Computer Drive Bay?

Hi all. I am looking to fill at least 2 of my 4 availible 5.26 inch drive bays in my "new" computer. I was thinking like maybe a fan comtroller... but thats a little boring for me. I want somthing really cool. I did consider a lcd... but its kind of expensive and well... just not... idk. I just dont really like that idea. I was thinking somthing lik a toaster. :D But really... i want something kool. i mean even somthing totally useless... I just wanna fill them. I did consider using 1/2/3 of them for resivours for a liquid cooling system... but thats a little hard 4 me rit now. I am on a budget. I already gotta pay lik 130-230 for a new mobo. But i still hav som monsy 2 spend on it. So, wat is the coolest 5.25 inch drive bay device u ever saw. I also have 2 3.5 inch ones for smaller things. Like floppy. :D In case ur wonderin, i hav a xion vantage case. I am usin lik 4 fans. 2 or 3 lite up. I will soon be adding cold cathodes. But anyway, u can see it in my forum topic that i will make once my pc is bak from shop. THANKS!

Question by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Help with neurofeedback device

Are you in the San Francisco bay area? Interested in neurofeedback? Experienced with building your own electronics projects? Willing to help someone with little experience? I'm on a very limited budget, but this is something I need. I have plans for an open source neurofeedback device that I wish to build. I don't have a lot of experience with electronics (mostly microcontroller projects using solderless breadboards). If I have to, I'll be doing this myself. I'm hoping to find someone who is interested in this and would be willing to help. Thank you

Topic by GlobalVillageIdiot 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Garage Bay 3D printer for large objects

Is anybody making a 3D printer that is made to fit in a single bay of a garage? Like something the size of a large SUV? Gigabot comes close, but it still smaller. For such a device, I'd like to make a modular head with a lot of potential interchangeable heads: 1. All the typical FDM 2. Milling for CNC type operation. 3. Laser for cutting 4. MIG welding head 5. Arm with gripper for auto-assembly 6. Scanner head 7. FDM using atypical materials, such as dry slurry epoxy (with microspheres or flocked cotton) Combine this with mobile robot arms to manage work pieces, and you're coming close to a complete fab lab.

Topic by GarrettH2 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Roomba mapping and quadriplegic assistive device

Hello,I am a high school student in the San Francisco bay area. After attending Maker fair this past weekend and talking to the instructables staff, i am going to take on one of your challenges and developing a roomba mapping platform, and much more. Because i am still a student, i don't have the funding to purchase my own roomba, so this is my application for the scholarship. I have attended many lectures that have been made by the Stanford DARPA team, i would like to take some of their ideas and apply it to the roomba platform. My roomba will be able to map it's surrounding, where it will then process that information, creating an optimum route. I will also utilize complete use of all the sensors that are provided so you can keep track of everything that is going on. Mapping will be one feature, there are plenty more. A nice control system for your roomba will be made so you can access everything you need to know about battery life, run time, dirt picked up, etc....in a nice GUI layout. RSS feed can also be sent to your laptop or cell phone so you know what exactly is happening with your roomba. And because this platform will be used very often to guard my precious projects, i will throw on a wi-fi video camera and control system. This will enable me to control the roomba over the internet to scout around and see what my dog is up to. The video feed will also be told to record one pass around the entire house, if anything abnormal appears (chair knocked over, loud nosies, etc.)I am also a member of this years Palo Alto High School Lemelson-MIT invent team. Our project is to create an assistive device for quadriplegics so that they can control their world using countless lase r activated household items. Our quadriplegics friend Henry Evans said that it would be amazing to be able to control a roomba that drives around and plays with his dog. I will make it my personal goal to create a platform which henry can use to control this roomba using the assistive technology our team is developing. (http://robotics.paly.net/)There are plenty of other things i would like to add on if i have the time. The main goal is to make the roomba map it's surroundings, and be controllable by our friend Henry.I have so many more ideas i would like to add on to this if i have the time, and i ensure you that i am very capable to complete these goals by the required time frame. I'm very excited to take on this project, and i believe that with your help i can really do something amazing here that can be appreciated by the entire robotic community.--Daniel FukubaPalo Alto High School

Topic by dfukuba 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Open source tracking solar concentrator is go.

Meant to update on this here a while back. For nearly two years now I've been developing the prototype for a solar energy device makeable from scrap and recycled materials, using very basic tools and skills. It's now working, details available here: http://solarflower.blogspot.com/ Facebook group here. This has been possible largely due to the awesome help and support I received through this site. Currently I'm back in New Zealand, preparing the first free workshop on the device's construction and use, taking place the three weekends after Easter at the Tui community, Golden Bay. Then back to Europe for the summer and tour this thing around. Animated tutorials will be available at www.solarflower.org as soon as I find a spare second to do them and finish the website. My God I'm busy.

Topic by SolarFlower_org 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


My favorites from the week of 2006-12-04

Ski BikeI'm a real sucker for winter weather contraptions, and this looks like a ton of fun.Pocket TripodI carry around one of those mini tripods on my camera bag, but this looks more useful because of the ability to wrap its legs around objects. I'm sure to make one.Typewriter Computer KeyboardAs someone who takes his keyboard and pointing devices perhaps a little too seriously, this makes me smile.Use firefox drag and drop extension to upload imagesThis will save you so much time and mouse clicks both on and off Instructables.Free Yacht Chapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.Who can get enough of the Free Yacht saga anyway? If you're in the Bay Area, come out for sail with us!

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago


Updating 1980s X Terminals? Answered

Okay, so I've been trying to solve this problem for quite a while now, and I've simply run out of ideas. In my father's optical store, all of the POS computers are X Terminals. They are all connected to a main server in the back. The server is connected to a device which is kinda like an ethernet hub - on its a box with 16 RJ-45 jacks, and a cable coming out of it which connects to the server's parallel port. Each of the jacks are connected to a small adapter cable (filter? crossover cable?) and that cable has an ethernet cable coming from it into a patch bay on the wall. I'm almost completely sure that the cable is *not* carrying a tc/ip signal, because the back of the hub-box-thing explains that each of the wires in the cat-5e cable are assigned to carry specific parallel port signals. So, I'm pretty sure we have a parallel connection running over cat-5e. Also, I'm pretty sure the server is running red hat Linux, which is running an x-11 emulator. Anyway, from the patch bay, all the signals continue through Ethernet cable until they reach the terminal. There, the cable is plugged into an RJ-45 to parallel adapter, which then plugs into one of the two parallel ports on the back of the terminal. What I'm trying to do is to replace all of those huge, old and ugly X terminals with newer computers and monitors. I've tried connecting the parallel connector on the adapter to various computers and trying a bazillion programs, but I can't seem to emulate an x-terminal. So, any ideas?

Question by aelias36 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


SEMICON West 2011, July 11-15, in San Francisco

For techies who live in the San Francisco Bay area or who will be visiting here July 11th through July 15th, you may want to check out this event.  Event Dates Exhibits:                              July 12–14, 2011 Events (co-located conferences, partner events):   July 11–15, 2011 Location Moscone Center 747 Howard Street San Francisco, California (Facility address provided for directional purposes only) Show Hours Tuesday, July 12                  10:00am–5:00pm Wednesday, July 13             10:00am–5:00pm Thursday, July 14                 10:00am–4:00pm Background Founded 1971 (2011: 41st year) SEMICON West is the flagship annual event for the global microelectronics industry. It is the premier event for the display of new products and technologies for microelectronics design and manufacturing, featuring technologies from across the microelectronics supply chain, from electronic design automation, to device fabrication (wafer processing), to final manufacturing (assembly, packaging, and test). More than semiconductors, SEMICON West is also showcase for emerging markets and technologies born from the microelectronics industry, including micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), photovoltaics (PV), flexible electronics and displays, nano-electronics, solid state lighting (LEDs), and related technologies. Major technologies served Semiconductors Photovoltaics/Solar Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) LEDs/Solid State Lighting Printed/Flexible Electronics Technology/product segments include Device Fabrication/Wafer Processing Equipment and Materials Deposition (CVD, PVD, ALD) Etch Ion implant Lithography Masks/reticles and mask-making equipment Chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) equipment and materials Silicon and non-silicon based wafers and substrates Process chemicals and gases Chemical handling systems Vacuum systems, components, and parts Robotic systems and components Valves, actuators, gear systems, and other components Factory automation systems, software, and components Assembly and packaging equipment and materials Wire bonding Bump/flip chip/wafer-level packaging Automated semiconductor test equipment (ATE) Test handlers Probe cards and test materials FOR MORE INFO GO TO: www.semiconwest.org

Topic by unclejoe 7 years ago


Disk boot error? Answered

Last night, I wanted some files off my laptop drive, so I stuck it in an external enclosure and plugged it into my desktop (whilst on). I then turned off the desktop without unplugging my laptop drive and turned it on again today, forgetting to unplug it. I have USB booting enabled, so it tried to boot from the laptop drive and as I was out of the room when it was booting, it entered the recovery partition as the hardware is incompatible. I have done this before, so I just turned off my computer, unplugged the drive, and restarted. Instead of booting from my primary internal drive, it got stuck on the post screen. It detected it, but wouldn't go any further. I then thought that it was still looking for the USB drive, so changed the boot order and removed usb boot, same problem. Removing my primary drive just returned the error "disk boot error, insert boot drive and press enter to continue", so I inserted the primary hard drive (I have it in a hot-swap bay, so it can easily be removed, although being my primary hard drive, not "hot"). After doing so, it kept returning a similar error. I then figured that it was still looking for my laptop drive as a primary boot device, so I cleared CMOS with the jumper and after setting it up again, disabling every other bootable interface except the sata port my primary drive is connected to, and it still just gets stuck on post. I have left it about 10 mins and still get the same problem. It is also hard to enter BIOS or any of the other utilities, as it waits until after post, so I have to either remove all drives or insert the laptop drive in it's enclosure. How can I get my desktop to boot from the primary hard drive again? Inserting the install disk is also hard, because I don't actually have a DVD drive yet, so I installed Windows 7 extended trial through a memory stick from my laptop with a disk drive. I have since deleted it off my memory stick, and my laptop is now in pieces hooked up to my monitor/keyboard/mouse instead of my desktop. It is on it's back and the hard drive bay is open in case I need it again. My BIOS is award with additional features on a Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 board. Both drives are Hitachi sata-II drives, one being 3.5" and one being 2.5".

Question by andy70707 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


[newsletter] Solar-Powered Graffiti, Deseed a Watermelon, Cheap Multitouch...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. May 8, 2008 Welcome back! We've moved! With the summer coming up and us needing a place to put all the interns we've moved across the bay from Alameda to San Francisco! Read all about it and see some moving pics here! The Photojojo Photo Month is over and the winners have been announced. See who won! Check out these cool Instructables! How to remove most of the seeds from a watermelon Use this clever cutting technique to maximize the tasty watermelon eating with a minimum of seed spitting. posted by cokecola on May 2, 2008 Add a Bluetooth adapter to your GPS device Want to use a Bluetooth headset to hear instructions while on a bike or motorcycle, without the hefty price? Then this $30 hack is for you. posted by Sudija on May 1, 2008 How to Make an Easy Inverted Planter Enjoy growing plants even if you don't have the room for flower beds or even small planters. posted by laminterious on May 6, 2008 USB Heater (or How to Upgrade Your Coffee Cup) Keep your cup o' joe warm with this quick and easy USB heater. posted by gb78 on May 5, 2008 Safety Penny Fakething All the danger of a Penny Farthing, with none of the authenticity. posted by Wobbly John on May 2, 2008 Green Science Fair! Share your best bike tips Show us your flowers! How to Make a Cheap Multitouch Pad Get a webcam and some scrap materials and you'll have a multitouch interface going in no time! posted by cerupcat on Apr 29, 2008 Solar Powered Light-Graffiti Projector Shine your message on the wall every day with a hacked solar garden light and a bright LED. posted by RDN1 on May 1, 2008 Spice Mister Supercharge any meal with a quick blast of capsaicin extract. Just be careful not to get any on yourself in the process, OK? posted by w1n5t0n on May 5, 2008 Basic Bike tricks and Skills Slides, wheelies, endos, bunnyhops, and more goofy names in this introduction to bike tricks. posted by killerjackalope on Apr 21, 2008 Glowing video tape USB hub Give an old VHS tape a new use by installing a USB hub and LEDs for a pleasantly glowing retro look. posted by HarryM on Apr 29, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Bad mice gone good

I originally posted this as a collaboration. Turns out it's better as a forum item, which may eventually evolve into a collaboration. I'll try to put up at least one image this weekend. Meanwhile, settle in for a bit of a read, and let me know what you think.. . . . . . . Ingredients:- About 2 dozen half dead or completely dead Apple USB mice, mostly black, some white, bundled and hung to age.- 8-10 Apple keyboards, some flavored with cola or hot chocolate, mostly black, some white.(Randofo may contribute more, we'll see what comes of this caper. See his keyboard hack.Optional additives:- Dead hard drives, also part of the job. I've been wanting to figure out how to hack the controllers and drive arms to make a sculpture that waves the arms vertically, in controllable ways. I don't know yet if this is a separate project or not.- Glue, solder, etc.- Other junk, hopefully minimal, unless it adds a whole new level to the project.StatusI gathered them by their USB connectors and hung them as sculpture, (photo coming soon) awaiting further inspiration.The ProjectFirst idea:Wire, (or rewire, in this case) the LEDs inside the mice, and make a decorative chandelier.Minimalist that I am, my first impulse is to leave the mice as original and intact as possible, while transforming an everyday object into something delightful and interesting.Current questions:- How to wire them all together, without making it a life's work?- Static or dynamic? Dimmable? Random "flickering/fading" like the new smarter Christmas lights, only more interesting?- Interactive? Respond to sound, temperature or other environmental changes? I like the idea of cause and effect resulting in some new information the observer can come away with, something that actually makes sense, rather than, "That's kind of interesting, but what for?"- Networkable?? So other Bad mice gone Good can influence behaviors?- Some sort of reference or action to the original intended function, i.e., input device, man-machine interface, 21st century worker harness, pixel pushing device, etc.- Hack a keyboard to control the mice? Force them to spell?? I like the idea of subverting/reversing the input/output direction.- use the reflective sensor in the mouse to provide input/output.- Influence Jonathan Ive and his brilliant staff at Apple to put some effective strain relief on all new mice!RulesAnd I use that term fairly loosely. Yet I find that good parameters, even if arbitrary (an affordable luxury with art and fooling around projects) help define the project, keep it manageable, and hence more likely to be completed. Sometimes it's just more fun too. I'll refrain from an essay on that for now. (hm, maybe an essay section would be good Instructables feature request?)- simple- can be made in 24 or fewer work hours.- cheap, with minimal non-salvaged parts.- repeatable, so others can create their own, in the fine, albeit young, Instructables tradition.- finished product is fun and delightful to most people, old or young, geek or non-geek.FeedbackPlease let me know what you think of this idea so far.New ideas, spinoffs, etc. are welcome. Please link or keyword all of them so we can see the connection between projects.Enough for now, I need to overhaul my resume so I can find a more interesting and creative job. SF Bay Area queries are encouraged!

Topic by Marcos 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


Steampunk Raygun, TV Remote Jammer, Ghoul Grabber...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Oct. 25, 2007 Welcome back! There is just a little over a week left for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! We know that you're working on your costumes, food, jack-o-lanterns, and scare gadgets now so don't forget to take pictures and write up a fantastic Instructable! Tomorrow we will have a special Halloween newsletter so don't be surprised when you get two e-mails from us this week. For now, check out these great Instructables! Matchsticks Cube (no glue) Make a sweet flammable box out of a few dozen matches. It's the coolest looking fire starter ever.posted by msolek on Oct 23, 2007 The Best Way to Start BBQ Coals If you have trouble starting coals for a BBQ, just grab a hair dryer, point it at the grill, and pull the trigger. No lighter fluid needed.posted by noahw on Oct 23, 2007 Raygun - Steampunk Defense When the air pirates are coming at you it's time to give pacifism a rest and get your weapons ready.posted by aintMichael on Oct 19, 2007 Win a free trip to Maker Faire 2008! DIY CD/DVD 5.25" Bay PC computer cooler Don't let your computer overheat. Use this handy case mod to keep things cool under pressure.posted by DIYSlacker on Oct 19, 2007 Nomad Furniture: A Folding Desk How to build a desk that can hide away when you don't need it.posted by Wade Tarzia on Oct 18, 2007 Ghoul Grabber Build a crawling ghoul that's activated by stepping on a mat. All for just a few dollars of parts.posted by guyfrom7up on Oct 20, 2007 TV Remote Jammer! Keep your roommates from changing the channel by jamming the infrared sensor.posted by Kipkay on Oct 22, 2007 The Laser Cutter Contest is Back! Portrait Gourds Grown in Molds Grow a gourd with your face on it, using this ancient technique from China.posted by TimAnderson on Oct 23, 2007 How to Make Edible Glowing UV Reactive JELLO Make the experience of eating JELLO even creepier with this glowing modification. posted by hairyconiption on Oct 22, 2007 Control real world devices with your PC Learn how to interface a PC and microcontroller. Sense the value of an analog input and control some servos. posted by Dr_Acula on Oct 22, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by lebowski 11 years ago