Halloween Costume Contest

Hello everyone! Every year for the halloween contests we the staff have to draw some lines between props, costumes, and decor items.  This year we've decided to draw the lines similar to where actual theater companies draw their lines.  Believe it or not there is a prop union, costume union, and set union.  It helps to give us some firm definitions of what item goes into what contest! This year we are defining costume as the following: "Something that is worn on the body to add to or create a character." This includes any and all clothing, hair clips, jewelry, hat, and shoes! Examples below!  If you have any questions feel free to post them here and I'll answer them to the best of my ability! Want to enter the Costume contest?  Check it out here!

Posted by MsSweetSatisfaction 3 years ago

Featuring Guidelines

Having your Instructable featured means you are an excellent author, and you're providing some of the best content on the site. We want everyone to see what you've made! When we feature your Instructable, it's our way of saying "You are awesome, and we love you!" So what does it take to get your Instructable featured? Read on, my friend, you have come to the right place! You can also check out this handy Instructable that will walk you through posting a Feature-Worthy Instructable. There are currently two tiers of featuring we use to promote great content and reward our awesome authors: Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member! Homepage Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, as well as on the homepage, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member. For an Instructable to be featured, the main criteria we look for are excellent documentation and reproducibility. These break down into the following points: The title fits and explains the project.  The introduction should state what the project is, and the reason or motivation behind it. All photos should be original, bright, clear, and in-focus. Projects should be broken into enough steps to be easy to follow, with sufficient photos and explanatory text to allow the reader to understand the process. Grammar and spelling should be good enough so as to not be distracting. Projects should be complete and contain all the information needed so others could reasonably duplicate the project (if the reader were to have the necessary skills and access to similar tools and materials.) Lists should be included of parts/materials/ingredients/tools used, with links to sources as needed, as well as links to references. Whenever possible, the inclusion of downloadable files, PDF patterns, and so forth is desirable. Video content (youtube videos, etc.) must be accompanied by photos and written step-by-step instructions, as outlined in the points above. For a Homepage Feature, here are some additional things we look for:  Overall stellar documentation  Beautiful cover images Content that is highly reproducible and has that “wow, awesome!” factor Note that high levels of ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and/or utility in a project will often compensate for various areas of weaknesses in documentation, so these criteria should be viewed as guidelines and not necessarily hard-fast rules. What about business-related content from bloggers, etsy-ers, youtubers, kickstarters, and so forth? Can that type of content be featured? Absolutely! Any Instructable that meets the criteria as outlined above and contains real how-to instructional content can be featured. If you are in this camp, it's an excellent practice to keep your ulterior motives relatively subtle. For example, some of our best authors are also bloggers and etsy-ers, and many of these authors simply include a single link to their site or store in the last step of their Instructables. This is a perfect approach that allows their projects to get as much attention as possible on the site, but also plug their commercial interests in a way that is not overbearing or spammy. Being overbearing or spammy is the quickest way to NOT being featured.   Want your project featured? Sometimes it's hard to see where your project could use some enhancements! Luckily, we have some great authors that will review your project and give you feedback at the volunteer-run Clinic.  Do you get featured a lot? Why not spend a little time in the Clinic and help others get to your level! :) 

Posted by canida 8 years ago

Time & money guidelines for Gift Exchange gift sizes?

For the Gift Exchange, I can't seem to find the page where it gave guidelines for what the S, M, & L-sized gift packages should translate to in terms of time and maximum cash outlay. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Posted by Gorfram 8 years ago

Will this video pass your guidelines?

I just joined your site and posted a video that is actually a part 2 to another one.  I would like to post both of them but wanted to be sure it will pass the guidelines.  I am not promoting or trying to sell anything.  I offer a site for information only.  I really wanted to show the entire theme but was not sure.  Here is the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOy3ejaInEE     could you view this and let me know if I would be within your guidelines?  I hope I posted correctly to enter your Valentines day contest 2010.  I know your busy and I appreciate your time and consideration. Thank you,

Posted by sunshiine 8 years ago

Creating patches

I see we can upload our own patches to send to other people. What makes a "patch"? What are the size and format limits? Are there any style guidelines (the current patches all have a square border with rounded corners).

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

How to use Table saw

It's easy to buy a table saw for our personal use. but its not easy to use this tool. so, there are some instructions and proper guideline to use this tool so that users will be safe and cutting also sharp and smooth.

Posted by jashimcox 7 months ago

How Can A Collection Get Featured?

How Can A Collection Get Featured? All of my collections have a "featured" badge on the top right, But none of them are features What are the guidelines for having a collection get featured?

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago

Pro suggestion: Priority Instructable/etc reviewing

A suggestion from me - where an instructable contravenes the secret submission guidelines (the ones that include words like 'guns' 'alcohol' 'set fire to' etc where the 'ible needs to be reviewed  should be pushed to the top of the pile. Assuming others think that's fair?

Posted by tim_n 8 years ago

Question about licensing work posted here for the Etsy contest

I've got the basics of the contest:1. Sign up at both sites.2. Create something, documenting the process.3. Post the item on Etsy for sale following contest guidelines.4. Post the information on Instructables following contest guidelines.5. Win! (okay, maybe)However, the item as I envisioned it would be a licensed item - people could make it for personal use under the CC license subject to the selected provisions* or contact me for commercial licensing.*selected provisions might be, say $5 for making an unlimited number for personal use, a $50 licensing fee for commercial re-sale, along with attribution, et cetera, for a stated amount of timeIs this allowed under instructables rules? I know that standard CC is used here, but I don't know yet if it can be combined with a licensing fee, and if CC does allow it if Instructables does.Thanks!

Posted by whirlygeek 11 years ago

Ipod Touch - Any Gen ) Please Read (

Hi My 1St sign up To Instructables so its My 1St Q on Here so here it is. Is it possible to Make/build instead of buying a Iphone/Ipod Sd card reader adapter is it possible to make 1 and to make it work if so Please provide some guidelines/help what to buy or have and what to do . Thks  in Advance . 

Posted by firtha10 7 years ago


I have an rss feed from -ible to my reader. I've noticed that there are lots of -ibles that seem like thinly veiled ads.  They talk about a secific 'brand' to solve a problem which I think makes the whole point of the site useless. Is this just because the website can't screen it, is within the guidelines or is a revenue stream for the site. I'm fine with anything, just as long as I can expect as such.

Posted by fefrie 6 years ago

Please help me with my instructale!

Hello I am working on a series of instrucales on dreadlocks, Starting, cleaning, maintenance..... I want the first one to e things to consider and decide before dreading. So although it will have pictures it wouldn't be instructing anything so much as giving guidelines to help you give your dread the est start they could have. Do you think I could enter this as a step be step?

Posted by dreadyjazz 6 years ago

Curved/Circular LED Matrix

Hey everyone,  I've been interested in making a new project using an LED display, however, I have no idea how to go about such a matrix without the proper instructions or guidelines since it is very different from a square or rectangular matrix. I was hoping someone could explain how to wire and go about making such a thing (programming advice would also be appreciated). 

Posted by notnowmyheadhurts 5 years ago

Ar, me hearties!

Jes' a quick nod t' the wise, mates, the ninteenth o' September be Internat'nl "Talk Like A Pirate day".Now, this don't be compulsory, like (more of a guideline, see?), but I hopes all you gentlemen (and ladies) o' fortune be planning to speak properly that day...Now accordin' t' this 'ere com-poo-tuh, these be the chains ye need to get the lingo, and remember, do it wi' a wannion!If ye be one o' the King's privateers, ye be needin' this site: http://www.yarr.org.uk/An' if'n ye be from the colonies, ye need tae go t' http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

Drinks can Stirling engines (UK & EU only)

These are simple coke can Stirling engines that run on one or two candles. Made from recycled coke cans, tuna cans and bottle lids. They are of a simple gravity driven design that using fishing line to connect the displacer. Each on is made by me and slightly different, so the pictures are guidelines only. Please not these are just models will not power anything useful (as far as I'm aware!).  They are £8.99+ £1.98 shipping. For more details, see my site here. (video shows slightly older version, these run the same though)

Posted by scraptopower 7 years ago

Recommendation for Contest: Accessibility and Assistive Technology

On behalf of Kiteman, NachoMahma, and myself, I would like to propose to the Instructables staff a contest theme of accessibility (in the sense of disability access, adaptive equipment and assistive technology, and the independent living movement). We'd like to see the contest include not just hardware (devices), but also software and online design (Web, PDF, etc.) which is fully accessible. Both specific designs and descriptions of the guidelines and tools to use should be included.For my own selfish benefit, I would like to have already published I'bles eligible for such a contest, but that's a policy decision for Instructables, not for me.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

Instructables in the Classroom

Just wanted to let all know that we have a group of students involved with Instructables.com  I gave my students a simple project...Make something and document it.  Please take a look at the projects that have been posted so far.  I only post when I feel it meets guidelines of a contest.   Also try to incorporate the value of social media other than posting picts on Instagram Check us out and follow MyWlakeTech Was just notified that one of my student's projects made it as a Finalist in the FIRE Challenge. Looking forward to any feedback other teachers might have.  Really proud of all the FEATURED projects they have created. Regards, MyWlakeTech

Posted by MyWlakeTech 1 year ago

Craftster Contest with Instructables Prizes!

Craftster is running a contest with prizes we provided for them! You should check it out, but here are the basic guidelines for entering: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is New Year, New Uses!  Your challenge this month is to bring new life to an old object in your home.  The object could be a houseware piece, an item of clothing, home decor... anything you choose!  Your repurposing should transform the object into something entirely new and unexpected.  Perhaps you'll finally get to make a lamp out of that vintage, avocado green blender you've been hoarding all these years. Who is part of Craftster and is going to enter?!?

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago

Need old Microprocessor CPU chips

I need a bunch of old CPU microprocessor chips for a craft project.  They can be totally non-functional.  I'm interested in the physical package, not working electronics.  I'll pay postage and agree upon a sales price. However, I'm most interested in older chips, the 486's and early Pentiums (586's).  See figure 2 as a guideline.  I need a bunch ( > 30) but I'll buy them one at a time if necessary. All are for an Instructable, so it's for a good cause.  Any advice for websites that are selling to old chips would also be appreciated. Thanks for any help!

Posted by CrLz 8 years ago

how to build a balance board with proximity sensor and arduino

Hey guys,  So I am trying to figure out how to build a virtual balance board( using processing and Arduino), that responds to human weight when leaning left or right. An object would be falling in the screen on one side of the balance board and the person has to lean to the other side to keep the balance.  I would like to use a proximity sensor to receive and send the data ( weight ) to Arduino. I may want to use spring board for enhancing the force. So i need your help with the Arduino part, connections and coding, I appreciate your help and guidelines. 

Posted by shanymz 5 years ago

Survey on the Workflow and Collaboration of Makers and Their Community

Im currently conducting research for my final year thesis which the aim is to identify insights gathered from this survey to understand the workflow and collaboration of the online and local maker communityMy aim at the end of this is to identify what could be beneficial for the maker community, whether it be in the form of a physical or online tool or even a set of guidelines to act as stepping stones during conceptualisation and prototyping for a user. You can answer the survey herehttps://goo.gl/forms/f2zjFwxyefxrKRpO2 This will be great help to get some participants and I hope my research and resources gathered will be a benefit to the online and local maker community.

Posted by Renegade Designer 17 days ago

Tips to minimize error on embedded projects

Hey all, Over the past long while (5 months of freetime or so) I've been hard at work on an embedded electronics project for fun. However, I keep running into stupid mistakes where I frankly should've known better. Sometimes it feels like there is a gremlin or some other sentient force whose only goal in life is to make sure my project fails. Anyhow, because of this, I ask: What suggestions do you guys have for things to do to help minimize stupid mistakes while undertaking projects (particularly embedded projects involving PCBs, though general project guidelines are also welcome). Thanks, Purduecer

Posted by purduecer 9 years ago

The answer is (almost) always YES! - AKA Kiteman's Law

There is a fairly regular kind of thread that appears here.It starts should I make an Instructable about insert topic here?You know what? The answer is yes. Even if nobody else on the site is even vaguely interested in insert topic here, it is probable that somebody with access to the internet, somewhere in the world, will eventually develop an interest in insert topic here and resort to Google. Since this site is googlable (is that a word?), they can end up here, grateful to you and potentially a new and useful member of the site.So, unless it breaks the guidelines for what is suitable here (basically, Please remember that this is a family site), and you're not just re-inventing the wheel, then the answer to should I? is always yes.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

How to Survive School: A Never-ending thread of tips, tricks and (coff coff) comments

We all went to school sometime, right? I bet more than half of you are still in school. School School Schooooooooool. We all hate it. We all know it. And yet, we still go there. It's like death, but without dying right? Yeah. Actually, no. I went a bit over the top, but it's bad. I'd rather be here, making and sharing instructables than there, doing algebra. So, what I'm trying to say is: SCHOOL IS UNAVOIDABLE BUT IT CAN BE EASIER! That's our motto here and we're STICKIN' to it! (Unless someone comes up with a better one. >.>) So, thanks guys! I'll be posting the rules, guidelines and how to become a "School Basher". I'll let you know EVERYTHING. Thanks.

Posted by green donut 10 years ago

Free 3D Prints for Tips & Tricks!

The first 10 people who enter the Electronics Tips & Tricks Contest this week (6/25/12) and have their project featured will get a free 3D print. All prints are going to be made on our Objet printers and must fit within the bounds of 3" x 3" x 3". If you don't have files that you want printed, you can receive a 3D-printed Instructables Robot figurine instead. Some featuring guidelines for Photo Instructables are as follows: Has an original, unique and/or compelling idea Title fits and explains the project All photos are original Contains at least 3 photos, and at least 1 image of the final project All photos are in focus with correct lighting At least 2 paragraphs describing project inspiration, process, outcome, challenges, etc Reference links and files if required

Posted by randofo 6 years ago

TGKT (Round 2)

ROUND 1 IS OVER.ROUND 2 HAS STARTED.Guidelines:The rules are that you have to make something that is not a gun, it can be anything as long as it is not a gun. Entries have to be in by January 15th. You can enter something that has aready been posted as long as you haven't modified it since then.Participants:Here are the 8 participants and their scores from round one, all scores are out of 100.1. S0lekill3r{ENTRY}True Break Action Shotgun842. Dutchwarlord{ENTRY}Knex Big Crossbow833. I_Am_CanadianKnex Heavy Cannon v5-Handheld{ENTRY}824. Viccie.B1993{ENTRY}795. Knexguy{ENTRY}Knex L96A1796. Bakenbitz{ENTRY}Lancer787. DutchjKnex Rifle v2788. Jollex {ENTRY}Grenade Launcher75

Posted by jollex 9 years ago

Fixperts - Designers doing something useful!

I was recently alerted to Fixperts.org. It's a fascinating concept - "real" designers get paired with folk with actual, unsolved problems (typically related to a mobility issue), and produce bespoke solutions, making a nice little video in the process. Introduction to Fixperts from Billo on Vimeo. It's mainly a UK thing at the moment (some of the folk from Sugru are involved, although it's not a Sugru scheme), but there's nothing stopping you, dear reader, starting up something similar through your own school, college or Hackspace. There are even guidelines on the site on how to join in. I've been told of companies that make bespoke prosthetics, or connect problems to solutions, but this is the first voluntary group I've encountered that drags Design out of the showroom or gallery, directly to those who actually need these skills now. I'm going to keep an eye on Fixperts, and I think you ought to as well... @Fixperts

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago

Unofficial Safety Committee: What are we? Organization? Etc?

.  Judging by the number of ppl that have signed on to this group, it looks like there is enough interest to see about really doing something. .  In no particular order or importance: 1) Need name for org.  Do we need Pres/VP/&c;? 2) Who in group can give out which "awards"? More than one person? 3) I don't think we need patches - many recipients would see them as awards. I think we should just give as comments to iBles/posts. 4) Need to come up with some guidelines as to what is unsafe enough to deserve a graphic/comment. May want to have a series of small graphics (similar to patches?) such as "High Voltage", "No Safety Procedures/Warnings", &c; 5) I don't think we want to take this too seriously and become pedantic about what is posted, but we want to make sure that no one attempts a dangerous iBle without the proper warnings.

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago

Power Banks vs. ac wall outlets

I've observed in many power banks, that they charge up my phone a LOT quicker than a conventional ac adapter plugged into a wall socket. Why is this so? Many of my friends share the same observation. I'm building a simple power bank myself, and I want to make sure I can enjoy this feature when I use it too. I plan to use this instructable as a guideline with some modifications: https://www.instructables.com/id/Rechargeable-homemade-Power-Bank-super-Easy/ I'll be using four 3.7V batteries in parallel and stepping it up with a step up converter, so that the mAh value gets added up (forgive me if I'm wrong, but I believe mAh adds up when batteries are in parallel). Will this arrangement give me faster charging times like the power banks available in the market? Is it a safe circuit? Please suggest as I am eager to build this :) Thanks in advance :)

Posted by AshwinN3 3 years ago

New to electronics, RGB led's help!

First off, let me just say this website and all the great instructables have inspired me to get into electronics. I recently ordered the Arduino Projects Pack from make and have been creating simple led projects for myself. I'd really like to step it up for christmas and have an idea that currently I do not have all the knowledge to complete. My parents kitchen was recently renovated and a brand new cabinet with frosted glass panes was installed. I would like to install 12 RGB led's controllable by on/off, speed of colour change, and by colour itself. If anyone has the time a basic start to finish guideline would be extremely helpful to wrap my head around the whole process, and if I had any questions we could go into more detail. Is the Arduino Duemilanove the right device to be using? Programming is very new to me and any sites that help with that would be great. Thanks so much for your help in advance!!!!

Posted by metabolism! 8 years ago

(Closed) The Unofficial Instructables 2017 K'NEX Gun Contest!

Greetings, Instructables K'NEX Community! Now it's time for the Unofficial Instructables 2017 K'NEX Gun Contest! I am hosting this contest to hopefully stir up some creativity in the Instructables K'nex Community. There will be five winners, each of which will receive a place in my "Top Five New K'NEX Guns of 2017" collection. I will also post pictures of the winners' guns on this forum topic when the contest is over, and the winners will each receive a custom image "trophy" to put on their profile page if they wish. I will try to build as many of the entered guns as I can, and I will judge them by range, efficiency, accuracy, and innovation. If you wish to enter in this contest, here are the rules: 1. The K'NEX gun that you wish to enter in the contest has to have been posted to Instructables.com from Jan. 1, 2017 and up. No older entries will be accepted. Also, it must be working. Test your gun out several times before posting it. 2. Your entry must be a fully documented Instructable, with pictures and full instructions, as well as information about the gun. A video would be preferred, but is not necessary. Multiple entries are allowed, but please take your time building your gun. 3. The contest is active from January 16th, 2017 - July 4th, 2017 (Updated). No entries will be accepted unless they meet these deadlines. 4. To enter, you must build a K'NEX gun in 2017 and post it to Instructables.com according to the guidelines listed above. Then, you must provide a link to your instructable in the comments below. All entries will be posted above once accepted. Now that the guidelines are clear, get out your K'NEX, awaken your imagination, and start building! I am looking forward to seeing, building, and testing the entries. Hopefully this contest will stir up some creativity in the Instructables K'NEX Community. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding this contest, please PM me, or let me know in the comments below. (Partial credit for pictures goes to CorgiCritter, MechMind7, Seleziona, and dr.richtofen) ENTRIES: "Knex Beretta M9 Pistol" by dynamite_kid "Knex MP5K" by dynamite_kid "ZipDart V.2 -- Repeater Slingshot" by Dreamwave

Posted by The Knex Inventor 1 year ago

Star Instructable Creators

Welcome to the Star Instructbale Creator Forum!  This is a forum where you can post links to your new instrucables you create. Basic guidelines and purposes of this Forum: 1. If you see someone is struggling with creating instructables, invite them to this forum for some advice 2. If you yourself are new or you are creating your first instructables, feel free joining the tread too. 3. Share your ideas openly and help each other create newer, cooler, and more detailed instructables. Some things to look for in someone's instructable: 1. Do they have any pictures or videos? If so, are they good quality? 2. Is grammer an issue? A couple minor mistakes are ok, but you may want to point them out. 3. If all goes bad, is there a backup plan/procedure? (Not required for all, just depends on project) This opportunity is open to anyone, however it is mainly geared towards new members of the community.  Welcome and good luck! PS - If you have any questions, or you want me to help you with your insturctable, just PM me and I will be sure to respond.

Posted by mrw122015 2 years ago

Engineering Class Suggestions

I'm part of an Engineering Club at my school and we're looking for future projects that just explore some ideas of Engineering in general. We would like to come up with our own ideas at some point, but for now, a lot of us are inexperienced, so I thought I could come here and find some stuff. So far, we have decided to build a bunch of Stirling Engines and use them for miscellaneous things, but after that, we have no other ideas. Could you guys come up with some ideas (possibly your own or ones that you have done), that are similar to this idea of teaching the basics of making things and stuff like that? Links would be helpful. Guidelines: Because we do this at school, there are certain rules that prevent us from bringing large knives and laser pointers on campus. Power tools and exacto knives are OK, though (IKR?). Also, because we are students, we have to scavenge around for materials, so unless it's less than ~30$, we might not be able to do that either.

Posted by jaxter184 5 years ago

Netting circle - The crafting and DIY crazes are catching on with websites such as Etsy and Instructables

Instructables and Etsy appear in the OttawaSun article Netting Circle.If you're into creating, but you're not into domestic arts, try Instructables.com. This subversive site bills itself as "the world's biggest show and tell." Anyone can contribute how-tos and get feedback.The postings are slightly unusual, sometimes even extreme, such as how to build a cheap still to make moonshine, turn a shotgun shell into a USB stick case or make shoelaces from tape.The projects for extreme DIYers are uploaded by users who offer step-by-step guidelines along with photos. "It's a reaction against a mass-produced culture," says founder Eric Wilhelm in the Telegraph.Sounds quite similar to the 18th and 19th century backlash against the advent of mass production which created the arts and crafts movement in the first place.Wilhelm started an earlier version of the site several years ago while a starving student seeking advice on how to make equipment to cheaply support his kite-surfing hobby. More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago

Calling All Artists: What Matters Most?

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan invites artists to submit works of art for its coming exhibition What Matters Most, part of the Exhibitions Without Borders series. Artists may be professionals or members of the public, and can be of any age or from anywhere in the world. All works submitted must be in the medium of either collage or assemblage. The exhibition will run from early November 2008 to mid-February 2009.Each work should show what the artist values most beyond family and friends. Is it home or country, or a letter from a beloved grandmother, or a work of art, a new car, a pair of great jeans, the latest techno-toy, or a beloved stuffed animal or real live dog? Is it something much bigger like the environment, diversity, or the Bill of Rights? All collages and assemblages are welcome. The deadline for entries is October 20, 2008. To find out more about this exhibition or the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, call (920 458-6144. See full guidelines and more about what to create and how to enter it at http://www.jmkac.org/WhatMattersMost

Posted by Kohler Arts Center 9 years ago

Trouble commenting

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to post this, or even if it's a real bug, but my problem is that I can't reply to comments.   Following the bug reporting guidelines: 1. I'm using Windows 10 Home ("Version "1511") 2. I've tried using Google Chrome, version 51.0.2704.103 m, Firefox, version 43.0.1, and Internet Explorer, version 11.420.10586.0. 3. This problem occurs across all of my projects.  I got one comment to go through a couple weeks ago, so I wondered if maybe I've just been waiting too long to try to respond?  (I specifically just tried replying to this comment to check the problem: https://www.instructables.com/id/Warm-Rice-Bag/?comments=all#CGQZOVTI84H1BPN) 4. Screen shots are boring, since it just shows a comment box like I need to hit 'reply'.  When I press reply nothing happens though. 5. Steps to reproduce... log in as Hello Kitty and try to reply to a comment on one of my instructables (https://www.instructables.com/id/Warm-Rice-Bag/?comments=all#CGQZOVTI84H1BPN) Help would be appreciated!  Thanks!

Posted by Hello Kitty 2 years ago

Two "Bugs" Monte....For Lack Of A Better Title

Not sure this will reach the correct, interested parties:  Is it just me...why does it take so long to moderate the contest entries?  Instructables guidelines states up to 48 hrs...I am trying to enter the gardening contests and it's been over 5 days in at least one example.  It appears Instructables is failing the community, at least for this member, again!  Frustrating to spend considerable time and effort on this end only to have it end in frustrating neglect on your (staff's) end.  I detect discrimination, but am not sure exactly how to classify it, or even that it needs classifying...discrimination is discrimination!  A second point:  This is actually a bug report; on this issue, at least. I have received 4 or more notifications that one of my instructables (how to make mulch rings/mats) has been  rated as popular, without ever having been featured. So that is two errors of commission alone.  Another frustration, and all those months of free membership?  Not likely, would appreciate if your de-buggers can illuminate or eliminate these issues. Thank You. Cman

Posted by Creativeman 8 years ago

Pirate War Games

I don't mean to self promote, but my friend and I came up with an idea for a game last spring. We quickly laid down general rules and guidelines in the form of a blogger site, but haven't been able to work towards it at all since we're both still students. I just remembered about it today (I've been quite busy this semester) when I posted a new 'ible and figured that everyone here on instructables would be the perfect group to take an interest in the game. Our game is called "The Pirate Games" (see url by my username). It's sort of like how the military does war games, except DIYers and MAKErs play and pretend to be pirates. There is a treasure chest and boats and [paint] cannons. How could it get better? If it wasn't only conceptual at the moment. Please feel free to share the site's URL, to start your own Pirate Games tournaments, or to make spin-offs of the game. I only ask that you link back to the site and share it. Also, let me know what you all think! The URL again: http://therealpirategames.blogspot.com/

Posted by rogers236 5 years ago

Doodle with Pattern Background

So I had a problem choosing a pattern that I was going to decorate a notebook with. I looked up patterns and designs on Google images, but most were either all too complicated or just not appealing to me. So I decided to create my own design. I had a few guidelines for the design: 1. It had to reflect my personality somehow. 2. It can't be too complicated 3. I had to like it, of course. I looked around for inspiration on Google and Ikea, and found this design where it was a feather with stripes surrounded by lines, circles, and curves. And it hit me, a picture surrounded by different patterns. Since I'm Asian, I immediately thought of a cute panda. Then, I google searched a tutorial for a panda, drew it, and behold, a panda! After that, I thought that it needed more, so I started drawing random ovals behind it. The ovals looked too plain so I thought about adding more, with patterns! I drew a variety of patterns in the ovals/circles and the picture is my result. If you look close enough you can see my other attempted patterns on the back of the paper, including feathers and toast. I'm just random like that. Pip pip toodley doo!

Posted by t0ast-tastic 5 years ago

Quiz Buzzer Lockout System help needed

Hi all. my church has task us youth to design a quiz buzzer lockout system type of thing to be used for a bible quiz. so the host will ask a question and 8 people will try to be fist to press their button... the fastest button will lockout out all 7 other buttons so they wont buzz... after he answered then the host will press a reset switch and continue with the next question... i did a ton of research and always end up with arduino arduino arduino... and the instructions is all for 4 or so people and its not very clear to understand or easy to do. i know a bit of programming so that wont be a challenge. i love electronics so that wont be a problem. i just need a clear set of instructions to follow and some guidelines and parts to buy... (im 14 years old... )  the quiz is end of march. it for 8 people cause 8 youths of 8 different churches will compete.  if anyone could give me a plan or guide or point me in the right direction that would be super !!! i know im gonna need some wire... allot of wire... and an arduino... thanks in advance to all you wise folk :) oh btw i live in cape town...

Posted by moppyking 3 years ago

Random knex challenge 7- The mother of all modification contests. (Edit- Winner)

This is the first random knex contest posted under its new host, me.  I'm taking the operation over.  Sorry I couldn't post it yesterday, but my house got broken into and under that commotion, I forgot. Anyways, the title is what it is.  You can modify ANY knex design on the internet posted (with one exception see below).  However, there are guidelines: Must Improve on original design.  The improvements can be on performance, efficiency, parts conservation, whatever.  However, adding random useless crap on a design is NOT acceptable. Must be original.  The design doesn't have to be yours but the MODS you make to it do. The more improved the design is, the best chance you have of winning. Don't limit yourself to just guns, you can mod ANY design. The one design I will NOT allow in the contest is the TR since it is so open to mods and there is a variety of options for it.  So keep that in mind.   Accepted entries:  Knex gun builder- Modded ZKAR bolt RC-1207SEV- Modded freeslinger Knexfreek- Freeslinger to tankbow transformation. Tigernod- OSNJCKMA2 mods (Can't remember the abbreviation) Edit- The winner is....Tigernod and his modded OSNJCKMA2.  Congrats!  Expect a patch soon Tigernod.

Posted by DJ Radio 8 years ago

Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology - A nicer way to patent

Earlier this month, a group of 11 research institutions signed a pledge to take a different approach to licensing intellectual property, titled "Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology". My read of the whitepaper amounts to this: Universities are realizing that their aggressive licensing behavior comes at a cost, and they're toning it down. However, of the nine points, absent in my mind is consideration of the students involved in any licensing deal. For many, graduate school gives the first meaningful introduction to the patent system, and often the first introduction to the system of licensing intellectual property. When a research project turns into a patent, and a patent turns into a startup company with a student in a founding position, the alignment between the student and the university, particularly with what's often called the technology licensing or transfer office (TLO or TTO), ends. Knowing the high failure rate of startups, it's the TLO's job to immediately extract as much value from the startup as possible.During my time there, MIT was no different in this regard, and I went through this process personally with a company based on some of my research as well as seeing the same thing happen to friends. The TLO would approach the negotiations in the same way it would approach negotiations with an established IP giant, like IBM or Intel. The burdens placed on nascent companies were incredible, and included things such as direct cash payments -- things that can increase the chance of failure or require the founders to give up more control to VCs into return for badly needed cash. So, while the whitepaper discusses costs that are, in general, more societal, the aggressive behavior I've witnesses also comes at a cost. My propensity to give to the endowment has been severely impacted. The licensing offices must know that second-time entrepreneurs have a higher success rate, so maximizing the TLO's return comes at an overall cost to the university. My choices in what projects Squid Labs pursued were also impacted. Colin, Saul, and I were all in the same research group while at MIT, so one might think Squid Labs would have pursued projects in printed electronics -- something we spent a combined nine years working on. Not so. Knowing the roadblocks that the TLO would put in front of getting access to those patents, we intentionally went after ideas out of MIT's control. Good thing we did, otherwise I might not have a place to share these thoughts with you!Here's the original article, forwarded to me by my Mom, that brought this to my attention:A Nicer Way to PatentBy Eliot MarshallScienceNOW Daily News7 March 2007Universities have plumbed a rich source of cash in recent years by aggressively patenting and licensing faculty inventions, but some schools now want to set limits on the practice. An elite group--11 top research institutions and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)--have signed a pledge to take a kinder, gentler approach to licensing intellectual property. Yesterday, they released principles on the sharing of patented discoveries, urging other universities to follow their lead.The manifesto, drafted at a meeting last year at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, makes nine key points. First on the list is that universities should not agree to deals that would curtail access to new technology by researchers at nonprofit institutions. In the past, for example, biologists complained that Harvard University granted a company too much control over its patented "oncomouse," an animal designed to be cancer-prone (Science, 17 May 2002, p. 1212). This impeded its use in research, some claimed. In other points, the guidelines say that universities should steer clear of deals that give one licensee highly exclusive control of a discovery; that they should avoid making claims on "future improvements" of a discovery; and that they should take into consideration the special needs of "neglected patient populations or geographic areas." The specific issue that led to the drafting of these principles, according to physicist Arthur Bienenstock, former dean of research at Stanford and an organizer of the Palo Alto meeting, was a flurry of concerns about license restrictions on the use of human embryonic stem cells from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The university's technology manger, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) initially required some university-based researchers to take out a restrictive commercial license. After many objected, WARF dropped the policy (Science, 26 January 2007, p. 449).WARF's director, Carl Gulbrandsen, acknowledges that the stem cell licensing requirements caused a backlash. But he says Wisconsin has never sued a university or a researcher over a patent license disagreement. And he praises the new Palo Alto licensing guidelines--which WARF itself has endorsed--although he notes they are "very broad" and nonbinding. Gulbrandsen adds: "We have been following most if not all of these policies" for many years.What impact will the new document have? AAMC Senior Vice President David Korn, who helped draft it, concedes that the guidelines are "a bit arcane" but hopes they create "a buzz" among university patent officers at their annual meeting in San Francisco this week. Korn says the position statement will remind everyone that university licensing deals should "always be guided by the public interest."

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago

Would you like your own satellite? (Contest with $1500 prize)

Oh the joy of Twitter!  I just found out about this very cool contest from Discover Magazine via BoingBoing: Imagine having your own personal satellite orbiting the Earth. It’s got cameras and sensors galore, and you can use it to run experiments, take pictures, and even beam messages back to the blue marble. Well, that geek fantasy will become a reality if the ArduSat project, which you can see here on Kickstarter, reaches its funding goal. The general public will be able to rent time on this small satellite and use it for whatever they please, courtesy of its Arduino processor. [The folks] at Discover Magazine think this is pretty neat. And [they'd] like to give away a development kit worth $1500 to the Kickstarter donor who submits the best idea for an in-space experiment before July 15th, 2012. The kit includes Arduinos and an advanced sensor suite shipped to your home address, as well as one week of up-time on the satellite to run any experiment. You’ll be able to build the experiment yourself and have it be sent up on ArduSat when it takes to the skies. Here’s what you have to do to enter the (drumroll) Discover Space Challenge: (1) Fund the ArduSat project, for however much or little as you desire. You’ll receive a personal code that identifies you as a donor. (2) Read the contest guidelines here to learn about how you should design and submit your idea. (3) Enter with this entry form, making sure to include your personal code. (4) Wait for winners to be announced on July 20th, after judging by Discover blogger Phil Plait, Discover Editor-in-Chief Corey Powell, and an expert panel of judges. (5) Rejoice!  

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago

Banner/rollover ads with uncontrolled sound and auto start

Why are you allowing ads with sound? Perhaps you should have your ad agency go here http://www.langoor.com/ethics-in-internet-selling-and-advertising/ and learn some ethics. There are ad placement firms who adhere to guidelines that help to maximize a user's experience rather than irritating the crap out of them. They seem to be doing pretty well.  Reducing a user's experience may generate you and you ad service some short term revenue, but it will ultimately reduce the user's willingness to buy the product of the offending advertiser, and will drive eyeballs off of your site.  I clicked on the "First Aid Kit for Hostile Environments" 'ible in my Mail app. My browser opened, as usual, and opened my instructable page. Then the music started. Thinking that I might have lingered over something too long, I closed the tab, went back to the mail, and clicked again. Same story. This happened three different times. ALL of the ads in the top banner did this. Idunno what the first one was, but the second one was for some Republican politician, and the third was for Mercury (the car, not the element).  I have not resorted to ad-blocking software because I believe in your site and want you guys to get paid for all your hard work. (That may soon change, though.) I haven't bought a pro membership because I don't publish anything or spend gobs of time here, and I've been a member so long that you gandfathered in most of the pro benefits for me. I'm relatively casual and limited in my use. Can you help a brother out and stop these types of ads, or are you gonna tell me to just suck it up because I'm a freeloader non-pro member?

Posted by pedalmonkey 2 years ago

Call for Projects for the workshop Interactivos?’12 Ljubljana. Obsolete Technologies of the Future

Ljudmila, Digital Medialab of Ljubjliana, in collaboration with SGMK of Zurich and Medialab-Prado are seeking for proposals for an upcoming workshops in collaborative prototyping which will be hold in Ljubljana (September 5 - 15, 2012) with the participation of advisors, technical assistants. Deadline: June 8, 2012 Call for Collaborators: starting July 2, 2012 Project development (workshop): September 5- 15, 2012 Suggested areas of focus include:     *     Projects that suggest different usages of existing urban technological infrastructures     *     Rethinking outdated technologies and recycling the computer and IT wasteland.     *     Projects which allow people to interact with technology to provoke new ways of perceiving the surrounding, the self, the visual, the material, and stimulate aesthetic experience.     *     Particular attention will be paid to projects which promote open source communities, collaborative work and collective modes of behavior.     *     Playing with data - submissions for works, which connect data forms and physically embody data streams, bridging ‘on’ and ‘off’ line worlds.     *     Products and services that provide sustainable solutions for our needs, including the use of open data, data mash ups and remixes. We are seeking proposals for:     *     Installations (interactive, responsive, generative)     *     Performances (participatory, gesticular, dance)     *     Visualisations (moving images, generative, projections, holograms)     *     Free Software (FLOSS) / Open Hardware / Open Design / Services / Start-ups / Apps / Devices The open call is aimed at designers, artists, engineers, coders, sociologists, architects, city planners, teachers, programmers, psychologists, journalists, environmentalists... or to any other person interested in the theme of the workshop. Complete information and guidelines: http://medialab-prado.es/article/interactivos12_ljubljana_future_obsolete_technologies Advisors: Luka Frelih, Ida Hirsenfelder, Chris Sugrue and Yago Torroja. Activity within the framework of Studiolab European project: http://www.studiolabproject.eu/ http://medialab-prado.es http://www.sciencegallery.com/

Posted by medialab-prado 6 years ago

Challenge? HELP Haiti

Several summers ago working for with my church mission team we happened across this project that needed volunteers call the P.E.T. http://www.giftofmobility.org/what_is_pet.htm Project which stands for personal energy transport.  They build these 3 wheeled carts with hand cranks for 3rd world countries to help with those people who have lost the use of their legs.  These people do not have the luxury of 30,000 electric wheel chairs, mater of fact most of them are limited to crawling.  They are distributed to countries around the world and they are built so they can travel off pavement.  Our team spent a week in a workshop in Lulling Texas.  I saw this complicated process of taking some existing bike parts and then fabricating the rest out of wood or metal.  This seemed incredibly inefficient at the time to me.  I always wanted to revisit how these things were built using more off the shelf components and less fabrication because it seemed to me that while building a couple of these was a good idea that building a lot of these was not always the best use of man power, supplies, and money.  So it occurred to me that perhaps with all of the soon to be disabled in Haiti that now is the time to step up, now is the time to look for a better way.   So the very loose guidelines that I was thinking about was that we have too many bikes going to the dump every day in this country, what if we could find a way to take existing bikes and break down their parts for new PET's and could also find a reproducible manner of manufacturing frames and reconfiguring these parts.  Not everyone is a welder, not everyone is a Maker, but almost anyone can see an abandoned bike and take it apart for usable parts and send them to someone who can.  So what do you think…

Posted by john15nlt 8 years ago

April 2015 Build Night with InstaMorph

#BUILDNIGHT 30 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: February 27. Accepted spaces will be notified by March 2. Read our FAQ to learn more about the Build Night program rules and how to make the most out of this event for your space. APRIL BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with InstaMorph, a lightweight thermoplastic, for our April 2015 build night. Sign up to participate in the build night and we will ship you a package that includes the following: (13) 6oz InstaMorph moldable plastic pouches HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a time in April to host a project build night using the InstaMorph 6oz moldable plastic. You can host multiple build nights during April to work on your projects. Post 3 Instructables: post 3 Instructables using the 6oz moldable plastic. Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. REWARDS: If your submitted Instructable for this event gets featured by one of our editors we will send you an Instructables Prize Pack which includes: Instructables t-shirt, stickers, and patches. This forum post has guidelines for posting feature worthy projects. Be sure to let people at your event know so they can win a prize pack! Limit 3 per makerspace. RESOURCES: InstaMorph Instructions Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android REACH OUT TO US ON SOCIAL MEDIA #BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES #INSTAMORPH Twitter: @Instructables, @InstaMorph Instagram: @Instructables https://www.facebook.com/InstaMorph https://www.facebook.com/instructables SIGN UP: Fill out this google form

Posted by Carleyy 3 years ago

K'nex Challenge 2: 18th Sept - 11th Oct - FLIGHT

After the success of the last contest, Gmjhowe, =SMART= and myself decided we'd go for it and launch a second contest.The first we really enjoyed and saw some awesome entries. This time we've decided to make the guidelines a wee bit looser so you can use your imagination more. We'll be setting a category for you to design and build within and then provide you with some example ideas to get you started. And this category is....FLIGHTAnything plane, helicopter, glider, flight related is allowed. Please read the rules carefully.Rules:Your entry must do something. It can't just be a model of a plane or a helicopter. We want them to move or glide or have spinning parts or be functional for something else around the house but be aircraft themed.Entries must be over 50% knex. The remaining can be paper, glue, card, tissue paper.... anything!To enter, write up a full instructable of your construction process with clear pictures and descriptions. Post the link here.Please steer clear of guns. That's not what this is about.Starting and closing dates are GMT.What the judges say goes!Have fun!Judging - 12th Sept - 18th SeptSuggestions:A propellor. Small and compact, if you design a good one you might get extra kudos if your design's then used in loads of other entries.A ceiling plane. With a plastic propeller on the front and the top attached to a string to the ceiling, this plane will fly itself around in circles on a string.Paper plane launcher. Probably the closest you'll get to a gun.A vertical launch rocket. Rocket being a rocket model not a meagre collection of rods.While knex by itself might not be light enough to fly.... perhaps you could run some string through the middle to make it appear to glide.... Mum's washing line might be of great help.Prizes:There will be patches for prizes. Gmjhowe will be uploading them soon.

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago

January 2015 Build Night with MakeyMakey

#BUILDNIGHT 40 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Friday, December 5. Accepted spaces will be notified by Monday, December 8. Read our FAQ to learn more about the Build Night program rules and how to make the most out of this event for your space. We are partnering with MakeyMakey, an invention kit that lets you connect to the world around you, for our January 2015 build night. Sign up to participate in the build night and we will ship you a package that includes the following: 5 MakeyMakey Kits HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a time in January to host a project build night using the MakeyMakey kits. You can host multiple build nights during January to work on your projects. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 step-by-step Instructables using the MakeyMakey kits. Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. REWARDS: If your submitted Instructable for this event gets featured by one of our editors we will send you an Instructables Prize Pack which includes: Instructables t-shirt, stickers, and patches. This forum post has guidelines for posting feature worthy projects. Be sure to let people at your event know so they can win a prize pack! Limit 3 per makerspace. RESOURCES MakeyMakey Project Gallery MakeyMakey How-to Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android REACH OUT TO US ON SOCIAL MEDIA #BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES #MAKEYMAKEY Twitter: @Instructables, Instagram: @Instructables https://www.facebook.com/makeymakeykit https://www.facebook.com/instructables SIGN UP: Fill out this form

Posted by Carleyy 3 years ago

Big project, little parts..Need serious electrical tech help.

Well, long story short in my dumpster diving salvaging e-waste ... 2 Lorex CCTVs. One cord cut, the other intact. I disassembled the cut cord. Lr38603A PCB. Wires Identified GND 12v+ Audio Video  Analog, so USB is out of question. Acer Aspire 5100 laptop. The mommy is toasted (cause mobo sounds so geefy.) so disassembled and salvaged usable parts.I think I tossed the condenser into my "melt parts off circuit board" bin... so I need a condenser and PCB controller which leads me to something I found in my parts bin... CRT monitor, stripped and kept the  VGA PCB, unfortunately it does not have an S-Video and I think it's irrelevant here but I'm quite new to this hack n mod stuff... So, here's what I'm trying to do: Use the LCD from the laptop as a display for the analog camera, I also have several lens and such from damaged optics (hunting scopes, monocular etc) so with the lens I'll put them in a tube and craft a digital microscope. I know you can buy a cheapie USB one, but I want the pride of making something, to be able to understand the tech, and also re-use discarded electronics. I have a pretty good idea of what to do, but I've never worked on anything that involves a serious power source from an outlet and do not want to fry myself, and would like some guidelines/what to research. Google is not being helpful and nearly all the camera hacks I've came across are for USB based cameras. I have access to a solder station, voltometer and a slew of other parts from various electronics, mostly VCR's I'd like to keep the spending to a minimum, but not at the expense of safety. Can anyone help? Thanks :D

Posted by bvarious 3 years ago