yesterday. I have no certain idea of what it all mean, and I'm a practicing physicist! I just find the ratio of unintelligible jargon to English really amusing.Monopole and Topological Electron Dynamics in Adiabatic Spintronic and Graphene SystemsAuthors: S. G. Tan, M. B. A. Jalil, Takashi FujitaComments: 21 pagesSubjects: Quantum Physics (quant-ph)A unified theoretical treatment is presented to describe the physics of electron dynamics in semiconductor and graphene systems. Electron spin fast alignment with the Zeeman magnetic field (physical or effective) is treated as a form of adiabatic spin evolution which necessarily generates a monopole in magnetic space. One could transform this monopole into the physical and intuitive topological magnetic fields in the useful momentum (K) or real spaces (R). The physics of electron dynamics related to spin Hall, torque, oscillations and other technologically useful spinor effects can be inferred from the topological magnetic fields in spintronic, graphene and other SU(2) systems.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


Instructables Ate My Rant

I am very disappointed. I just spent 20 minutes typing up a perfectly good rant about how I was going to quit Instructables because my hastily put together  towel-and-paracord project didn't make the contest finals. It was a very good rant, complete with accusations of favoritism and contest rigging, slams at the other projects that did make the finals, thinly veiled insults at the judges and Instructables staff, and other fun stuff. All tongue-in-cheek, of course. It was intended as a preemptive strike directed toward those who will inevitably whine about the contest results in earnest, in the hopes that a little satirical hyperbole would illustrate the ridiculousness of such whining. It bothers me to see intelligent, rational people turn into five-year-olds when they don't get their way, and I was hoping to forestall some of that with a bit of humor. All for naught, unfortunately. When I went to post it, it went into the Great Bit Bucket in the Sky. I can only assume that Robot Was Not Amused. Now I shall go and compose a rant about how I'm quitting Instructables because my posts are being unfairly censored. ;-p

Posted by RavingMadStudios 8 years ago


sensors and servos

I am working on a piece where I need to hook up 7 servo motors to the arduino (each rotating at a different speed, some in one direction, others in the other) but basically an on/off with a motion sensor. I am using a full rotation servo. I amusing an infrared sensor but the servo is still moving (awkwardly and jerky) when not sensing motion, but then runs as normal.Here is the code I am using (right now, I am only at 1 servo – trying to get the sensor right first) : #include Servo myservo;int potPin = 0; //analog pin used to connect the sensor int ledPin = 9; //select pin for the servoint val = 0; //variable to read the value from the analog pin void setup(){   myservo.attach(9); //set up the servo as usual pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT); //variable to store the value coming from the sensor   Serial.begin(9600); //for watching the speeds in the serial monitor} void loop() { val = analogRead(potPin); // read the value from the sensor   val = map(val,0,600,0,255); if (val>80) digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH); //turn the ledPin on    else if (val<80) digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW); //turn the LedPin off   Serial.println(val); delay(10); } – any suggestions?

Posted by wwischer 7 years ago


My cat's favorite pianist ...

The other day, my cat, Comedy, discovered the cursor on my screen ... She found it quite amusing.Today, as she wanted to sit on my keyboard to have a better view of this moving white thing, I got the idea to show her some pictures of cats.She probably did not even recognize a cat ... instead, she was focusing on a little flash animation, on the same page.So, I got the idea to show her some videos. She found it interesting, but not that much.Then, I shown her Nora's video.In case you don't know who's Nora : she is a cat that plays piano.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ860P4iTaMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0zgQAp7EYwComedy has never been so captivated !I think she recognized it was a cat, because she was slowly approaching like for hunting, and she was waving her tail.Then, when the video ended, she started to look behind the screen ...Finally, she watched the second video with a lot of attention, like wondering what was doing this other cat, and she ended on my keyboard (again) trying to enter into the screen to join the pianist cat ...

Posted by chooseausername 10 years ago


We Can Has Gift(s)?

My Skills Include: Beer Making, Composting, Gardening, cooking (advanced novice), small projects that don't require advanced tools, some electronics, KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Projects,  heavy lifting, and wit. I'd Like to Make: Something for the novice beer brewer, something for a garden, or a little doodad to keep a kid amused. I'd Be Willing to Make This Size Gift: Any size I'd Be Willing to Receive A Smaller Or Larger Gift Than the One I Make: Absolutely! What I Like: Things powered by the sun, light up things, useful items for ZAKS (Zombie Apocalypse Kits for Survival), turtles (not a reference to that video, I really dig turtles) What I Don't Like: Brussels Sprouts, turquoise, Dean Koontz novels, Smirnoff Ice I Absolutely Shouldn't Have: Sugary stuff (borderline diabetic, trying to not be actual diabetic) Things I'd Love to Receive: Solar powered things, robots, garden stuff, ZAKS (see above) Would You Be Willing to Ship Internationally: Yes! Confirm Age: I am, sadly, almost 31 years old. Smashing Pumpkins wrote a song about the year I was born.

Posted by Sunkicked 8 years ago


The Dangers of Disney

I was trying to find out who was currently leading the US presidential polls, when I got distracted by an item on Freedom of Information. That led me to this article. Isn't the internet wonderful?Inhaling helium to produce an amusing squeaky voice (a favourite game for children in the United States and Europe) may not be the innocuous party trick it seems, according to emergency medicine physicians at the Wesley Center for Hyperbaric Medicine in Brisbane, Australia (Annals of Emergency Medicine 2000;35:300-3).Simon Mitchell and colleagues report the case of a previously healthy 27 year old man who inhaled helium and subsequently developed a stroke with transient blindness and radio-graphic evidence of cortical infarction. However, the man had inhaled the gas direct from a pressurised canister, whereas most children who perform the trick - to imitate the voice of Mickey Mouse - inhale the gas from helium filled balloons.The patient developed rigidity and lost consciousness within moments of inhaling the helium. On arrival at the emergency room 15 minutes later, he regained consciousness but was found to have complete visual loss and evidence of cortical infarction.PubMed ArticleI still haven't found out who's leading, though...

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Protecting Your Loved Ones from the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Protecting You From the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Protecting Your Loved Ones from the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Protecting You From the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Mobile Robo-Lamby for your Enjoyment and Pleasure

Sorry, I posted this as a response to the Contest announcement, but I guess I should have posted it as a new topic. This is my entry for the Scholarship contest.First of all, I think that this contest is a great idea, and I'm kind of thrilled that iRobot is encouraging enthusiast robotics like this.Anyway, my idea is this. I current have a (stationary) robot, which provides no other purpose than amusement. It is a stuffed animal with a servo to control its head, and motion sensors. It turns its head to "watch" people as they move around the room, creeping them out :)By utilizing an iRobot Create, I can make the robot mobile. Now, instead of sitting on the shelf where people know where it is, the robot can occasionally move around the room, finding a nice out of the way place by a wall or corner, and watch people moving around from there. :)I have some links to a previous version of my robot ("Lamby"), as well as some feature enhancements I started working on. If I were to make it mobile, I would have to use 802.11 instead of USB for connectivity back to a controlling PC (to support voice synthesis and recognition), or possibly bluetooth. The Roomba would get a full outfit in order to make it look more plush and less mechanical: http://www.myroombud.com/ . More details:http://www.2robots.com/2006/10/21/robosheep/http://www.2robots.com/2007/03/28/lamby-robot-upgrades-part-1-the-plan/

Posted by Robot Two 11 years ago


Help me make a bookcase door to a secret room

  Inappropriate Incomplete Spam Scooby-Doo movies became famous for it, spy movies have been known to have them, Batman had one, and yet... I used to live in Kansas, before I moved to Arizona, and while I was there I visited a place called Science City. It is basically an indoor amusement park with funky gizmos like a hologram of a fist sized diamond behind a painting, and a rocking chair that doubles as a power generator. But the thing that interested me most was a wall that revolved at the center, becoming a door that would lead to another room. I asked some of the employees about it, but it must be a trade secret since they all said they couldn't, or wouldn't tell me. One of them even denied the existence of such a wall! Ever since then, I have seen various recreations like this in spy and mystery movies. I think that this would be the coolest thing ever. You see, when you turn the wall around, one side is a fake bookcase, the other is a blank wall. It turns 180 degrees, then you have to turn it the other way. I want one of those in a cabin that my family is building up in the mountains. Since it would have to be custom built, I would need a very good idea of where to start. Anything in the way of advice, answers, or even speculations anyone could give me would be absolutely great. Sincerely Yours, Zelback1

Posted by zelback1 5 years ago


How to Make Your Tools, Gadgets and Appliances Last Forever

Check out Popular Mechanic's How to Make Your Tools, Gadgets and Appliances Last Forever, where I -- but mostly my grandfather's circular saw -- am mentioned.How many M.I.T. engineering Ph.D.s does it take to repair a dishwasher? In the case of a balky Maytag at Eric Wilhelm's house in Oakland, Calif., one doctorate sufficed. After a plastic wheel on the dishwasher's upper rack broke off of its assembly, Wilhelm faced a classic consumer conundrum. The same plastic part had broken and been replaced three times--and now the warranty had ended. Considering this history and Wilhelm's mounting frustration, repairing the 3-year-old appliance seemed marginally less logical than buying a new one.But discarding the machine didn't feel right to Wilhelm, who is the co-founder and CEO of Instructables.com, a website that details DIY projects, from simple repairs to elaborate, artsy computer mods. Armed with a drill, a vise and a spare stainless-steel bolt, Wilhelm repaired the wheel and got his rack rolling again--and it hasn't broken since. "From a purely monetary standpoint, it probably made no sense for me to spend an hour and a half fixing a plastic wheel on my dishwasher," he says. "But I got an intangible reward--a satisfied feeling that I fixed something and didn't replace it." Here's my Instructable on the dishwasher repair: Maytag Quiet Series 300 Dishwasher Wheel Repair Hack, and you'll probably be amused by my rockstar-esque photoshoot with the circular saw for this article.

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago


Harry Potter Challenge Winners

The Instructables Daily Prophet is happy to report that Voldemort is officially dead!The Ministry thanks Muggle DIY enthusiasts for contributing these projects to the war effort. Constant vigilance!First Prize: Page ViewsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and a dragon-engraved1 plaque with the Hogwarts Crest. Use Spells to Control Your Computer! by technick29First Prize: RatingsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and a dragon-engraved1 plaque with the Hogwarts Crest. Make an awesome Harry Potter wand from a sheet of paper and glue gun glue or A really magic Harry Potter wand for Lumos and Reveal Your Secrets charms by KaptinScarletRunners Up: RatingsWinners receive a robot t-shirt.Easy Harry Potter Scarf by keggo24Harry Potter: Make a Death Eater Mask! or Harry Potter: Henna a Dark Mark by grimsqueakerMake a Ministry of Magic memo (owl airplane) by shangrilarcadiaHalf Hour Harry Hat by RobyntheslugRandom Prize:Winner receives a robot t-shirt and a dragon-engraved1 plaque with the Hogwarts Crest. Harry Potter House Skirt by wolfybrieWinners, check your Instructables inboxes tomorrow- I'll send prize claim information via private message!KaptinScarlet and grimsqueaker each had two projects that fell in successive rank order, so I've listed them both for completeness. They only get one prize, so the additional projects are just listed for your amusement. Do you have a suggestion for the next speed contest? Tell me all about it here. 1 where dragon = laser. What will those Muggles think up next?

Posted by canida 11 years ago


GPS route optimizer

My type-A personality never lets me stop trying to optimize everything in my life. Recently, I’ve started taking data on my commute to work: time of departure and time of arrival versus a number of different routes. This is endlessly amusing to houseguests, and a point of constant annoyance to Christy (who typically records the data while I drive; I record it myself when I bike to work). The result of all this data would be a 2-D color map that could give me an estimate of the shortest route depending on the time I was leaving. However, on further thought, I realized such a chart would only tell me about routes I already knew and would be very sensitive to my route ordering. For example, if there are three ways to get to work, how do I order them? By length? By number of turns? By my perceived annoyance of that particular route? I then got to thinking of taking time measurements between each possible node in a route. Those segments could then be built into routes I’ve never explored before. You can just imagine the look Christy gave me when I suggested this. Clearly, this is best done by a computer. So the question: has anyone seen anything like this, or a GPS unit hackable enough to permit this without carrying a laptop as well (I’d like to do this on bike, too)? Wouldn’t the final version of this be sweet?! You tell it where you’re going, and based on past experience, the time of day, and real-time traffic data it suggests the optimal route. (I’ve seen GPS + real-time traffic, but my guess is that traffic data isn’t nearly as useful as past experience data.) To everyone that can relax while commuting and not worry about 16 versus 17 minutes: I envy you.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


A Moral Quandry About Posting - Advice Sought

Hi all, I'm having a bit of a dilemma regarding an Instructable for April Fool's Day. I was considering posting an idea I had for pulling the classic schoolboy Flaming-Bag-Of-Poo-On-The-Doorstep prank, only at great distances. It's a thought I had several years ago when a colleague was irritating me, and I thought "I'd really like to leave a flaming bag of poo on his porch. Too bad he lives 2000 miles away." Obviously, this is not something that I would actually do. It's intended as an amusing article about the theory of the thing, not something to make in real life and use. Mailing combustible materials is illegal and dangerous, potentially lethal, prosecutable under terror laws, and just generally a bad idea all 'round. Also, the mechanism of the thing could be easily repurposed to initiate a much more dangerous payload than a paper bag full of poo. Honestly, the device is pretty much a mail bomb with a joke payload. My major concerns are 1) there are people out there who would be dumb enough to build it and prank someone, thinking they could do it safely; 2) there are people out there who are malicious enough to build it and use it for intentionally destructive purposes; 3) The mere presence of the article on the site could potentially attract government scrutiny, and if someone actually were to get injured by such a device built from plans found on this site.... On the other hand, Kiteman's 0th. I have considered redesigning it so that the payload involves something innocuous, like a spring-loaded confetti launcher or a recorded message, but the humor of the thing really depends upon the absurdity of mailing someone a flaming bag of poo. Mailing someone a sound bite that says "YOU SUCK" just doesn't have the same impact. Plus, it costs more to make. Poo is free. Anyway, what do my esteemed colleagues think? Am I being overly cautious, or am I right in just shelving the whole thing?

Posted by RavingMadStudios 8 years ago


Jayefuu as Instructables' Artist in Residence

Thursday saw the end of two of the most fun filled months of my life. Since the beginning of February I've been an artist in residence at Instructables' office in San Francisco. First impressions? The office was unlike any I'd ever visited or heard of. An open plan 2nd floor office above a deli and a night club on 2nd street, Instructables' headquarters is home to a team of 25 young and enthusiastic staff. It's not like your average software company either, no desk is the same and each is covered in or surrounded by a mix of complete and incomplete projects, or is in itself a project. Those above mentioned staff are all friendly. The office has the same tight knit community feeling that I have felt part of as a non-staff member using the site. As an artist in residence I was given no direction other than to be creative and pursue and finish projects that interested me. The environment was hugely beneficial as a maker. At home I feel that I have to explain why I want to make something. “But you can buy that!” I am often told. At Instructables I was surrounded by people who understand that making is a passion, that it's important and ideas quickly develop and grow as enthusiastic friends chime in with over the top but all too often adopted suggestions to improve projects in progress or create new projects. There doesn't need to be a reason to create something to amuse, educate or just show off. While in residence I worked on a bubble machine, a giant chess set to play in Eric and Christy's kitchen, an improved laser cut jenga pistol, a cupcake decorating stencil, several educational instructables as well as writing Perl to simplify several tedious admin tasks performed by the editors. My most used tool was the laser cutter. If I had to choose a favourite new skill that I learned, I'd be hard pressed to choose between the skills I developed with a DSLR and lighting, and how to drive a forklift. The best piece of insider information I picked up.... I know who the next artist in residence will be! Given a chance, I'll definitely be back. I love the staff, I love the city and the nearby climbing is exceptional! James

Posted by Jayefuu 6 years ago


Giftie Bits Questionnaire

My skills include: * Sewing; including embroidery, quilting, & a bit of fabric painting; * Cooking, baking, & some canning; * Gardening, especially container gardening; * Composting in worm bins (including making the bins); * Most kinds of science-ey stuff (except for electronics); * Some technical drawing skills, both CAD and pencil-&-paper; * Some wood-, plastic- or metalworking, using mostly just simple hand tools; * Lots of artsy-craftsy type stuff. What I'd like to make for someone: A custom messenger bag (or some other fabric accessory)? Super-special cookies or other mailable food item? Maybe a simple hand-bound book? ...You name it; and - as long as it doesn't call for soldering skills or a serious workshop set-up - I'll probably try it. :) I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply):  Small, Medium or Large. I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: I'd rather exchange same-sized gift packages. What I like: Almost anything that's purple. Scrolling vine patterns. Ethnic and/or Folk art. Stuff based on Asian, especially Japanese, art & traditions. Geeky science & geeky sci-fi stuff. Coffee. Useful gadgets and gizmos. Containers & stuff for keeping other stuff in. What I don't like: Things that aren't useful, amusing, or aesthetically pleasing. Things made out of trash solely to keep said trash of the waste stream. It's just my own personal preference, but steampunk doesn't really float my boat. Goth doesn't either. And don't tell Robot, but yellow and orange just aren't my favorite colors. I absolutely can't have (due to allergies, pets, etc): Anything involving latex rubber (I'm *way* allergic). Type of thing I'd love to receive: Maybe something electronic-ey, since that's not one of my skills. Or else   Almost anything. :) Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Definitely - that would be so cool. Confirm that you are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I am way the heck over 18 years old. (But my mother still generally approves of me. :)

Posted by Gorfram 8 years ago


Light Sensitive Chicken Coop Door

Hi, I recently started keeping my own chickens and have really enjoyed the whole experience. The chickens were all really friendly and provided hours of amusement. Until a few weeks ago I had 4 of our feather friends in a nice Coop. That was fine until one night, for the first time ever, we forgot to close the door to the coop. Unfortunatley the fantastic Mr Fox must have been casing the joint for some time and siezed his opportunity. Three of the chickens were nowhere to be seen, the fourth lay dead under our rhubarb. So why am I telling you all this sad tale? well, I have stumbled accross a solution to this ever happening again. On Ebay I can purchase a 'VSB Automatic door opener', but it'll cost about £100. This is also not ideal as by current door for the coop opens horizontally not vertically, which would mean replacing the door. I'm also concerned that the light unit will be underneath a roof with this design, so it may close prematurely, leaving the chickens trapped in the yard. I'd like to have a go at making my own automatic closer for the coop, possibly solar powered (with a rechargeable battery) that could be mounted to the side of the coop. I don't mind adapting the door to make a vertical opener, if that makes the project easier. The specs for the bought units are: Compact geared motor with steel gears ensuring extremely long life. Battery life now 3 to 4 years with an HS sliding gate or 2 years with a 1.5-kg sliding gate featuring a 50-cm lift. Dorkeeper operates considerably more quietly now. Thanks to 40-kg breaking strength, the rope can hardly break any more. Electronic shutdown of motor within one second when the sliding gate is blocked.Once the blockage is removed, the sliding gate will be opened within three minutes. The strain on the batteries is virtually negligible. Tensile force: 200 g to to 3 kg, with idler UR on the sliding gate (pulley) 6 kg. Does anyone have an ideas how to make something suitable/similar? I have included photo's of the coop showin the current method for closing (Metal foding arm)

Posted by Nemesis201077 9 years ago