Pan / tilt base

As some of you alredy saw im trying to make a Wired pan and tilt base....but im a bit a novice in all this.... MayB someone have plan or can make an instructables (or mayB there already an instructable on it and i didnt see it) on how to make a Wired pan / tilt base that would support the weight of a standart mini Dv Camcorder( not because im using a camcorder is just the same weight :P) and that would turn slowly thxKoax

Posted by koax 10 years ago

Thermal Paste

Hello, I was wondering, if you had tubs of high temperature thermal compound, would putting it on your stove-top (flat topped stoves, not the ones with the coils) before you cooked let your stove be more efficient? Other than the fact that I don't know where you would get high temperature thermal paste that could withstand your stop-top and the fact that it would probably ruin your pots, pans, and stove, is it possible? I wonder because I just saw my tubs of thermal paste sitting there and then went inside to cook something.

Posted by tinstructable 7 years ago

I just published my white castle slyders instructable.

They're good, make em', eat em', enjoy em'.

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

liquid weld

I patched the bottom of an iron pan we use for camping with liquid weld, is it safe to eat food cooked in the pan?

Posted by thinkingtank 3 years ago

Shaping Cupcakes

Hello all! I need some guidance.   I am trying to bake cupcakes, but I want to bake them in the shape of coffee beans. I was considering using egg shaped pans (that usually sell around Easter), but unfortunately, it is not Easter, so they are not selling... Any advice on how to make baked goods in the shape I need? The image came from here.

Posted by Flintlock 6 years ago

Walk like Pan

Seattle artist Kim Graham has created a set of stilts mimicking the extended foot of a horse or other grazing animal. Her satyr costume is pretty much the best ever... And check out how they look in motion! Want!She is making them for sale, but there is a long wait time and they will cost something like $1000 depending on the optional spring-loaded hooves.

Posted by rachel 9 years ago

is it possible to make a remote or something to control the built in isight on macbooks?

Maybe to zoom or pan while im far away or something

Posted by sushirox08 10 years ago

The Breakfast Machine

While visiting my grandmother last week in beautiful New Jersey, I found The Breakfast Machine, a combination compact toaster oven, frying pan, and coffee maker all in one. At first glance, I thought it was a pretty funny combination, but it's actually quite efficient--the same heat that toasts the bread also fries the eggs. I, of course, had to take the machine apart a little, and you can see the same heating strips that you'll find in any toaster oven are the only source of heat for the frying pan.One question, though: how are you supposed to remove the frying pan without a handle?Once you have your breakfast machine, the next step is to hook it up to your alarm clock (see discussion here) and you'll be up in no time!

Posted by joshf 10 years ago

HELP! device to hang pots and pans that lowers with electric???

I have very limited space in my kitchen and leave my pots and pans on the stove when i'm not using them but they get in the way.  I remember, in the old days, they had ways to hang them from the ceiling and could raise and lower them with a rope.  Since I have limited space, I was thinking about a copper pipe mounted on a system where you could push a button to raise and lower the pipe along some sort of track mounted to the wall that holds the pipe out 12-18 inches away from the wall.  (Almost like a wire rack shelf idea where the shelf would electronically move up and down.)  I could then hang S hooks from the bar and hand the pots from the hooks and raise them up along the wall, out of the way until I need them and lower them without a pulley or getting a chair.  I can usually manage to change a lightbulb all by myself but I am lost on this idea.  Any inexpensive suggestions???

Posted by fixfireleo 4 years ago

Help please: dc motor

Ok so im wanting to build a remote control pan/tilt head for a relatively large camera (canon XL2). I've started off using a few 12 volt motors that came from a car window opener, but i've found these motors to be rather loud and bulky. Does anyone know where i might find some dc motors that are quiet and small but can still be able to pan/tilt 8 pounds of camera?

Posted by fro fro 8 years ago

any use for crock pot heating element pan, broke ceremac bowl

I broke the ceramic bowl to the crock pot.  i was wondering if their is a use for the heating portion before i toss it, anything g to salvage, or a use for the heater. i was thinking of building a box that was heated by the sun that i could throw my clothes in when i spend a day in bedbug areas, i think the temp has to be 175 to kill them., thanks for any help

Posted by escapefromyonkers 5 years ago

Why preheat oven?

I rarely bake.  I understand preheating a pan when cooking somethin like eggs- so they dont stick.  When I toss a squash or somethin in oven, it seems like preheat is silly. Y? N? M?

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago


Thank you for telling me the 220 degrees C + temperature. With my heat gun .eletric heated pan and a IR thermometer I got the GPU off.But I think I ruined it.So will by a new one off ebay with the solder balls already fixed -Keith tait

Posted by iamkeithtait 7 years ago

Chapati ( Or any flatbread) With All Purpose Flour

I am looking for the simplest bread possible that uses AP flour and a fry pan . Someone with more kitchen experience could develop this and evaluate the product better than I. The devil will be in the details, I expect.

Posted by Wilmette 5 years ago

how to build simple programable 2 function ( head pan and tilt) pilot figure for rc airplanes

Hi, I'm completely new to animatronics bot have been designing, building and flying RC airplanes for 40 or more years, I need some help with a project, namely, I wish to build an animatronic pilot figure for a large 1/3 scale airplane and would like it to be programmable so that once it is turned on, it will carry out a series of movements over and over until switched off.    These would be a combination of head pan and tilt that I could program into the system, the mechanical side of things is simple enough, a 2 servo camera gimbal but I need help with the electronic side of things..............can anybody help ??? 

Posted by Babyace 3 years ago

Pan Tilt Face Detection

HI I'M GETTING THESE ERRORS IN VC++ 2010, HOW DO I RESOLVE THIS? 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: void __thiscall Tserial::disconnect(void)" (?disconnect@Tserial@@QAEXXZ) referenced in function _main 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: int __thiscall Tserial::connect(char *,int,enum serial_parity)" (?connect@Tserial@@QAEHPADHW4serial_parity@@@Z) referenced in function _main 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: __thiscall Tserial::Tserial(void)" (??0Tserial@@QAE@XZ) referenced in function _main 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: __thiscall Tserial::~Tserial(void)" (??1Tserial@@QAE@XZ) referenced in function "public: void * __thiscall Tserial::`scalar deleting destructor'(unsigned int)" (??_GTserial@@QAEPAXI@Z) 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: void __thiscall Tserial::sendChar(char)" (?sendChar@Tserial@@QAEXD@Z) referenced in function "void __cdecl detectAndDisplay(class cv::Mat)" (?detectAndDisplay@@YAXVMat@cv@@@Z) 1>c:\users\auvsi2014\documents\visual studio 2010\Projects\facedetect\Debug\facedetect.exe : fatal error LNK1120: 5 unresolved externals

Posted by dnarayanan93 4 years ago

Help converting a plug timer to a panning motor

Hi there everyone, I want to get started with timelapse photography, but buying expensive gear is not an option - an DIY'ing is fun :) I want to use my TI-89 calculator to help out with the intervalometer job, and I've ordered a fitting cable, and will be programming the stuff when it arrives. So far, so good. In addition to that I want to add some panning action. For the purpose of automating that part I found a plug timer (correct term?) lying around. I disassembled it, wanting to find a way to mount my tripod head or some other camera mount (like a 1/4" 20 thread). Anyways - the middle part with the Philips-logo is not moving while in action, while the spinning clockface around it is very thin. The size, though, fits my Manfrotto tripod head perfect, even though it's heavy as shit - and with a camera on, it's even worse :) Well - I need some tips for constructing this bad boy - how to go about it, what to do, and what not to do :) Anything is welcome. Attached is a hell of lot of pictures. Oh - and any suggestions for coping with morning dew, if the camera has to stay outside for 3-4 hours during timelapse? :) Thanks a bunch, F

Posted by kirkeskov 7 years ago

Life After Deletion: Instructable won't go away when deleted...twice

I have deleted this instructable twice but it keeps returning from the dead. Please, admin, send it to  instructable heaven.  Bluetooth-controlled Pan/Tilt Servo Platform Using Android As Remote

Posted by techbitar 4 years ago

Podcast: CA Rule casts Shade on Solar Panels

Day to Day, October 27, 2008 Solar panels are this season's must-have construction accessory in Southern California. But there's a regulatory roadblock. Green boosters say one more state rule needs to change if solar is going to be anything bigger than a flash in the pan....Link to Podcast download

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago

Yoda Cake, Amphibious Couchbike, Bacon Soap

Yoda Cake Amphibious Couchbike Bacon Soap DIY Pixar Baby Lamp Zipper Earbuds Liquid-Cooled Car Seat Build a Marimba Homemade Rowing Shell Camera Ring Light Panning Security Cam Basic Linear Perspective Hand Crank Flashlight $2 Running Shoes Bright Bike Headlight Paper Towel Roll Flower

Posted by randofo 8 years ago

Electrical excitement (not)

I was going to fry some potatoes, but my electrical ring failed with arcing, smoke, noise & sparks... I'm not happy. I've got the ring to replace, a pan, and I've got sooty-oil to clean up. And no fried-food. And the place stinks of burned-oil. And I've lost / spoiled half a bottle of fresh oil. Oh, and I'll have to pay for the electricity that did this too. And I need some 30A fuse wire.

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago

Melting Tin Alloy to make pendant jewelry

I've made several attempts to melt down a tin alloy metal (92% tin, 8% antimony) to make pendants; small pendants for necklaces. I haven't had any luck with this at all!  The mold has been cast - the metal has been chosen process isn't working. I'm using a hot plate and a small teflon pan to melt the metal. The problems I'm running into are: Once I melt the alloy, I can't get it into the mold before it starts cooling.  It pours out too quickly from the pan, then cools too quick to finish pouring.  It's a small mold (1 3/4" diameter with 1/8" lines) which isn't helping I'm sure.  Not sure on a couple things I'm hoping somebody who know more about this than I do could possibly make some suggestions. I don't know if I should be using a flux to keep the metal clean because it is getting dirty after the melting. I don't know how to get it from the pan to the mold before it cools? Someone, I'd imagine, must have come out with a tool for transferring small amounts of metal to molds.  I tried a glass eye dropper today but didn't have any luck with the transfer process.  Not sure if a crucible and flux is the way to go or not. If so, does anybody know of a good company that has items designed for this type of work? Any and all help / info / suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!  Thank you

Posted by Vince11 2 years ago

macePod - The procession project

Hi Art+Tech lovers Is it possible to track a simple object and calculate it's distance with an Arduino + (Arduino-)camera. I would use a simple tele lens so the distance between the camera and the object can range between 0.5 and 10 meters. The camera can be mounted on 2 servo motors for pan-tilt movement. Everything sits on top of a 2m pole, carried by a person.  And best wishes for 2016! Philippe

Posted by sysArt 2 years ago

3D Dinosaur Cake, Solar USB Charger, Office Beach Prank

3D Dinosaur Cake Solar USB Charger Office Beach Prank Pan for Gold 5-Minute Ice Cream Stolen Passport Guide 8-Bit Sculptures Sand Fire Pit Flexible Fabric Circuit Stylish Lamps Remove a Cork with String Tasty Sandwiches Starfield Ceiling Digital Picture Frames Easy Copy Stand

Posted by randofo 8 years ago

My favorites from the week of 2006-12-11

It's kind of an incestuous list this week, but what the heck.Run out of toilet paper 1/12th as oftenI'll admit that I've thought of doing this, but Noah actually acted. Simply wonderful.Revive Nicad Batteries by Zapping with a WelderGreat combination between video, images, and text -- plus I've got a dead nicad I need to zap.Pan-fried Scallops with Sesame Lime SauceScallops might be my favorite food, and these were near perfect.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago

Design Assistance Humbly Requested! Mylar + Flatscreen TV + Frame = Stealth TV Goodness

I am in the pre-panning stages of a project in which I would like to make a false over-the-mantle mirror to hide an LED TV using mylar on a motorized roll to pass over the television.  I will be building a frame and really need some brainstorming help with a starting off point for fabbing the mylar into a false mirror.  Parts, ideas, etc.  from a very simple, mechanical-tension model to more complex, electrically motorized design would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by cepartin 8 years ago

New build: team fortress 2 sentry

Hello fellow diy enthusiasts!  for those of you who went to Fanime in san jose, you may have heard a rumor of a working sentry being made for next year. No? Well, the rumor's true!  I am working on a portable sentry (level one only...sorry).  Its all part of an engineer outfit from team fortress 2.  My hopes were to have it with motion-tracking capability.  This was before i realized how hard it is to find actual motion tracking equipment.  So, i got a few problems.  One is the motor system. I just got off the phone with a guy from an electronics store who happens to be an electrician, and he recommends either an oscillating fan motor, or two 9 volt r/c motors (with limit switches to make it oscillate).  My problem will be where to put it all.  I got a camera tripod, and am planning to get a laptop attachment, as well as an old slide projector for the gun body.  way i see it, i attach the motors to the panning handle, or lock the pan in place, and mount the motors on the laptop, then attach the projector to the motors....but that'd look awkward.  The magitek armor has been put on hold unfortunately...that build may have been one of those impulse things, but i may get back to it yet.  At any rate, to review, my problems are 1)what kinda motors to use 2) placement of components, and 3) finding/making this thing track motion.  Once more, i appreciate input!

Posted by Bahamutzero 8 years ago

Class assignment on the MAKE/Instructables community

I need the Instructables/MAKE community help with a class project. "To develop a persuasive argument in response to this question: "Are virtual communities, real communities?"" I decided to pick Instructables community, being that it is mostly online, making it a plausible virtual community. This community is also very open minded and sophisticated, and have no doubt that I will get plenty of input and good arguments. I hope can accomplish this and not sidetracked by all of the cool stuff the is always on the front page. So let the posting begin! Funny note, someone in my group picked myspace under the same prompt, that is going to be funny ass to see how that pans out.

Posted by sypher 9 years ago

Ideas for a creation?

Hi all, I've got an opportunity to lay hands on this sweet wifi webcam: Thing is, I've already got one monitoring my 3D printer, and I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to spy on my roommates when I'm away.  I've got a couple ideas about what to do with it, but I thought I'd throw it open to the community:  got any cool ideas for interesting ways to use/alter/hack/repurpose something like this? Currently I'm considering tearing into it and using the remotely controllable pan and tilt motors to turn it into a mars rover for my house, possibly fitted with a laser to annoy my cats.  What do you think? Ian

Posted by depotdevoid 2 years ago

How do I separate gold from surrounding ores

I live near the site John Marshall discovered gold in 1848.  There is gold dust and particles everywhere!  Problem is that the gold is dust or fine powder form and the gold strongly adheres to it's surrounding ores.  Panning is tedious and not effective.  How can I separate the gold dust/powder from the other minerals?  I have heard using Auger Regis is effective, but cannot find anything on how to use it, purchase it, or make it myself.  Any suggestions/instructions on making or using auger regis; or any other more effective method of extracting the gold from the other minerals is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Ruthless0240 6 years ago

Antenna Tracker Pointer using GPS

I want to build a systems that can point a directional antenna to a known set of GPS coordinates, because if the base unit with the antenna knows it GPS location and then can have the know data of another directional antenna's GPS coordinated either via Google Earth File or a spread sheet or long/lat's or via another method....also I would like this system to be able to track a UAV or R/C plane/copter as the DIY antenna trackers do as I have seen on R/C forums and You-tube. the initial request is what I desire first....I want to go out into a field and set up this tripod mounted Pan/tilt mechanism with mounted directional antenna(s) and point it to the closest fix antenna of known coordinates, automatically.

Posted by IdeaVault 8 years ago

Protein Folding - The Game!

Human VS Computers - an algorithmic competitionScience and technology have been mimicking nature for as long as human beings have been tinkering. Computer scientists have developed neural networks and genetic programming techniques to try to approximate the computational methods of nature. But here's something new:http://fold.itFold it is a game that takes advantage of unique human perspectives in problem solving and also the innate competitive drive to solve the insanely difficult problem of protein folding."Since proteins are part of so many diseases, they can also be part of the cure. Over the summer, we will add new functionality to the game to allow users to design brand new proteins that could help prevent or treat important diseases."-I think this is interesting, have you guy's tried this. I can't wait to see how we (as humans) pan out.BG

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago

Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars Recipe

Cookie Base 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon water 1 egg Filling 1/3 cup light corn syrup 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 3 tablespoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons water 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla Dash salt 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar Caramel Layer 1 bag (14 oz) caramels, unwrapped 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups unsalted dry-roasted peanuts Topping 1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups) Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 2. In large bowl, beat all filling ingredients except powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until well blended (filling will be thick). Press filling over cookie base. Refrigerate while preparing caramel layer. 3. In 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and 2 tablespoons water over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Stir in peanuts. Spread evenly over filling. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until caramel layer is firm. 4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once, until melted. Spread evenly over caramel layer. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chocolate is set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.

Posted by deniserose 5 years ago

Maker milestones?

What are some tools you've acquired or things you've learned that have shaped your maker ways? Yesterday my first dress form came in the mail, and this morning Jace and I took my measurements and I set it up. Now I have an accurate representation of myself. :D I'm really excited. I'm making a mermaid costume this year for halloween, and now I can really get started! Plus, I've been wanting to sew my own clothes forever and this will help me! As far as other milestones for me: - Inheriting my gramma's fabric stash and sewing tools - buying my first Wusthof knife - buying my first set of pots and pans - a really nice stainless steel Cuisinart set - been using them now for six years! - investing in a hand saw! (And subsequently sawing the legs off my old craft table to make us a really nice coffee table.)

Posted by jessyratfink 9 years ago

Sous vide with a slow cooker?

I've been intrigued by sous vide cooking, but I don't have any inclination to play with arduino(?) controllers or wire/solder anything. Is there any reason you couldn't use an older (non-digital) slow cooker/crockpot with a Lutron dimmer cord?  We use the dimmers on all our bedside reading lamps, but they're rated for up to 300 watts.  It would take some experimenting to get the temperature right, then I think I'd tape a "stop" on the slider switch at that point.  Any thoughts?  Raising the food from the bottom of the pot?  An upside-down silicone cake pan, maybe?  Or suspending the bag somehow?  I already have a Foodsaver. I'd be happy to hear any thought or suggestions.;_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf;_rd_t=201&pf;_rd_i=B0000BYEF9&pf;_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf;_rd_r=0WRPJ5W9TWM39K9Z1Y9N

Posted by kcbirder 6 years ago

JSON parse exception prevents editing or deleting of instructable

Try creating an instructable with the text below in the description. When you save it, a JSON parse error pops up. The same exception will pop up each time you go to edit the instructable, preventing you from reaching the edit page or ever deleting it. You apparently need to sanitize your input a bit more. SET count=0 setlocal ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION FOR /f %%a IN ('dir /b *.jpg') DO ( set /a xOffset = !count!*2 set /a xSize = 1098+!count!*6 set /a yOffset = !count!*1 set /a ySize = 732+!count!*4 "C:\Program Files\ImageMagick-6.7.3-Q16\convert.exe" %%a[!xSize!x!ySize!+!xOffset!x+!yOffset!] pan-%%a set /a count=count+1 ) The exact exception is: "There's been a problem updating your Instructable [object Object] parsererror SyntaxError: JSON.parse: bad escaped character"

Posted by Fremonster 6 years ago

Global Warming Experiment #1

(I slightly changed the instructable into a forum topic and an instructable)The Instructable Half"Global Warming" Experiment #1:As you can tell by my quotes around "Global Warming", I personally don't believe that this theory is happening. Theres facts I can use to prove this. However, even I believe that no matter how you put it, there's going to be some bias. Also facts are boring :PSo, what I have planned, is to do a series of experiments on what global warming might cause if it were real.I'm doing this because I've heard people claim some extraordinary things, which based on data won't happen.I could post an instructable with a bunch of facts, and I might. But for now, I want to set up a couple collaborative experiments. One reason I want collaboration is I'm biased. The other, is so you can't complain about my methods.I haven't done the experiment yet, I really don't know if this will help, or hurt, my case.The experiment is to determine if "global warming" could melt glaciers, thus cooling the ocean. Notice here I'm assuming global warming is happening. It isn't. But when people make claims on the news and stuff, they are assuming that too.Please comment if you would like to change my methodology, OR you want to do the experiment.I'm going to describe how the Instructable (and hopefully the rest in the series) will work.1) I, or anyone, proposes a framework for an experiments and writes up an Instructable. (Will be referred to as "I" in the following steps)2) I monitor the suggestions, editing and fixing as needed. After about a week or so, I go onto step 3.3) I preform the experiment to the best of my ability, and write up an additional 2 steps.3a) The first outlines my changes. This could mean I didn't have a 4x8 loaf pan, and I had to use a 3x8. Or it was plastic. Whatever. These small details are important3b) The second outlines the data and conclusion. This may have images of the experiment, graphs, tables, sensor data, Whatever. I also make a note of my previous bias.4) Wait for more people to run through the experiment, adding them as collaborators.5) Write up a conclusion to everything, OR do some more investigating.Its not that bad, however the whole process might take a few weeks. (I don't know)Scientific MethodThere are seven steps to the Scientific Method, which we will follow:1. Define the question2. Gather information and resources3. Form hypothesis4. Perform experiment and collect data5. Analyze data6. Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypotheses7. Publish results(Thanks Wikipedia!)#1 was done in the introduction.#2 I've already done, however you only have to look into data you'll need during the procedure.#3 I've done it, but I'm not telling you (I don't want a bias, even though I've hinted towards my guess)#4 - We're going to expand this out. More later!#5 and #6 sort of come together in this format, will be done as we go along.#7 is done as we go!Okay, #4. Remember back to High School, remember Lab Reports? Well basically there will be a step for each segments (leaving some out). We sort of do this already in most instructables "What will happen", "What you need", "How you do it"; this time more formally. Due to Lab Reports being unstandardized, I'm breaking it down into:IntroductionMaterialsProcedureDataIts shorter than your average one, due to the fact in Data, you have hypothesis and stuff I don't want to reveal yet ;-)The following is the framework, you can also see my instructable:(This is a framework, remember. Its not supposed to be "done" and perfect)Materials*Large basin of some sorts.*Water*Ice*Lamp + Light bulbs (100W & 40W)*ThermometerProcedure1) Fill large basin/pan with water.2) Take and record standing temperature of water.3) Add ice off to one side of the pan.4) Take temp. of water every five minutes until it starts to level out, at least 4 readings.5) Replace water, and repeat steps 2&36) Shine lamp w/ 40W bulb off to the non-ice side of the pan, but allowing some light & warmth to reach the ice. (Roughly 20-35%)7) Repeat steps 4&58) Repeat step 6 with a 100W bulbTake pictures throughout!What now?Okay, I'll be updating this with your comments over the next week or so. If somethings wrong with it, POINT IT OUT!!! I'm going to add my thoughts in as well. (I still feel its missing some things, I can't put my fingers on them, though!)

Posted by zachninme 11 years ago

programming help

First of all, I am new to this. But for my CEIS course project I decided to program an rc vehicle because I thought it would be COOL! Now I am knee deep into the project and I am needing guidance.  So I am going to attempt to stack raspberry pi hats. One adafruit pwm for servos and the other adafruit pwm for dc and stepper motors. The first thing I done wrong was solder the gpio headers on backwards. Since I'm not too professional with a soldering iron I ended up making the drives of no use and ordered more. Before I done that, I got my pi camera working! Still need to program the pan/tilt servos. I have battery power, wiring, almost everything as far as hardware. Just not sure if I am headed in the right direction. I tried different things with python and the i2c but now when I start up the Kernel Module fails.  Any help will be great!

Posted by SMILEY4242 1 year ago

Portable Drawing Easel

I designed a portable easel out of two pieces of luan (1/8" to 1/4" plywood).  I originally intended to sell them, but decided I didn't really enjoy making them in production levels.  The time vs. cost factor didn't really pan out. Either way, this is a design that might make an artist loved one happy.  It is fairly quick and easy and has a bit of style to it, I think. I added some molding at the bottom to act as a sort of pencil or brush holder.  Just some metal rings to hold the two pieces of wood together and a SWEEEEET woodburning on the front with my name--feel free to put someone else's name on yours! What you don't see in the photos is a leather strap with a small dowel at the end that fits into two notches--one for holding the two sides of the wood from splaying apart when it's in easel mode, and another for when you want to keep it closed for carrying it.

Posted by MakeItWithJason 5 years ago

The best salmon dish youve ever had!

I made up this recipe one day and it became an instant hit with my family and my cheese-a-holic boyfreind! Its super easy but really impressive, great for dinner parties! Definitely not for those on a diet..... :) Serves 6 Rachelles Super Fantastic White Wine Poached Salmon W/Havarti Dill Cream Sauce over Herbed Rice! Sauce: 1 Lb. Harvarti w/Dill (usually sold at Safeway in the specialty cheese case in small ~half lb. blocks) 2 Pints Heavy Cream Salt&Pepper; to taste Fish: 6 Skin on Salmon filets 1 Shallot 1 clove garlic 1 Tbs olive oil 1 bottle white wine (I use Chateau St. Michelle Geswurtzraminer) Salt&Pepper; to taste Rice: 6 serving of your favorite rice (white brown, wild, minute, doesnt matter, use what you like) 1 tsp basil 1 pinch rosemary 1 pinch rubbed sage 1 tbs butter In a large shallow sauce pan, sweat the shallot and garlic on low heat in the olive oil until the shallot is soft. Salt and pepper to taste. Spread the shallots and garlic evenly across the bottom of the pan and place your fillets on top, skin side down, dont stack them! Pour the wine over the top until its covers about 3/4 of the way up the fish, cover and turn heat up a notch, medium low heat. Now just leave it alone! dont peak, dont poke, dont move your fillets around, just let them sit and cook! Depending on your stove, you may need to bump the heat up to a solid medium heat, you want it simmering, not boiling. Cook until tender 20-30 min. Now start your cream heating. Put it in a large round bottomed sauce pan and place over medium heat, stir occasionally to prevent the bottom burning.  Now start your rice so that by the time your sauce is done, your rice is too, so you can plate up immedietly and you wont have to worry about your sauce setting. Just cook your rice the same as always, only add the sage, rosemary, basil, and butter to the water so that the flavors cook into the rice While your cream is heating shred your havarti. I like to use the cheese grater attachment in my food processor because its super fast and you need top be able to watch your cream too! As soon as your cream is hot (NOT BOILING, JUST HOT) start slowly whisking in your cheese. Whisk constantly while adding about a half cup at a time, keep your heat on medium low while doing this or your sauce will break. It will take a little while to get your sauce smooth, so keep your heat low and just keep whisking until its nice and smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Plating: Mound your herb rice in the center of your plate, spoon a little bit of the cooking liqiud from the fish over the rice then place your fillet on top. Drizzle a good dose of Your havarti dill sauce over the top and DIG IN!

Posted by mistresscroft69 8 years ago


Hi everyone, im a new member and have a task at hand which is a puzzle to me but would probably be a breeze for u tech savvy bunch :-) Ok heres my dilemma: I have a remote location where i want to setup an IP Camera run on Solar Power. I have purchased a wireless 802.11 ip camera with pan and tilt capabilities as well as an audio in (internal mic) and an audio out (1 x audio line out interface) along with 4 alarm in and out male ports. Heres what i want to be able to do: 1. View the cam remotely via PC/Mobile Phone. 2. Utilise the Pan and Tilt capabilities 3. Have a text message/email sent to me everytime the alarm is activated/motion is detected 4. Be able to have audio in and out 5. Have the camera on standby until motion is detected 6. Have the solar power as the only source of energy for the camera and the camera to be able to run 24hrs a day (standby and in use) 7. Was also wanting the solar power to charge batteries so at night time the cam would still work or if its a cloudy day etc etc Now im thinking that i would need a modem with a sim card in it to work the internet side of things. But how would i go about getting the audio and alarm functions working? I can plug an ethernet cable into a modem and put a sim card into a modem and connect the cam and modem up to a solar power source, but where the heck do i plug the audio and alarm cables into??? In the below link theres specs on the cam as well as pics of the types of connections available on the cam. I wouldnt have a clue about Volts and Watts and amps etc so am stuck at just buying the cam which is here: Please help ladies and gents it would be kindly appreciated. Thanking you in advance for your words of wisdom.  p.s. i have scoured the forums and google for this type of setup and have got close but need something custom for my situation and my low level of knowledge in these areas.    

Posted by dom791114 6 years ago

Need help designing an outdoor, propane fueled roux cooker for gumbo

Our Kiwanis club has a roux party every year where a dozen or so people cook roux in cast iron pots over gas burners. Hours of stirring of various liquids, veggies and spices (added at intervals through out the cooking cycle). Cooked until it becomes a solid about the consistency of moist turkey dressing, to be dipped out into a pan and then start a new batch. What we need is something like a small cement mixer with burners. Something that will heat liquid, mix, and dump or we can scoop out when it's solidified. The stirring needs to be constant hence the cement mixer premise. If it doesn't mix well and parts of it burn then the entire batch is ruined. Electricity is available, propane bottles for fuel. Tried thinking through something with two metal cylinders, one inside the other with the gas jets between the two but the rotation part is the issue. Any help will be appreciated, and of course since we are a small nonprofit the cost needs to be as low as possible.    Thank you !      Tray10 

Posted by Tray10 5 years ago

ideas for a crepe maker?

I've wanted to make a crepe maker for a while but could use some suggestions and advice on materials. My first thought was "I have a spare cast iron skillet and an alcohol burner, maybe I can flip the skillet over and place it above the alcohol burner and a pan below to catch the drips." But I'm sure that is riddled with wouldn't heat evenly and the bottom of a cast iron skillet is pretty bumpy.  Even with a lot of butter I think it would still stick.  Not to mention the resulting device would be pretty far from elegant. I thought I'd try to crowd-source this puppy.  Any ideas for a funky looking crepe maker?  I don't know much about stove coils and I can't say I trust myself fiddling with that much power, so unless somebody knows of a real safe way to handle that I'd prefer a different heating method. Of course, the cheaper it can be done the better but I'd expect to spend more than the bottom of the line commercial crepe maker (usually run about $50).

Posted by linuxmoose 7 years ago

How to make an underwater/rippling light effect?

I need some help! I am trying to make a light that appears to be shining through moving water. If you google "Chauvet Abyss lighting" that is the sort of effect I want, but it will be in a bathroom so on a much smaller scale.  I can't figure out how to do this. I tried shining light of an aluminum pan of water to get a reflection but it was too dim and I couldn't keep the water moving unless I stood there moving it. Some of the problems with this are it needs to be fairly bright, needs to be preferably something that doesn't need to be plugged in, and can't be expensive. I thought of shining a light through an aquarium but I am not sure how to keep the water moving in a way that it would give the right appearance. I also thought of having the light moving instead and either still water or have the light shine through some type of translucent surface that is made to look like water. However I am not sure how to make a light that moves (slowly) or how to make a surface for it to shine through.

Posted by ReddWolf 7 years ago

Stop motion camera crane

Ok. I need to create a camera crane. It dosn't have to be very big since I'm using it for stop motion. Just a simple pan and tilt crane with a counterweight to off-set the camera. Now, I can make a regular one very simply using a video crane method that you can find on this site. However, this crane must do 2 things. 1. It must be able to move at incredibly small increments. Only fractions of an inch at a time. 2. The crane must be able to hold it's position in a very sturdy manner. It cannot move even in the slightest because stop-motion requires that the camera does not move at all while individual pictures are being taken. For the life of me, I can't figure it out. Traditionally, a "step motor" is used to create the individual movements for things like this. But they are incredibly expensive. I've had more luck with gears and servos, however I want to figure out the logistics before I just go buy gears individually on a website that may or may not work. Your help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Posted by Kooberz 9 years ago

Fabulous Instructable, lousy result...

Recently, I baked a cake that I had long awaited making. Just the right time. Just the right pan. Just the right season for pecans. It was a sure hit. Everything was beautiful, everything fell into place. The pictures were fabulous. The cake was gorgeous. This was going to be made in many homes. My tutorial was divine and thorough. So came the time to cut the cake. My parents, my son, daughter-in-law and husband were present. I was so proud! Everyone took a slice and began chewing. And chewing. They each had that 'Uh, yeah, it's, uhh, yeah." look on their faces. My son said "Oh, it's not that bad, after you chew it for a while." This was an epic disaster. This cake was so dry, I could have gagged. There were suggestions of soaking it in coffee. Covering it with whipped topping. I could have died. Needless to say, after tasting the crime that was this cake, there was no way it was going up on Instructables. What a waste of time and food product. Thank goodness the chickens loved it. Has anyone else ever experience such when trying a new recipe? Sign me, NOT serving this cake anytime soon.

Posted by WUVIE 5 years ago

What stepper motor should I buy?

I am new to stepper motors and didn't have one. Just need to make sure that I will buy the correct stepper. My project is about DSLR camera pan + tilt and for slider, so it will be 3 steppers. Maybe can carry 1.5kg - 2kgI already have the following:Battery: Laptop powerbank USB1:5V/2.1A USB2: QC2.0 port 5V/2A 9V/2A 12V/ 2ADriver: Adafruit Motor Shield V2 for ArduinoArduino: DFRduino UNO R3And some 1:40 reduction gears from past projectAbout the stepper I'm planning to order in and here is my choices: 12-24v, 1.8 step, 0.5 amps, 20 resistance, hold, detent 12-24v, 1.8 step, 0.28 amps, 26 resistance, hold, detent 12v , 1.8 step, 0.4 amps, 30 resistance, hold, detent 12v, 1.8 step, 0.4 amps, 30 resistance, 260mN.m hold, 12mN.m detentPlease let me know what should be best for my project. I'm not expert in steppers. If you have any suggestions that would be great.Thank you!

Posted by coreuploader 5 months ago

Solder-It-Yourself LED Board Kit

Hello all, I'm here to offer my LED board kit. You may be familiar with it if you saw my Ready, Set, Go! Lights Instructable. They were originally a product I was making to light up Hyundai Tiburon's but that ultimately did not pan out and now I have quite a few spare parts.I will be selling these at cost in an attempt to make back a portion of the money I spent designing them. (AKA need money for new projects! :P )You get everything you see in the picture:(1) blank LED board PCB(10) Super-flux 'really bright' LEDs (1 extra)(6) 1/4W surface mount resistors (3 extra, they are notoriously small and easy to lose)(1) 1N4001 diode for reverse polarity protectionAvailable colors are white, blue, and red (custom combos are available)Price is $3USD per kit, shipping to North America is $2.50USD (Canada Post Light Packet) up to 6 kits.$1USD soldering fee for those not comfortable soldering.Paypal is the preferred payment method.Check out some pics of finished boards:

Posted by travis7s 9 years ago

New Novel Idea- Stockholm Syndrome.

After years of writer's block over a mediocre novel idea (military special forces team), of which I only have half a chapter done, I decided to scrap it and start anew. My old idea was thought up when I was around 12, so of course it didn't pan out. I want to know what you think of my knew idea:Title:Stockholm Syndrome.Story outline:After a successful recovery mission (of a hostage), the evacuation copter is shot down after pickup. All but a few are dead. One marine watches in horror as the insurgents that shot them down move in and execute the wounded. He is last, the barrel of a gun pressed against his head. The executioner is about to pull the trigger when the insurgent leader orders him to stop, he apparently sees something in this marine. The marine is taken prisoner instead. After several years of imprisonment, the captured marine comes down with Stockholm Syndrome (These men saved his life, they could have killed him like the rest). He rises through the insurgent's ranks, committing brutal war crimes along the way, and eventually becomes their leader. He then goes on to orchestrate a major (successful) attack on the U.S. First or third person? I'm thinking first.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago

Picaxe and Servo problem

Ive been using this picaxe uC for a while and have had no problems, but in my latest project I wanted to pan a servo back and forth. Problem: for the life of me I can only get the servo to move in one direction. It is a GWS pico servo and I have "operated" it on 5v and 6v, so i dont believe it to be a voltage issue. coding issue perhaps? ( I have tried the SERVO command, the SERVO and SERVOPOS command, and even the correct PULSOUT commands to no avail) I have scoured other forums, even's, but no one seems to have my same problem. As far as I know the SERVO command SHOULD work fine but doesnt. I have tried the commands with and without a 220 ohm resistor on the signal wire, but this seems negligible. When my picaxe 18x is loaded with any servo capable code and the connections are all hooked up, the servo simply moves all the way and stops. the only way i can "reset" my servo to its original position is by quickly removing and tapping the V+ or GND supply wire to the servo. after the servo has moved I can feel the tiny motor jiggle whenever I tap the signal wire as if trying to work. ANY suggestions are welcome!

Posted by Aleator777 9 years ago