Can you please explain this circuit? Answered

I am planning to create a step down switch mode power supply using only discrete components. I opened my charger and found a step down switch mode circuit without IC. I wrote the board's schematic by looking at each component one-by-one and found this... I does this thing works? I cannot understand the part of the circuit that is exposed into the mains.

Asked by codestroy7 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


5v and -5v from 9v? Answered

How can I get +5v and -5v from a single 9v PP3? Not 4.5v, I could do that easily with a voltage divider. Preferably using only passives and discretes (Inc. voltage regulators)?

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


use an op amp to have two outputs?

Hello, I need to amplify a single mono audio input with two op amp or a single dual op amp and have two discrete outputs that can filtered at different frequencies and then those outputs have to be read with an arduino with two different analog inputs, is this possible? Thank you.

Asked by dkoshkin 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


What graphic card is best for me ?? Answered

I have a Dell vostro 230 slim tower computer. It has 3 GB of RAM and Intel pentium dual core processor. I have windows 7 ultimate 64bit operating system.                            spesifications                        << video type>> integrated        :           integrated on system board                                       intel GMA X4500 discrete            :           PCI-E x16 half height graphics card                      <> integrated        :          up to 512 MB shared video memory                                       (with 1 GB system memory) discrete            :          nvidia geforce g310-512 mb                                      nvidia geforce gt220 but i want a 2GB GRAPHICS CARD Sparkle  NVIDIA Geforce gt 440 2gb ddr 3 is best for me? I am a gaming addict and so want to install a graphic card on my PC. games : gta 4, alan wake , nfs run I've never tried it before so please suggest a graphic card which will be best for me and how much it will cost. Thanks in advance......

Asked by aravind r p 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


second laptop webcam ideas Answered

I have a dell 1545 with built in web cam i go to college and i want to record what my professor puts on the board in a reasonably discrete manner ? i have no cash and very little electrical knowledge would simply buying a second web cam be the best thing to do or what any hep is greatly appreciated thankyou fidgety

Asked by fidgety2 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


USB duplicator burns 60 thumbdrives at once

This box can do its job quickly, finishing up a rack of 1GB drives in 2 minutes. It can even discretely encrypt each one with its own unique key. It costs $8,000, and they're developing a system to link up hundreds of these units, so that one may copy data to arbitrarily-large numbers of USB drives at once. Would love to make this myself. Anyone want to collaborate?

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Why does this boost converter circuit not work?

I tried this circuit using a 3.7v supply and instead of a 12v Zener I used a 5v Zener. I also used a 22uH inductor. I get 5v no load but when I add a load the voltage drops a bit and the current is 50ma max. Why is this not working and what could I change to make it work? If this is the wrong circuit altogether, then what discrete circuit would work? http://www.aaroncake.net/circuits/6-12conv.asp

Asked by Davis Lambert 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


How do I build a Laptop? Answered

I want to build a laptop. I have some experience with soldering, discrete electronics, etc., but am a novice to the building of computers. I want a durable, fairly small laptop for under $400, and I would like to be able to customize it as far as features ( i.e. large hard drive space, wireless capability, long battery life, etc.) Any advice on where to start and what to buy is much appreciated. Thanks!

Asked by mad magoo 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Australian Workplace Agreements

Just a question..... In Australia we have a few new changes in laws regarding work hours.... One of which is that an employer can MAKE you work up to 48 hrs in the week... This would be fine if you were paid for them but.... with these changes employers only have to pay you for 38 of those hrs and can give you "time in lou" > Time off for the other 10.... So basically I am forced to work extra hrs so I can have that same time off at their discretion....?? Does this seem a bit weird to the rest of the world or are you seeing similar changes too?

Posted by Lftndbt 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago


Ideas for live sound effects mixer-player?

Hi, I'm trying to build a remote device whereby I can play multiple recorded sounds over my stereo speaker system, sometimes simultaneously. Imagine as a Halloween project, for example, I would want the sound of a wind storm going continuously, and then occasionally hit a button or slider with another sound, like wolves howling, footsteps, a creaky gate, etc. Ideally I could play as many sounds as I wanted at a time on discrete channels, and each would be mixable... all that in as small a mechanism as possible. Any thoughts/ideas/referrals?  Does this sound like a job for an arduino? Thanks for reading!

Posted by kennan 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


How do I make something respond to pressure/movment with 2 discrete sounds and vibrate too? Answered

I'm looking to construct an internal module for a toy that would make the toy interactive for my little brother. I'd like the toy to respond with two sounds, one for a different level of touch pressure or movement he subjects the toy to. I'd like the sounds to be recordable so I can customise them. I'd also like the toy to vibrate whenever it responds. I've mucked around with RC cars and what not, but this exceeds my previous experience. Nothing like being ambitious, eh? Also, any tips on where I can find the parts I'd need (preferably in Australia, but if not, then cheap international options are fine) would be much appreciated :)

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


How could I make a variable interval buzzer/vibrating device? Answered

I would like to make a small device, perhaps the size of 3-4 stacked half-dollars, that could be programmed to vibrate lightly at various intervals (like every minute or two minutes or 3.5 min, etc).  Could anyone help me with how I could make something like this? The size could vary, but I want it to be a discrete device that would only draw the attention of its user for a brief moment every interval (depending on how long the interval is programmed to be).  I am very new to doing anything with electronics, so I'd greatly appreciate any advice or guidance.

Asked by Kazbachris 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


America is getting less creative every generation. This is why we need Instructables!

According to a recent Newsweek article, measures of Creativity Quotient have been trending downward for about two decades. "Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test—a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist—has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect—each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling."

Posted by yoyology 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


How would I set up a trigger on one relay with multiple pushbutton inputs?

I'm looking to set up a 12 volt system that has approximately 12 buttons that will each trigger an individual relay and a shared relay.  So I will have 13 relays (numbered 1-13) and 12 buttons (1 -12) - Button 1 will trigger relay #1 and #13, Button 2 will trigger relay #2 and #13, etc.  Wiring up a single relay circuit is easy enough, and I think I can set it up with an arduino or similar IC, but I'm looking for a discrete circuit design.  Would a simple diode on each circuit leg be enough?  If not, what would I need?

Asked by chrispaccord 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago


liquid motion timers (aka density timers/toys) What's in them?

You know those liquid motion toys you often find at places like Spencer gifts in which a denser liquid (usual bright colored) drips down onto a spiral and you can watch this discrete bubble ride on down? I'm wondering what's inside them and if its feasible to make your own. I've heard lots of things, that the clear liquid is usual a light oil and the colored part is water. I've heard the reverse, I've also heard that there is no water in these things that both are different oils.any help would be appreciated. if your still wondering what im talking about heres a place that sells them : http://www.officeplayground.com/spiraltimer.html

Posted by SpinningCone 11 years ago | last reply 5 months ago


Seeking someone to hire for a project

Hi, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post this inquiry on instructables but I thought I'd give it a try. Basically, I need a dial that would command this linear actuator https://www.servocity.com/sda24-263 to advance in one inch increments on either a dial or a touchpad or a slider. I'm not an engineer and I don't really have time to build this myself - would anyone be interested in doing this for a fee? If it would help in assessing the project, I now this controller would work https://www.servocity.com/digital-manual-speed-controller However, I need the dial or touch pad to allow for discrete steps and not be sort of vague. Any help would be much appreciated. I'm just not sure where else to turn. Thanks, Evan

Posted by EvanB65 1 year ago


Is that your ring phoning?

Here's half an idea - a ring that displays text messages. It might look like nothing more than a ring at first glance, but this finger-worn device can sync with your mobile phone. It has a vibratory alert and a tiny screen that shows caller ID, text messages, and meeting reminders from your mobile. Flip it open and it converts into a headset. In the image, the screen looks glued on, but I guess that it could easily be a small piece of epaper.  As for being an ear-piece, I can't see how it would end up large enough to be comfortable or practical, yet still start off small enough to wear as a ring. Now, if the some idea was expanded to a bangle, then an entire phone could be built into a bracelet small and slim enough to be discrete. Now the embarrassing bit: I got this story off MSN...

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


Feature Suggestion, Topic closing

After getting a comment on a very old topic and noticing some come up it occurred to me that giving users the capacity to close their old topics or possibly leave it at the discretion of a time limit or a team of, well not quite executioners but something or other may be rather useful, mainly to stop old topics coming back up without reason, some stay active for a very long time, others just occasionally pop up. If the topics were merely closed but still existent then they'd still be available for reference and any specific comments about something could be sent to the user in question's orangeboard, it's just a thought, I'm not saying all old topics need taken out back and, eh sent to the farm but it might keep the forums a bit fresher, without causing confusion...

Posted by killerjackalope 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Internet ad awarness

One of my children was on a game site called "girl games", and a very inappropriate ad was displayed in the center of the screen without any prompting from my child. My children will no longer be going on this site, and I think a whole lot more discretion and good judgment should be used by the site as far as their ads are concerned. The ad was very upsetting to my children, and therefore to myself. These ads are for a website called 'IMVU', which is a 3-D avatar chat room. The ads show skimpily dressed people, usually female, in compromising positions. They are placed on all kinds of web sites, even though the website in question may contain games for small children, which is indeed were this ad was. Do we want our children looking at disgusting and perverted images like this?

Posted by peanutthegreat 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Source for "filament white" 1800-2200K color temperature warm white led's?

After literally hours, I can not locate small quantities of warm white led's with what is sometimes described as "filament white" color temperature. Most warm white LED's are a much cooler 3000K. Any suggestions? Ideally a 3 or 5mm discrete LED. Images of warm white led's are unreliable. A color temperature description is necessary. Anyone? Thanks! I received a sample of these, but their color temperature is actually much closer to 3000K. http://www.ledtronics.com/Products/ProductsDetails.aspx?WP=1922 2017 UPDATE:  2200K (and warmer) LED's are finally becoming more commonplace in bulbs, LED tape, etc... so I'm keeping my eye out for more component and project LED's to also include this warmer range. 

Asked by davidandora 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Limited Time Offer

Alright mis amigos, I'm feeling kind of generous and very bored. As such, I'm going to personally hand draw and scan digital patches for people until I get tired of doing it and give up. This offer may go on for an hour, a day or even a week. It is hard to say right now. If you want a digital patch, tell me the following: 1) What you would like me to draw for you. 2) Why you think you deserve this digital patch. All custom drawn digital patches will be awarded at my discretion, so think carefully before you answer these two questions (seriously). Also, please keep in mind, drawing things with a Sharpie, scanning them and (sometimes) coloring these images takes time. Please be patient. UPDATE: Drawings coming along nicely. I will start scanning and distributing them tomorrow.

Posted by randofo 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Electricity over IP

This is not really a new concept (first published in 2002), but one to mull over :-) Electricity over IP (EoIP, pronounced "yoyp") is a proposed scheme for delivering electric power via IP (Internet protocol). EoIP was developed to eliminate the unnecessary redundancy inherent in maintaining separate distribution networks for electricity and the Internet. The technology could be especially beneficial in remote areas with Internet kiosks but without electricity.The architecture for delivering EoIP is known as MPLampS (Mostly Pointless Lamp Switching). Electricity is digitized and encapsulated in discrete packets. According to the IETF's marketing segment, "MPLampS has the potential to dramatically lower the price, ease the distribution and usage, and improve the manageability of delivering electricity." Electricity over IPThe IETF Network Working Group described EoIP in RFC 3251, published on April 1, 2002. April 1 is also sometimes known as "April Fools' Day."

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Make an AC electric sander motor serviceable for projects?

I am currently making an instructable that requires an electric motor.  I have a Porter Cable electric sander motor that I was going to use for the project.  The ideal motor for this project needs to be able to hook into a wall outlet and the speed of the motor needs to be adjustable by a rheostat or some other adjustable device.  I recently tried connecting the AC motor to a wall outlet which in return the motor began to heat up and produce smoke while showing no movement whatsoever.  I thought this would work because the motor had no power transformer attached inside the sander whenever I took the sander apart.  The base of my question is: How do I go about converting the right amount of voltage or current so that I can use the motor to my discretion of speed?

Asked by Do0dle 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Timer Circuit

I found this simple circiut on jamesyawn.com, and was wondering if and how to change it so that it could time in the minutes, longer than it does already. I don't know anything about electronics, aside from soldering, and basic connections, so try to give a simple-ish answer. I also wondered about what transistor to use (like a radioshack part number). The circuit I was talking about is under "discrete timers".(update, more questions)What kind of timing (like how many seconds) would I get with this?Using the same stuff shown on the schematic?Also, how do I pick a transistor?Are they interchangeable? What specs should I be looking for? If this seems like too much, could someone give me a link to a site that would be willing to help with (very) beginning electronics?AND, how would you recommend making the transfer schematics for home-etched circuit boards? I can't get the component spacing right.

Posted by John Smith 11 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


How we make sure contests are awesome

I'd like to take a minute to talk about our thoughts on contests, fun, and fairness. First I'd like to say that we strive to make contests both as much fun and as fair as we can for everyone who enters. Entering a contest can be a major investment of your time and energy, and we respect that. If you worked hard to make an Instructable for a contest, we want you to know that everything was fair, and make the contest as much fun for you as possible. One of the key parts of this is in how we choose finalists and winners. What is best is always subjective to some degree, so we spread that decision across as many people as we can.  First, finalists are chosen by a combination of user votes and staff/judges' picks. Then the winners are chosen by a knowledgeable panel of judges we've assembled specially for each contest. On occasion, we need to change the contest a bit to make it more fun and/or fair. Sometimes the contest requirements are a little more restrictive than we thought, so we need to push to broaden the theme or push the deadline back, or both.  Sometimes the rules aren't clear, so we clarify them. Sometimes we find people trying to unfairly game the system in a way that makes the contest less fun and/or fair for the other entrants, so we tweak the rules to close the loophole.  Sometimes we decide to award extra prizes, or add to the prize packs at the last minute if more prizes become available.  That's why we include this point in the standard rules for contests: 6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest. In short, we want to keep things flexible so we can run the best contests possible.  It's hard to predict 100% what will happen in a contest, so even our best efforts will need continual tweaking.  We do our best with each contest, and incorporate all the feedback you give us.  

Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


What a surprising find.

I'm brewing up a batch of cider for the holidays. Home brewing is something I used to be into and haven't done in a while, but I thought it would be fun to get back into. Way back, 8 years ago, when we moved I stored my empties in the attic. Dragging them out today I was surprised to find one of the bottles was capped. So being curious I cracked the top and low and behold it was still carbonated, after 8 years in an attic which can reach 140 degrees in the summer. As you can see from the rather blurry picture(sorry), the color is very dark, but with a nice creamy head, it was very clear, not surprising;y, the arome was strongly caramel. On the palate it was smooth and creamy like a schwarzbier. The flavor was caramel and balsamic without the vinegar (like a balsamic reduction). Discretion being the better part of valor, I spat it out and washed my mouth with Listerine. Still it was an interesting experience. Just wanted to share.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


October 12th Grand Opening-Fremont CA

Schmartboard, The World’s Greatest Electronic Circuit Prototyping System, has relocated to the historic Centerville section of Fremont, CA. Join us on October 12th from Noon to 3 P.M. as we celebrate our new location. • Come and meet and have your photo taken with Oakland Raiderettes: Chanel Nichols and Ashley Brown • ***Hand solder a chip using Schmartboard’s patented “EZ” technology which makes hand soldering fast and easy • Contest with prizes from Schmartboard, other technology companies and local Centerville businesses. • Special offers not available to the general public. • Giveaways, Food SchmartBoard is the destination for people who want to hand solder surface mount (SMT) components. Are you an engineer, technician, educator, student or DIY hobbyist who has avoided utilizing SMT components? Those days are officially over, because with SchmartBoard practically anyone can hand solder SOIC, QFP, PLCC, QFN, BGA and discrete surface mount components. More Details

Posted by nealgb 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Wiring high power LEDs and need some direction.

Hello all, I am currently trying to design a product, we'll simply call it a light, that requires 6, maybe 7 extremely bright LEDs. I'd like to keep it running off a 3v battery. The LEDs I would like to use are made by Cree (XP-E2) or something similar. The specs can be found on this page:  http://www.cree.com/led-components-and-modules/products/xlamp/discrete-directional/~/media/Files/Cree/LED%20Components%20and%20Modules/XLamp/Data%20and%20Binning/XLampXPE2.pdf My question is, will I even be able  to fully power 6 of these things off 3V or even 6V(I'd rather keep it to 3V)? If so, how long can I expect the battery life to be? I've never had any experience with these high power LEDs before, but all of the other SMD LEDS only light to ~40 lumens. I'd really like to make this work, or find a similar alternative. Thanks in advance.

Asked by bodezia 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


RF Development Kit-Advanced, but could be a lot of fun

Micrel SemiconductorEbay{{{ I have noticed that some people are concerned that due to surface mount technology you can't make electronic stuff anymore. It is not true. A search will quickly find forums discussing how homebuilt electronics experimenters are getting around this. I have a nifty RF development kit for sale on ebay. See ebay link below. These development kits are used by new product developers to quickly get their RF prototypes up and running to develop software, hardware and firmware without the steep learning curve associated with starting development with discrete components. These boards allow you to build custom devices that can comunicate with each other up to a mile apart. Although this is not quite ham worthy distance someone might be able to have some fun with the kit. I have just one, but more (and the actual rf chip) could be acquired through Micrel Semiconductors. Anyway, I have this listed as an industrial item, so I am not sure the right people will see the ad. For those interested in playing with current technology RF.}}}

Posted by fordmodelb 12 years ago | last reply 12 years ago


Questions about making computer systems from discrete components?

I am interested in building certain components of computer processors with the use of discrete components only. I want to build on the individual component level (transistors, resistors, caps) and not on the gate level (quad and gate or hex inverter ic) and I have run into some problems. I have a few questions and they are large. If you can answer any of them I would be glad but could you number them so I know which one you are talking about. ((1)) My first question is about how to build logic gates with discrete components. I have seen some schematic diagrams for and gates, or gates and inverters; they all seem to have some problems. For example, an and gate might have two bjt's where the base of each is an input. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/electronic/ietron/and4.gif My question stems from the saturation voltage of transistors. I assume that in logic circuits you want a transistor to act as a switch, and thus would want to make sure that the voltage drop is 0. I learned that to do this, you find the resistance value of the load you are trying to run and figure how much current it would take for the voltage drop to be Vcc. (Light bulb has a resistance of 100ohms, Vcc is 10V, V=IR dictates that the current running through the light bulb would be .1A). Then you divide this current by B (gain of transistor) to find the current that needs to be running through the base emitter path. How do you find the load of a computer, where the output of a circuit might run through paths of great or little resistance? Is there a way to make logic circuits with transistors acting like switches while avoiding finding the saturation voltage? ((2)) How are computers made so that they can sit idle and then respond to inputs. This might sound like a stupid question but from a programming perspective the only way I could think to do it would be to create an infinite loop that constantly checks for inputs or a 1 in some input register.  The more I think about it the more it seems possible that this is how computers do it now; I know that the're able to run many programs at once so it seems possible. However, how did early computers do it? If a computer had only the capacity to run one program at a time then it seems a program accepting inputs would always have to come to a halt when an input is requires. Is this truely the only way? How do modern computers accept inputs, how do computers that can only run 1 program at a time accept inputs? ((3)) I am also interested in memory circuitry. Looking at the types of ram, dram seems to be pretty strait forward. As I understand it sram is essentially memory made of logic grates where an outside signal initially acts as an input. The output of the logic circuit is then feed back in as an input and the circuit hold "itself" high or low (this description might be totally wrong). The problem is I have only seen schematics that show sram using CMOS. Is there a way to build sram using bjt's? ((4)) I have also had a chance to look at how rewritable rom (despite being read only) such as flash memory works. My first question is, why is this called read only? I get that it is nonvolatile so it's not ram, but it surely isn't read only memory either! Are there any ways to make rewritable rom with discrete components? Flash involves, to my understanding, trapping electrons with some kind of tunneling. As far as I know, this can only be done in silicon. If I were to make some sort of computer (or more accurately: a device that demonstrates the properties of a computer) would the non volatile memory be limited to non-electrical things (brain, punch card, magnetic memory)? ((5)) How are jumps done in the opcode level? Assembly has specific commands for different types of jumps. Lets say you are running an 8 bit computer that had 8 bits of memory at each address, can't you only address 256 addresses (0 to 255)? Lets say the 8 bit computer processor has 128 unique operations, and an unconditional jump happens to be the 100th operation. In the memory you write your program to, the jump would be written as 1100100 (100 in decimal, the jump command). There would only be 1 bit left, hardly enough room to write the address of where you are actually trying to jump to. My only conclusion is that you would tack a 0 to the front of the jump command making 01100100 and filling up the whole byte of memory. Then, when the computer reads the byte it recognizes the opcode for unconditional jump and reads the next byte of memory as the location of the jump and not  as a specific jump. Thus if you were trying to write an unconditional jump to address zero, the program would look like: ........ ........ 01100100 00000000 Is this how computers perform operations containing operational code and memory addresses that are written as one line in assembly code? Thanks for your time and help!

Asked by seanroberts 8 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Boost 12 V lead acid to higher values, like ca. 60V (+- 30) for amplifier...How?

"home" amplifiers are relatively easy to find. A simililar amp can be built from available (velleman) kits, or from discrete components.  But for portable use (on the bicycle, or car) , with one, or max. two 12 V batteries, only ready made car amps are available. The only thing between the choice of using stuff I already have or buying car sound system components is the power required... Which would mean there is a circuit inside the car amplifier boosting the battery voltage... Can anyone suggest a simple circuit or easily available gadget to boost the 12 V car battery voltage to the required +- 9 up to +- 40 V required for the variation of designs available. I am thinking of using (X2) the 200 W Velleman kit (+- 30 V) or the TDA 7294 chip (+- 40 V) for my bike amp, but would also like to know how to boost to arbitrary values (like, 17, or +- 21V) (for understanding). Of course, not just voltage, but also power is needed here!

Asked by BobS 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


How do I monitor a security system through the internet?

I am working on a basic security system based on discrete logic and was wondering if there was any way I could monitor the status of the system through the internet and possibly send messages to phones, computers, etc. through the internet when certain inputs went high, which would happen when the system was activated. For example, if a window was broken in the living room, is there a program or way to have my computer be connected to the system so that it would register that the input concerning the living room was at high (or activated) status, and send a text message or email to a phone or computer telling the recipient that a break-in had occurred in the living room? The basic way the system works is that the system will have outputs for each sector monitored, and, when the system is tripped in a sector, that sector's output goes high. I have heard about some microcontrollers marketed as "ethernet/internet appliances" from various places, and was wondering if I could use one of those? I also have an old iPAQ ( see my other pocket PC question for system specifications), and an old Dell computer with a Pentium 3 processor and Windows 98 that I have total free reign over, they are mine; is there any way I could use one of those? Thanks!

Asked by mad magoo 9 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Unofficial Patch Contest - Macro Photography AND THE WINNERS ARE...

DoNoTincinerate and myself have decided to trial Eric's idea of awarding patches as prizes in informal contests.We have decided to run a quick contest for members (pro or not) to show off their photography skills.So the contest is... "Best macro shot of an electronic device, component or components"Entries will be judged on clarity, composition and UCF (undefinable coolness factor).Deadline midnight (UK time!), Saturday 20th June.Post entries to this topic and we will judge them on Sunday.Prize: a rosette patch created especially for small contests, awarded entirely at the discretion of DoNoTincinerate and myself.>KK<IT'S BACK ON!Things are resolved, and I have had other good news.Judging will happen at the weekend, new entries will be accepted until Midnight Friday 10th July (based on site time-markers).FINAL UPDATEIt was hard to choose, so I chose three. In no particular order... the winners are...Gmjhowe's chocolate.Munchman's HDD circuitboardBumpus' cell-phone buttonWith a special mention to Kryptonite for managing to photograph sparks.Well done, all four - patches are arriving soon.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Perler Bead Artists - We Need You!

Calling All Creative Minds! Perler Beads & EK Success Brands are looking for a dynamic group of talented artists to help us create some epic content – in exchange, we’ll send you free Perler Beads!! The projects you create will be used in various promotional materials both online and offline and may lead to more creative opportunities in 2014-15. If you’re interested- email us at  kcreel@eksuccess.com. Hurry- the open slots are filling up fast!! Here are the ground rules: 1.)           All projects submitted to Perler Beads must be the original creation of the artist submitting the project, must be appropriate for a general audience, and must not contain any licensed characters (Nintendo, Minecraft, etc.) or other images that infringe upon the trademarks or copyrights of other people or entities. 2.)           Participating artists will receive free Perler Beads, but will not be paid. 3.)           Perler Beads will own all submitted projects and will have right to modify and use the projects without further notification, permission or compensation. 4)            Artists must be 18 or older to participate. 5)            Perler Beads reserves the right to terminate the program or the participation of any individual artist at any time in its sole discretion. Size, depth and content are up to you – show us what you can do! Experience with Perler Beads is recommended. Thanks!! PerlerKerry

Posted by PerlerKerry 5 years ago


Multi Touch Pad. Would this design work?

Found this video on how to make a multi-touch table for your PC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQpr3W-YmcQ&feature;=fvwBut that model have 2 big problems. It's ugly and it's too high. But I really want to build one. 'Cause that is what I've always done, built my own small electronical stuff. Anyway. I've been thinking and I've designed my own model based on a webcam with a microphone. The picture says it all acctually. Do you guys think it would work, or is the cameras angle of view to small to have the height I want? Does my Size and shape seems resonable or do I need to rethink. And about the LED's. It would be cool with red light coming up from inside it. And it would match quite good with the oak frame (have lots of Oak-pieces I can't use for something so I will make a nice frame out of it), and in the dark it would be very cool with light coming up from inside it, but that would disturb the camera by removing the dark spots created by your fingers, or am I wrong? Maybe I could put them discretely in the four corners above the table itself. AnywayWhat do you think. Possible or not?It works with a little height, but I will strip down the camera so that I can put the lens really low and not put in the whole camera.To read the text on the picture you have to view them in full size.

Posted by UltraSquirrel 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


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Posted by randofo 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


View all steps and secondary pictures

I am sure that I'm not the only one with these feelings about the changes in the site "permissions" concerning guests viewing instructables. I have been looking at this site (which I love, by the way), but something that's really, well, stuck in my craw, is the fact that guests cannot view all steps or view other pictures. What purpose does this accomplish? Are the admins trying to bolster the number of members? Just because a viewer doesn't have an account does not mean that he shouldn't be allowed to view all the pictures. I am also having trouble understanding why the admins don't allow guests to view all steps. The site hasn't always been like this. Not too long ago anyone could use most of the understandable viewing features. An excerpt from the Terms and Condidtions of Use (from section 7, subsection F, first sentence): " Instructables, in its sole and absolute discretion, may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or judicial or governmental mandate or as reasonably determined useful by us to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Instructables, Instructables users and the public." (go look at the last three words again) I don't know about anyone else, but I think that not seeing all the pictures detracts from the educational viewing experience. If anyone has a good perspective on this, I'd love to hear why the site is like this.

Posted by thecheese429 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


How build a cost-effective device that automatically clears exhaust fumes out my garage?

Soon I'm going to move into a building which shares living quarters with a garage. I'd like to rig up some sort of relay-triggering device that opens a nicely sealed set of vents (one intake, one output) and activates a fan exhausting garage air  - one that activates the minute I open the garage door, and then continues exhausting fumes for a few minutes after I drive the car away (and close the garage door). After those couple of minutes, the fan would stop, and the vents seal shut Due to the "lay of the land" (garage right off a busy road, with very short hidden driveway) I will be backing the car in, so exhaust gases will be concentrated at the back of the garage (close to living areas) - rather than near the open garage door. And as my car has a turbocharger, I often need to let it idle for a minute or two ( to let the turbo cool down) before turning it off to park. So it would be most useful to be expelling those exhaust fumes out of the garage! The question is - what's really the most simple and cost-effective platform for this kind of a system? Could a 555 timer, a few discrete components and some relays do the job elegantly? Or am I better off just diving into Arduino-Land?? Any related ideas (solenoid-closed vents, efficient fans, ducting through walls, etc ) that are especially thrifty - would also be greatly appreciated!!!

Asked by rockandroller 4 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Smart amplifier design building blocks help? (making an amp w/ auto-volume adjust by controlling gain with running avg)

I am currently working on a simple headphone audio amp that automatically adjusts volume to my preference, regardless of what video I click on when it is plugged into a computer. I am tired of some video's being so quiet that I have to crank up the volume to overdrive to hear it, while other video's blast out sound and burst my eardrums. And of course when watching photonicinduction videos, he often can be hard to hear his voice at really low volume at like 12 at night when everyone is asleep, but then the sparks and hammers come into the picture, it is often too late to crank the volume back down, and thus makes your ears bleed or waking everyone up in the neighborhood! X-(. (Luckily he has included sound warnings, but I am lazy, and will engineer things that do the hard work of adjusting volume for me! :)   ) In a way, I understand that this will minimize the dynamic range, which I suppose hardcore "audiophiles" will go NUTS over me actually WANTING to do that, but none the less, That is what I want. My design currently is just a simple emitter follower with a NPN and PNP transistor is the class AB operation, and to minimize crossover distortion and give a definite gain, I have negative feedback op amp from the output of the totem pole transistor arrangement back to the inputs that feed the base of the low and high side transistor. (obviously, the transistors by themselves are low impedance output, (CV mode) and high impedance input, and have a gain of like 1.) Sorry, no schematics, but you capable of googling it if you want to see what I am describing. As it is, it works fine. HOWEVER, it does not do the automatic volume, or gain control. That is set in stone by a resistor divider network between the feedback and ground (the basic non inverting amp feedback config.) I do not want a fixed gain. I want a electrically adjustable gain. The thing I plan to use to do the automatic adjustment would be a peak detector on the input, which is probably going to be a simple diode and capacitor with a buffer, and a discharge resistor (or constant current drain) across the capacitor to gradually lower the max output, or possibly an integrating op amp that effectively takes a running average. The output of that needs to control GAIN of the primary amplifier, and I want to be able to control the PID of that thing, maybe by tuning the a LCR circuit, or what have you. It is all nice and analog, just the way I like it! :) If ONLY there was some magical (and common) component that I could control the resistance anywhere in the feedback loop, of with a given voltage w/ respect to ground... I was thinking of like a MOSFET, but I would have to deal with the non linearity of the input vs output impedance, which probably changes with respect to everything from the current flowing through the channel, the voltage relative to ground at the source, the temperature, the alignment of the planet's, what mood god is in, etc etc etc. That is too many factors for an open loop control on to model in discrete stuff! And digital potentiometers are out of the question since, well they are digital, I want an elegant simple solution, and the are $$ and difficult to deal with. They have so many requirements that need to be addressed.  I prefer a elegant discrete transistor circuit, but op amps and other basic building blocks are acceptable, (this thing I want to be built over a weekend with with jellybean parts from by junk bin.) if you happen to know of a specific audio chip that does this for me, please mention it, but I will probably not use it, but maybe analyze the internal circuitry and learn how it works.

Asked by -max- 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Electronic Toolkit

I do some work with the FIRST Robotics kids and it is amazing to see what they are doing.  Big problem though seems to be a general lack of electrical test equipment.  They don't really have the money to buy oscilloscopes, function generators, CAN and I2C analyzers.   So I got one of the M3 Discovery boards from STmicro and it is really cool.  It has four 5MS A/Ds on it plus a whole host of other features(CAN, I2C, Serial etc.). http://www.st.com/web/en/catalog/tools/PF254044 So it got me thinking. Why couldn't we turn one of these chips into an "All-In-One" electrical toolkit and keep it cheap($50-$60, BOM ~$20).  It would be fairly easy to turnkey. I threw together some simple specs, what do people think. 1) Will supply general use drivers so a user can use the app or write their own. 2) Oscilloscope   a. Two Channel     i. 2MHZ of Analog Bandwidth per channel     ii. 10MS/s per channel     iii. Trigger on rising edge, falling edge, on-command, run-stop actions     iv. Datalogging for extended time periods at up to 10hz per channel (data stored directly to console),  maybe higher rate will  just have to see 3) Serial – 2 Ports   a. Multi selectable protocol w/slew control     i. RS232, RS422, RS485 4) CANBus – 1 port 5) I2C – 1 port 6) SPI  - 1 port 7) 8 Discrete User Selectable 8) Function Generator   a. Two Channel      i. 1MS/s small signal change      ii. 250kS/s full range change      iii. 0-3.3VDC buffered output  9) PWM - 4 Channels

Posted by ase4542 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Any ideas on an in-ear white noise device to help stutterers/stammerers?

Hi, This is my first post. I don't know much about this kind of tech but am eager to learn.  I want to build a hidden/discrete wireless earpiece which can play a short burst of white noise (1-2 seconds) when a button is pressed (see below for an explanation of why on earth I want to do this). The button would need to be able to trigger the white noise from a range of around 1 metre so that the controller can be kept in my trouser pocket. There are earpieces around which play white noise (to help people sleep in noisy environments) but I want to be able to control whether or not the white noise is playing. I thought about using a wireless earpiece (e.g.) with bluetooth, however it seems like the maximum range for this would be around 40cm. Anyone know of alternatives?  WHY WOULD I WANT TO?! Individuals who stutter/stammer often experience blocks. It's not that you'll hear them repeating sounds or anything - their speech just totally freezes up. For reasons which aren't entirely clear, listening to white noise can help stutters who block to start talking. White noise can be played before trying to speak, disrupting our auditory feedback - resulting in less blocks. Some devices have made use of this, e.g. Edinburgh Masker (http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/edinburghmasker.html), but were ugly, bulky and didn't allow you to manually control when the white noise was playing. Other devices, like SpeechEasy make use of Delayed Auditory Feedback (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_fluency_device#Delayed_auditory_feedback) - which can help some people but is of no use if you aren't already making some kind of noise. Is this impossible?  Many thanks for anyone with ideas on this! Cheers Oli

Posted by ocheadle 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


How to convert IR hex codes to IR time codes for TV-B-Gone?

Hi, I was trying to add an IR code to the TV-B-Gone library since it was not able to turn off one of my TVs, so I found the code I needed/wanted to test here (http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/mboard/rc-discrete/thread.cgi?6824) however the code formating is not the same as the formatting in the TV-B-Gone library. For example, a power code on the site is in hex: 0000 006b 0022 0002 015b 00b1 0014 0018 0014 001a 0012 0019 0013 0018 0016 0017 0014 0018 0013 0044 0013 0018 0015 0042 0014 0043 0014 0043 0014 0043 0013 0043 0015 0042 0014 0018 0014 0043 0014 001a 0012 0043 0016 0042 0013 0043 0015 0042 0014 0043 0014 0043 0016 0016 0014 0042 0014 0019 0015 0017 0014 0018 0014 0018 0014 001a 0012 0018 0014 0043 0015 061a 015b 0059 0014 0e93 but a code in the TV-B-Gone library is not: const struct powercode sonyCode PROGMEM = {   freq_to_timerval(37470), // 37.47 KHz    {{245, 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 2759},    {245, 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 60},    {123, 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 60},    {61 , 0}// end of code and I was wondering if there was a way to convert the hex codes into codes usable by the TV-B-Gone library? Any help or tips would be appreciated, thanks.

Asked by psp3601 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Public domain, Creative Commons etc. musci sources wanted

My latest film project is in the style of a fantasy epic- think LotR, Narnia, that sort of "party of brave adventurers battle evil in a non-specific setting resembling mediaeval Europe" thing. It's in post-production now, but while we are ok for visual effects and editing we really need some music. To keep options open regarding public performances, we make sure to use music that doesn't infringe any copyrights- the last film only used original compositions and public-domain soundtracks.For this film we need public-domain music in a fantasy genre. The links below illustrate the sort of style we are looking for. Public domain recordings would be great, but freely-reproducible scores would be ok as we have a couple of talented musicians in the group who can play pieces with limited instrumentation, but sadly no full orchestra!The best answer will receive a Best Answer, probably a patch if the answer leads to some good sources, and possibly (at the discretion of The Powers That Be) a credit in the film.Rousing orchestral musicSadly we have little hope of reproducing music like this, but any public domain not-too-recognisable pieces would be absolutely great.Celtic-sounding flute/whistle music... is something we could actually play. Recordings would be better, though.Faux-mediaeval stringsOh, what I'd give to have a cellist on board. Oh well.Slow reflective piano melodiesNot quite as "folk" as the rest but would give great colour to the sad moments in the filmHarp musicNo, we aren't going to rip off the Braid soundtrack. I know, it's a shame. The only harpist I know is busy studying for her veterinary medicine degree so doesn't have time for our stupid projects.Of course, if anyone plays in any of the above styles and feels like hooking us up with a score or a recording that we could use, you would be the coolest person in the history of the world.I may be abusing the phrases "public domain" and "creative commons" here- I have tried to sum up what the copyright issues are and our stance on them, but essentially we need music we can put in a derivative work and potentially show in public.

Posted by PKM 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Mr.Common sense lost

No common sense these days, eh? London Times Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense 'Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Elastoplast to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Posted by Mr.Commonsense 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


Why do we have to go through the admin. to change our usernames?

I do understand to a point, for keeping things from getting out of hand with inappropriate text, and I agree with that part, but, I don't agree that we need to wait for the change and the eye over our shoulder in this accelerated www. There are programs out there to filter out and work with the feeds and to keep things lined up right. And, why is it that way; that we need to be monitored here in Instructibles concerning our user-names. We are supposed to have intelligent enough caps on that make us decent people; being that we already have the capacity to be productive members in society, inventive and resourceful, helpful, and competitive for all purposes in research and creating stuff that is new, or old stuff revisited. Is this site that bad? When someone gets inappropriate with things, they have to have outside correction, and then they get watched for avoidance of any future haps because of past haps. This scenario seems to be the case here too, as with countless other sites; but all members get affected through blanket rules brought on by the ones who would show their colors in the lack of their morals. I would ask all who would otherwise give no caring thoughts and understanding on how you would present yourselves on the internet or in the life around you; please rethink how you would put yourself out there for others to see and read about, talk to or have accounts with. The way you look and appear to people who don't want their site trashed with that type of garbage of inappropriateness, is going to make Admins make blanket rules to counter-battle it, thus affecting all users, and creating the atmosphere of distrust in the site among the users ~vs~ the admins. I also wish you well in your future for making good choices that affect you and many who you don't even know in this world that would otherwise experience unfortunate reasoning and control factors as a result of the ugliness that has to be cleaned up... We are all a part of the community in this world, we need to respect ourselves more by carrying a good set of morals and using them ( I don't mean get bigger egos, or fine tune so we can lash back when confronted by our own garbage output). You would be amazed at how different your lives would be, along with the people around you. You'll gain much more respect than you have now; trust me, I know it from my own changes to become a better person.  Start with a smile to some one, It would make people feel happy and smile back; present yourselves with discretion and respectfulness, you should see changes quickly...much respect and trust is to be gained... (c-:

Asked by Discoveritagain 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


How can I build a simple computer around a retro cpu like the Z80?

I am interested in building a small computer and had previously opted to build a very minimal computer out of discrete components (think 4- bit). Due to cost constraints and my skill level in electronics I don't think I can do this at the current time. So, I have opted to try building a small computer with a pre-built retro cpu. First, my two goals: <>I do not want a computer with extra capabilities like serial output or the ability to drive a display. I want a "bare bone" computer. This entails a dip switch input and led indicating output. I would also like the option to switch to some sort of latching system for the inputs and outputs so my computer can control and be controlled by peripherals as my skill level increases. <>Ideally I would like to have as few chips as possible. I was initially planning to use a Z80 as the cpu because wikipedia says it had the need for less supporting ic's than its predecessors. Also, there is a lot of documentation out there on the cpu. You may be asking why I am asking for advice then but the truth is because the Z80 computer building tutorials I have found all involve a screen and are more complex than I can manage. If there is another processor that is easier to work with, please tell me! As best I can figure, for my basic computer I would need: the processor, a ram chip, a rom chip, 8 latches for the input and for the output (for an 8 bit processor), an 8 switch dip switch, a clock, and an 8 led display. Are there any other chips I am missing (buffers or the like)? Also, how can a program be written to the cpu? My thoughts on this were that the very first address of the rom section would have instructions to read say bit 1 and bit 2 of the input. It would keep doing this if both were low. When bit 1 goes high it triggers the cpu to jump to a section of rom which performs a loop where it reads the input->stores it in a certain memory address allocated to storing programs-> increments this memory address by 1->reads and stores the next input. If it read a bit 2 initially it would jump to the memory address where program starts. All in all this seems like a very bad way to program, what is the best way to program? I am fairly certain that some startup program will need to be written to the first address of memory in the rom. Thanks for your help.

Asked by seanroberts 8 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


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Entrant are permitted to modify or update an entry after submission, but are not permitted to do so after the Deadline. Entries may remain posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site indefinitely following the Deadline, but Sponsor reserves the right to delete entries from the Contest page after the Contest ends, in its discretion. Entries may not be created or submitted through any software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro, or other automated method. Sponsor and Co-Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its discretion, any entries that have been tampered with, or entries that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise. Proof of transmission of an entry shall not constitute proof of receipt. It is each entrant’s responsibility to keep Sponsor informed of any changes to entrant’s contact or other information during the Contest. Additional Entry Requirements. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Policies, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions, as stated in the Terms of Use for the Sponsor Site. Without limiting that requirement, each entry also must comply with the following: Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry; If persons other than the entrant have contributed to an entry, the entrant must have the permission from each contributor prior to submitting the entry; Entries must not have been published prior to the Start Date; Entries must not have been entered in more than two other previous contests of Sponsor; Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right; and Entries must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. Judging Process. The winner(s) will be determined by the judge as described below: The Judge will apply the Criteria to evaluate the entrants, sorting them in rank order. The highest ranked project(s) will be selected as the winner(s), and the number and type of winners will be as identified in Section A above. The Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules, in the Judges’ discretion. In the event that a winning entry is disqualified, the next-highest scoring entry will be selected as the alternate winner. In the event that one or more of the identified Judges is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Judges of comparable qualification, to be determined by Sponsor in its discretion. Prize Terms. All values are stated in United States dollars. If a stated prize is unavailable, Sponsor has the right to substitute one or more items of equal or greater value, in its discretion. No prize is exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable federal, state, provincial, local, or other statutes, regulations, and other laws and for bearing any personal income, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to any prize. THE PRIZE(S) WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSOR(S) “AS IS.” SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSORS DO NOT MAKE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM, ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IN WHICH CASE SUCH EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. Announcement; Award of Prize(s). The winner(s) will be notified by e-mail within seven (7) days of selection. The winner(s) (and, if a winner is a minor, the winner’s parent or legal guardian) may be required to sign a declaration of eligibility and/or publicity and/or liability release form, to the extent not prohibited by law, prior to receipt of a prize. The winner(s) must take possession of the prize(s) as directed by Sponsor. The winner(s) may be required to provide Sponsor with a social security or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes. The winner(s) also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. An “Authorized Account Holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address. In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. Failure to respond to a winner announcement, or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor) or to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. It is Sponsor’s policy to assist government employees in meeting their obligations under their Standards of Ethical Conduct; any prize(s) won in violation of those Standards should not be accepted and should be returned at Sponsor’s expense or destroyed. Representations. By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) in entering and participating in the Contest, the entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with these Rules and all applicable statutes, regulations, and other laws; and (c) the information provided in the entrant’s entry, including without limitation all contact information, is true, accurate, and complete in all respects. Assumption of Risk. By taking any action to create an entry for the Contest, each entrant, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns, acknowledges and agrees that: (a) there may be danger and risk of bodily injury, death, or property damage involved in creating an entry; (b) these risks and dangers may arise from foreseeable or unforeseeable causes; (c) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns assume all risks and responsibility for any personal injury, death, property damage, or other loss arising out of the creation of any entry, whether caused by negligence or any other cause; and (d) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns are relinquishing any and all rights he, she, or they now have or may have in the future to sue or take any other action against Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, the prize manufacturers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (the “Sponsor Parties”) on the basis of any injury, death, damage, or other loss that may be suffered arising from any action taken in the creation of any entry, including but not limited to claims based on allegations of negligence by any of the Sponsor Parties. Release. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties from any and all responsibility, liability, damages (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to: (a) entry or participation in the Contest, including but not limited to disputes among individuals claiming to have contributed to any winning entry; (b) any violation by the entrant of these Rules, the Policies, or applicable laws; (c) misappropriation, infringement, or other violation of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, or other legal or contractual right of any person attributable to entrant or any entry submitted by entrant; (d) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize or any item purchased with any prize (e.g., if the prize includes a gift card); (e) any entries or votes that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (f) any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (g) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (h) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (i) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”). If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor Parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. Misconduct. Sponsor reserves the right, in its discretion, to disqualify any entrant who: (a) tampers with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Contest, the Sponsor Site, or affiliated websites; (b) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; (c) is otherwise in violation of these Rules, the Policies, or any applicable laws; or (d) attempts to subvert the letter and/or spirit of these Rules. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Termination. Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest at any time for any reason, in its discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, technical, administrative, financial, or other difficulties. In such cases, Sponsor will post a notice on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Should the Contest terminate prior to selection of the winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Advertising. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the rights to use his or her entry as provided in the Policies, including without limitation the provisions of the Terms of Use regarding ownership and use of user submissions. Without limiting the foregoing, to the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant consents to the use by Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor, of any and all information, drawings, text, photos, videos, or other material contained in an entry or otherwise provided by such entrant related to the Contest, including any personal information obtained through the Contest, for advertising, marketing or any other purposes not prohibited by law. Otherwise, each entrant retains whatever rights it may have in each entry to the extent provided in the Policies. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by accepting a prize, a winner consents to the print and online publication of the winner’s user name, first and last name, address, and winning entry as part of the official winner’s list and also to the use of his or her winning entry, first and last name, user name, voice, photograph, biographical material, and likeness by Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor, for advertising, marketing, and other purposes without additional compensation. Other than as set forth herein, Sponsor will treat any personal information supplied by entrants in connection with the Contest in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Miscellaneous. Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of an appropriate state court in Marin County, California, or an appropriate federal court located in San Francisco, California, for any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize. By entering the Contest, each entrant submits to the jurisdiction of those courts and waives any objection to those courts, whether on the basis of jurisdiction, venue, inconvenience of the forum, or otherwise. If any part of these Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Rules will remain in full force and effect. Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any Co-Sponsor, or of Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Winner’s List; Mailing List. The user name(s) and entries of the Contest winner(s) will be posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site, within thirty (30) days of awarding of all prizes. In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address (requests must include the words “WINNER’S LIST” and the full name of the Contest prominently in the first line of the address): 82 2nd St. San Francisco, California 94105 USA   All such requests must be received within six (6) months of the Deadline. Sponsor’s telephone number for Contest purposes is (510) 473-7626. Entrants who opt to join Sponsor’s electronic mailing list agree to be contacted by email by Sponsor. Requests for removal from Sponsor’s mailing list may be made as instructed in any such email, or by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Instructables Mailing List” at the above address, by calling the above telephone number, or as otherwise indicated on the Sponsor Site. Residents of Vermont may omit return postage on winner’s list and mailing list requests.   © 2011 Instructables, Inc. All rights reserved. INSTRUCTABLES is a registered trademark of Instructables, Inc. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Scoochmaroo Challenge Official Rules

OFFICIAL RULES PLEASE REVIEW THESE OFFICIAL RULES BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS: YOU MUST OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRY TO THE CONTEST IS FREE AND NO PAYMENT OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PAYMENT OR PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. PLEASE SEE THE INSTRUCTABLES TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY SECTION A - SPECIFIC TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST Sponsor. The Instructables Scoochmaroo Challenge: FIRE! (the "Contest") is a skill-based contest sponsored by Instructables, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Sponsor"), in connection with the Instructables.com website (the "Sponsor Site"). The Contest is co-sponsored by the company or companies listed here, if any (each, a "Co-Sponsor"): none. The Contest is governed by these Official Rules (these "Rules"). Overview. The object of the Contest is to make an Instructable that uses fire.. Eligibility. 1.THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SPONSOR SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OLD, AND ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO),  CANADA (EXCLUDING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA), UNITED KINGDOM, OR AUSTRALIA. 1.If you are a minor, meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (currently 18 or 19 in most U.S. states and provinces of Canada and Australia, and, for the UK, 16 in Scotland and 18 in most other parts of the United Kingdom), you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to these Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry.  Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Rules at any time, without which they may be immediately disqualified from the Contest. Certain individuals are excluded from eligibility to enter or win, as described in Section B below.  No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. Deadline. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT)/8AM GMT on October 31, 2011 (the "Start Date"). Entries for the Contest must be received by Sponsor by 11:59 p.m. PT on November 7 /7:59am GMT on November 8 (the "Deadline"). How to Enter. All entries must comply with the entry requirements identified in these Rules (including in this Section and in Section B below), as well as with any specific formatting or content requirements identified in Section A.2 above or on the "How to Enter" page https://www.instructables.com/id/Scoochmaroo-Challenge-FIRE/ for the Contest on the Sponsor Site. It is each entrant's responsibility to ensure compliance with those requirements. To enter a new project in the Contest, follow these steps: First document your project in the step-by-step or photo,Instructables format. When your project is ready to be published to the Sponsor Site, visit the Sponsor Site and follow the instructions for publishing your project to the Sponsor Site.  You must be a registered user of the Sponsor Site in order to publish a project to the Sponsor Site. If you are not already a registered user of the Sponsor Site, you will be prompted to create an account on the Sponsor Site during the publication process. Please note: in some jurisdictions, the publication of your project on the Sponsor Site could materially affect rights (e.g., adversely affect patent rights), you may own in the project.  You should make your own inquiries and seek your own advice on this issue. When you have published your project to the Sponsor Site, if you have reviewed the entry requirements for the Contest, believe your project qualifies for entry, and want to enter it in the Contest, leave a comment on the Contest page, and include a link to your published Instructable. Instructable must be published during the Contest period. You may not enter the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Projects published prior to the Start Date are not eligible for entry.  You may not register the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Further information about entry can be found in Section B below. Winner Selection. There can be up to 11 possible winning entries, depending on the number of eligible entries. The winning entries will be selected on or around November 7th, and Sponsor will announce the winner(s) on or around November 8th. There must be a minimum of the number of eligible entrants described for each tier listed below for it to be awarded.  Each winner will be awarded only the applicable prize according to the following: Prize(s). Tier #1: If there are at least 1 but no more than 4 eligible entries, the winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership.  Approximate retail value: $24, £ 15.51; or Tier #2: If there are at least 5 but no more than 9 eligible entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, and a Sugru sample pack.  Approximate retail value: $50, £ 32.31; or Tier #3: If there are at least 10 but no more than 24 entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value: $65, £ 42; or Tier #4: If there are at least 25 but no more than 49 entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including a kitchen torch, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value: $105, £ 67.86.  The entrants with the next 3 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65, £ 42; or Tier #5: If there are at least 50 but no more than 99 entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including a Dremel rotary took kit, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value: $165, £ 106.64.  The entrants with the next 5 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65, £ 42; or Tier #6: If there are 100 or more eligible entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including an iPad 2, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.    Approximate retail value: $565, £ 365.15. The entrants with the next 10 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65, £ 42. With respect to any prizes that include any gift cards, pre-paid debit cards,  similar cards, or any other items or services that are subject to third party terms and conditions or restrictions, acceptance and use of the prizes are subject to all eligibility criteria, expiration dates, service or dormancy fees, and all other terms and conditions (if any) imposed by the issuer of such cards, items or services. Neither Sponsor, nor any Co-Sponsor, nor any of their affiliates is the issuer of any such cards, items or services, and none of them are responsible for establishing those terms and conditions, for disclosing or explaining any of those terms and conditions to entrants, or for any winner's failure to comply with any of them.  If a winner does not comply with all of those terms and conditions, the winner may not be able to obtain the maximum value, or any value, from his or her prize. The estimated retail value of all prizes to be awarded in the Contest depends on the number of eligible entries and is between: $24 - $1,215, £ 15.51 - £ 785.24. Judging. 1.Entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria (the "Criteria"):  relevance, originality, usefulness, simplicity, and clarity of instructions, each of which will be given equal weight.  Entrants will be judged by the contest manager. Further information on the steps and process of voting and judging can be found in Section B below. Odds of Winning. The odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received between the Start Date and the Deadline and the quality of each entry as evaluated by the Judge in the manner described above.  The number of entries received, and the number of winners chosen, in prior contests of Sponsor, including the three (3) most recently completed contests, can be found through the "Contests" page of the Sponsor Site, which can be found here instructables.com/contest.  The number of eligible entries for Sponsor's recently completed contests generally has ranged from approximately two (2) to approximately eighty-three (83), and generally has averaged approximately forty (40), but Sponsor cannot predict or guarantee any specific number of eligible entries for the Contest.   SECTION B - ADDITIONAL TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST General Conditions. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by the terms of these Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor and the Judges, which shall be made in all cases in their sole and absolute discretion and are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. The Contest is also governed by Sponsor's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and other policies (collectively, the "Policies") pertaining to the Sponsor Site, although the Rules will govern any conflict between the Privacy Policy and the Rules. Exclusions from Eligibility. Employees of Sponsor, any  Co-Sponsor, or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, suppliers, or advertising or promotional agencies (including without limitation any Judges who are employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents,     subsidiaries, or affiliates), as well as members of their households or their immediate families, may submit entries in the Contest, but any such entries are for information and entertainment purposes only and are not eligible to be considered for the purpose of selecting finalists or winners.  Judges who are not employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, are not eligible to enter or win, nor are members of their households or their immediate families. Entry. 1.Multiple entries are permitted, but only one entry per entrant can win a prize in the Contest.  Entrants must be registered users of the Sponsor Site to enter the Contest.  Registering for an account with the Sponsor Site may require each entrant to submit entrant's name, e-mail address, age or date of birth, and other details, and in the case of a minor, contact details for a parent or legal guardian for purposes of obtaining proof of parental consent, if Sponsor elects to do so.  Entries can be the work of more than one person, but for purposes of the Contest, each entry will belong to the "Primary Author" named in the entry, regardless of the number of contributors to that entry.  For winning entries, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to the named entrant only, and will not be responsible or liable for apportioning any prize among contributors to a winning entry.  Upon submission, all entries become subject to the Policies (including without limitation the provisions regarding ownership and use of user submissions as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html).  Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.  Entrants are permitted to modify or update an entry after submission, but are not permitted to do so after the Deadline.  Entries may remain posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site indefinitely following the Deadline, but Sponsor reserves the right to delete entries from the Contest page after the Contest ends, in its discretion.  Entries may not be created or submitted through any software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro, or other automated method.  Sponsor and Co-Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its discretion, any entries that have been tampered with, or entries that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise.  Proof of transmission of an entry shall not constitute proof of receipt.  It is each entrant's responsibility to keep Sponsor informed of any changes to entrant's contact or other information during the Contest. Additional Entry Requirements. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Policies, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions, as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html for the Sponsor Site. Without limiting that requirement, each entry also must comply with the following: Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry; If persons other than the entrant have contributed to an entry, the entrant must have the permission from each contributor prior to submitting the entry; Entries must not have been published prior to the Start Date; Entries must not have been entered in more than two other previous contests of Sponsor; Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right; and Entries must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. Judging Process. The winner(s) will be determined by the Judges, who will apply the Criteria to evaluate entries. The entries with the highest score(s) will be selected as the winner(s), and the number and type of winners will be as identified in Section A above. The Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules, in the Judges' discretion. In the event that a winning entry is disqualified, the next-highest scoring entry will be selected as the alternate winner.  In the event that one or more of the identified Judges is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Judges of comparable qualification, to be determined by Sponsor in its discretion. Prize Terms All values are stated in United States dollars or British Pound Sterling as indicated.  If a stated  prize is unavailable, Sponsor has the right to substitute one or more items of equal or greater value, in its discretion.  No prize is exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash.  The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all     applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees,     insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to any prize. THE PRIZE(S) WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSOR(S) "AS IS."  SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSORS DO NOT MAKE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM, ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, CONSUMER GUARANTEES AND SIMILAR RIGHTS, IN WHICH CASE SUCH EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS, IN RELATION TO THE PRIZES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED BY STATUTE, LAW (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMMON LAW), RULE, REGULATION OR OTHERWISE, ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED. Announcement; Award of Prize(s). 1. The winner(s) will be notified by e-mail within seven (7) days of selection.  The winner(s) (and, if a winner is a minor, the winner's parent or legal guardian) may be required to sign a declaration of eligibility and/or publicity and/or liability release form, to the extent not prohibited by law, prior to receipt of a prize.  The winner(s) must take possession of the prize(s) as directed by Sponsor.  The winner(s) may be required to provide Sponsor with a social security or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes.  The winner(s) also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry.  An "Authorized Account Holder" is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address.  In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry.  Failure to respond to a winner announcement, or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor) or to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner.  It is Sponsor's policy to assist government employees in meeting their obligations under their Standards of Ethical Conduct; any prize(s) won in violation of those Standards should not be accepted and should be returned at Sponsor's expense or destroyed. Representations. 1.By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) in entering and participating in the Contest, the entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with these Rules and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations; and (c) the information provided in the entrant's entry, including without limitation all contact information, is true, accurate, and complete in all respects.   Assumption of Risk.  By taking any action to create an entry for the Contest, each entrant, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns, acknowledges and agrees that: (a) THERE MAY BE DANGER     AND RISK OF BODILY INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE INVOLVED IN CREATING AN ENTRY; (b) THESE RISKS AND DANGERS MAY ARISE FROM FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE CAUSES; (c) SUCH ENTRANT AND HIS OR HER PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, HEIRS, EXECUTORS, AND ASSIGNS ASSUME ALL RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER LOSS ARISING OUT OF THE CREATION OF ANY ENTRY, WHETHER CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER CAUSE; and (d) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns are relinquishing any and all rights he, she, or they now have or may have in the future to sue or take any other action against Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, the prize manufacturers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (the “Sponsor Parties”) on the basis of any injury, death, damage, or other loss that may be suffered arising from any action taken in the creation of any entry,     including but not limited to claims based on allegations of negligence by any of the Sponsor Parties. Release. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties from any and all responsibility,     liability, damages  (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or     relating to: (a) entry or participation in the Contest, including but not limited to disputes among individuals claiming to have contributed to any winning entry; (b) any violation by the entrant     of these Rules, the Policies, or applicable laws; (c) misappropriation, infringement, or other violation of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, or other legal or contractual right of any person attributable to entrant or any entry submitted by entrant; (d) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize or any item purchased with any prize (e.g., if the prize includes a gift card); (e) any entries or votes that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (f)     any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or     other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (g) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (h) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (i) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”).  If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor Parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT, CONTRACT, OTHER LEGAL THEORY OR OTHERWISE, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES AND OTHER     LIABILITY (INCLUDING INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE  FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, RULE, STATUTE OR REGULATION IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. NOTHING IN THESE TERMS EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR FRAUD, OR FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION IS PROHIBITED BY     APPLICABLE LAW. Misconduct. Sponsor reserves the right, in its discretion, to disqualify any entrant who: (a) tampers with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Contest, the Sponsor     Site, or affiliated websites; (b) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; (c) is otherwise in violation of these Rules, the Policies, or any     applicable laws; or (d) attempts to subvert the letter and/or spirit of these Rules. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Termination. 1.Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest at any time for any reason, in its discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, technical, administrative, financial, or other difficulties.  In such cases, Sponsor will post a notice on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site.  Should the Contest terminate prior to selection of the winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site.   Advertising. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the rights to use his or her entry as provided in the Policies, including without limitation the provisions of the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html regarding ownership and use of user submissions.WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT CONSENTS, AND WARRANTS THAT IT HAS OBTAINED THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF EVERY CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ENTRY,  TO THE USE BY SPONSOR, ANY CO-SPONSOR, OR ANY THIRD PARTY CHOSEN BY SPONSOR OR ANY CO-SPONSOR, OF ANY AND ALL INFORMATION, DRAWINGS, TEXT, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OR OTHER MATERIAL CONTAINED IN AN ENTRY OR OTHERWISE  PROVIDED BY SUCH ENTRANT RELATED TO THE CONTEST, INCLUDING ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE CONTEST, FOR ADVERTISING, MARKETING OR ANY OTHER PURPOSES NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW. Otherwise, each entrant retains whatever rights it may have in each entry to the extent provided in the Policies.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, by accepting a prize, a winner consents on his or her own behalf and on behalf of any contributor to the entry, to the print and online publication of the winner’s user name, first and last name, address, and winning entry as part of the official winner's list and also to the use of his or her winning entry, first and last name, user name, voice, photograph, biographical material, and likeness by Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor, for advertising,     marketing, and other purposes without additional compensation. Other than as set forth herein, Sponsor will treat any personal     information supplied by entrants in connection with the Contest in     accordance with Sponsor's Privacy Policy https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp. Miscellaneous. 1.Other than for entrants who are U.K. residents, Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of an appropriate state court in Marin County, California, or an appropriate federal court located in San Francisco, for any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize.  For U.K. residents: these Rules are governed by the Laws of England and Wales, and Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in England in connection with any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize.  By entering the Contest, each entrant submits to the jurisdiction of those courts and waives any objection to those courts, whether on the basis of jurisdiction, venue, inconvenience of the forum, or otherwise.  If any part of these Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Rules will remain in full force and effect.  Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any Co-Sponsor, or of Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Winner's List; Mailing List. The user name(s) and entries of the Contest winner(s) will be posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site, within thirty (30) days of awarding of all prizes.  In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address (requests must include the words "WINNER'S LIST" and the full name of the Contest prominently in the first line of the address): Instructables 82 2nd St.   San Francisco, California 94105 USA All such requests must be received within six (6) months of the Deadline.  Sponsor's telephone number for Contest purposes is (01-510-473-7626).  Entrants who opt to join Sponsor's electronic mailing list agree to be contacted by email by Sponsor.  Requests for removal from Sponsor's mailing list may be made as instructed in any such email, or by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Instructables Mailing List" at the above address, by calling the above telephone number, or as otherwise indicated on the Sponsor Site.  Residents of Vermont may omit return postage on winner's list and mailing list requests.    © 2011 Instructables, Inc. 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OFFICIAL RULES - Weekly Make It Challenge: Corn!

OFFICIAL RULES PLEASE REVIEW THESE OFFICIAL RULES BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS: YOU MUST OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRY TO THE CONTEST IS FREE AND NO PAYMENT OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PAYMENT OR PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. PLEASE SEE THE INSTRUCTABLES TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY SECTION A - SPECIFIC TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST Sponsor. The Instructables Weekly Make It Challenge: Corn (the "Contest") is a skill-based contest sponsored by Instructables, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Sponsor"), in connection with the Instructables.com website (the "Sponsor Site"). The Contest is co-sponsored by the company or companies listed here, if any (each, a "Co-Sponsor"): none. The Contest is governed by these Official Rules (these "Rules"). Overview. The object of the Contest is to create a new Instructable that involves corn. Eligibility. 1.THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SPONSOR SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OLD, AND ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO), CANADA (EXCLUDING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA), UNITED KINGDOM, OR AUSTRALIA. 1.If you are a minor, meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (currently 18 or 19 in most U.S. states and provinces of Canada and Australia, and, for the UK, 16 in Scotland and 18 in most other parts of the United Kingdom), you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to these Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry. Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Rules at any time, without which they may be immediately disqualified from the Contest. Certain individuals are excluded from eligibility to enter or win, as described in Section B below. No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. Deadline. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT)/8AM GMT on October 24th(the "Start Date"). Entries for the Contest must be received by Sponsor by 11:59 p.m. PT on October 30, 2011/7:59am GMT on October 31, 2011(the "Deadline"). How to Enter. All entries must comply with the entry requirements identified in these Rules (including in this Section and in Section B below), as well as with any specific formatting or content requirements identified in Section A.2 above or on the "How to Enter" page https://www.instructables.com/id/Weekly-Make-It-Challenge:-Corn/ or the Contest on the Sponsor Site. It is each entrant's responsibility to ensure compliance with those requirements. To enter a new project in the Contest, follow these steps: First document your project in the step-by-step or photo Instructables format. When your project is ready to be published to the Sponsor Site, visit the Sponsor Site and follow the instructions for publishing your project to the Sponsor Site. You must be a registered user of the Sponsor Site in order to publish a project to the Sponsor Site. If you are not already a registered user of the Sponsor Site, you will be prompted to create an account on the Sponsor Site during the publication process. Please note: in some jurisdictions, the publication of your project on the Sponsor Site could materially affect rights (e.g., adversely affect patent rights), you may own in the project. You should make your own inquiries and seek your own advice on this issue. When you have published your project to the Sponsor Site, if you have reviewed the entry requirements for the Contest, believe your project qualifies for entry, and want to enter it in the Contest, leave a comment on the Contest page, and include a link to your published Instructable. Instructable must be published during the Contest period. You may not enter the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Projects published prior to the Start Date are not eligible for entry. You may not register the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Further information about entry can be found in Section B below. Winner Selection. There can be up to 11 possible winning entries, depending on the number of eligible entries. The winning entries will be selected on or around October 31, 2011 and Sponsor will announce the winner(s) on or around November 2, 2011. There must be a minimum of the number of eligible entrants described for each tier listed below for it to be awarded. Each winner will be awarded only the applicable prize according to the following:   Prize(s). Tier #1: If there are at least 1 but no more than 4 eligible entries, the winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership. Approximate retail value: $24 / £16. Tier #2: If there are at least 5 but no more than 9 eligible entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, and a Sugru sample pack. Approximate retail value: $50 / £33. Tier #3: If there are at least 10 but no more than 24 entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $65 / £42. Tier #4: If there are at least 25 but no more than 49 entries, the entrant with the highest judges' score will be awarded a prize package including a Leatherman Juice, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $105 / £68. The entrants with the next 3 highest judges' scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65 / £42. Tier #5: If there are at least 50 but no more than 99 entries, the entrant with the highest judges' score will be awarded a prize package including a Handheld Video Inspection Camera, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $165 / £107. The entrants with the next 5 highest judges' scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65 / £42. Tier #6: If there are 100 or more eligible entries, the entrant with the highest judges' score will be awarded a prize package including an Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V , a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $565 / £365. The entrants with the next 10 highest judges' scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65 / £42. With respect to any prizes that include any gift cards, pre-paid debit cards, similar cards, or any other items or services that are subject to third party terms and conditions or restrictions, acceptance and use of the prizes are subject to all eligibility criteria, expiration dates, service or dormancy fees, and all other terms and conditions (if any) imposed by the issuer of such cards, items or services. Neither Sponsor, nor any Co-Sponsor, nor any of their affiliates is the issuer of any such cards, items or services, and none of them are responsible for establishing those terms and conditions, for disclosing or explaining any of those terms and conditions to entrants, or for any winner's failure to comply with any of them. If a winner does not comply with all of those terms and conditions, the winner may not be able to obtain the maximum value, or any value, from his or her prize. The estimated retail value of all prizes to be awarded in the Contest depends on the number of eligible entries and is between: $24 - $1,215 / £16-£786. Judging. 1.Entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria (the "Criteria"): relevance, originality, usefulness, simplicity, and clarity of instructions, each of which will be given equal weight. Entrants will be judged by mikeasaurus. Further information on the steps and process of voting and judging can be found in Section B below. Odds of Winning. The odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received between the Start Date and the Deadline and the quality of each entry as evaluated by the Judge in the manner described above. The number of entries received, and the number of winners chosen, in prior contests of Sponsor, including the three (3) most recently completed contests, can be found through the "Contests" page of the Sponsor Site, which can be found here instructables.com/contest. The number of eligible entries for Sponsor's recently completed contests generally has ranged from approximately two (2) to approximately eighty-three (83), and generally has averaged approximately forty (40), but Sponsor cannot predict or guarantee any specific number of eligible entries for the Contest. SECTION B - ADDITIONAL TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST General Conditions. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by the terms of these Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor and the Judges, which shall be made in all cases in their sole and absolute discretion and are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. The Contest is also governed by Sponsor's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and other policies (collectively, the "Policies") pertaining to the Sponsor Site, although the Rules will govern any conflict between the Privacy Policy and the Rules. Exclusions from Eligibility. Employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, suppliers, or advertising or promotional agencies (including without limitation any Judges who are employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates), as well as members of their households or their immediate families, may submit entries in the Contest, but any such entries are for information and entertainment purposes only and are not eligible to be considered for the purpose of selecting finalists or winners. Judges who are not employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, are not eligible to enter or win, nor are members of their households or their immediate families. Entry. 1.Multiple entries are permitted, but only one entry per entrant can win a prize in the Contest. Entrants must be registered users of the Sponsor Site to enter the Contest. Registering for an account with the Sponsor Site may require each entrant to submit entrant's name, e-mail address, age or date of birth, and other details, and in the case of a minor, contact details for a parent or legal guardian for purposes of obtaining proof of parental consent, if Sponsor elects to do so. Entries can be the work of more than one person, but for purposes of the Contest, each entry will belong to the "Primary Author" named in the entry, regardless of the number of contributors to that entry. For winning entries, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to the named entrant only, and will not be responsible or liable for apportioning any prize among contributors to a winning entry. Upon submission, all entries become subject to the Policies (including without limitation the provisions regarding ownership and use of user submissions as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html). Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Entrants are permitted to modify or update an entry after submission, but are not permitted to do so after the Deadline. Entries may remain posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site indefinitely following the Deadline, but Sponsor reserves the right to delete entries from the Contest page after the Contest ends, in its discretion. Entries may not be created or submitted through any software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro, or other automated method. Sponsor and Co-Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its discretion, any entries that have been tampered with, or entries that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise. Proof of transmission of an entry shall not constitute proof of receipt. It is each entrant's responsibility to keep Sponsor informed of any changes to entrant's contact or other information during the Contest. Additional Entry Requirements. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Policies, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions, as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html for the Sponsor Site. Without limiting that requirement, each entry also must comply with the following: Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry; If persons other than the entrant have contributed to an entry, the entrant must have the permission from each contributor prior to submitting the entry; Entries must not have been published prior to the Start Date; Entries must not have been entered in more than two other previous contests of Sponsor; Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right; and Entries must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. Judging Process. The winner(s) will be determined by the Judges, who will apply the Criteria to evaluate entries. The entries with the highest score(s) will be selected as the winner(s), and the number and type of winners will be as identified in Section A above. The Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules, in the Judges' discretion. In the event that a winning entry is disqualified, the next-highest scoring entry will be selected as the alternate winner. In the event that one or more of the identified Judges is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Judges of comparable qualification, to be determined by Sponsor in its discretion. Prize Terms All values are stated in United States dollars or British Pound Sterling as indicated. If a stated prize is unavailable, Sponsor has the right to substitute one or more items of equal or greater value, in its discretion. No prize is exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to any prize. THE PRIZE(S) WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSOR(S) "AS IS." SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSORS DO NOT MAKE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM, ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, CONSUMER GUARANTEES AND SIMILAR RIGHTS, IN WHICH CASE SUCH EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS, IN RELATION TO THE PRIZES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED BY STATUTE, LAW (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMMON LAW), RULE, REGULATION OR OTHERWISE, ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED. Announcement; Award of Prize(s). 1. The winner(s) will be notified by e-mail within seven (7) days of selection. The winner(s) (and, if a winner is a minor, the winner's parent or legal guardian) may be required to sign a declaration of eligibility and/or publicity and/or liability release form, to the extent not prohibited by law, prior to receipt of a prize. The winner(s) must take possession of the prize(s) as directed by Sponsor. The winner(s) may be required to provide Sponsor with a social security or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes. The winner(s) also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. An "Authorized Account Holder" is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address. In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. Failure to respond to a winner announcement, or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor) or to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. It is Sponsor's policy to assist government employees in meeting their obligations under their Standards of Ethical Conduct; any prize(s) won in violation of those Standards should not be accepted and should be returned at Sponsor's expense or destroyed. Representations. 1.By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) in entering and participating in the Contest, the entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with these Rules and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations; and (c) the information provided in the entrant's entry, including without limitation all contact information, is true, accurate, and complete in all respects. Assumption of Risk. By taking any action to create an entry for the Contest, each entrant, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns, acknowledges and agrees that: (a) THERE MAY BE DANGER AND RISK OF BODILY INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE INVOLVED IN CREATING AN ENTRY; (b) THESE RISKS AND DANGERS MAY ARISE FROM FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE CAUSES; (c) SUCH ENTRANT AND HIS OR HER PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, HEIRS, EXECUTORS, AND ASSIGNS ASSUME ALL RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER LOSS ARISING OUT OF THE CREATION OF ANY ENTRY, WHETHER CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER CAUSE; and (d) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns are relinquishing any and all rights he, she, or they now have or may have in the future to sue or take any other action against Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, the prize manufacturers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (the “Sponsor Parties”) on the basis of any injury, death, damage, or other loss that may be suffered arising from any action taken in the creation of any entry, including but not limited to claims based on allegations of negligence by any of the Sponsor Parties. Release. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties from any and all responsibility, liability, damages (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to: (a) entry or participation in the Contest, including but not limited to disputes among individuals claiming to have contributed to any winning entry; (b) any violation by the entrant of these Rules, the Policies, or applicable laws; (c) misappropriation, infringement, or other violation of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, or other legal or contractual right of any person attributable to entrant or any entry submitted by entrant; (d) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize or any item purchased with any prize (e.g., if the prize includes a gift card); (e) any entries or votes that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (f) any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (g) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (h) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (i) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”). If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor Parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT, CONTRACT, OTHER LEGAL THEORY OR OTHERWISE, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES AND OTHER LIABILITY (INCLUDING INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, RULE, STATUTE OR REGULATION IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. NOTHING IN THESE TERMS EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR FRAUD, OR FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION IS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. Misconduct. Sponsor reserves the right, in its discretion, to disqualify any entrant who: (a) tampers with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Contest, the Sponsor Site, or affiliated websites; (b) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; (c) is otherwise in violation of these Rules, the Policies, or any applicable laws; or (d) attempts to subvert the letter and/or spirit of these Rules. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Termination. 1.Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest at any time for any reason, in its discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, technical, administrative, financial, or other difficulties. In such cases, Sponsor will post a notice on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Should the Contest terminate prior to selection of the winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Advertising. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the rights to use his or her entry as provided in the Policies, including without limitation the provisions of the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html regarding ownership and use of user submissions.WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT CONSENTS, AND WARRANTS THAT IT HAS OBTAINED THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF EVERY CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ENTRY, TO THE USE BY SPONSOR, ANY CO-SPONSOR, OR ANY THIRD PARTY CHOSEN BY SPONSOR OR ANY CO-SPONSOR, OF ANY AND ALL INFORMATION, DRAWINGS, TEXT, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OR OTHER MATERIAL CONTAINED IN AN ENTRY OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY SUCH ENTRANT RELATED TO THE CONTEST, INCLUDING ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE CONTEST, FOR ADVERTISING, MARKETING OR ANY OTHER PURPOSES NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW. Otherwise, each entrant retains whatever rights it may have in each entry to the extent provided in the Policies. 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Miscellaneous. 1.Other than for entrants who are U.K. residents, Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of an appropriate state court in Marin County, California, or an appropriate federal court located in San Francisco, for any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize. For U.K. residents: these Rules are governed by the Laws of England and Wales, and Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in England in connection with any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize. By entering the Contest, each entrant submits to the jurisdiction of those courts and waives any objection to those courts, whether on the basis of jurisdiction, venue, inconvenience of the forum, or otherwise. If any part of these Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Rules will remain in full force and effect. Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any Co-Sponsor, or of Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Winner's List; Mailing List. The user name(s) and entries of the Contest winner(s) will be posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site, within thirty (30) days of awarding of all prizes. In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address (requests must include the words "WINNER'S LIST" and the full name of the Contest prominently in the first line of the address): Instructables 82 2nd St. San Francisco, California 94105 USA All such requests must be received within six (6) months of the Deadline. Sponsor's telephone number for Contest purposes is (01-510-473-7626). Entrants who opt to join Sponsor's electronic mailing list agree to be contacted by email by Sponsor. Requests for removal from Sponsor's mailing list may be made as instructed in any such email, or by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Instructables Mailing List" at the above address, by calling the above telephone number, or as otherwise indicated on the Sponsor Site. 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Posted by mikeasaurus 7 years ago


Official Rules for zazenergy's challenge: Angry Birds

OFFICIAL RULES PLEASE REVIEW THESE OFFICIAL RULES BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS: YOU MUST OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRY TO THE CONTEST IS FREE AND NO PAYMENT OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PAYMENT OR PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. PLEASE SEE THE INSTRUCTABLES TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY SECTION A - SPECIFIC TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST Sponsor. The Instructables zazenergy’s challenge: Angry Birds. Speed Challenge (the "Contest") is a skill-based contest sponsored by Instructables, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Sponsor"), in connection with the Instructables.com website (the "Sponsor Site"). The Contest is co-sponsored by the company or companies listed here, if any (each, a "Co-Sponsor"): none. The Contest is governed by these Official Rules (these "Rules"). Overview. The object of the Contest is to create a new Instructable that involves Angry Birds. Eligibility. 1.THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SPONSOR SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OLD, AND ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO), CANADA (EXCLUDING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA), UNITED KINGDOM, OR AUSTRALIA. 1.If you are a minor, meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (currently 18 or 19 in most U.S. states and provinces of Canada and Australia, and, for the UK, 16 in Scotland and 18 in most other parts of the United Kingdom), you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to these Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry. Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Rules at any time, without which they may be immediately disqualified from the Contest. Certain individuals are excluded from eligibility to enter or win, as described in Section B below. No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. Deadline. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT)/8AM GMT on October 24th(the "Start Date"). Entries for the Contest must be received by Sponsor by 11:59 p.m. PT on November 1, 2011/7:59am GMT on November 2, 2011(the "Deadline"). How to Enter. All entries must comply with the entry requirements identified in these Rules (including in this Section and in Section B below), as well as with any specific formatting or content requirements identified in Section A.2 above or on the "How to Enter" page https://www.instructables.com/id/zazenergys-challenge-Angry-Birds/ or the Contest on the Sponsor Site. It is each entrant's responsibility to ensure compliance with those requirements. To enter a new project in the Contest, follow these steps: First document your project in the step-by-step or photo,Instructables format. When your project is ready to be published to the Sponsor Site, visit the Sponsor Site and follow the instructions for publishing your project to the Sponsor Site. You must be a registered user of the Sponsor Site in order to publish a project to the Sponsor Site. If you are not already a registered user of the Sponsor Site, you will be prompted to create an account on the Sponsor Site during the publication process. Please note: in some jurisdictions, the publication of your project on the Sponsor Site could materially affect rights (e.g., adversely affect patent rights), you may own in the project. You should make your own inquiries and seek your own advice on this issue. When you have published your project to the Sponsor Site, if you have reviewed the entry requirements for the Contest, believe your project qualifies for entry, and want to enter it in the Contest, leave a comment on the Contest page, and include a link to your published Instructable. Instructable must be published during the Contest period. You may not enter the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Projects published prior to the Start Date are not eligible for entry. You may not register the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Further information about entry can be found in Section B below. Winner Selection. There can be up to 11 possible winning entries, depending on the number of eligible entries. The winning entries will be selected on or around November 3, 2011 and Sponsor will announce the winner(s) on or around November 3, 2011. There must be a minimum of the number of eligible entrants described for each tier listed below for it to be awarded. Each winner will be awarded only the applicable prize according to the following: Prize(s). Tier #1: If there are at least 1 but no more than 4 eligible entries, the winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership. Approximate retail value: $24 USD/ £16. Tier #2: If there are at least 5 but no more than 9 eligible entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, and a Sugru sample pack. Approximate retail value: $50 / £33. Tier #3: If there are at least 10 but no more than 24 entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $65/ £42. Tier #4: If there are at least 25 but no more than 49 entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including a Leatherman Juice, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $105/£67. The entrants with the next 3 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65/ £42. Tier #5: If there are at least 50 but no more than 99 entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including a Dremel rotary took kit, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $165/£106. The entrants with the next 5 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65/ £42. Tier #6: If there are 100 or more eligible entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including an iPad 2, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value: $565/£365. The entrants with the next 10 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65/ £42. With respect to any prizes that include any gift cards, pre-paid debit cards, similar cards, or any other items or services that are subject to third party terms and conditions or restrictions, acceptance and use of the prizes are subject to all eligibility criteria, expiration dates, service or dormancy fees, and all other terms and conditions (if any) imposed by the issuer of such cards, items or services. Neither Sponsor, nor any Co-Sponsor, nor any of their affiliates is the issuer of any such cards, items or services, and none of them are responsible for establishing those terms and conditions, for disclosing or explaining any of those terms and conditions to entrants, or for any winner's failure to comply with any of them. If a winner does not comply with all of those terms and conditions, the winner may not be able to obtain the maximum value, or any value, from his or her prize. The estimated retail value of all prizes to be awarded in the Contest depends on the number of eligible entries and is between: $24 - $1,215/ £16 - £785. Judging. 1.Entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria (the "Criteria"): relevance, originality, usefulness, simplicity, and clarity of instructions, each of which will be given equal weight. Entrants will be judged by zazenergy. Further information on the steps and process of voting and judging can be found in Section B below. Odds of Winning. The odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received between the Start Date and the Deadline and the quality of each entry as evaluated by the Judge in the manner described above. The number of entries received, and the number of winners chosen, in prior contests of Sponsor, including the three (3) most recently completed contests, can be found through the "Contests" page of the Sponsor Site, which can be found here instructables.com/contest. The number of eligible entries for Sponsor's recently completed contests generally has ranged from approximately two (2) to approximately eighty-three (83), and generally has averaged approximately forty (40), but Sponsor cannot predict or guarantee any specific number of eligible entries for the Contest. SECTION B - ADDITIONAL TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST General Conditions. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by the terms of these Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor and the Judges, which shall be made in all cases in their sole and absolute discretion and are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. The Contest is also governed by Sponsor's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and other policies (collectively, the "Policies") pertaining to the Sponsor Site, although the Rules will govern any conflict between the Privacy Policy and the Rules. Exclusions from Eligibility. Employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, suppliers, or advertising or promotional agencies (including without limitation any Judges who are employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates), as well as members of their households or their immediate families, may submit entries in the Contest, but any such entries are for information and entertainment purposes only and are not eligible to be considered for the purpose of selecting finalists or winners. Judges who are not employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, are not eligible to enter or win, nor are members of their households or their immediate families. Entry. 1.Multiple entries are permitted, but only one entry per entrant can win a prize in the Contest. Entrants must be registered users of the Sponsor Site to enter the Contest. Registering for an account with the Sponsor Site may require each entrant to submit entrant's name, e-mail address, age or date of birth, and other details, and in the case of a minor, contact details for a parent or legal guardian for purposes of obtaining proof of parental consent, if Sponsor elects to do so. Entries can be the work of more than one person, but for purposes of the Contest, each entry will belong to the "Primary Author" named in the entry, regardless of the number of contributors to that entry. For winning entries, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to the named entrant only, and will not be responsible or liable for apportioning any prize among contributors to a winning entry. Upon submission, all entries become subject to the Policies (including without limitation the provisions regarding ownership and use of user submissions as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html). Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Entrants are permitted to modify or update an entry after submission, but are not permitted to do so after the Deadline. Entries may remain posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site indefinitely following the Deadline, but Sponsor reserves the right to delete entries from the Contest page after the Contest ends, in its discretion. Entries may not be created or submitted through any software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro, or other automated method. Sponsor and Co-Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its discretion, any entries that have been tampered with, or entries that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise. Proof of transmission of an entry shall not constitute proof of receipt. It is each entrant's responsibility to keep Sponsor informed of any changes to entrant's contact or other information during the Contest. Additional Entry Requirements. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Policies, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions, as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html for the Sponsor Site. Without limiting that requirement, each entry also must comply with the following: Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry; If persons other than the entrant have contributed to an entry, the entrant must have the permission from each contributor prior to submitting the entry; Entries must not have been published prior to the Start Date; Entries must not have been entered in more than two other previous contests of Sponsor; Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right; and Entries must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. Judging Process. The winner(s) will be determined by the Judges, who will apply the Criteria to evaluate entries. The entries with the highest score(s) will be selected as the winner(s), and the number and type of winners will be as identified in Section A above. The Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules, in the Judges' discretion. In the event that a winning entry is disqualified, the next-highest scoring entry will be selected as the alternate winner. In the event that one or more of the identified Judges is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Judges of comparable qualification, to be determined by Sponsor in its discretion. Prize Terms All values are stated in United States dollars or British Pound Sterling as indicated. If a stated prize is unavailable, Sponsor has the right to substitute one or more items of equal or greater value, in its discretion. No prize is exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to any prize. THE PRIZE(S) WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSOR(S) "AS IS." SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSORS DO NOT MAKE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM, ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, CONSUMER GUARANTEES AND SIMILAR RIGHTS, IN WHICH CASE SUCH EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS, IN RELATION TO THE PRIZES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED BY STATUTE, LAW (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMMON LAW), RULE, REGULATION OR OTHERWISE, ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED. Announcement; Award of Prize(s). 1. The winner(s) will be notified by e-mail within seven (7) days of selection. The winner(s) (and, if a winner is a minor, the winner's parent or legal guardian) may be required to sign a declaration of eligibility and/or publicity and/or liability release form, to the extent not prohibited by law, prior to receipt of a prize. The winner(s) must take possession of the prize(s) as directed by Sponsor. The winner(s) may be required to provide Sponsor with a social security or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes. The winner(s) also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. An "Authorized Account Holder" is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address. In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. Failure to respond to a winner announcement, or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor) or to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. It is Sponsor's policy to assist government employees in meeting their obligations under their Standards of Ethical Conduct; any prize(s) won in violation of those Standards should not be accepted and should be returned at Sponsor's expense or destroyed. Representations. 1.By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) in entering and participating in the Contest, the entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with these Rules and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations; and (c) the information provided in the entrant's entry, including without limitation all contact information, is true, accurate, and complete in all respects. Assumption of Risk. By taking any action to create an entry for the Contest, each entrant, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns, acknowledges and agrees that: (a) THERE MAY BE DANGER AND RISK OF BODILY INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE INVOLVED IN CREATING AN ENTRY; (b) THESE RISKS AND DANGERS MAY ARISE FROM FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE CAUSES; (c) SUCH ENTRANT AND HIS OR HER PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, HEIRS, EXECUTORS, AND ASSIGNS ASSUME ALL RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER LOSS ARISING OUT OF THE CREATION OF ANY ENTRY, WHETHER CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER CAUSE; and (d) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns are relinquishing any and all rights he, she, or they now have or may have in the future to sue or take any other action against Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, the prize manufacturers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (the “Sponsor Parties”) on the basis of any injury, death, damage, or other loss that may be suffered arising from any action taken in the creation of any entry, including but not limited to claims based on allegations of negligence by any of the Sponsor Parties. Release. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties from any and all responsibility, liability, damages (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to: (a) entry or participation in the Contest, including but not limited to disputes among individuals claiming to have contributed to any winning entry; (b) any violation by the entrant of these Rules, the Policies, or applicable laws; (c) misappropriation, infringement, or other violation of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, or other legal or contractual right of any person attributable to entrant or any entry submitted by entrant; (d) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize or any item purchased with any prize (e.g., if the prize includes a gift card); (e) any entries or votes that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (f) any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (g) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (h) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (i) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”). If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor Parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT, CONTRACT, OTHER LEGAL THEORY OR OTHERWISE, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES AND OTHER LIABILITY (INCLUDING INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, RULE, STATUTE OR REGULATION IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. NOTHING IN THESE TERMS EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR FRAUD, OR FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION IS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. Misconduct. Sponsor reserves the right, in its discretion, to disqualify any entrant who: (a) tampers with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Contest, the Sponsor Site, or affiliated websites; (b) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; (c) is otherwise in violation of these Rules, the Policies, or any applicable laws; or (d) attempts to subvert the letter and/or spirit of these Rules. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Termination. 1.Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest at any time for any reason, in its discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, technical, administrative, financial, or other difficulties. In such cases, Sponsor will post a notice on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Should the Contest terminate prior to selection of the winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Advertising. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the rights to use his or her entry as provided in the Policies, including without limitation the provisions of the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html regarding ownership and use of user submissions.WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT CONSENTS, AND WARRANTS THAT IT HAS OBTAINED THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF EVERY CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ENTRY, TO THE USE BY SPONSOR, ANY CO-SPONSOR, OR ANY THIRD PARTY CHOSEN BY SPONSOR OR ANY CO-SPONSOR, OF ANY AND ALL INFORMATION, DRAWINGS, TEXT, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OR OTHER MATERIAL CONTAINED IN AN ENTRY OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY SUCH ENTRANT RELATED TO THE CONTEST, INCLUDING ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE CONTEST, FOR ADVERTISING, MARKETING OR ANY OTHER PURPOSES NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW. Otherwise, each entrant retains whatever rights it may have in each entry to the extent provided in the Policies. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by accepting a prize, a winner consents on his or her own behalf and on behalf of any contributor to the entry, to the print and online publication of the winner’s user name, first and last name, address, and winning entry as part of the official winner's list and also to the use of his or her winning entry, first and last name, user name, voice, photograph, biographical material, and likeness by Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor, for advertising, marketing, and other purposes without additional compensation. Other than as set forth herein, Sponsor will treat any personal information supplied by entrants in connection with the Contest in accordance with Sponsor's Privacy Policy https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp. Miscellaneous. 1.Other than for entrants who are U.K. residents, Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of an appropriate state court in Marin County, California, or an appropriate federal court located in San Francisco, for any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize. For U.K. residents: these Rules are governed by the Laws of England and Wales, and Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in England in connection with any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize. By entering the Contest, each entrant submits to the jurisdiction of those courts and waives any objection to those courts, whether on the basis of jurisdiction, venue, inconvenience of the forum, or otherwise. If any part of these Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Rules will remain in full force and effect. Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any Co-Sponsor, or of Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Winner's List; Mailing List. The user name(s) and entries of the Contest winner(s) will be posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site, within thirty (30) days of awarding of all prizes. In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address (requests must include the words "WINNER'S LIST" and the full name of the Contest prominently in the first line of the address): Instructables 82 2nd St. San Francisco, California 94105 USA All such requests must be received within six (6) months of the Deadline. Sponsor's telephone number for Contest purposes is (01-510-473-7626). Entrants who opt to join Sponsor's electronic mailing list agree to be contacted by email by Sponsor. Requests for removal from Sponsor's mailing list may be made as instructed in any such email, or by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Instructables Mailing List" at the above address, by calling the above telephone number, or as otherwise indicated on the Sponsor Site. 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