rock climbing

Do any of you guys like to rock climb?

Posted by qwerty29 9 years ago


Is this the place to publish my new project ? GECKO Climbing robot !

Hi Have a look at my new project https://www.instructables.com/id/Gecko-Magnetic-wall-climbing-robot/

Posted by wavegm 5 years ago


Is electroadhesion possible to achieve as a diy project?

I want to build a robot that can climb walls. It needs to move quietly because I want to use it for surveillance. I need to figure out how I will get it to stick to a smooth wall. I don't wanna use suctions cups cause I think they would be too noisy. Would eletroadhesion(see link below) be possible for me to do as a diy project? If you have any other ideas for how I can get my robot to stick to a wall, that would be awesome. http://deviceguru.com/robot-climbs-walls-electrostatically/

Posted by mastr924 6 years ago


Can paracord hold a 103 lbs boy

 im 103 lbs. and i want to know if some really thin paracord can support my weight!!                       -M

Posted by GianniMora 8 years ago


Trying to make a table-mounted hot knife for rope cutting

I'm wanting to build a mountable hot knife for cutting climbing rope, similar to the ones at http://www.wirecare.com/hot-knives.asp and  http://www.rocknrescue.com/acatalog/Table-Hot-Knife.html, using a method similar to flywoodkb's https://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-wire-foam-cutter/. How should I go about keeping the "prongs" coming out of the box from electrocuting me/causing a short? I'm hoping to use a jigsaw blade for the blade part.Also, I have a handful of transformers from disassembling some electronics. Is there a way to tell what voltage and amperage they are?  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by The Insomniac 6 years ago



Please join the Climbing Club.

Alone. So alone.

Posted by randofo 11 years ago


Are you brave enough to climb a transmitter tower?

How many of you are willing to climb to a transmitter tower? Are you brave enough? Watch the video and share your thoughts.

Posted by blkhawk 5 years ago


USMC Vertical Marathon - 24th April 2010 - UPDATED - we did it

This may be of interest to some of you that climb and walk or love being outdoors. I'm a member of the University of Surrey Mountaineering Club. On April 24th we are planning to have our second ever Vertical Marathon, a charity event during which between 30-50 of us we will attempt to climb just over 26 miles.... UP! The event will be held at the newly opened Surrey Sports Park climbing wall where we will each have to climb about 80 of the 10m routes. We are raising money for the Mountain Rescue Council (MRC). In 2007 we raised £3995. This year we're aiming to hit £5000. The MRC was chosen because of the Club’s regular trips to mountainous areas and the USMC's recognition of the vital role fulfilled by the Mountain Rescue teams. It is hoped that the Vertical Marathon 2010 and similar challenges will encourage newcomers to the sport, raise awareness for the Mountain Rescue Council involved and put a smile on people’s faces. The MRC do a LOT of great work with very little funds, and not just for climbers. If you'd like to sponsor us, our just giving page is here. If you'd like to read a little more about how the money would be spent first, here is the MRC's page on how donations are spent. Thanks. Wish me/us luck!

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago


Updated Instructable

I've added a step to my Climbing Zoidberg instructable - a climbing heart, just in time for Valentines!

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago


How to climb a 1,768 foot tower

Those tall transmission towers need maintenance which means that someone has to get up there to do the work. This video shows just how that's done. Full-screen view is highly recommended.

Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago


Bag made out of climbing rope

Hey guys,  I've decided to start a challenging weaving project. I have about 6 60 meter retried climbing ropes. I had originally planned to make some rugs out of them, but changed my plans. Right now I am trying to learn some weaving and plan to use the rope to make some sort of backpack for climbing gear. I have a 20 meter rope that I have taken the core out of and the sheething alone works great. Any good guides out there on weaving a bag, or what types of weaves would be good for this, maybe guides from para cord

Posted by wvangelderen 5 years ago


39% and climbing - renewable resources in Portugal.

In the UK, less than 5% of our electricity comes from "green", renewable resources.In Portugal, they generate 39% of their power with renewables, and that is set to climb.These red "snakes" - the Pelamis wave-power system - are built in the UK (but guess which government hasn't invested in them?), and Portugal is also investing heavily in wind, solar and hydro-electricity.Link to photo storyIf one of the poorest countries in Europe can manage this, why can't the rest of us?

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Kid climbs walls with vacuum cleaners

A boy in the UK uses a couple of vacuum cleaners to climb walls like Spiderman. It's an amazing thing for a 13 year-old to do and... wait a second. This is just a copy of something that was demonstrated on TV in the UK well before this. So let's start over. A boy in the UK shows that you can get some media attention for doing a recreation of something that's already been established as amazing, even in the same country. Pretty shameless. Spiderlad via Inhabitat

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


English Spiderman climbs walls with vacuum cleaner

Jem Stansfield is a great guy. He cobbles together a Spiderman suit with some vacuum cleaners and climbs the outsides of buildings with it. That's just awesome. From the article: "I hope activities like this teach children that if you understand the world around you, you can make it work for you," he said. "Normal boring day-to-day objects can do exciting things for you." This dude is my new hero. And it gets better. His future plans involve driving a car powered by coffee beans. He's like an alternate universe version of Tim Anderson. The first video covers the making of the gloves and the second is a climb up the outside of a building. Link via gizmodo

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Boulders rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boulders rule... i made a group... maybe you like climbing on them... boulders rule...

Posted by AnarchistAsian 9 years ago


Toddler Climbable Thingie

Hi! I'm looking for something my little boy could climb up and over. I'm not sure what to call it so I don't know what to search for, lol.  He's 15 months old and trying to climb up on chairs and tables and everything. I just want to make/buy him something safe to play with. Thanks!

Posted by Realedazed 6 years ago


DIY Helium Flying Saucer floated away with 6 YO Boy

OCT 15th 2009 Noon PST A CO boy climbed into a Helium filled Flying Saucer shaped balloon his Dad made. The 6 YO climbed in and released the balloon. It left Fort Collins CO and is flying East across CO.  9NEWS.com is covering live.

Posted by SFHandyman 8 years ago


using Router on Plywood !

Tearout is an issue when running a router on plywood, but I tried something new. Instead of a conventional cut, I did a climb cut, and tearout was pretty minimal.

Posted by Toga_Dan 2 years ago


Goals: What are they?

Everyone has them! What are they? Type your goals that you hope to achieve. They can be short-term or long-term. And if you already reached it, how do you feel and how was the climb.

Posted by bdcoco 10 years ago


wackos around the world

I always wanted to see a wacko do stupid ass crap like be spider man and climb a 50 story building or something like that post videos and all info u dudes ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by bommber man 10 years ago


Glen Martin antenna lift system rides on tracks up the side of 45G tower for wireless internet antennas, brings them to the ground to work on them

Its a real cool system that will lift your antennas up and down the side of 45G tower sections so you don't have to climb it all the time to service or change out your antennas. No more climbing once this system is installed. There is enough track to go up 90ft. Its all aluminum and stainless material with some of the cart galvinized. Its all heavy duty and it was built by Glen Martin tower company. I used it a little for my ham radio antennas. Im out of Ham Radio and so Im selling it. Its would be a great thing to use for your internet wirless antenna station. $1900 for all of it.

Posted by videorov 5 years ago


Wheelchair Stair Climber

Hi.  After a really bad car accident, my best friend is paralyzed from the waist down.  He's confined to a wheelchair.  He's also a big guy, 6'4 250lbs, and his house has a flight of stairs.  He uses a service to take him to appointments, and they send two guys to carry him down, and then up, but it's extremely expensive.  I googled wheelchair stair climbers, and there are a couple, but they are also really expensive and huge!  He uses a pretty standard invacare wheelchair.  I was wondering why there isn't an inexpensive or DIY alternative, basically a stair climbing robot with a powerful motor and battery.  Can anyone help me build one?  Or if someone builds one, I would be willing to pay for parts and labor.  Thanks!

Posted by silverfox1 4 years ago


would this be possible

If you have seen superman returns you will know what i mean would it be possible to piggyback some sort of shuttle on aircraft such as a modified  boeing 777 with a  twin tail config to a sutable launch possation so that the shuttle could ignite its engines and climb into orbit under its own thrust just a thought

Posted by The ironman 6 years ago


man lift from ground floor to first floor on my house

I suffer from copd which leaves me breathless when climbing stairs.I need a man lift of some kind.I imagine a cage for one powered by an electric hoist

Posted by robin yates 6 years ago


Super Pants

I and my friend are trying to make super pants. They will be waterproof, flameproof, and bulletproof. We are going to sew a climbing harness, shin guards, and kneepads into them. The pants will be made out of Nomax with Kevlar in certain areas. Where can I get Nomax and Kevlar in semi-small quantities, and how can I waterproof them in a way that won't be burned off?

Posted by dogsrcool2me 11 years ago


Convenience Winch for use in Home Loft

I would love to get ideas for making a winch that I can mount as needed on the railing of my home loft (without damaging the railing), for use in exchanging cold drinks, snacks, office supplies, etc.  between family members on the two levels of the house without needless stair climbing.   Apologies for my terrible SketchUp skills. 

Posted by mahoopes 6 months ago


Carbonated Fruit, Water Bottle Launcher, Homemade Sunscreen

  Carbonated Fruit Water Bottle Launcher Homemade Sunscreen Garage Climbing Wall Bicycle Smoothie Maker Sign Chair Fix a Broken Surfboard Floating Dock Kombucha Recipes Easy Summer Salad Catch Fruit Flies Freehand Glass Etching Pinhole Cameras $40 USB Telescope Jar of Fireflies  

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Improving Instructables Search

So, I'd love to have google-style massively aggregated auto-complete in the instructables search. This is search is basically cool, and has already been done. What would be over-the-top awesome, would be if common search terms could correlate to topics. Like, I search for "rope" and get suggestions like "knots", and "climbing", for example. I think that would rock, and help people find related instructables that aren't necessarily tagged with my keywords.

Posted by stasterisk 10 years ago


Cantilevered Pergola Design Plan

I've been looking for designs for cantilevered pergolas and they are difficult to come by.  I'd like something that will wrap around the corner of my garage and the top beams would fan out in 3/4 of a circle pattern so that my creeping beans can have something tall to climb.  Ideally the top beams would be around 3' Looking for function and a bit decorative since this side of my property is pretty exposed to the street.

Posted by LoriFromWI 4 years ago


Are you to blame?

OK, I know it's a deliberately attention-grabbing topic name. Sorry about that.There was a post on the Bamboo bike frame, essentially saying "a disclaimer that this could be dangerous isn't enough; people aren't qualified to judge the strength of their homebuilt bike frames so might still get hurt even if they are careful", which attracted a lot of ire, but also a response from whiteoakart reframing the question, thus:As a maker and writer of an Instructable, what is your responsibility to keep your readers safe? How far does your culpability extend?This is obviously a knotty issue, and one that seems to have a range of attitudes across the board- some people say "pointy things are pointy, hot things are burny, don't hurt yourself" and leave it at that, some people list all the grievous injuries possible from their Instructable.In my opinion, there are two major things to consider:Is a person likely to do themselves harm even taking reasonable precautions?An Instructable on how to weld, with clear advice on breathing protection, eye protection and not electrocuting yourself should be "safe"An Instructable on free rock climbing, even with all the advice in the world about how to climb well, could easily get someone killed because free climbing is inherently dangerousIs the intended audience capable of accurately assessing the risks? The risks of a table saw are obvious- put your hands in the wrong bit and it will cut them off- but the risks of high-voltage electrics are harder to judge with simple "common sense" because a seemingly minor fault could be lethal.Both of these have an element of "reasonable" to them- if you make your instructions foolproof nature will give you a bigger fool, but there is a point at which it is reasonable to assume that a sensible person following your instructions with care and attention will not injure themselves.More thoughts?

Posted by PKM 8 years ago


Total Eclipse of the Moon Tomorrow Night

There's going to be a total eclipse of the moon tomorrow night at 7:26 pm PST. Assuming that the bay area isn't covered with clouds that means that we'll be able to see some lunar action without having to try to stay awake while getting our feet soggy climbing around a hill at 3 in the morning.Oh wait, I just checked the weather report for tomorrow night. Mostly cloudy. Damn! link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Simple, yet annoying mistake made by game developers

I have found a simple yet annoying mistake that game developers seem to love to make. Before I go on, lets get this straight: Parkour is a method of movement focused on moving around obstacles with speed and efficiency. Originally developed in France, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping Free running or freerunning is a form of urban acrobatics in which participants, known as free runners, use the city and rural landscape to perform movements through its structures. It incorporates efficient movements from parkour, and adds aesthetic vaults and other acrobatics, such as tricking and street stunts, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving Okay, so the main difference is that free running is pretty much parkour, except it involves flipping, tricking, and is just all around more free; hence FREE running.  But here's the thing I made this forum topic about. In the  Assassin's Creed series, you climb up buildings, jump from one to another, and that's pretty much it. Scaling, jumping, rolling, and that's all there is to it. Yet they call it free running. You don't flip or trick or anything, therefore isn't it parkour and not free running? Another game where this mistake is made is in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland--but there's one difference. In THAW, you do front flips, back flips, wall flips, you climb buildings, scale buildings, etc. So it should be called free running, right? Well tell that to the guys over at  Neversoft, because they call it parkour. Why? What is it about these developers that make them blindly call something one thing, when it's actually another? Do they even think of looking at sources? Have YOU seen this mistake in OTHER video games? Tell me your opinions on this!

Posted by Flumpkins 6 years ago


Horny Toad - Makers of Awesome and the First Official Intern Sponsor!

Michigan summers are quite hot, so I really thought that it would be warmer here in San Francisco. Sadly that wasn't true... So it was a very welcome surprise when Horny Toad sent us a care package of some of their sweet -and warm- gear. All instructables interns are pretty active dudes, so we were more than pleased to take their "active wear" for a test drive with some ladder golf, Kubbing and climbing. Thanks Horny Toad!

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Scoochmaroo Reaches 10 Million Views

Scoochmaroo has made it to 10 Million views!  (She is actually, currently at 10,100,135 and climbing!)   To celebrate we wanted something special for her, something that was 10 million something specials.  After ruling out cupcakes and sprinkles, we decided to just go with 10 million sugar molecules (give or take a few)!  So Canida whipped up a Pavlova dessert.  You can find a recipe to make it yourself here by kazmataz. It was quite delicious and enjoyed by all! Congratulations Scoochmaroo!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 6 years ago


Fire Pole!

My house has undergone some small renovations over the past two weeks, the best of which was just installed this morning: a fireman's pole for sliding down!My boyfriend has also got the ability to climb back up... I have not yet attempted that.Here are some pix and videos. The construction is not quite complete yet so it's still all sawdusty and unpainted - looks like a workshop more than a home, but you know it's at least half workshop anyway.Down the pole: Up the pole:

Posted by rachel 10 years ago


Condom Band-Aid, Top-Down Blinds, Laser Light Show...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Dec. 6, 2007 Welcome back! The holidays are almost upon us. To celebrate, Instructables and CRAFT Magazine are announcing the beginning of the Homemade Holidays Contest! Win a CRAFT boxed gift set, a robot holiday ornament, and other cool prizes. Check out these cool instructables! The World's Loudest Party Popper - The Most Portable Film Canister Cannon A powerful pocket-sized noisemaker you can make from re-used components.posted by Kiteman on Nov 14, 2007 How To Fool a Fingerprint Security System As Easy As ABC This instruction will show you how to fool most of the fingerprint security systems out there. posted by tycoyoken on Dec 3, 2007 Personal Wicked Laser Light Show Create your own personal laser light show with everyday objects. posted by FathomBoy91 on Dec 2, 2007 LCD Overhead Projector Get a free LCD from a dead laptop and turn it into your own video projector.posted by waterppk on Dec 1, 2007 Create Your Own Top-Down Blinds Create top-down blinds for a fraction of the cost of special order blinds!posted by jen_higginbotham on Dec 1, 2007 Win a laser cutter worth over $15,000! Building a climbing wall at the top of the stairs With a climbing wall in your home you'll be able to climb for 20-30 minutes every day with almost no setup time. posted by ewilhelm on Nov 30, 2007 How To Make A Ball Machine! Have you ever wondered about how to make enormous and Wondrous Ball Machines? Now you can design and build your own!posted by Trainman 2000 on Dec 2, 2007 Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY Build a DIY platform bed that will last for years for $60-$90. posted by trz on Dec 3, 2007 Novel Use for a Condom! There's more than one way to use a condom to stay healthy.posted by LUCCHINA on Nov 22, 2007 How to make artArt-making is one of the easiest and most lucrative of human activities. Learn to make it in exchange for food, shelter, sex, fame and money.posted by randofo on Nov 28, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


(newsletter) Laser Lighter, Cardboard Furniture, Climbing Gorilla...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back!NEW CONTEST: Create something crafty with or for a kid for the SINGER Kids Crafts Contest and win a sweet new serger from SINGER!NEW CONTEST: Make a 30-second how-to video for the Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest and win an awesome Flip MinoHD video camera! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com.Build anything using cardboard, and enter the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest to win a huge package of Gorilla Glue supplies and gear!Cook up something tasty for the Low & Slow BBQ Contest and win a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, and autographed copies of the new Low & Slow BBQ book! Contest Winners! See which awesome projects won the Pocket-Sized Contest and the Get in the Garden Contest! Rubber Hose Chair Drumsticks World's Best Cardboard Chair Open a Pesky Pistachio Nut Share something cool quickly! Get crafty! Make a Cardboard Billfold or Wallet! Music Visualizer (oscilloscope) Udon Noodles in Miso Sauce Make Furniture With Cardboard! Make Paper Beads Build an Analog Vocoder Climbing Cardboard Gorilla Make a Berry Picker with PVC Submit a cardboard creation andwin a prize pack from Gorilla Glue! Cook up something tasty! Cheapy Laser Lighter Burner Urban Artwork Using Bead Plates Bioshock Belt Buckle in Bronze Carve a Shrink Cup Sign-up for this newsletter:

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


We need more snow instructables around.

Hello everyone, On the news, half the country is getting snow (including me for once, it snows directly around pierce county seems like) but, all i can find is how to sled and Kite+board+butt+ice stuff and nothing else so i'm asking what makes a good sled (PLASTIC BAGS DONT WORK, GARBAGE CAN LIDS DONT WORK [WELL], NEITHER DOES BARE CARDBOARD, OR PLASTIC BINS OR LIDS) but just need a basic sled, 6 inches and climbing of snow is great but not sithout a sled! Thanks! click here for picture (NOT A STUPID RICK ROLL, I HATE THOSE!)

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago


Robotic Snakes on a...

Pretty soon the TSA will have a new threat to deal with...Robotic Snakes On A Plane! They can climb up walls, stairs, go snooping for people, get through a chainlinked fence, they're pretty much unstoppable. But most impressively is the snake from Hirose Labs in Japan, it's pictured below, and that mofo can actually swim.It's beautiful, and amazing to watch this biologically inspired robot move, check it out: Clearly these robots are going to be very agile and useful, some researcher used his to walk the ring down the isle at his wedding... creepy? Yes. Awesome.... also yes. Let's see how many uses of robotic snakes you can come up with! Go:

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Making a 3D DNA model

Hi, I was thinking about trying to make one of those 3D DNA models you see in schools, showing all the atoms in the molecules joined together and climbing up in that beautiful double helix shape.Trouble is, I don't have the money to spend on one of those several-hundred-dollar kits, and I can't figure out exactly how a single nucleotide should look, let alone how to make several dozen nucleotides and joining them all together.I've searched google without much success, so any pointers/helpful guide images would be very much appreciated. Thanks

Posted by schazer 9 years ago


2008 Power Beaming Competition

Power beaming is just another way to say solar climbing. This is a competition hosted by The Spaceward Foundation. The end goal is to design a structure that will transport material from Earth into space without using rockets. The competition requires you to build a climber with the specs that follow:"net weight is limited to 50 kg [110 lbs], and they must ascend the ribbon at a minimum speed of 2 m/s. [6.6 feet per second] carrying as much payload as possible. A high performance prize will be awarded to teams that can move at 5 m/s. [16.5 fps]"Remember, this must be solar powered. Doesn't matter who wins this is an interesting engineering project, can't wait to see what people come up with.Anyone interested?

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Kids' Play "thing" out of 5 1/2 ft Cardboard Tubes

Hey guys, I am in a creative slump with some great supplies and no ideas. My wife runs a fabric coop and as a result we have a bunch of large cardboard tubes, roughly 8in in diameter, about 5 1/2 ft long. We also have a very energetic 15month old who climbs and plays with everything. I'm trying to think of something I can build him out of these rather than let them go to waste. I thought maybe a little log cabin,but it seems a bit too much. A Ball pit sounds good but it might be too hard edged. Any ideas? 

Posted by itskeiser 5 years ago


Top 5 new Instructables 5/22 - 5/29

Here's the latest batch of great new Instructables. These have all been published in the last week and are presented here in order of how many pageviews they've received up to now. Be sure to check these out as well as dig through the Featured list for more cool Instructables you may have missed!If you're going to Maker Faire, be sure to drop by our booth! We'd love to meet you. Small NFT Hydroponics SystemHydroponics is a type of agriculture that uses no dirt, and usually results in larger, fuller plants. I recently became interested in the topic, and decided to start my own ve... posted by Weissensteinburg on May 24, 2009 How to climb a tree (using only rope!) the fun/simple wayIn this instructable, I will be showing how to climb a tree using only rope, a carabiner, muscle strenght, and time.I am not an experienced or trained climber. Don't tell me... posted by louieaw on May 25, 2009 Aluminum Can, Saltwater and Charcoal BatteryThis instructable shows how to create a simple aluminum air battery from a soda can and a piece of charcoal from the backyard BBQ. This instructable is being published early b... posted by egbertfitzwilly on May 24, 2009 A Swing Set that Generates Electricity'Id just like to say first off that my electrical knowledge is very limited, and I'm sort of feeling my way around in the dark. If you have a better way of doing this, I'd lov... posted by Cleveland Motley on May 26, 2009 5-minute Chocolate BallsQuick and delicious Rum Balls recipe (with or without rum!). These tasty treats whip up in no time, and are completely addictive. Whether you need a chocolate fix or a quick... posted by scoochmaroo on May 26, 2009

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


*More* New Kiteman Products

I just thought folk might like to know that I am updating my CafePress shop. It's got all the usual CafePress items, decorated with original images based on my Instructables. So far, Complete Kiteman just has Poong Stick and Cardboard Frisbee items, but there are other Kiteman items available, which I am going to gather together into sections of Complete Kiteman. As ever, if there are designs or items you want me to add to the store, just add a comment here or drop me a PM. Update - now available: Poong Stick Cardboard Frisbee The Law Fallen Star Paper catapult Viking catapult Heed the Box Entwined Hearts Pixel Climbing Gorilla

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Looking For Game Show Contestants

DISCOVERY SCIENCE NOW CASTING A NEW GAME SHOW!!! The producers are looking for builders, scientist, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders, mechanics, architects... who love to invent new gadgets; build robots; racing power tools; weld together bizarre machines that drive, fly, climb, shoot flames or launch projectiles... for a team challenge that will show off your handy skills such as: welding, knowledge of aeronautics, auto mechanics, hydraulics, carpentry, pyrotechnics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, material science, electronics... If you, or someone you know, is a gonzo engineer/scientist or just a high-energy, creative, fun, builder Then email, your name and contact information to: icnbld@yahoo.com This Game Show is for thinkers, dreamers and doers, who are eager to let their inner Mac Gyvers be seen, and are ready to collaborate with a team of other builders to beat the clock in order to "SAVE" the BIG PRIZE!!

Posted by demolition399 9 years ago


Photoshopped? No, but can you do better? Deadline coming.

When I first saw it, this sinkhole image looked photoshopped to me (original story here). It turned out to be legitimate, but air.command suggested adding a Silver Surfer to the image. I did (see below), and quite liked it. So, I have decided to open up another photo-editing contest. You can either... Add something to an image of a real sinkhole (or other hole in the ground) - what caused it?  What's climbing out or falling in? Put a sinkhole somewhere interesting Do both - add a sinkhole to a scene, then put something else in the hole. Use any source images you like, but images that involve classic projects will be more likely to win the Silver Surfer patch I have just created. I will also put all entries together to make a slideshow as well. EDIT: This contest ends June 30th, midnight GMT

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Genetic Circuit Design

Hackaday recently posted an article about genetic programming which was pretty cool (although technically it used a stochastic hill climbing algorithm....but who's counting?)The really cool thing was posted by acedio in the comments: genetic circuit designWhat these researchers have done is implemented genetic circuit design on an FPGA to create a circuit to light a light when someone says "go" into a microphone and turn it off when someone says "stop". Which is not really groundbreaking...but the way the genetic algorithm created the circuit is pretty amazing, it used what normal designers would consider unwanted characteristics of the circuit such as stray capacitance and inductance between components to "create" unavailable components out of logic gates, and because of this the researchers have no idea how it works!Computers can now design circuits in ways that would be damned near impossible for humans to do, how cool is that??!Deep thought here we come!

Posted by }{itch 9 years ago


Who wants to be on a Game Show?

I was just sent this link by a friend: Discovery Science Game Show Here is a brief description of the game show:Producers for a Discovery Science Game show are looking for contestants. Contestants can be a gonzo engineer/scientist or just a high-energy, creative, fun, builder!They are looking for garage warriors (builders, scientists, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders, mechanics, architects, etc...) who love to invent new gadgets, build robots, racing power tools, weld together bizarre machines that drive, fly, climb, shoot flames or launch projectiles. This Game Show is for thinkers, dreamers and doers, who are eager to let their inner MacGyvers be seen and ready to collaborate with a team of other builders.It looks like it was made just for our kind!! Now, who is going to try to get a spot on this show? If you do, be sure to let us all know!

Posted by jeff-o 9 years ago


Look here if you need Ideas!!!

Lots of people are asking for ideas for instructables. Here's a few ideas that might give you a new idea. If you have any ideas, post em here, so people can hopefully make em.Tech:* As suggested by Redrev: Take a DVD-Player/recorder that the DVD drive has died and take the tuner and video hook ups along with lcd screen(that shows the channel and dvd section numbers) and connect to the computer to watch t.v. and dvd's ala win-tv.Climbing Robot- a robot that can climb a little stairs of books or something. Or at least crawl.A model of an elevator- you know, you hit a button on a remote, and the elevator rises to that level.Model Train- one of those little trains. Would be cool to learn how to make one.Model Forklift- Its basically an R/C car, but can anyone make it lift a little notebook?Pencil Sharpener? (Electric)Introductions - Theres a lot of big words out there, but most of us have never heard of em. If you're good with something, why not shre your knowledge?FlexinolsmtOffBeat:Weird Uses for satellite dishes- I've noticed how many thing you can do with old satellite dishes. Be creative!Naruto Costumes and accesories (not paper)Dragon Ball Z style effects with smoke- how about pressurizing fog or something to have it shoot out of a tube? Would be neat.A DS Game CaseArtHow to draw Anime Hands- personally I find that hands are the hardest thing to draw. Maybe someone has a little trick to get em right?Bridge of toothpicks- Its a bridge made or little wooden sticks that can hold a grown man. I've seen it in a lot of science fairs, and it would be neat to learn how to make em.As much as I hate myself for doing this, yes this is another post of an old topic I had. Just saying it before anyone else.

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago