yay for eric

Picture does explain

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


Eric...? Tomfoolery!

 So, someone selected my answer as the best answet to a question, and I looked at the email. "From the Instructables Robot" normal enough. I clikced on the email, and glanced over it, but at the bottom, it said "-Eric". This can mean one thing, Eric named the instructables Robot after him! But, why? Have a look for yourself:

Topic by Wasagi 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Ask Eric A Question!

After reading through this interview that sparked something in me, We (the community) should hold our own interview with Eric.I think it would be nice to get to know the CEO of Instructables!So, I am asking, three questions per user. No more than three.Please make them appropriate for Instructables (family)Then whenever the lot of you have asked, I'll get them into a document, and PM them to Eric.Also, scan through existing comments to make sure your question hasn't already been asked.GO!

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


I've beaten Eric!

I'll let the statistics speak for themselves...

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Eric's Big Idea!

Ads and such usually appear off to the side of forum pages, and instructables, most are scams (haha), but occasionally they are something worth checking into.Below is the ad I saw on the side of a forum topic, and decided to follow it.I got the address for Big Think, which is, from what I gathered, a plethora of ideas for many different things to better the nation.Below is Eric Wilhelm talking about Instructable's impact on education.LINKBTW, there is a typo on the second link..:D

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


Eric's Awesome Office

Thanks to the Robot Art Contest Winners my previously boring office is now awesome! Everyone who comes in is literally taken aback at all the robots, each of them ready to back me up in any tough decisions. Check it out! Come visit, and bring more art!

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


A Fact about Eric

I wrote a little Perl script which works out how many total views a user has by visiting all of their instructables and adding up the views. I ran it on ewilhelm, and the result was  1693728 Me 59561 Canida 1902202 Would anyone else like to know theirs? I'll post the code if anyone's interested in looking at it.

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


flow code projects?

How can i find flowcode projects like 8channel programmable timer by eric

Question by dsimiyu 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Congratulations to founders Christy and Eric

  Congratulations to you both for the creation of such a wonderful site ! I look so forward to each new batch of creative ideas and I eagerly look through them to see what I can learn . Exploring Programming is my main goal , but there are so many ideas on Instructables  that I find myself reading many different subject just to see how the authors do their problem solving.    I wish Instructables all the best and I am proud to be part of this community . Build_it_Bob  

Topic by Build_it_Bob 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I'm so confused

How many erics are running around here? I count three: This guy: https://www.instructables.com/member/instructables-eric/This guy: https://www.instructables.com/member/+Ewilhelm+/and, of course, plain 'ol EricWho is real and who is not? Are these accounts all Eric? Or are the others fake?

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


New instructables feature for FREE users

After the success of my first Perl script thread, I just had inspiration to write another one (or modify the last rather) In this thread, I give a breakdown of your instructables by views. You get to see the number of instructables you have that have 1000-9999 views, 10000-24999 views, 25000-49999 views, 50000-99999 views and 10000+ views. As well as the total views of all of your instructables as before. Yay! So here is my fact about eric: ewilhelm Instructables: 124 Total Ible Views: 1660250 1,000-9,999 views: 74 10,000-24,999 views: 21 25,000-49,999 views: 8 50,000-99,999 views: 6 100,000+ views: 1 And a less interesting one about me: jayefuu Instructables: 16 Total Ible Views: 66682 1,000-9,999 views: 7 10,000-24,999 views: 1 25,000-49,999 views: 1 50,000-99,999 views: 0 100,000+ views: 0 Post below to see yours! I also have another script available here which downloads all of your instructables, or someone else's for alter reading, as pdfs.

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


London 'Iblers meetup with Eric!

Eric Wilhelm is in London this week. We thought we'd capitalise (a ha ha) on this and, in fine British tradition, go to the pub.  All members are welcome- the destination is the Mug House, London Bridge on Friday 10th of January.  Kiteman and I will be at Liverpool St. station at around 7:00pm, or you can meet us at the pub.  Hope to see you there and put some faces to names!

Topic by PKM 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Hey, Eric - Instructables in print?

I've just read a comment by milo ( https://www.instructables.com/forum/TE9RJ4ZF0BJ6B70/#C2HSF7XF0E57DPT ).It occured to me - there are over 3700 Instructables on this site, many of them wholly original, or original takes on public-domain concepts.What about an Instructables book?Which Instructables would you include? Exclude?What chapter headings would you use?

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


Caption Contest: What's Eric so happy about? UPDATED

Eric is so happy, but why? We want to know and only your caption can help us figure it out!The best caption will be picked this evening and the author will win a sweet tape measure from DIY Network who is hosting a Cool Tools Holiday Blitz that runs from tomorrow (11/27) to Sunday (11/30).Limit of 3 entries per person.UPDATE: We now how a Caption Contest Patch. See it here.UPDATE 2: We have a winner! "Eric just heard that the new Instructables hoodies will come with extra long sleeves!"by zieakOh, and be sure to check the forums on Friday for another caption contest.

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


Eric, (or any other kiteboarders who see this), please be careful!

Did you see the news story about the guy who was kitesurfing during Fay and got slammed around? Linky.I know you all are smarter than that...but please be careful anyhow...I'd hate to see a forum topic about one of you all getting hurt.

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Instructables Live Chat with Eric (and Christy) A great sucess - Chat Logs Incl here!

It was late at night, I was nervous, shaking almost, waiting.The live chat went perfectly this evening, and fun was had by all, the chatroom was filled till it was bursting at the seams!You can find the full chat logs in the attached .PDF file.(You can get Adobe Acrobat to read the pdf Here)Be sure to give it a read, there were many good questions.Thank you to you both for taking the time to talk to us all.We hope your RSI Isn't too bad!Be sure to add your thoughts from the chat below. Or snapshots of bits that you thought we're funny/entertaining.Personally, I think Eric is VERY cool. And I'm honoured to have been there.-gmjhowePs, Thanks to Adrian Monk and Bumpus for helping me out, and for you all behaving so well!This is a sentence about Wburg.

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


Halloween Sincerity

Just in case anyone was wondering, I knew you didn't doubt it, we have photographic evidence of Eric signing the Halloween postcards! It took an army of halloween elves to keep up with the envelope stuffing as Eric signed a postcard roughly every 8 seconds, yes, I timed him. No I do not know how he accomplished that act of super human speed. 

Topic by Culturespy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Safe and Sound

Hey homeboys and girls. This is Bilal checking in from Eric's dining room table. So it's true, I did have a bit of trouble with Airport Security. They made me miss my flight checking out all my crazy scary gadgets. It would be irritating but hey, I'm sure loads of people haven't seen a metronome before. Gasp! It ticks! Arriving in SF would have been quite unsatisfactory without a brief car chase so thankfully security obliged us with a short run with their tiny electric cars. Never fear, Eric, Christy and I made a swift getaway to the hills. Go Volvo go! -BG (thanks for breakfast Eric)

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


Where is Instructables HQ? Answered

Anyone know?

Question by Rock Soldier 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help Decorate Eric's Office! UPDATE

Eric's office is totally boring. There's a big blank wall next to another big blank wall and I can't take it any more. So we're looking to you, yes you, to help him out!So please print out the PDF, color or decorate it in any way you want, and send it to:Eric's Boring WallInstructables489 Clementina St.3rd FloorSan Francisco, CA 94103Our printer does weird things to colors so we can't accept emailed or PMed images. All the art will go up on Eric's wall. One artist chosen at random on Dec. 22 will win a copy of The Best of Instructables, Volume 1. Bonus points if you don't fold it.UPDATE:We can't randomly select one out of one entry and we still haven't seen any robots so we've extended the Date of Randomness. Also, everyone who sends something in will get a patch. UPDATE2: Winners Announced!

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I got a package from Eric...

I got a package from Eric,I got a package from Eric,I got a package from Eric, and what do you think it was?I got a package from Eric,I got a package from Eric,I got a package from Eric, and what do you think it was?And what do you think it was?And what do you think it was?(Really bad reference to this song)Anyways, I received an envelope from one Eric Wilhelm, and this is what it was:

Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Eric Wilhelm of Instructables Featured on NPR

Last week, Eric Wilhelm, the founder of Instructables, was featured in an NPR piece on the cooking style of "sous vide" and how many people are bringing the technique home with their own DIY versions. Check out the piece to learn more about these cooking techniques, and to hear Eric rave about salmon: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/23/141611844/self-starters-eat-up-slow-cooking-technique 

Topic by kazmataz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Instructables team interview: Eric and Leah

Leah and I were interviewed by Eddie Codel of PodTech Network during the Web 2.0 conference. The original post is here and I've embedded the video below. Enjoy!

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


Instructables team interview: Eric and Leah

Leah and I were interviewed by Eddie Codel of PodTech Network during the Web 2.0 conference. The original post is here and I've embedded the video in the forums here.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago


Six degees of separation from Eric Wilhelm

Caitlainsdad says I have 3 degrees of separation: Eric walks the Streets of San Francisco. Karl Malden and Michael Douglas star as detectives in the "Streets of San Francisco". Adrian monk is a detective in San Francisco... How many do you have?

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


hello everyone, i found a bug, squash it

Hey on Eric's (and im sure other peoples) page, if you click on view all of your comments, it takes you to another page and then if you click view all again it still shows 1-500 and not any others.

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


the weirdest dream...

I had this creepy dream, and i met eric and he got mad at me and started to try to kill me and the instructables robot was doing something (i forgot) and a bunch of scary stuff happened. so i woke up and ate a muffin, hotels give me bad dreams....by the way, i came back from reno on friday, and went to westport near ocean shores

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago


LA-based KROQ's Kevin and Bean interview Eric about Instructables

Kevin and Bean from LA's KROQ interviewed me about Instructables this past Tuesday on their morning show. Check out the interview here.The part of the interview that really made me laugh: "We usually don't recommend sites without boobies, but we really like Instructables!"More news articles about Instructables here.

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


check out my youtube profile.

I was searching around on youtube and was like HEY. Theres Erics profile so i clicked it and subscribed to his youtube....check out my commercial.. although, its blurry, the site doesnt exist anymore and that was 2 years ago and my username has changed a bit over time.

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


How to Make Your Tools, Gadgets and Appliances Last Forever

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

Topic by ewilhelm 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Eric Wilhelm Interview by Teamdustrial at OFFF 2009

Check out this interview I did with Teamdustrial while at OFFF 2009. Eric Wilhelm from teamdustrial on Vimeo.

Topic by ewilhelm 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Squid Labs Tour with Christy, Corwin, and Eric

Here's an old video I found starring Corwin, Christy and me talking about some of the stuff we did at Squid Labs. It was filmed in 2004 and early 2005 - we don't mention Instructables, because we hadn't started it yet! Hope you enjoy: When you're done here, check out this one starring Tim.

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


Eric Wilhelm and Christy Canida on Popular Mechanics

Check out Christy Canida & Eric Wilhelm on Popular Mechanics website for the article: 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream   "More than the work he did at MIT while earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, it was his passion for kite surfing that led Wilhelm to create Instructables. Launched in 2005 with his wife, Christy, and colleagues at the design firm Squid Labs, the DIY website quickly became a forum for step-by-step instructions—the kind Wilhelm had been distributing to fans of his handmade boards and sails. The site, which was bought by Autodesk in 2011, now features more than 100,000 user-generated projects in fields from cooking to woodworking to electronics." Check out the video interview with them on Popular Mechanics. Also, Totusmel gets a shout out!

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Eric Wilhelm wins TR35 Innovation Award

Sharing your projects and ideas on Instructables is now officially a Big Idea. Eric just won the TR35 award for top innovators under 35 from MIT's Technology Review magazine for his work with Instructables; check out the press release below, and read about the other winners.I'm pretty psyched to be part of this site, as we're clearly doing something exciting and important -- it's especially neat to be an early adopter with the power to change the way society works.-- ChristyProject-Sharing Website Creator Named Top Young InnovatorSan Francisco, CA - August 19, 2008 -- Eric Wilhelm has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 for creating Instructables.com, the Internet's #1 project-sharing website.Instructables.com began as a way for Eric to document his engineering work and grad-school kitesurfing projects, and has evolved into a world-wide hub for documenting and sharing creative projects. The site's simple, elegant step-by-step format provides an intuitive platform that allows anyone to publish their project, complete with pictures, text, and embedded video.In a world of mass-produced culture, hand-making and personalizing is experiencing a resurgence, and people everywhere are reviving classic skills and technologies. Instructables is the hub of this movement, providing a social and interactive environment to demonstrate amazing projects and ideas. The site dramatically lowers the barrier to sharing projects, enabling crafters, modders, engineers, artists, cooks, bicyclists, and techies to gather and share their work freely, and where cross-pollination is actively encouraged."Everyone wants to be a creator, not just a consumer," Eric explains. "We bring passionate people together to learn from each other. Instructables makes it cool to be smart." Instructables is also a valuable educational resource. Parents and teachers rely on Instructables as a source of project ideas, and students maintain their personal portfolios at the site. By coupling old-fashioned tinkering with thoughtful discussion and long-distance collaboration, Instructables has begun to revolutionize learning and innovation.Eric Wilhelm and the other TR35 winners for 2008 will be featured in the September issue of Technology Review magazine and honored at the EmTech08 Conference. "The TR35 honors young innovators for accomplishments that are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it," said Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review magazine, "We celebrate their success and look forward to their continued advancement of technology in their respective fields."About Eric Wilhelm:Eric earned his SB, SM, and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he developed methods to print electronics and micro-electromechanical systems using nanoparticles. He co-founded Squid Labs, an innovation and design partnership, and a number of Squid Labs spin-off companies including Potenco, producing a human-powered generator for cell phones and laptops; Makani, an energy company seeking to harness high-altitude wind; OptiOpia, developing low-cost portable vision-testing and lens-fabricating devices; and Instructables, a collaborative how-to site that helps people document and share a process or skill. See Eric's How To Start A Business Instructable for the more detailed story.About Instructables.com:Instructables is the most popular Do It Yourself community on the Internet. Started in August 2005, Instructables provides accessible tools and publishing instructions to enable passionate, creative people to share their most innovative projects, recipes, ideas, and hacks. The site is currently home to over 14,000 projects covering such diverse areas as crafts, art, kids, electronics, pets, bikes, cars, robotics, green projects, and cooking.About Technology Review, Inc.:Technology Review, Inc., an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the authority on the future of technology, identifying emerging technologies and analyzing their impact for leaders. Technology Review's media properties include Technology Review magazine, the oldest technology magazine in the world (founded in 1899); the daily news website TechnologyReview.com; and events such as the annual EmTech Conference at MIT. ContactsFor Instructables:Christy Canida, 510-931-5622press (at) instructables (dot) comFor Technology Review:Sarah Mees, 978-208-1499press (at) technologyreview (dot) com More news and press about Instructables here.

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


Anyone else notice...

I am officially awesome.LMAO! So, go check it out, and comment...Hi Michael!Your Guide "Star Wars" was just featured by one of our editors!Look for it on the Instructables homepage within the next 30 minutes. Being featured means we think you are awesome. Keep up the great work!https://www.instructables.com/-Eric

Topic by mg0930mg 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


This is harder than i thought.

This will be hard, oh yes, this will be hard, yet, i have to do it, to have the chance at least to win a macbook, i've wanted one for a while.

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Random Instructable Button

Does anyone think that there should be a button that pulls up a random instructable? I mean, I want to make something, but I dont know what. ewilhelm might awnser?

Topic by PKTraceur 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Let's all greet Eric and Canida's cousin! She just joined.

GREET HER! CLICK ON THESE LETTERS TO GO TO HER ORANGEBOARD!Okay, I posted a forum topic with this same goal, but maybe didn't give it the most descriptive title...so almost nobody looked at it...so I made this one.I know she is the real deal. Canida greeted her and used her apparent name.Anywho, Several people have greeted her so far-let's see if we can set a record for most orangeboard welcomes? What do you say? It's for the best of causes!

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I get to go to the Instructables HQ!

Yesss!I am leaving to Yosemite on Thursday, renting a hotel.Then the next day (Friday), I am going to hike or whatever.Then we go back to the hotel.Saturday morning, we start out to San Francisco.We get there around... I dunno, 3 or 4 or something?I won't be able to make it to Yuri's Night, but the next day (Sunday), Eric and I are planning on meeting at the HQ at around 11 I guess.This is gong to be sweet.Sorry the images lack color...

Topic by GorillazMiko 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Eric Wilhelm Talks Halloween Projects on Science Friday

  Today (Friday October 16, 2015) Instructables founder Eric Wilhelm went on Science Friday to talk about some fun Halloween Projects for Science Lovers.  "Green fire, magic mirrors, fiber optic fairy wings—just a few of the ways to geek out this Halloween with do-it-yourself projects. Eric Wilhelm, founder of Instructables, joins Ira to suggest a few of his favorites, like an arduino-powered skull that follows you as you move, or truly realistic edible eyeballs (sorry, peeled grapes.)" Listen and follow along with this fun collection of projects.

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


18" Eric Draven The Crow NECA - $30 OBO

Check out this realistic version of Brandon Lee as Eric Draven! The tragic character, otherwise known as "The Crow," is shown here as a testament to Lee's legacy. The Crow stands 18" tall and comes with his trenchcoat and bird that can perch on his shoulder. Highly detailed with articulation at the neck, shoulders, forearms, wrists, waist, and ankles, The Crow also speaks 5 different phrases. He's been on display for about five years in a smoke free and dust free environment. He retails for 70 dollars on amazon, but I'm cleaning house and would like to see him get a new home. So thirty dollars and he's yours! Serious offers only. The figure is loose, no packaging and comes complete.

Topic by InvaderDig 9 years ago


Instructables in Inventors Digest - Five Questions with Eric Wilhelm

Here's my five-question interview with Inventors Digest that appeared in the June 2009 issue:Five Questions With ... Eric WilhelmEric Wilhelm founded Instructables.com, "the world's biggest show and tell" Web site where users crowdsource do-it-yourself or DIY projects, from lawnmower race cars to skateboard sails. The site began in 2005 as a way for Wilhelm to document his mechanical engineering work and grad school kite-surfing projects. He's co-founded Squid Labs, an innovation and design partnership, and a number of Squid Labs spin-off companies including Potenco, producing a human-powered generator for cell phones and laptops; Makani, an energy company seeking to harness high-altitude wind; and OptiOpia, developing low-cost portable vision-testing and lens-fabricating devices. Talked innovation with him in this installment of Five Questions With ...More news and press about Instructables here.

Topic by ewilhelm 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Christy and Eric along with Dale Dougherty on the Heather Gold Show

Check out this clip from the October Heather Gold Show where Christy and I show off our laptops as part of a discussion about DIY.

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Am i allowed to go to the Instructables HQ? Answered

Even though i suspect Eric is a Robot?

Question by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Fake project

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Distill-Hydrogen-Peroxide/

Topic by eric m 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


this is fake right? Answered

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Distill-Hydrogen-Peroxide/

Question by eric m 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Instructables and Eric on Revision3's Pop Siren Episode 3 - Jackhammer Headphones and LED Floaties

Watch me build Jackhammer Headphones and LED Floaties, and talk about Living an Aesthetic Life on Revision3's PopSiren.The Instructables segment starts at 16 minutes.

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


Bug with new editor/formatter? Or just uncoverted database records?

Check out Eric's profile text.  All of the old-style markup (including some secret stuff only Eric could do :-) is now laid out as literal characters.  Don't forget to reprocess profiles and bios, as well as comments!

Topic by kelseymh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Sigh...future posts again...

Eric? It's happening again...

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


3 How-To Projects In 60 Seconds - Eric Wilhelm of Instructables on the Forbes Video Network

Watch me demonstrate Jackhammer Headphones, LED Throwies and Floaties, and Marshmallow Guns in 60 seconds on the Forbes Video Network:3 How-To Projects In 60 SecondsMore news and press about Instructables here.

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