Kinetic art help...

Hi! Longtime lurker,1st time poster. I am wanting to make a kinetic work that kinda resembles ghosts... fabric that moves similar to this but more covered like it's someone with a sheet over themselves... I have bought nitinol (.15" gauge), burnt my fingers applying electricity directly (LOL) and thought I'd try a mechanism to pop up similar to a jack in the box or whack a mole, or a cam and follower. I really love the NiTi but I am open to any suggestions from any resourceful peeps here. I am gonna go shopping for toys to open up sometime this week for ideas but in the meantime... The main features I want are: random activation, pop up go back to original position, inexpensive... Thank you in advance for ANY insight, ideas. Much appreciated. Yours truly, The Lurk

Posted by The Lurk 8 years ago

Double Celebration!

Wow, not only have I just been made a "Featured Author", but I have just gained my 600th Follower! Thanks to Wilgubeast for the article, and a special patch to Supersoftdrink for helping me hit the big six-oh-oh. I've got to say I'm really proud to join the likes of Lemonie, Scooch, Jessy, Caitlinsdad, NoahW et al.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago

i want to start and stop my line follower robot robot by blutooth

Please help me , i have no idea how to change it. i have line follower robot , and i want to operate my robot by blutooth , i want start and stop my line follower robot by blutooh ,my line follower robot code is //code is int rightmotor1=12; int leftmotor1=13; int rightmotor2=9; int leftmotor2=8; int sensorleft=5; int sensorcenter=6; int sensorright=7; int l1=1; int l2=1; int l3=1; int f1=0; int f2=0; int f3=0; ////////////////////////////////////// void setup() { pinMode(rightmotor1,OUTPUT); pinMode(leftmotor1,OUTPUT); pinMode(rightmotor2,OUTPUT); pinMode(leftmotor2,OUTPUT); pinMode(sensorleft,INPUT); pinMode(sensorcenter,INPUT); pinMode(sensorright,INPUT); } /////////////////////////////////////////////////// void loop() { l1=digitalRead(sensorleft); l2=digitalRead(sensorcenter); l3=digitalRead(sensorright); ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// if(l1==1&&l2;==1&&l3;==1)   //feedback when comes all sensor on white { l1=f1; l2=f2; l3=f3; } //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// if(l1==0&&l2;==1&&l3;==1||l1==0&&l2;==0&&l3;==1)   //left turn {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0); } else if(l1==1&&l2;==1&&l3;==0||l1==1&&l2;==0&&l3;==0)  //right turn {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0); } else if(l1==1&&l2;==0&&l3;==1)  //go forward straight {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0); } else if(l1==0&&l2;==0&&l3;==0) //stop {   digitalWrite(rightmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0);   delay(2000);    digitalWrite(rightmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(rightmotor2,0);   digitalWrite(leftmotor1,1);   digitalWrite(leftmotor2,0);   } /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// f1=l1; f2=l2; f3=l3;        //memory variables //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// } , i want to keep all code in function and want to call in blutoooh code i want my robot start and stop by blutooth please help me my blutooth code is #include SoftwareSerial mySerial(10, 11); // RX, TX String state;// string to store incoming message from bluetooth int  LED = 5; // LED on pin 13 void setup() { mySerial.begin(9600); Serial.begin(9600); // serial communication to check the data on serial monitor    pinMode(LED, OUTPUT); mySerial.println("Welcome to the wonderful world of bluetooth communication");   delay(1000);   mySerial.println("Sending a '1' will turn on the LED, Sending a '0' will turn off the LED");   delay(1000);   mySerial.println("a '3' will flash the LED and a '4' will kick out a lot of data from the LDR"); } //-----------------------------------------------------------------------//  void loop() {   while (mySerial.available()){  //Check if there is an available byte to read   delay(10); //Delay added to make thing stable   char c =; //Conduct a serial read   state += c; //build the string- either "On" or "off"   }    if (state.length() > 0) {     Serial.println(state);   if(state == "turn on")   {     digitalWrite(5, HIGH);           }     else if(state == "turn off")   {     digitalWrite(5, LOW);      }      else if(state == "turn1 on")   {     digitalWrite(5, HIGH);           }     else if(state == "turn2 off")   {     digitalWrite(5, LOW);      }     state ="";}} //Reset the variable i am using arduino atmega2560 and blutooth hc 06 and using  l298n 3 sensor

Posted by ShaidK 2 years ago

Followers, following.

How do I find the list of people I'm following, and my followers?

Posted by JRV31 1 year ago

Missing Followers/Following

For some reason I can't see my followers list or who is following me. People I had followed are no longer shown as being followed by me. 

Posted by Not_Tasha 1 year ago

following people

Is it ok to follow anybody on instructables?

Posted by lauriewiniecke 2 years ago


How do I find the list of people I'm following, and my follower, (I used to before the site's update)?

Posted by cyann04 1 year ago

cick on follow will not respond

I click on follow  and favorites and get no response

Posted by FreeMan49 5 years ago

Follow me on twitter!!!

 Follow me on twitter... i need some followers... my twitter username is xxHalfBakedxx                                   -M

Posted by GianniMora 8 years ago

Is it rude not to follow someone who followed you?

Hey guys. coolcrafter101 here. This question has been bothering me, so I thought I'd ask y'all. Is it rude not to follow someone who followed you? As a general rule I follow anyone who follows me, and then some. But my friends have been talking about arguments they have been having with people who don't follow them back ect. So is it or isn't it? 

Posted by coolcrafter101 1 year ago

Cant follow someone

I am trying to follow Bricobart through the following page. If I am logged in I hit +Follow and it does nothing. If I am logged out. It asks me log in and then it logs me out but still without following Bricobart. I tried with latest Chrome and Firefox with Windows7.

Posted by loopingz 4 years ago

Following a question not staying.

I noticed that lately when I click the follow button on a question, then go back to the main listing and then go back to the question it is not marked as following it. It does not appear to be something in my browser since I don't get notifications of posts being made in the question. I have re-clicked follow several times and it shows it as following but after leaving the question it resets it back. Is there a limit as to how many questions you can follow? Have I hit the limit since I follow a lot but never un follow them?

Posted by Vyger 4 years ago

Following members?

Please advise me on how to stop following someone's Instructables. I picked "follow" but I don't like a blanket approach. I prefer to browse.

Posted by craftyv 7 years ago

Tumblr: Hit 30,000 Followers!

Tumblr Gif for everyone!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago

How do you update followers?

I have an instructable with a quite a few views and followers. How can I send a message / update to followers? What will they receive? Also, how do I send a message / update to people following me directly? Thanks

Posted by andyjagoe 4 years ago

Need help with Follow Bot

I'm working on a bot that I would like to follow me around. It's going to be bluetooth controlled. Looking for advice on how to make it follow the bluetooth device it's paired to, or another device like a RFID tag. Any help is appreciated. 

Posted by HaloMediaTech 4 years ago

Unable to follow someone

I don't seem to be able to follow contributors any more :(  On my PC, I'm using I.E 10.  I've cleared the browser cache, and explicitly added the instructables site to always allow cookies (which are turned on anyway).  I've also logged off and on several times.  If I click on a the follow button, it briefly displays the 'UNFOLLOW' option and the windows timer mouse icon, before reverting to 'FOLLOW' again.  On my Android phone, I have the Instructables app.  It allows me to follow someone, but does not add them to the list of people I already follow.  Is there a limit on the number of people I can follow?  I'm currently following 24 contributors.  Can you help please?

Posted by M!key 3 years ago

Browse by followed categories and users

Hi all, I am following some categories (such as woodworking, home improvements, etc) and users. Is there is a way to browse only through the followed categories/users instead of the homepage featured instructables? Something like a personalised homepage? Sorry if it is already been asked, I searched in the forum but have not found an answer. Thanks in advance!

Posted by LoicBVN 1 year ago

Strange Follower

I've just gained my most unexpected Twitter follower to date: Elizabeth Emanuel, co-designer of Princess Diana's wedding dress. Now, I'm not complaining about her following me, I'm just puzzled about why.  I'm not exactly known for my fashion sense. Any ideas? My Twitter. Her Twitter.

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago

Can't find my followers.

I know this has been asked before, but I have not seen a response. (at least, not from anyone working at Instructables)  How do I find the list of my followers?  I have several new followers and I like to look at their pages as well to see what they build, or are interested in.  Can anyone at help me with this?

Posted by Attmos 11 months ago

Bug: number of followers is incorrect

Hi there! I just wanted to report what I believe is a bug. I noticed that on my profile, the follow button says i have 32 followers, but the tab in the lower left says I have 30. I counted, and found that I do have 32 followers. I have noticed that it was off by 1 before, but I assumed that the follow button was higher because it was telling me what it would look like if i followed myself, or something like that. However, with the difference being 2 people, it cannot be that. Although it is a little thing, it is kind of annoying. I am running a windows 7 computer, using Chrome.  

Posted by assemblyrequired 4 years ago

Instructables app behavior (Bug?)

I've been using the Ibles app on an Android (V 4.3) phone for a month or two. There's a lot to like about the app experience. For instance, the app makes it super easy to follow other users who are following your account... Super easy to click "follow" on many accounts in one session. I'm not really a social networking person, by choice, so I never paid much attention to following. Never cared about the number of followers--or hits, for that matter. I'm sure this is a breach of social networking etiquette. Guilty.  So-- it's a pain to "mass follow" other users in the browser interface (yeah, wouldn't be problem if I'd kept current with following)--go to you:subscribers, click on the account, select follow, move backwards to the you:subscribers page, repeat ad nauseam, with all the load times associated. On the app--load the followers page, then click, click, click on the icon next to each account. Pie easy. But there are some odd app behaviors: One: the app Followers section doesn't sync with the normal online interface. I.E., more followers in the browser online than on the app. Two: the last "follower" in the list doesn't display correctly. Shows as "not followed," when clicking on the user's account shows that I am indeed a follower of that account. Maybe there's a sync lag that would explain this...if so, it last several days.

Posted by gmoon 4 years ago

light following robots

Its like one of the first things any kid lucky enough to take a robotics class learns is how to make a robot that either turns towards or follows a light source the funny thing is the are no instructables that i could find for making light following robotsif i'm correct the robot contest is still going i would defiantly vote for some one who makes a light following robot (especially if its 555timer powered

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago

Username truncated if user has followers.

   Example over THERE ------> I have been truncated to 'AndyGadge' in the Info box because the Followers box has displaced my name and the date published to the right.  (FireFox 4.0.1 on Win7) Personally, I am totally against the prominence the Followers feature has been given and would like to see it revert back to the old Subscribers with a less 'in your face' appearance.

Posted by AndyGadget 7 years ago

Can't Favorite Instructables or Follow People

This has been happening the past few days intermittently... when I try to click an instructable to favorite it, or try to follow a user, the button does nothing. Doesn't matter if I am on the users page. I've tried refreshing both tutorial pages and user pages to favorite or follow (respectively) to no avail. I've also tried logging out. Help!

Posted by chloe.stamper 4 years ago

In a step, Images are followed by text

There does not seem to be an option to put the text first followed by the images? I would like to have several lines of text in the introduction followed by the images. It would also be nice to put text before each image such as: text, image, text, image, etc. Is there a way to do this?

Posted by bennett2198 8 months ago

I followed one of Broken ipod instroduction and doesnt work

I followed the direction of!/ and now my ipod has been completely broken  

Posted by rooya1 8 years ago


How do you unfollow members? I accidently pushed someone's follow button and I don't want to follow them.

Posted by MissSongbird 7 years ago

What can I make with the following

Hi I want to make something exciting including these things. What can i make with the following or use the following for? 4 ATX Power Supplies 2 Spare Laptops CD-ROM Drive 3 Spare Speakers It would be helpful if you answered.

Posted by JacoFett 5 years ago

Does [Follow Question] do anything like it used to ?

Last year I could receive comments by individual questions after clicking that [Follow Question] button. I went through [Email Alerts] and [Settings] to no avail. Who has the straight skinny this and of future changes ?

Posted by iceng 1 year ago

Follow vs Watch vs "Email me updates"

Hi, Just spoke to Kiteman about this and he suggested posting in here... On the question page, I spent *ages* as a newbie to this site trying to find the "Watch this topic" or "Email me updates" button. I eventually found the "Follow" button, but thought that wasn't particularly logical. I can understand "Follow"ing another user, but to "Follow" a topic/question/answer just didn't seem like the right sort of word (maybe just because I'm from the UK, but hey!) Thanks G

Posted by GeeDee86 5 years ago

I Can't Follow HackerBoxes

I have been trying to follow HackerBoxes for some time now (about six months), but it doesn't work. The button gets stuck on "Loading..." as the image shows. I am using Windows 10 and have tried Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Opera with the same results. Is there a fix for this? Thanks, Gary

Posted by CrittersWeb 1 year ago


Please Instructables, for the love of jesus, give me a tool to message all my followers.  I have important information I need to share with them and no way to do it. 

Posted by Fuzzy-Wobble 4 years ago

Who decided to fix the website

Who decided to revamp how messages and comments work? THAT wasn't broken....what genius decided to fix something that wasn't broken? Hey, how about fixing the part where I see a message from 1 year ago, followed by 2 months followed by 1 week, followed by 2 years followed by 3 days?

Posted by SuperTech-IT 1 year ago

How accurate can a line following robot be? (Laser cutter idea inside)

I have no idea how accurate line following robots can be (and this is what I'd some clarification for), but could a cutting laser be mounted to one? The robot would just follow a black line that you've printed out, and in the process would have also cut out the pattern. If that would work, this would allow you to cut out shapes from a huge canvas size, as well as making quick stencils with a fine line Sharpie.

Posted by olliewagner 10 years ago

No more "favorties"?

Oh no! When did "Favorties" go away? Plus, I used them as bookmarks for future reference. Are they completely replaced by "follow" now?

Posted by deldotb 7 years ago

Poll: Have you ever followed an Instructables?

Yes or NoIf yes post which one you did.Yes

Posted by iMac 9 years ago

Are Spammers following me via ?

I am an Instructables Pro member and I have never posted an instructable. So, I'm always curious when another Instructables members decides to "follow" me. Why are they following me when I never submit anything? I recently received e-mail from Instructables that I am being followed by The California Business Directory. I love Instructables but the possibility that my membership information is being exploited for business purposes or used to send me unsolicited advertising is very disturbing. Please advise.

Posted by deadairman 5 years ago

Blank updates from members I'm following

As you can see in the screenshot, I can't see the new instructables posted by the members I'm following anymore. The section is just blank and the only way for me to see the new ones is to click on "view all".  It's been this way for the past 2 days I think. I'm using Chrome on Win 7, but I tried to look at it on Firefox too and it shows the same problem.

Posted by lindarose92 4 years ago

assassins creed hidden blade (following blueprints)

I will soon be working on a hidden blade as soon as i get the materials.I WILL post a tutorial!!!! 

Posted by darter365 7 years ago

i need line follow code .it work for 5 sensor

I am mechlogy . i need code for arduino i am using 5 sensor code . please provide me workable code.i need code for ln987n and 5 sensor strip

Posted by ShaidK 2 years ago

Tumblr suggestions?

So, I'm just starting to get into this Tumblr thing (I know, behind the Zeitgeist, but still...). Do you have any suggestions about who to follow? I'm looking for Makers, crafters, and other creative folk.   Oh, and I wouldn't mind a few followers myself... (These are my "new" goggles.)

Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago

Line follower robot with 100 kg payload

Hello, I like to build a robot that follow a line and can support 100 kg payload,i was wondering where to start to build the chassis. I can weld and have some but  limited access to machining tool. But I was wondering if there is not some stuff i could hack to create it faster. Vincent

Posted by VincentD48 1 year ago

Following groups

We just had a site update, with this you can now follow a group! How is this different from joining? well if you want to just get updates from a group without being listed as a member, click the follow button, you'll get the same updates as people who are a part of the group. we also changed how groups are populated, and you'll see that the recent sort now shows you last added to a group. wayyyy cooooollll! We have an extra special surprise for next week, hold onto your pants!

Posted by frenzy 5 years ago

Notifications for contests I'm following when I'm not following any contests

I recently installed Autodesk 123D Design and as part of the install there was a link to their current contest for kids.  I think clicking the link to go there might have made me auto-follow that contest.  No big deal. Yesterday I got a notification from Instructables that there were new items in the contest, but didn't list what they were in the email.  It just had this link: That link takes me to the manage preferences page. I unfollowed the Autodesk 123D Design contest and don't believe I'm following any others. Today, I get another notification with no items listed (just says "there are new items") and the preferences changing link mentioned above. No idea if it's specific to my account or a general bug in the notification system but thought I'd report it. Thanks!

Posted by tgryffyn 4 years ago

Designer contest

Hi Following the link on how to enter in the new design competition, the description is referring to Cabots wood treatment comp. You probably want to change that to refer to the design competition :-) T

Posted by Duplo for Daddies 5 years ago

Subscribing and email bug

I am having a problem with following the members Knextremely stupid and master-splinter306. Whenever I follow either of them (or when they follow me) I'm automatically unsubscribed from them. This problem has been going on since I started Instructables. This causes an issue because I don't get emails for their comments or messages. I'd greatly appreciate it if someone fixed this bug. Thank you. :-) master-splinter306's profile: Knextremely stupid's profile:

Posted by Linkin_J_Knex 2 years ago

Launch Statistics Down Following Site Upgrade ?

The new website no longer promotes other instructables written by the author.Perhaps this is a coincidence but the number of views appears to have has fallen drastically since the new website was launched. Would be interested to know if your launch stats are affected too.Perhaps a (significant) portion of the recommended section that follows each instructable could be devoted to articles from the author?

Posted by lingib 6 months ago

Does anyone else hate this?

How willing people are to follow everyone else. Maybe its just high school, but I find myself confused as to how sheepish people are (willing to follow) I'm feeling angsty and all anti society right now

Posted by Weezer 8 years ago

Instructables Un-Subscribing From Me

I have a feeling that there is a bug in Instructables that unsubscribes people after they subscribe to me. (or not only me?) I know people un-sub once in a while, But I think this isn't the case... In the past week (or two), Most of the people that followed me, Have un-followed, And I don't think this is a coincidence. I think I can estimate that it happened to me with ~15 people. Am I the only one that has this problem?

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago