Just a spot to post random ideas for inventions. Example: If you took a crank, put the right amount of weights on it, and let it go from the top, it would go around forever due to the momentum. Anyone interested?
Posted by Epeoples 9 years ago
Science Channel's All-American Makers is looking for focus group participants: people who want to give their opinions on new exciting inventions before they hit the marketplace. We will be filming throughout October in Jersey City. TIME COMMITMENT: 4-5 hours COMPENSATION: $100 Anyone who is interested or who knows of someone who might be interested, email email@example.com or call 212-993-8518. Tech-savvy consumers, parents on the go, grillers, bikers, car owners, etc. People of all ages.
Posted by Christopher Bray 2 years ago
Hi, I've been to this site a few times in the past, but this site stuck in mind for some unknown reason; anyhow, I made this account due to this urging curiosity to know why you make all these strange, fascinating, and completely useless stuff. I don't remember if it was MIT or Stanford but one of them said that inventions should be useful and solve a real problem. Thanks for your comments.
Posted by inventivefficiency 8 years ago
Everybody has a great idea that could change the way we work, the way we live or the way we play. Everyday Edisons documents the development process of 12 inventions and the parallel stories of the people who invented them. Selected from thousands, the 15 Everyday Edisons learn how their extraordinary ideas are taken from a sketch on a napkin to a store shelf.Take Sheldon Levinson and Michael Diep: both like to tinker with concepts for new and improved products, or simply the next crazy fad. Levinson, a true kid-at-heart, is always looking for the next best toy or gadget to make people smile. Taking the traditional favorite bubbles and combining them with the lava lamp, another iconic American gadget, he developed the latest twist on bubble toys.Diep, a refugee from Vietnam, has thousands of inventions in his back pocket, one of which is a new design for a dual cat toy and claw scratcher. As a hectic business consultant, Diep encountered a challenge many of us face lack of time. With limited personal free time, much less time to take his cat to the veterinarian for nail trimmings, Diep incorporated sand paper into his jungle gym to naturally file the nails as it played.Inventing isn't just for adults, the retired or the self-proclaimed inventor. Mark and Cody Fox, brothers and juniors in high school, were tired of paying year-end fines for bent corners and broken spines on their school text books. After combining a few fabric swatches, some hot glue and pieces of plastic, the young men developed a way to prevent the dreaded fines come June.And The Link to the PBS site
Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago
Hey, You see i am a new member around here but i have been here for a long time as a guest , i explored the site and it has some pretty need stuff around here. I tried some of it and really enjoyed it , then slowly i made it a hobby to invent things from here. Now i have a bunch of inventions and electronics lying around. Then i planned to design and make my own small invention workshop in my room, you see i don't want to take it as a full time work and keep it a hobby thats why i never made it big. So my question is now to you professionals who may have a personal workspace where they carry out there little evil works, how to design a effective and efficient workshop layout with the following things taken into considerations: - A work are where i would do the work ( Give m a list of things i should put over here) - A smooth storage area for my parts ( i am thinking of putting on my spare bed) - A display area for m inventions - And a circuit processing area (pcb) - And a enough space to sleep in. I hope you would help me and guide me through it. - Please let me know all the tools and things needed to start a invention workshop. ;) Arylic
Posted by arylic 10 years ago
Awesome news, guys* - Wired blog ran an article on 8 Easy DIY Projects We Wish We’d Thought Up, and most of them were thought up by the members here! Congratulations to enero, amandaghassaei, timwikander (twice!), replayreb, and randofo. (Dang, the "American" thing is catching!)
Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago
This Halloween project is so scary that the inventor (myself) felt shock and awe at it. I was genuinely scared at the running of this machine...and rightly so! So I figured I would spread the scariness to all who see this machine, to set the mood for a DIY Halloween... The machine in question is what I have named the Tesla CD Turbine. The CD Turbine is magnetically-coupled to a Skilsaw blade. (What I teasingly call the PumpkinCutter Attachment). The Tesla CD Turbine uses recycled CD's and neodymium magnets for rotating parts...nothing else. It can rev up to thousands of rpm. It has no bearings or seals and is magnetically coupled to implements. It runs on either compressed air or water pressure. But hey, put on a magnetically-coupled Skilsaw blade, run it at thousands of rpm, and you have a very dangerous PumpkinCutter! (Instructable is ready...if you dare!) Beat that for a wild, scary, hi-tech, cheap and recycled Halloween project!!
Posted by mrfixitrick 10 years ago
The Telegraph ran a great article featuring online DIY culture and Instructables. Weird and wonderful inventions by Chris StevensMeet the DIY enthusiasts using the internet in their fight against throwaway society.The internet has spawned a new breed of extreme DIY enthusiasts. They build jet engines in their garages using instructions downloaded from forums, and they upload videos of the explosive results. They weld together rollercoasters out of scrap materials and household items. They teach themselves taxidermy to build "The Mouse Mouse", a real mouse with electrical innards. Or, like 17-year-old Thiago Olson, who built a fusion reactor in his house, they're scouting for parts in their local B & Q. The online DIYers are rebelling against a consumer society that has convinced many of us that everything is bought, not made. "It's a reaction against a mass-produced culture," says Eric Wilhelm, founder of Instructables.com. "People want to express themselves and show their individuality - building something cool that you can't buy and showing how you did it is a great way to express yourself."While the traditional DIYer is overjoyed to have put up a set of shelves without losing a finger, the extreme online DIYer spends the weekend with an angle-grinder turning a supermarket trolley into an armchair, or building a Guitar Hero game controller from scratch. Online projects show you how to make your own USB charger, extend the battery life of your laptop, or use a Mont Blanc refill to transform a ÃÂ£1 pen."People are passionate about all sorts of things," says Wilhelm. "From the wacky, far-out jet engines and taxidermy to the everyday stuff like how to tie your shoes or manage washing your laundry most efficiently."The projects are uploaded by users, who offer each other step-by-step advice on everything from the sinister to the charming. The extreme DIYers dare each other to create increasingly elaborate projects, posting photos and videos of near-misses and successes. The internet is perfect for this kind of experimentation; it's a place where inquisitive geeks meet friends with power-tools. All these projects have gorgeous colour photos to go with them, and the strength of interest in these extreme-DIY sites has led communities to meet offline. This year, Makezine.com held a fair in the US attended by 45,000 "makers"."Besides the skill of building and the exchange of ideas, it's a lot of fun," says Phillip Torrone, senior editor of Make magazine. "We seem to be in an era of thinking more about the things we buy, make, consume and cherish. The result of that is people making things - it's more gratifying." Scandals over rip-offs, such as the recent study that showed ink-jet printer cartridges wilfully waste more than 50 per cent of the ink (tinyurl.com/2957jw), make Torrone's DIY ethos all the more appealing.If you're the sort of clumsy oaf that regularly snaps USB keys off in their sockets, these DIY sites also offer advice on repairing consumer electronics. Wilhem's favourite DIY project is the dachshund wheelchair (tinyurl.com/ytc6bb). The DIYer who made it explains: "Our dachshund hurt his back, so for rehab we made him swim a lot, and I built this chair until he could use his back legs again."Online DIYers have an enthusiasm for science and exploration, and many are simply reacting to the low-quality of mass-produced goods, especially consumer electronics. They object to our modern throw-away culture. The DIYers also upstage technology manufacturers by demonstrating easy ways to fix what would otherwise be thrown away. "It's really more about problem-solving with more people", says Torrone.More news articles about Instructables here.
Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago
I happened across this article showing "17 Wonderful Inventions to Solve All Your First World Problems": http://www.dailyedge.ie/inventions-first-world-problems-1349251-Mar2014/ #1 is pretty ingenious! #6 can easily be manipulated ;) #8, #9, and #17 are just down right great! But I could see #9 getting a bit annoying... #12 is for the book lover in us all My question is...Do YOU have any first world problems you'd like to see a hack for? What are they? Do you have a hack for them (and if you do, please share!)? And better yet, what world problems in general would you like to see fixed and how would YOU fix them?
Posted by Meglymoo87 2 years ago
Hey, I would like to invite you all to check out my blog - ideasbychuck.com. I have been doing it for about two years now, and basically what it is is me giving away my ideas. It has been featured on Gawker.com, in Inventors Digest, and on CNN Headline News. Thanks, Chuck
Posted by ideasbychuck 8 years ago
Hey gang, 1st time, long time. I'm not very savvy when it comes to most things electrical, but have a question about (mainstream) rechargeable battery powered inventions. In my case, Dewalt 18v batteries, but for arguments sake, it could cover a slew of rechargeables. I have at least a dozen Dewalt 18v tools and accessories. I've had most of them for years and only the 2 most well-used tools have failed (and been rebuilt). So I love the reliability. I 'round-robin' my 6 batteries (mix of the older style XRP and the new Li-Ion), I've yet to have a battery fail and all still hold a decent charge - the oldest XRPs are going on 7-8 years old. I often use my (2) dewalt lights I have as light when the power goes out in the house or when I spend a few nights at the race track (tent camping, but not roughing it like out in the middle of the woods). 3-4 batteries typically do the job for a weekend. I'm on the fence about buying a Dewalt (charging) radio, but it doesn't seem like it will charge via USB when it's running on battery power.... ...which leads me to my main (ignorant) question: Why don't we see inventions that can be powered by main stream rechargable battery (reliable, safe, readily available, and owned by many people already)? A couple examples include: A device to charge small electronics via usb (Cell phone, tablet, etc). Smart phones can do so many things now, being able to charge it with existing batteries would make them even more universal (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-cichon/radio-shack-ad_b_4612973.html ) A small fan, something pretty portable. (yes, I know I could probably rig something up with my drill, but having a dedicated fan would be nice) A small water pump. (again, ignorance comes into play here) Not sure what kind of pressure/flow rate is possible, but having it connected to my rain barrels to increase the pressure over my current gravity feed setup would be nice. I'm not looking to pressure wash, just want to be able to have some more pressure. (minor update: An ebay search yielded one for sale, looks like I'm no pioneer here) I should have wrote the others down, I recall having a few more ideas. Any input from a knowledgeable person on the topic would be appreciated. And for those that may argue that buying these devices and using standard batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc) would be a cheaper investment. You're right! (IF you didn't already have a bunch of tool batteries, which is my point) Regards
Posted by JustLuckey 4 years ago
Hey Instructables! My name is Michael Kelly and I'm one of two casting associates at Bray Entertainment. I am casting a Television Show about Inventors and their amazing creations for Bray Entertainment--the Co-Creators of 'Pawn Stars'. The show "American Makers" is already sold to a major Network and the wheels of production are quickly turning. We love what you all do and if you think you have an invention that is revolutionary enough to be on our show, give me a call asap at (212) 993-8528. We are looking for anything and everything and anyone and everyone. Michael Kelly Bray Entertainment 80 River Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Posted by Michael Kelly 4 years ago
Last year for the invention convention i made a hovercraft and everyone was really impressed and now this year i don't know what to do i need to keep up my reputation i just need a good idea.
Posted by Tanners 10 years ago
I was wondering if we could create a new website device, we could call it the Invention Mixer Software.It would basically be a large database of practical or groundbreaking inventions, and maybe many of the instructables here.We could arrange it according to use (Renewable Energy, Agricultural, Games, etc) and we could arrange it like a shopping cart selection. Each item would contain Name of Invention, Its basic use and advantage over common inventions, and the link to the manufacturer or institution doing the research.With the shopping cart, you can choose the inventions and instructables you like and store them in the website, or copy and paste to your friends to discuss,compare or talk over.It would be more than hobbyists website. People making new inventions could compare with the products now in the market, and compare it to instructables that can make similar inventions.It would be like a cheap, low cost utility compared to the very powerful but expensive invention making machines like:INVENTION MACHINE Softwarehttp://www.invention-machine.com/productsservices.aspxor stuff like this:CREAX Invention Softwarehttp://www.creax.com/innovation_software.htmThis would be the every man's invention software on a website.
Posted by mikedu 9 years ago
Hello , I want to invent one product which is simple for my education . I am manufacturing engineer . And with some simple material , we should invent products . But , i can't imagine now that what should I can invent with these materials . Please , Help me that what can I invent with these materials ?? Materials are ; 10 Pipet 1 Adhesive tape 1 Toilet tissue 5 Rubber band 20 Paper clip 1 Paper Glass 1 egg .
Posted by honourbjk 6 years ago
The Lemelson Foundation is offering a $20K scholarship for inventions that create a positive change.Good or bad, small or big, inventions have defined our modern world.Just think what life would be like without light bulbs, telephones, cars, airplanes, and computers!\What's next? That's up to you! Ask yourself:What can you invent to make life easier, the planet greener, and the world better?Come up with an invention -- a new or adapted technology -- and enter the Invent Your World Challenge.Ashoka GenV and the Lemelson Foundation will support 50 young inventors in using their inventions to create positive change -- by providing mentorship, seed funding, networking opportunities, and even a $20,000 scholarship.Invent Your World! Enter today!Ideas are reviewed on an on-going basis and projects can be launched anytime. Do not wait until Round One's deadline - December 31, 2008 - to submit your idea.Invent Your World
Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago
Today, March 15th, is your last chance to enter your invention idea or project in the Invent Your World Challenge and a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship!Youth Venture has teamed up with The Lemelson Foundation to launch this challenge in search of the most innovative and creative youths that use a new or an adapted technology to create positive change.Enter your idea now at http://genvcampaigns.org/
Posted by JimYV 9 years ago
Ashoka GenV's Invent Your World Challenge has wrapped up its first round with more than 70 entries from dozens of countries. Some of the brilliant ideas include portable windmills, a personal visual enhancement system, composting toilets, algae panels and solar food carts. Visit GenVCampaigns.org to see other ideas and find out which young inventors receive funding.Round Two is now officially open. Do you have an invention or adapted technology that can benefit others? If so, enter it now to be eligible for seed grants, awards, and a $20,000 scholarship. The deadline is March 15, 2009. To learn more and enter your own invention idea in The Invent Your World Challenge visit: GenVCampaigns.org.
Posted by JimYV 9 years ago
I came up with a great idea about one year ago. The outcome was 3 inventions all related. I am a union plumber from Chicago. My ideas are plumbing related, also with water saving. Inventions has no patent. Looking for someone to help me patent,prototype,market,and find a investor. Also must believe in my idea as much as I do. I feel this idea should be in every home and office. I am a plumber, I think this should of been out 20 years ago. Looking for someone in the Chicago land area, that can help me market my inventions from step 1. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by daaabears 9 years ago
Instructables is teaming up with Inventables to run a Digital Fabrication Contest. The coolest part of this contest is that Inventables is also offering a $20 gift certificate to anyone who enters an Instructable in this contest. Eligible entries document how to make anything that involves a laser cutter, a 3D printer, CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC plasma cutter, embroidery machine and more! If you turned a digital design into a physical object, we want to see how you did it. Have fun!
Posted by audreyobscura 5 years ago
Hello Instructables! I am volunteering at a local high school science and engineering event, and I am looking to put a list together of some Out-of-the-Box inventions for your home (kitchen, bathroom, laundry, cooking, cleaning, anything!). I was going to present the list to these kids to see if they have any more ideas to piggy back off of them to get them to start thinking innovatively. If you could invent any appliance for the home, what would it be?
Posted by Brennn10 3 years ago
George Davison is creating 250 new products a month. [http://www.georgemdavison.com/2007/02/why-prototype-your-invention-five.html]Link - http://www.georgemdavison.com/2007/02/why-prototype-your-invention-five.htmlHe has a lot to say, about how to get your ideas in front of corporations.
Posted by davison54 11 years ago
Hey guys! The company I work for is holding an invention challenge with Harman to generate ideas for the headphones of tomorrow. If your product gets sold, you'll get royalties based on gross revenue. Anyone can participate—experts, audiophiles, music lovers, tech geeks, etc. If you think you have what it takes, you can submit your idea here: https://www.quirky.com/harman/the-headphones-of-tomorrow
Posted by theDomenICK 3 years ago
We should come up with a list of halo weapons that have not been invented yet...Such as a good SMG, or a Beam Rifle, or a good assault rifle...the list goes on. Also, if any one already has one of these topics/threads, I did not see it, so I started this one.
Posted by The Red Book of Westmarch 6 years ago
Ok, I've got a really cool invention. My oldest boy came up with the idea like 6 years ago. I can't afford to patent it. If I used the idea in an instructable, would the date on the ible help prove that the idea was ours? (Or would it just prove how stupid I am by letting the "cat out of the bag"?) I don't mind other people making their own, that's what Ibles are about. I just don't want someone to run patent it, and then commercialize it unfairly.
Posted by skunkbait 9 years ago
Calling all American Inventors!! Science Channel’s All-American Makers is looking for inventors that are looking to take their product to the next level. Are you a Maker at heart? Do you think you have an invention that is worth serious money? Then why not submit your product here to see if your invention can stand up to the test? Requirements: -Must have a working invention that can be tested by our experts -Must have at least one prototype available. If interested, please contact 212-993-8528 or email@example.com.
Posted by Christopher Bray 2 years ago
Tim's description:It starts off a bit slow but there are at least fifty really amazing clips. Sort of makes you think there's nothing new.IMDB description: A documentary about some of the thousands of inventions that did things we never thought needed doing, or in ways we never considered doing them. A respectful, yet humorous tribute to the inventors whose vision, however far-reaching, was just a little off the mark. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5592802075024518044&q;=gizmo
Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago
Next week we'll be launching the Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest! To enter it you need to create a new sport and tell us how to play it. If there are any custom pieces that it needs, tell us how to make those, too!Your sport can be a variation of an existing sport, but it does need to be original. Show us something awesome and win hundreds of dollars worth of clothes from Horny Toad. You'll be able to play and live and work in style!More information coming next week when the contest launches.
Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago
Invent Your World WinnersView more Microsoft Word documents from Youth Venture.http://socialentrepreneurship.change.org/blog/view/youth_taking_action_a_15_year_old_invents_the_futureI acted as a judge for this competition, and the winning Versatile system was of my favorites from among many interesting and thoughtful entries. Congratulations to Javier!At the tender age of 9, Javier Fernandez-Han found his calling: design for the other 90 percent - help the world's poor meet their basic needs sustainably.Several years of research and design have led to an innovative solution: The VERSATILE System - a mashup of new and adapted technology that treats waste, produces methane and bio-oil as fuel, produces food for humans and livestock, sequesters greenhouse gases, and produces oxygen.What drives this complete energy resource system? Algae - the little organism that could.For his work, Javier, 15, won the top prize in this year's Invent Your World Challenge, sponsored by Ashoka's Youth Venture and the Lemelson Foundation.We spoke to Javier about the VERSATILE System and the need for holistic thinking in the invention sector.
Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago
Hey everyone - We here at Revision3 are looking for a couple smart inventors located in the SF Bay Area for a potential online series. If you're interested in participating, send a video of you and your invention (or inventions) to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks a lot! Revision3.com
Posted by Invention3 8 years ago
Hey fellow Knex users! It is good to see the best toy ever invented is still alive and well. There are some really cool inventions, models, ideas and pictures here. I would love to see more of your models! Check out my site Knex Toy Zone and feel free to upload and post all your images.Long Live Knex!
Posted by jayg5000 11 years ago
When I heard about the "Invent Your World Scholarship" from this forum topic is was really excited. It's a chance to win some serious money for college. So I went over and submitted an idea that I already had to their site. Well, today I got an email saying that they are "very interested in learning more about [my] entry." They want me to submit an action plan to fill out and email back to them.What I wanted to know is if you guys are sure it's legitimate? I don't have any real reason to doubt it, I just wanted to make sure before I start giving them information. My parents are also very distrusting of the internet.Thanks for any help you guys can give!
Posted by Gjdj3 9 years ago
This idea came to me after a day of fishing (I lost my best lure, but through the miracle of snorkeling, found it.) This seems like a simple idea, and I'm surprised it hasn't been invented yet. It is an improvement on the lures that supposedly look like a wounded fish.The idea is simple. A small, sealable "refill tube" connects to a hollow area inside the lure. This is the reservoir for fish blood. A thin membrane on one side of the lure allows the blood to seep out. You refill by filling an eyedropper with blood and inserting it into the refill tube. (I'm being brief right now because this is the third time I've typed this and I'm getting tired.)
Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago
US television network wants you and your green inventions! Are you a grassroots green inventor who wants to be featured on a new television series? Do you take it upon yourself to create your own ingenious solutions to environmental conundrums? Weâre looking to feature inventions and inventors from all walks of life that will inspire a greener globe! A brief description of your savvy invention along with why your project is deserving of national attention should be included! Photographs would also be great, but aren't necessary. Email us! email@example.com Very best, Stephanie Pickering Chase Producer 416-365-7734 ext. 213
Posted by Stephanie Ann 11 years ago