I just made an 'ible for a really neat gadget, the mini grapple gun, check it out
Posted by evilkidjr 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Ever wonder where your recycled electronics go? From Wired:"Pictured here is the "demanufacturing" center of the company's [Sims Recycling Solutions] Roseville, California facility, where workers disassemble everything from printers, cameras and computers to Jumbotrons for their reusable materials. The facility receives roughly 150,000 pounds of used electronics a day."Wired Article.How to recycle old electronics.
Posted by drinkmorecoffee 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Hi gadgeteers :) I know what I want and I know how I want it to work. I have seen on here and other sites circuits and projects that almost do what I want, but the they are too complex. Basically I want a keyless vehicle ignition using bluetooth. What it needs to do: When my mobile moves into range it will turn on (and stay on). When my mobile moves out of range it will turn off. It needs to run from vehicle power or recharge itself from it. It specifically does not require an app on the subject device. I normally keep my bluetooth turned off, so it would actually be when it is turned on or off.
Posted by iphillips3 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Some time back you offered projects from a GadgetGangster.Com. That link is no longer valid so I'm wondering if you have any further details how I can get in touch with Nick McClink who was the owner and engineer behind their products. In particular, I'm interested in the 4 Channel DMX Transceiver ( https://www.instructables.com/id/4-Channel-DMX-transceiver/ ). If anyone has a photo of the back side of the PCB or a schematic of the design, I think I could recreate this project on my own. The Raspberry Pi code would of course also be very helpful. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. --Harvey
Posted by Harvey Mushman 1 year ago
I have a P&P; group and we're playing Cthulhu. I thought about giving an artifact as a handout that does something strange. Like a small stone figure that becomes warm or moist after the unsuspecting player holds it for a while. Or an old phone which is clearly unusable, but when needed it rings. Maybe I will need a remote to do that. But I'm looking for really simple solutions. Any ideas?
Asked by falkreath_guard 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
I want to know how to make gadgets like iphone (touch screen things), mobiles like nokia nseries, etc. Which course i need to study to make gadget's (especially touch screen tech's) hardware and software ?, I saw Chinese people make duplicate ipod's mp4 players..etc including hardware and software. how do they do it ?
Posted by milans 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Hello, out there, I would like to find how to build a ground penetrating gadget. I think there are a lot of 'us' would like to have something that can 'peek' underneath the surface of the ground, not necessary very deep. For example, such a gadget that can help fossil hunting tremandously. And it does NOT have to go all the way to Ground Penetrating Radar. As long as it can detect the differences between the matrix and interested object up to say 50 cm in depth, it will be good enough. And it doesn't matter what physical principle is used: GPR, ultrasound, electrical resistance or capacitance, ... (whatever). What I have in mind in such gadget would be tied to one of the shoes (so, it must be very light weight), using wifi to transmit the signal to iPad/iPhone so that the user can just walk and know the place to dig. Any help or comment will be greatly appreciated.
Posted by DinoDragon 7 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
I was wondering if I could somehow design a simple gadget to detect pulses in your mind to turn a head mounted torch on and off. So far, I am thinkng of putting metal pads onto your head, which would be connected to an amplifier of some sort. Since I am trying to detect Beta waves, "varying frequencies that are often associated with active, busy, or anxious thinking and active concentration." The amplified siignals would then be fed into an op amp active bandpass filter, to filter out all except that specific frequency. The output would then go into a switch of some sort. Would this work? Or are there some problems with it.
Asked by .Unknown. 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I'm working on a Robin cosplay, and I need some kind of wrist-computer set up for my iPod touch. Hopefully something fairly simple, since I really don't have much experience with nor access to major equipment. Any ideas? EDIT: Also, I still need some of the Boy Wonder's various gadgets and such. They'd mostly be just for show, but having at least some kind of decorative functionality (i.e. lights, sounds, lenses, etc.) would be nice. All opinions and ideas are very much appreciated!
Asked by Numbuh1Nerd 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
A variety of iconic items from the past are turned into lovely felted and embroidered items by blublythemonster on Flickr. There's some amazing work here and I'd love to see them all in person. Just so that I could briefly touch them to make sure they're real. Flickr setvia bbgadgets
Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I want to be Inspector Gadget for Halloween this year, replete with a bunch of cool Go Go Gadgets. I was wondering if any of you have some ideas or suggestions. What I'm really looking for are plans for exploding messages, extendable hands, and maybe even a hat umbrella or helicopter (non-functional, obviously).
Posted by Aunguna 11 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
The Propeller Platform Module (pictured below) includes an 80Mhz, 160 MIPS Parallax Propeller microcontroller, 32kb of EEPROM with space for a second EEPROM, 5V and 3.3V Voltage Regulators and the pin sockets to add additional Gadget Gangster Platform modules like the LCD UI Module or the Prototyper Module.All Gadget Gangster Platform Modules utilize .1" pin spacing and are breadboard compatible. Here's a little video demonstration of the LCD UI and Propeller Modules: What is the Gadget Gangster Platform?The Gadget Gangster Platform is a lot like the Arduino with a few improvements on the basic idea;-Modules (a.k.a. shields) can be connected to each other on top and bottom. For example, you might have a Propeller module in the middle, an LCD UI on the top, and a prototyper on the bottom. We've got a few initial modules to start, and we'll continue to expand on the selection with more modules and microcontrollers.-Pin spacing is .1". This makes the Platform compatible with breadboards, and it lets you use Platform modules in combination with other project boards.-The board footprint is 3.8" x 2.5", which is the same footprint as ExpressPCB's MiniBoard service. This makes it easier to add your own custom module.-Because they're featured in Jon Williams' Spin Zone column in Nuts and Volts, they're well documented. The Propeller Platform Module will be the basis for many of projects described in his upcoming columns and the LCD UI module will featured in his September '09 column. -Platform Modules are licensed under the MIT license (essentially public domain), giving you the flexibility to use the design in commercial products or anything else without restriction.[/list]I'm super-excited about these new project boards. There's more info on Gadget Gangster but if you have any questions, you can just reply to this thread.
Posted by Gadget Gangster 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Okay i'm looking to make a gadget so that pressing a red button makes it say "No" and pressing a green button makes it say "Yes". How would I go about making such a thing??? I'm presuming i'll need momentary switches of some kind. Thanks for any help :) Note: this is for a guy who is autistic and won't speak. It will enable him to be able to have an opinion by just pressing the button
Posted by RosJordan 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hey all, So this year I am going as Inspector Gadget for Halloween and wanted to do my best to have a couple functioning gizmos. The piece I'm focusing on for now is the trademark helicopter that comes out of his hat. I just want the blades to move. Preferably it would be something with an on/off switch (I'm thinking a toggle with strings or something that lead down the handles). Unfortunately I have little small motor experience and I don't know where to start. I know this wouldn't be a very difficult thing for a seasoned person, so I was hoping to get a little direction. Thanks a bunch!
Posted by TheUnholyTaco 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I'm not one to promote or advocate a lot of products but this is pretty cool. I even know of one person who got their iPhone back after it was stolen. It's not cheap but it seems to work, catch criminals and it's still cheaper than the replacement cost of getting new stuff. I haven't checked yet but I'm guessing it'd also get you a break on your insurance if you insure your gear. Might be enough to pay for the service. www.gadgettrak.com/
Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hi gang, DealExtreme here. A lot of you shop us for parts and pieces for your projects and we love to see everything you create. Right now, we are looking for one of more folks to do reviews on Arduino compatible stuff that we can supply. Any mad geniuses out there interested? We have greatly expanded our arduino stuff recently so we want to get the word out. If anyone is interested, please PM me for details.. Thanks! ~J
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Asked by pnag1 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I have several square wooden cigar boxes laying around in my room just waiting to be put to good use. Recently I've gotten interested in DIY electronic gadgets and I was hoping to be able learn more about electronics while at the same time making use of these boxes. The picture below shows basically what the bow looks like. it's about 6 in. by 6 in. x 4 in. deep. Plenty of space for components. Any ideas for a fun (hopefully fairly inexpensive) project for me?
Asked by ZachyKras 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hello everyone ! So let me explain myself, I got an old socket 775 intel pentium dual core e5200 processor and I wonder if I could turn it into a usb heater like this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSgW9AMeIjo The only problem is that I can't find out where to solder the USB wires using the datasheet : http://www.intel.com.au/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/datasheets/pentium-dual-core-e6000-e5000-datasheet.pdf So my question is can someone find out where I could solder the wires ?
Posted by jyroman 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I had this idea for a spy gadget, but I cannot find out anything about some of the functions I want it to have. I wanted to take an arduino uno and first off give it an Infrared LED and program it so that it can drown out all infrared signals by continuously blasting IR when a button is pressed. A universal jammer if you will. Second off I want it to be able to use an infrared sensor to detect infrared light when the function is active, and display the intensity of such IR on a LED board. Third of all I want it to be able to activate a burning laser LED to help start fires when camping, a sort of laser swiss army knife if you will. Fourth I want to be able to stick turn on a small LED for light. I was looking to see how each thing could be activated by a different button. I have a Keyes KT0003 arduino kit with no instructions on how to actually use the thing. Aside from the laser LED which I know doesn't come with the kit, are the infrared based functions feasible? All I want with the infrared is to be able to detect it and then just drown it out completely with the LED, I don't want to block any specific function. I just want to block IR in general. I also wanted to make an infrared universal transmitter out of it, but all of the things I saw relied on the arduino as a receiver. I wanted to be able to use the arduino as a sort of sonic screwdriver, able to activate any IR based device and control it, by pushing buttons attached to the arduino. Like I said though, everything was using the thing as a receiver, I want to turn it into a handheld transmitter able to control anything with a IR receiver. Here is a link to the kit I have, I'm sorry if it doesn't describe it very well. https://www.miniinthebox.com/kt0003-a-basics-starter-learning-kit-for-arduino_p1861302.html
Asked by LMN1 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
So, it has been around two weeks since the winners should have been announced and we are all left in the dark. What is going on? I have never seen this before with other contest. Here is the link to the contest: https://www.instructables.com/contest/glovebox/
Posted by Zaqq 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I am A Youtuber and I have been lately contemplating about how to use these gadgets in video. Not those how to videos but, comedy movies like Smosh. so if you have an idea or have please comment or continue the forum.
Posted by Undergroundoga 11 years ago
Core77's Greener Gadgets Design Competition wrapped up last Friday and the first prize went to a couple of friends of ours, Limor Fried from Adafruit Industries and Phillip Torrone from MAKE magazine! Their winning entry was the Tweet-a-Watt, A twittering power meter. Their prize was $3,000 which they donated to Engineers without Borders. Congratulations!To make the whole event even cooler, one of the three judges was Instructables co-founder Saul Griffith.It was a roller-coaster ride of a panel discussion at the Live Greener Gadgets Design Competition Judging at the close of Friday's Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City. After a 10-minute overview of some of the notable entries by moderator Allan Chochinov from Core77, the judges--Jeff Kapec of Tanaka Kapec Design Group, Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitat, and Saul Griffith of Makani Power--toured the audience through 13 of their favorite projects before deliberating to get things down to the Top 3 (In pre-judging sessions, they were unable to decide on a set of TOP 10). It was a difficult journey, with the audience ultimately chiming in with shout outs, criticisms, defenses, philosophical meanderings, and all the good stuff you would expect from a wonderful, engaged audience. Link
Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Back in the days when appliances had real dials and switches on them, you could set the program and then put it on a timer switch so that it would run on off-peak electric. Now that they're all software controlled with soft switches you can't do that unless you either pay a premium for one with a timer or if they have memory to resume the program from a power cut. What I'm looking for is a simple little thing with a timer on it that you stick over the top of the soft power button, and it will press it (unless you can trigger a soft switch like a capacitive switch by sticking a voltage in front of it?) when the timer runs down. Is there a little gadget to do this? or does anyone have plans to build something? I know I could hack a timer into it fairly easily but that would mean voiding the warranty. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Asked by bruffterman 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Core77, in conjunction with GreenerGadgets, recently held an open design competition. (See also fungus amungus' post, Design a Green Gadget and Win Some Cash).Well, the results are in, and there are some really clever and/or far-out ideas among the entries. I figured I would cross post some of my personal favorites. Not all of these are great design, good ideas, or even work - some are just purty. Brenn10 already posted the 2nd prize winner, the Gravia gravity lamp, which has since been retracted by the designer due to it's physical impossibility :-).In order, we get:1) Grand prize winner: The EnerJar - an Instructables or Make project if I ever saw one! Now also has its own website with instructions on how to make your own: http://www.enerjar.net/.2) Arc - a very minimalistic wood surface armband/watch. Kinda like J_Hodgie's Solid Wood Digital Clock 'ible.3) Plug-in Watch - such a simple idea that if it isn't on sale yet in Hong Kong, I'm sure it will be by next week...4) Aperture - a shower head that tells you how much water you're using (powered by the flow of water, naturally)5) Powered by Play! - motion powered and operated Wee/iPhone for 5 year olds. Excellent idea, provided they can make it sturdy enough...6) Digital Tattoo Interface - definitely one of the more "out there" submissions...
Posted by Patrik 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
The freebie blood glucose monitors that the big pharma co's give away? I think they can afford to give them away because they rake in so much money by selling the refill strips, which work only with the unit they are designed for. I haven't come across any Instructables using these.I have 3 or 4, lol. They have:lcd screena small speaker (usually)memory that counts various stastics (# of tests, results, date, time, etc)sometimes an led or a backlightsometimes a pc connector (!!) so it can upload dataI'm not very knowledgeable about electronics, other than the most basic stuff, so I didn't know exactly what to look for in the two I took apart.Here's a couple that are available (copy and paste the url, so it doesn't send a referrer url from here) :www.onetouchgold.com/simplestart/www.breezeupgrade.com/order.aspIf the OneTouchGold site allows a choice, it's the "Ultra2" model that has a data port.No, you don't need an Rx, they're not prescription. Anybody can get one....just walk into walmart and take one to the checkout. But Free is better ;-)I can post some pics of the boards of ones I took apart, if anybody's interested.
Posted by sideways 11 years ago
I just made my first instructable!!!, which is a clever little play on the quintessential "ipod"/gadget sock case...I have an idea to make the same type of case for something possibly as large as a laptop... Unfortunately, I do not have a sock that wide, nor am i willing to knit my own sock that large.. Any ideas on what sort of available alternative I could use? (I was thinking of cutting up an old hoodie...)Instructable here
Posted by urlostinmyworld 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
You might have looked at my last question about fireless smoke and the game im making, but i was wondering if you had any other ideas. i've already begun making plans on a dart gun, a sort of camouflaged robe, and light body armor for underneath it. so, wat do u got?
Asked by mrfishy 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I am interested in replicating the panoramic camera hat from the music video for Darwin Deez Radar Detector (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pbdLqTh_x4). I know that the shutters are triggered remotely, but am unsure where to begin. Any and all help is appreciated!
Asked by abassman 8 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
From the steam canon to the lead balloon,talk about the gadgets and contraptions the mythbusters built.
Posted by comodore 11 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I've seen small sound boxes created to play sounds or voices, but have never seen small battery (cell or AAA) powered devices that'll connect to the video inputs to play short videos in a loop. This would be a good product for businesses that want to play a certain video over and over on a TV/monitor display without the need to hook up a dvd player or other power hogging device.
Asked by davidkichi 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I want to make a gadget which sends a few kb of data via infrared and also receives data via infrared with a timestamp. However, I am stuck as I have only used arduinos before and I have to design a circuitboard which I have never done before, with PIC microcontrollers (must be cheap ones). I need help a) choosing a microcontroller and b) assembling all the components into a circuitboard (ir transmitter, receiver, microusb port to transfer data to pc, battery). Gadget will eventually be portable so make everything light. Thanks Khalid
Posted by khabro 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
Hi, I saw this in many gadgets and I want to do it by my self... Is there a way to use an old PSP's (or telephone's) LCD screen and connect it to the computer then display some informations on it? Please help me, and thanks a lot.
Asked by wassgha 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
We've announced the winners of the Father's Day Contest - the challenge was to build an electronics project to help Dad around the house. The 1st place project is awesome!See the winning projectsThought I'd pass it along - a lot of the projects have the sourcecode available, and a few have instructables up, too.
Posted by Gadget Gangster 9 years ago
I've just watched the first episode of Sky TV's new show, Gadget Geeks. It's a mixture of review show, trying out real gadgets in semi-real situations, and Maker show (in this episode, they built a portable bullet-time camera rig, turned an electric tricycle into a monster truck, and made a toothbrush into a sander. This last might sound familiar, and I think there'll be a few more Instructables seen on the show, but I think there's good reason. It was only a passing moment, which I had to pause to take this photo (with my iPod - my proper camera has flat batteries). On the lid of Charles Yarnold's laptop, for all to see, is an Instructables sticker! Are you Charles Yarnold? Do you know him? Did you give or send him the sticker? Did you meet this man at the Newcastle Maker Faire? The community needs to know!
Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I found a thing in vinnies and i want to use the camera. what should i make with it?
Asked by The nerdling 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Is this possible and is there a circuit raise voltage PLEASE HELP ME
Asked by mohammadsalem94 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I saw this in a movie and wanted to know if its real. If it is real I wanted to know the brand and what its called. I know it might not be real.
Asked by steve-lane 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Final reminder: the deadline for the Core77 Greener Gadgets Competition is coming up on the 15th!It's a great match with our Green Year 2009 theme, and run by the awesome folks at Core 77. Note that there's nothing to stop you from entering your Green Gadgets winning design into some of our later Green contests on Instructables, and vice versa. This is your last week to submit your designs, so get cracking!Official blurb:In association with CEA, Core77 is proud to announce the launch of this year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition 2009, challenging designers to create the next generation of greener gadgets. Once again, finalists will be JUDGED LIVE at the Greener Gadgets Conference, this year slated for February 27th in New York City. Prize money is $3000 for 1st Place, $1000 each for 2nd and 3rd Places.We were thrilled with the response from last year's competition, and in addition to the prize money, winners, finalists, and several notables received an incredible amount of press from magazines and websites around the world. Since this year's competition will also incorporate public online voting during the 2-week period before the conference, top designs will be receive unprecedented media attention. This is an amazing chance to use design to contribute positively, and to show the potential of sustainable design practice, so we encourage all designers to get in the game!Deadline is January 15th, 2009. Here's what you need to get started:OverviewThis year's Greener Gadgets Conference will take place on February 27, 2009 in New York City. (http://www.greenergadgets.com). As part of the event, Greener Gadgets has once again partnered with Core77 to generate outstanding design innovations for greener electronics. This design competition challenges established design firms, emerging designers, and design students to come up with new and innovative solutions to address the issues of energy, carbon footprint, health and toxicity, new materials, product lifecycle, and social development. The top 50 entries will be published on the web for voting and commenting, and top finalists will be showcased live at the Greener Gadgets Conference for judging by an expert panel. Awards will be given out at the end of the conference program, and winners will be showcased on Core77.com, GreenerGadgets.com, CE.org, and Inhabitat.com.Design BriefWe invite designers to explore the concept of "Greener Gadgets." Designs should seek to minimize the environmental impact of consumer electronic devices at any stage in the product lifecycle. Areas of sustainability to consider include:1. Energy2. Materials / Lifecycle / Recycling3. Social & Educational DevelopmentParticipants are encouraged to consider their designs as part of the entire product ecosystem, and should think as holistically as possible. Designers may choose to focus their entries on a particular area of human enterprise (learning, playing, communicating, etc.), or a particular context (work, home, school, etc.), a particular material, or a specific device. Entries may also seek to create new paradigms for products and services.Ultimately, we are looking for "great gadgets" of the greener kind.All rules, registration and schedule at the site. URL: http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/
Posted by canida 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Hi guys, I'm hoping someone can help direct a complete newbie. I'm a magician trying to build a gadget that looks like a steampunky-science-device. I'm working on a routine like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTikFSOBIA8 If you go to the 09:00 mark you'll see it in action. I bought the instructional DVD from the man in the video which supposedly includes instructions on making the gadget, but although he explains the flash-paper-ignition part clearly he doesn't even touch on how to make the lights and sound. I'm fine with woodworking, soldering etc. but I have no clue what pieces I need to buy to make flashing lights, squeally squawky adjustable sounds etc. If anyone can tell me what parts I need and how to string them together, or where to go to find suitable instructions, I'd be very grateful.
Posted by MalcolmR15 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
Want to make the world a little greener and be rewarded for it? The folks at core77 are running a contest called the Greener Gadgets Design Competition. They're asking people to submit ideas that reduce environmental impact of consumer electrical devices.Three of the areas they want designers to consider are:1. Energy2. Materials / Lifecycle / Recycling3. Social & educational developmentThe contest sounds like a good one with the first prize winner taking home $2,500 and two runners up winning $1,000 each.Each entry needs three images and a 500 word description. The set of images must tell the story of the design at three scales:- one image showing context- one image showing object- one image showing details, exploded view, etc.You have to get the design in by January 27th 11:59pm EST. Try it! link
Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Hello everyone, Ziphius is an aquatic drone controlled by your smartphone or tablet. Although we are still in stage of development, we already have a fully functional prototype. This prototype has a Pi and Arduino inside. Right now, we are using Unity for the games development. It will be available to both Android and iOS. If you're interested, check our video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDlNh2fgUpo Your feedback is very important for us, specially now that we have been selected to be one of the semi-finalists on the Insert Coin competition, organized by Engadget. engadget (dot) com/2013/02/15/insert-coin-new-challengers/ Thank you.
Posted by Roaz 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I just recently joined as a Pro member, but I've received a lot out of Instructables over the years. The last "prank" instructable that I participated in were those cell phone zappers. I don't know what kind of experience or success rate other members had with this, but I just wanted to die laughing at times when in stores, doctors offices, etc..., and someone would either call or receive a call, and 'ye olde zapper' went into action, and I'd estimate a good 90+% of the time, the call was terminated very shortly because of a dropped [or loss of] signal. My unit was rigged up in a book, so it was really drew no attention.
Posted by eagleshadow 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hi all! I'm developing an electronic application which looks more or less like the picture. Diameter abt 40 mm. I need to find a way to make this waterproof, at least down to 5 meters. Another requirement is that the 2 knobs need to have a tight wrap around them (they are tactile switches), which means that I can't just put it in a waterproof plastic bag. I have looked into shrink wrapping, which would make the 2 knobs stick out like I want, but I have understood that the seals in a shrink wrapped product are usually not too watertight. I would also like a wrapping that gives a smooth upper surface, if this is possible. Maybe shrink wrap and watertight tape over the bottom seal would work? Can you think of other ways to do it? Thanks in advance!
Asked by karolina81 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago