Homemade player piano

So I got two pianos for free, one in great condidtion other than being out of tune and having a stiff action, and the other, a player, having a badly cracked soundboard and pinblock.  I salvaged the player pneumatics and bellows from the player and managed to mount it upon the other piano.  On each note bellows there were rods that pushed on levers to trip the action of the player piano.  On this one, these levers are about a foot and a half above the bottom of the action, because it is a console piano (shorter).  I've tried linking the bellows to the keys with hooks (which didn't work, it just pulled the keys off the center pivot point) and directly to the action, on the bridle strap hook.  I've tried different strings and two different gauges of wire, but they always seems to stretch, untie or to come unhooked whenever a note is triggered with the player, or with the keys.  If anyone has ideas on how to link the player mechanism to the piano action, any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by SamDavisson 9 months ago


DIY Mandolin Rail for Tack Piano effect?

I've seen several videos in YouTube for pianos that have Mandolin Rails. These devices are felt strips attached to a metal "rail" that can be swung in and out of place to give a normal sounding upright piano a ragtime sound. They look pretty simple to make, but I have not found any webpages with instructions on how to build one. Anybody have any input? Most of the materials look like they would be readily available, except for the 88 metal tabs that go at the end of each felt tab. I found a website that sells the tabs pretty cheap http://www.player-care.com/resale.html  Here are a couple of YouTube videos that show Mandolin Rails in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQYIM3CSaxQ&feature;=player_detailpage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEfsLzwTCxM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl1Qt2ZuHZA

Posted by jim5150jvc 4 years ago


"speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court

A "speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009. Austrian composer Peter Ablinger transferred the frequency spectrom of the childs voice to his computer controlled mechanical piano. (translated from German) Peter Ablinger: I break down this phonography, meaning a recording of something the voice, in this case -, in individual pixels, one can say. And if I have the possibility of a rendering in a fairly high resolution (and that I only get with a mechanical piano), then I in fact restore some kind of continuity. Therefore, with a little practice, or help or subtitling, we actually can hear a human voice in a piano sound. link: youtube

Posted by mikeasaurus 7 years ago



Would mounting a TV inside a piano damage the TV?

We have an upright piano, and we don't have a good place to put our flatscreen. My thought is to put the flatscreen inside the piano. I have measured for clearance and it fits quite neatly. My only concern is if the vibrations from the piano will somehow damage the TV's electronics. On the one hand, the TV has speakers and generates a dynamic range of sound and volume and does just fine. The TV can get louder than we ever play the piano. On the other hand, the piano sounds are fuller and maybe vibrate more than the speakers in the TV do. More details: The vertical board behind and under the keyboard has a latch that is opened so that the board pivots down and forward.  The TV would go inside the space behind this board. It would make the TV close to the ground, but it would be more convenient than the current location. The space in the piano has a depth of about 6 inches. I would install a piece of 3/4 inch ply across the back to mount the TV to. It would be right in front and possibly touching  the sound board and the bass bridge. The TV is 4.5 inches deep at the deepest point. I am sure that the construction is feasible and well within my abilities. I am unsure of any danger to the TV from such a setup. Any insights, references or suggestions are well appreciated.  Thank you, Michael Moore

Posted by stuporglue 9 years ago


My cat's favorite pianist ...

The other day, my cat, Comedy, discovered the cursor on my screen ... She found it quite amusing.Today, as she wanted to sit on my keyboard to have a better view of this moving white thing, I got the idea to show her some pictures of cats.She probably did not even recognize a cat ... instead, she was focusing on a little flash animation, on the same page.So, I got the idea to show her some videos. She found it interesting, but not that much.Then, I shown her Nora's video.In case you don't know who's Nora : she is a cat that plays piano.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ860P4iTaMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0zgQAp7EYwComedy has never been so captivated !I think she recognized it was a cat, because she was slowly approaching like for hunting, and she was waving her tail.Then, when the video ended, she started to look behind the screen ...Finally, she watched the second video with a lot of attention, like wondering what was doing this other cat, and she ended on my keyboard (again) trying to enter into the screen to join the pianist cat ...

Posted by chooseausername 10 years ago


Piano Stairs/Floor

Hi all! Just saw the infamous "piano stairs" video by Mitsubishi (see below), and I couldn't help but think there would be a relatively easy way to do this yourself without a ridiculous budget. Any ideas on how this could be done? I thought some sort of infrared sensor would be cheaper than a pressure sensor like in the video, and could be connected to a computer or device with speakers, or maybe a speaker for every stair with a simple circuit. Then again, I haven't a clue about anything DIY. Any ideas? Thanks!

Posted by genericguy 9 years ago


Flexible PCB rewiring

Hi,     I'm working on a project where I want to strip a 'roll up piano' down and take the rubber keyboard innards which feed into the electronic sound unit and get rid of the floppy rubber roll up piano keyboard and replace it with a standard PC qwerty keyboad. I got used to using a qwerty keyboard for playing tunes already and want tomake one that is stand alone that I don't need to connect to the PC to play music with. That means I need to take all the connections that you can see in the photos I uploaded and re connected each one to a key on the keyboard.  First of all, I don't know if pressing the rubber key on the roll up keyboad 'completes a circuit' and therefore prompts the electronic unit at the end of it to play the sound or if it 'breaks the circuit'. These units have two flexible pcb sheets as you an see in the second photo so when the rubber key is pressed they touch (although they all seem to be pretty much touching anyway). In an old casio solid keyboard I have there is a hard pcb and the piano keys touch a small rubber disk (much like is what under qwerty keys) to the pcb.   would it be better for me to take a razor and painstakingly slice up the flexible plastic which the pcb is printed on then lead them to the innards of the qwerty keyboard I'm going to modify or would it be better for me to just chop the flexible pcb off and use some kind of very thin coppe wire to feed dirctly into the unit and to the underside of the qwerty keys?   Any guidence would be appreciated.    

Posted by poita 7 years ago


We need a music contest!!!

I think that we need some kind of contest involving music! Instructables has had contests for photography, robotics, baking, biking, yo-yoing, and many others... so why hasn't there been one about music? There are many aspiring musicians here of Instructables and I think that we need our time to shine. That's my two cents.

Posted by sk8bordgeek 10 years ago


Music - Mr Pitiful

HELP I really wanna learn how to play Mr Pitiful by Matt Costa on piano but I cant find the score online and I cant work it out. can people plz post links to the score or sumthing thanks

Posted by ti112 10 years ago


Transcribing songs

Can I enter something liketaking an existing song and transcribing it for another instrument (eg, piano)?

Posted by DuctTapeRules! 9 years ago


What is your favorite album cover?

For me there is no question,  REO Speedwagon  "You can tune a piano but you can't Tuna Fish" 

Posted by onrust 7 years ago


Laser keyboard

A scanning laser can be mounted on a pad together with a low resolution camera.  With these, an image of different types of keyboard for typing, piano playing, gaming, finger writing can be programmed for user interaction.

Posted by oobi07 8 years ago


What instruments do you play?

What instruments do you all play? i play guitar, piano, and used to do recorder.

Posted by knex gun builder freak 8 years ago


VU LED Rhodes Piano Project

Hello all, I have a Rhodes Stage Piano (see pic), a classic 1973 workhorse. Like a guitar, the output is driven by pick-ups, and is not amplified. I would like to attach an LED VU display like you'd find on a home stereo or casstte deck. The output is controled by a potentiometer. What I'd like to do is embed LED's in plexiglass, or some other material, and have them stretch across the back of the Rhodes. (See very crude example I dummied up). The idea is that the LED's respond to the output of the piano, the loudest triggering the red LED's, which can be absoutely meaningless in real-world terms, just a visual. They also don't have to be those exact colors, but it would be nice. Can I use the LED Kit, cut the leads, add more lights and run little wires to the rear, or should I start over? I have loads of 12 volt DC transformers I can use. I also have some analog dial (needle) VU's that would be cool to add to each end, also. The Rhodes is Mono, and I believe they sell a Mono kit, too. This is the toy store.....nothing serious, just a thought. I don't mind admitting that: 1. I'm a total noob 2. I am almost clueless when it comes to electronics, but I can use a soldering iron and follow directions. All comments and suggestions welcome. I've already admitted to being not so bright so............ Thank you, rhodesdude

Posted by rhodesdude 11 years ago


Music Mashup: Anyone else looking to deconstruct songs layers they can mix and mash?

Hello All. I am new to Instructables and would like to hear some feedback on my topic. With all the technologies available today does anyone know of an all encompassing program that can break down (deconstruct) songs into layers? As in break back down into the layers used to make the master recordings. So you can create your own mash ups? Say I want the guitar riff from AC/DC and a trumpet "layer" from Dizzy Gillespie and some singing from Madonna. Slow them or speed them up till it works for me. Not trying to steal others people stuff and publish it/ sell it, just mix and share for personal.  Please reply with your work if its in a studio, engineer, singer, label or software developer etc. Much Appreciated,  CoolKat AKA Yellowshades (Entertainment Marketing)

Posted by yellowshades 5 years ago


Cute musical time-waster.

I just "stumbled" on this sweet little tool for composing and playing musical loops. Pitch is on the vertical axis, time across the horizontal. I don't have any way to record it - if you copy this pattern, it sounds like a thumb piano.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Makey Makey Build Night @ Boise State's Albertsons Library

On January 27th, 2015, students, staff, and faculty came together to discover how to use bananas as piano keys, graphite drawings as game controllers, and program in Scratch to use play dough as piano keys. This was part of the Library's new Discover by Doing workshops, and our first Instructables Build Night! It was also the first official event for the newly formed Creative Technologies Association student group. We had 20 curious and excited faculty, staff, and students come through that evening, and they all left with a smile...unless they lost at tetris. There were three stations, one to play tetris with a drawn game controller, one to play the "bianano", and a "free for all" table with a variety of supplies. Each table had a student facilitator and all the supplies needed to complete the project. It was inspiring to watch participants work over the course of the night, and to see them working together to solve problems. Including one student's discovery that if he licked his fingers, he achieved better conductivity with the bananas (don't ask). The Creative Technologies Association is currently working with faculty on writing Instructables for the piano that was created using Scratch, and the discovery and design of the "earthly" connection wristband. We can't wait to share them with you, and are looking forward to future build nights! 

Posted by BSUlibrarian 3 years ago


Hand Crank Music Machine

Does anyone know about these small music boxes that play music? If you seen one, they're these small things that play notes in a looped sequence using small metal plates (kind of like a finger piano). Can anyone try to make something like that? Sorry for the small details if anyone's confused.

Posted by username252 7 years ago


Laptop reverb

I have a laptop running vista and is a compact.it has a built in mic every time i try to record i get some very annoying reverb even with the speakers muted i one installed a virtual line in but then uninstalled it. can any one help. i included a small 3 to demonstrate what happens. i would recomend putting the volume down the piano is soft but the reverb is not

Posted by chrischavez 10 years ago


Great Exhibition 2010

The Great Exhibition of 2010 was held at London's La Scala nightclub, with over a thousand costumed attendees. Have a look at the BBC video which won't embed - lots of the stuff we are familiar with through such luminaries as gmjhowe, but other, less traditional imagery as well, especially in some of the costumes. There is also a slideshow here My favourites are the actually-steam-powered piano, and the the thunderbuss.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Soft Pretzels, Modify a Rubik's Cube, Steampunk Keyboard

  Soft Pretzels Modify a Rubik's Cube Steampunk Keyboard The Evil Geocache Coffee Cup Cake Milk Crate Garden Cheap Screen Printing Adjustable Paracord Chair Knex Piano Playing Robot Baking Bread Chest Camera Rest Easy Solar Oven High-Power LED Bike Light Coffee Cup Ceiling Aid Auto-Watering Plant Nursery

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


group idea

Hi, I'm Tieguy, I've been thinking about creating a group that would bring developers, musicians, programmers, inventors, people who are interested in games and robotics and any forms of geek together to work at common causes. For example, if someone came up with an idea for a game or application but didn't have a certain skill or equipment that it would require they could come to the group and ask for help, or if someone wanted to learn a skill they could ask someone in the group to give them a few pointer. I came up with this because I've got thousands of ideas for application, inventions, games etc. but half the time i don't have the resources or skills to make it a reality. Anyways, I was wondering if I created this group any one would consider joining. If it became popular enough I would go on to creating a website. please post any comments.

Posted by tieguy 10 years ago


Need Opinions on Dubstep song im working on

 :D im trying to become a beast at making Dubstep, ive been asking my friends and family on facebook and i think there telling me what i want to hear (and i am annoying some of them lol) ... so thats why i am making this so i can get a non bis opinion on the work i have done so far. plz feel free to "tell me how it is" cause i really want to improve what i do, you wont be hurting me lol you will be helping me improve my skill. (links will open a new tab to a cloud app, online storage so i can upload/ shear my work) http://f.cl.ly/items/0Z1K3e3Y303t3Z2w182w/NICK%20AW%20YEA.mp3 <- ill call this one aw yea, its a simple/ 14 sec song of me just trying to get ideas for what i want to build up to. foor some reason there is a part where the beat messes up (i think cause of rendering issues) but it sounds pretty BA  http://f.cl.ly/items/3b1H370C0g0N00171W19/piano%20fjnds%20I%20AM%20A%20BEAST.mp3 <- im going to call this piano intro, i wanted to make this a kinda darker one, i was even thinking about throwing a rap kinda lyrics to it, then near the end thats where im going to "drop the bass" and dub step it up. this is the kind of sound i am putting for the wub -> http://f.cl.ly/items/312K0j1p231d0l410i32/piano%20fjndswub.mp3 :D thanks to all that do post :D wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub wub

Posted by Ares252 5 years ago


High-current, electronic sword-fighting, fancy drink pouring, and more @ Makers Local 256 Build Night!

Last weekend, Makers Local held a Build Night event, sponsored by the Instructables team! Armed with Bare Conductive paint pens and a couple of pizzas, we got to making! The first thing we noticed was that the conductive paint pens were only rated to 12VDC. What happens if we took that higher? (More info can be found here)   One of our members though it would be neat to use the conductive paint to create an electronic sword-fighting game! It turned out really well, and his Instructables write-up was really well-made: check it out here! Another member designed a system to dispense soda in style! He wrote up an awesome Instructable about his system here. One final project started as an attempt to make a touch-sensitive piano using the conductive paint, but the piano ended up using aluminum foil due to some inconsistencies in the resistivity of the paint. It still turned out pretty neat! Below are some pictures from the event! Thanks to Instructables and all who attended!

Posted by tylercrumpton 5 years ago


Music Theory 101

Hello, i got an idea of making a series of detailed, yet easy to understand instructables on music theory. i mean music theory, and i mean things you would learn in college level class. i preety much dedicated most of my life to music theory, piano, cello, and listening, as well as analyzing written music. i have also had great teachers that thought me a lot of things about music and life, and i would only feel like the greatest asshole alive if i didnt share them. one thing that is special to music theory, and only to music theory, is that it is a field of study that originated from art, not vice versa. those instructibles would cover preety much everything involved with music, including the mathematics and physics that go with it! history will be included too! the reason why i'm posting it here, is to see how many people are interested, who would want to help out, and to look for reccomendations and requests. my resume: 5 years piano 4 years cello 9 years music theory perfect pitch played in 4 different orchestras considering starting doing a chamber music program, orchestras are getting boring now :D im part of the Tri-M music honor society and i volunteer sometimes. PLEASE REPLY WITH WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS PROJECT :D music theory

Posted by macplo 9 years ago


Furniture finish made from LP's (vinyl, not wax)

I remember an old episode of The Furniture Guys where the hosts melted old wax (gramaphone) phonograph records and used it as a really nice Asian-style furniture finish (high gloss black, piano worthy).  I wish the same could be done with more modern vinyl records, of which I have a lot. Any ideas of how this might be done? P.S. No, I won't destroy any records that should be saved for future generations. Will my progeny really profit from The Bangles or Heart?

Posted by pingeltont 3 years ago


How To Get What You Want

Holy Lo, it's the Mecca of All Things Soft-Tech. Stretch sensors. Knit stretch sensors. Soldering conductive thread. Soldering conductive fabric (why hadn't I thought of that yet?). Fabric switches. Workshops, workshops, workshops! Solar tshirts, piano tshirts, fabric sensors, and, gobs of INSTRUCTABLES from user Plusea and mikamika. WooHoo!Check out stuff you know, stuff you don't know, and stuff you never thought about all in one easy place! How to Get What You Want.Go!Now!Thanks Hannah and Mika!

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


Bohemian Rhapsody on old computers &amp; parts

Take 3 minutes from your busy schedule as soon as you can to listen to a collection of old computers and motors (a scanner, a hard drive, etc) playing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht96HJ01SE4From the intro: "No effects or sampling were used. What you see is what you hear (does that even make sense?)Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ soundTexas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar8 Inch Floppy Disk as Bass3.5 inch Harddrive as the gongHP ScanJet 3C was used for all vocals."There are a couple blips and missteps but it's an amazing achievement anyway. Go! Now! Watch & listen!

Posted by rachel 9 years ago


Music-Inspired Toilets

The newest meaning of guitar or piano solo. Jammin' Johns--slogan: 'music to your rear'--is a company with a toilet design for the musically inclined.From their web site: After several years of research & development, Jammin' Johns presents our finest quality 'Studio Series'. The products are produced by a guitar factory that manufactures some of the most popular brands of guitars. The 'Studio Series' features our own newly designed ring with chrome hardware for low maintenance. All finishes are of the highest quality and are hand buffed.Even more impressively, the company boasts a famous list of clientele: WIllie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Steven Spielberg have all purchased a Jammin' John. Thankfully, Spielberg decided against a very painful Jaws-themed toilet.Jammin' Johns via Neatorama

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


reverse connected guitar pickups make strings resonate - how to make it stronger?

Hey all ,  im having a problem ,  i connected some guitar pickups to send frequencys instead of receiving , when close to a certain section of a piano , it makes the strings resonate , and i can play music thru the strings (i even get voice timbres) now , my problem is like that - the vibrations are extremely soft ,and i need to somehow make them stronger ,  i think one of the ways would be to magnetify the strings , but i would really like to know if there is a way to strengthen the pickup signal without blowing anything up , anyone has an idea? i think it has to do with electro-magnet power , so amplifing it should work , but adding a 5 watt small amp didn't make any diference...

Posted by dogme 7 years ago


Receive arduino midi controller notes with android

Hi, I've made a midi controller follow this:https://www.instructables.com/id/Add-MIDI-port-to-K...It works fine on my computer and all of my DAW like Cubase, Mixcraft and...But when i connect my Arduino Usb cable to my computer (Only for power cause i'm not using batteries) and my Usb to midi cable to my phone, My midi keyboard does not produce any sound, I use many different apps like Midikeyboard, Perfect piano, Midiscope, Walk band and etc... But it doesn't works...What is the mistake?Note: When i connect my midi cable to my computer the red led on the midi-to-usb cable switch On only when i play a note but when i connect it to my phone the red led always stays On! [See attached image]Note: My phone supports midi keyboard and running on android 6.0.1.Thanks.

Posted by JavadK9 6 months ago


Make Fireworks, RFID Pet Feeder, LED Jellyfish Costume...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 13, 2007 Welcome back! The iRobot Create Challenge has just finished up with over a dozen cool and we're still seeing some cool Launch It! Challenge entries come in on top of the usual cool projects. Check them out! Halloween LED Jellyfish Costume Using LED rope lights and a plastic washing basin to create a deep sea bioluminescent jellyfish thing.posted by deadinsect on Sep 11, 2007 How to Make a RFID Pet Food Feeder Make sure dogs aren't stealing food with an RFID alarm.posted by mlarsen on Sep 5, 2007 Creative Discontent: Squalk (Squirt Chalk) Non-destructive communication tool for mass public discourse. Erasable graffiti at its finest.posted by pdip_stiffi on Sep 9, 2007 How to Make Monkey Bread The ultimate finger-licking, finger-picking dessert of all time. Soft balls of dough, coated in a cinnamon sugar crust of sweet goodness.posted by trebuchet03 on Sep 9, 2007 Colossal Cannon: Building a Behemoth Piston-Valved Pneumatic Launcher Sometimes you think to yourself, "Hmm...I wonder just how far I can hurl stuff, maybe even into the next county." posted by DeusXMachina on Sep 9, 2007 Contest ends on Sunday! Answer our burning questions! Get a free shirt! See who won the $1,500 top prize! How to Make Fireworks Learn how to make your own aerial shell and wow the neighbors.posted by pudi.dk on Sep 7, 2007 eyeRobot - The Robotic White Cane How to hack an iRobot to guide blind and visually impaired users through cluttered and populated environments.posted by shrimpy on Sep 8, 2007 Piano-wire Slingshot A small but powerful slingshot made using 1mm gauge piano-wire and ordinary rubber bands.posted by chluaid on Sep 9, 2007 Gliding/Floating Laptop Dock A floating laptop dock that moves back and forth, eliminating the need to station the laptop on your lap. posted by Romado12187 on Sep 8, 2007 How To Build A Pit Oven (And Cook A Salmon) Learn to do a little backwoods cooking with a pit oven. posted by Mr. Nova on Sep 11, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago


[newsletter] Light Bulb Lamp, Predicting the Weather, Chocolate Speed of Light...

June 19, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to put some insanely cool, lights on your bike? Then enter our Let It Glow! Contest. The prizes are super sweet and blinky, so enter before the contest closes this weekend! RoboGames 2008 is over for this year, but you can still enter our Robot Contest to win a trip to RoboGames 2009! Air fare, hotel, and entry fee are included!Winners have been announced for the Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest. See who won, and bookmark some Earth-friendly summer projects! Check out these cool Instructables! DIY Vinyl Wall Art Liven up your apartment, without risking your deposit, by putting up some slick-looking ConTact paper designs to decorate your walls. posted by britsteiner on Jun 17, 2008 How To Measure the Speed of Light... Using Chocolate! Enjoy some gooey warm chocolate and learn some science at the same time! posted by bradpowers on Jun 13, 2008 Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller With only cubic inch, you'll learn to be efficient in your robotic design. posted by mikey77 on Jun 12, 2008 How to make a piano keyboard Build piano keys from raw materials and make a piano you can truly call your own. posted by threesixesinarow on Jun 19, 2008 Steampunk Style Fan Cool off in neo-Victorian style with a custom built fan. posted by reluctant_paladin on Jun 13, 2008 Steel Centipede Turn that scrap metal and chain into a unique sculpture with nothing more than a welder and a bit of creativity. posted by Mikey D on Jun 15, 2008 LED matrix using shift registers Play with patterns of light and display messages on a custom LED matrix. posted by barney_1 on Jun 15, 2008 Predicting the Weather with Clouds Learn to understand what the sky is trying to tell you. posted by randofo on Jun 12, 2008 Instructables Robot -- Paper Model Print and cut out this template to make a papercraft robot of your very own! posted by =SMART= on Jun 13, 2008 Central Vacuum Retrofit Install a central vacuum system in an existing house to have quieter vacuuming and an external exhaust. posted by a.doovz on Jun 13, 2008 Rock Band Guitar Stand/Drum Support Tidy up your virtual rock star gear and keep your drums steady with this PVC setup. posted by evilbunnee on Jun 12, 2008 Win great books for your travel tips! Closes on June 29! Winners are up! Animating Multi Layered Engravings Take glowing etched acrylic to the next level with animated frames. posted by japala on Jun 18, 2008 10-minute electronic leather band Enhance a leather bracelet with a flashing light that can record and play back patterns. posted by craft-tech on Jun 14, 2008 The Lucid Dream Machine Control of your dreams with the power of flashing lights. posted by guyfrom7up on Jun 18, 2008 SketchUp, Inkscape, and Ponoko Laser Cutting Install this plugin and you'll have a free way to design in 3D and export your files to be laser cut! posted by flightsofideas on Jun 19, 2008 Light Bulb Lamp Put your dead bulbs to use by turning them into stylish oil lamps. Just be sure to put them in a safe place. posted by CYNICALifornia on Jun 14, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Brown Dog Build Night at Banjarapalya Makerspace

Hey again from the Banjarapalya Makerspace, Last month we did quite a few build nights on the brown dog solar panels and the makers came up with some amazingly cool projects. It is clearly evident that our little rural makerspace is getting the taste of technology and the folks are loving it.  Some of the cool projects were - 1)a snake made out of paper cups and controlled by arduino run on a brown dog solar panel https://www.instructables.com/id/solar-arduino-snake/ 2)a solar fan that can be clipped to your table or to your hand. Super portable. https://www.instructables.com/id/Nano-solar-fan/ 3)a cute little touch piano, also fed by the sun https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-piyano/ 4)solar powered boat  https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-boat-2/ 5)a beautiful tree with LEDs powered too by the sun! https://www.instructables.com/id/Glowing-solar-tree Have attached some of the images. Please give feedback in comments to these projects so the makers can improve themselves and come up with cooler ideas.  Cheers, Abhijit

Posted by asinha13 3 years ago


Need help from people who KNOW wire

OK, so here it is. I make my own from scratch soap.....yes the kind made with lye (you canNOT have soap without a strong alkaline like LYE....period, but that's for another time) My DH is VERY handy, and can build a lot of things. I want him to build me a soap cutter that uses strong wire to do the cutting. There are soap cutters for sale on line, but with his talent I refuse to pay WELL over $100 to buy one, when for quite a bit less he can make me one. My thought is that maybe piano wire would work, guitar strings (or are they covered with something?) or whatever type of wire used in some cheese slicers. I prefer it not be too hard to locate, and not too expensive. I would like to be able to cut a whole "loaf" of soap into bars all at one time, so they are all the exact same size. Any ideas? Here is a BIG cutter, but it might give you an idea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aRQOQQboZc Thanks Mary

Posted by MaryT8M 6 years ago


Launch It! Challenge Results!

Instructables is happy to announce the winners for the Launch It! Challenge. We saw some amazing entries that showed creativity and power. Once again, you showed us that there are people making cool things all around the world. These Instructables should serve as inspiration for others for a long time.Stay safe, everyone.Ratings Prize: FirstThe Instructable with the highest rating will receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman. Launch It: Patriot Model Rocket by kruser495Ratings Prize: Runners-UpThe 5 Instructables with the next-highest rating will each receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store. Golf Ball Gun!!! How To Make One That Can Shoot 400+ yards! by MrCrowley 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle by irwinner Piano-wire Slingshot by chluaid Colossal Cannon: Building a behemoth piston-valved pneumatic by DeusXMachina The EasySling by -insertnamehere-Page Views Prize:The Instructable with the greatest number of pageviews will receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman. How to Make Fireworks by pudi.dkRandom Prize:We randomly picked one Instructable to receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman.Watch the video to see the winner: OK, here it is: Pencil Crossbow by marc92

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


(closed) One year of Pro for quick connect, for MaKey MaKey

MaKey MaKey is an electronic inventor's kit (simple closed connections via USB + music program + fruit = banana piano). More here: http://www.makeymakey.com One problem I've been running into is that it is an additional challenge to rotate quickly between more than one project per MaKey MaKey. The MaKey MaKey has 12 signal pins (female) on the back, pins for ground and 5v outputs, and six pair of alligator clip holes on the board. I've got some ideas on how to make quick connects so that I can freely travel between projects using just a system of male/female connections, where the MaKey MaKey has one type and my projects have the other. Included are some images to get ideas sparking around. If you can post a project detailing one method of a unique quick connect system for MaKey MaKey before the end of February, you're entered. I'll hand out one year of Pro for first place and one 3 month of Pro for second place. I'll choose the winners, but will pay attention to any community feedback. Points don't matter, so points arbitrarily awarded for thriftiness and resourcefulness, creative flair, quality of documentation, and use of MaKey MaKey header pins and other connections. 1st place: 1 year of Pro 2nd place: 3 months of Pro Bonus points for tutorials with resource files and specs that are easily interchangeable between tools, materials, and methods of tech/crafting. Useful formats can include SVG, STL, and others. Here's a couple of projects we got featured that could have really used a quick connect system going on using our laser cutter: Hydrophobic Drum Pad (homepaged, generated 1st place prize for this contest) Music Box (featured, generated 2nd place prize for this contest)

Posted by smalltortoise 3 years ago


College Search

Hey guys!I'm a high school freshman (or a sophomore now, rather. score!) and Mom wants me to start taking a look at different colleges Now, I don't know too much about colleges, but I do know that I should probably go to one where I can get the kind of major that I want. Thing is, I really don't know what I want to major in, or what I want to do after I finish my schooling. So I figured I'd start with my interests. Here's my top 3:Computers- I've always liked computers, but I really became hooked when I learned about CharredPC's i'ble on how to make XP look like Vista, when tech_king walked me through the steps of how to open a PC, and when LinuxH4X0r and a few others taught me about Linux. And, I know quite a bit about computers and continue to learn more and more about them every time I use them.Engineering- I like building stuffs, but I'm not too great at it. I don't really have the time, money, resources, or transportation that I need to work with the things that interest me most. More specifically, I like automotives, but once again, I don't have the skills or experience, just the interest.Music- My passion. I play clarinet and tenor saxophone pretty well, and can also play the trumpet and harmonica. I'm hoping to get really good at the saxophone, and play that in marching, concert, and jazz bands at my high school, and hopefully play it in a college marching band. Eventually, I'd also like to learn to play piano/keyboard, violin, percussion/drums, and bass guitar.Oh! Location should be important, too. Any good colleges across the states are good; particularly I'm probably going to have to stick with the southeast; as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas, but once again, feel free to tell me of any good schools you know.

Posted by Labot2001 10 years ago


Songsterr.com - Awesome Free Guitar Tabs!

Hi guys...I looked through my groups the other day, and I saw I'd somehow added myself to the guitar group.So I just thought I'd share my latest secret weapon in playing guitar:songsterrI know for a fact that Ajleece uses this site, but i thought I'd share it so that the people who don't know about it can use it.Its basically a flash player that plays a midi along with the tab music.You can pause it, fast foward or rewind it for free.However, if you get an account you can play half speed, mute some instruments and upload your own songs.I haven't got an account, because you have to pay $10 every month, except the first 15 days which you get free.Its a little bit like instructables in that you can post comments, and edit the tabs yourself.The community seem very good and the tabs always seem to be perfect.It shows you what notes to tune your guitar to (with a click you can hear that note), and it shows you where to put a capo, if needed.It also has notes that either give you help in playing it, or give you lyrics.Most songs have all the instruments, and you can flick to a different instruments tab in the mixer.It even does bass, voice and piano (though not in notes, in tab).Just a great website!And my favourite!Its made me a whole new repetoire, and I think it will give even the most experienced guitarists new tunes to play.So here it is again:songsterrAll you do is either click on the sections at the top (Alphabet of Bands/Artists) or Search either the song name, or the Band/Artist in the search tab.Oh, and if you can't find the part of the song that you want, but you can hear it, try searching through the mixer's tracks.Also, I'd like to point out that I do not own this site, it's just one of the tools i use in playing guitar. Neither do i have an account.

Posted by barrax 9 years ago


Public domain, Creative Commons etc. musci sources wanted

My latest film project is in the style of a fantasy epic- think LotR, Narnia, that sort of "party of brave adventurers battle evil in a non-specific setting resembling mediaeval Europe" thing. It's in post-production now, but while we are ok for visual effects and editing we really need some music. To keep options open regarding public performances, we make sure to use music that doesn't infringe any copyrights- the last film only used original compositions and public-domain soundtracks.For this film we need public-domain music in a fantasy genre. The links below illustrate the sort of style we are looking for. Public domain recordings would be great, but freely-reproducible scores would be ok as we have a couple of talented musicians in the group who can play pieces with limited instrumentation, but sadly no full orchestra!The best answer will receive a Best Answer, probably a patch if the answer leads to some good sources, and possibly (at the discretion of The Powers That Be) a credit in the film.Rousing orchestral musicSadly we have little hope of reproducing music like this, but any public domain not-too-recognisable pieces would be absolutely great.Celtic-sounding flute/whistle music... is something we could actually play. Recordings would be better, though.Faux-mediaeval stringsOh, what I'd give to have a cellist on board. Oh well.Slow reflective piano melodiesNot quite as "folk" as the rest but would give great colour to the sad moments in the filmHarp musicNo, we aren't going to rip off the Braid soundtrack. I know, it's a shame. The only harpist I know is busy studying for her veterinary medicine degree so doesn't have time for our stupid projects.Of course, if anyone plays in any of the above styles and feels like hooking us up with a score or a recording that we could use, you would be the coolest person in the history of the world.I may be abusing the phrases "public domain" and "creative commons" here- I have tried to sum up what the copyright issues are and our stance on them, but essentially we need music we can put in a derivative work and potentially show in public.

Posted by PKM 9 years ago


(newsletter) Cheap Welding, Squid Hat, Telekinetic Pen...

Dec 11, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Get your tools ready for the biggest building competition of the year!The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest is open to any project that uses tools. Share your amazing ideas, and win a $20,000 Sears gift card! Craftsman is also giving you the chance to show off your workspace in the Workshop of the Future Contest: Show Your Space contest! Simply post pictures of your current space, or the space you wish you hand, and you're entered to win a weekly Craftsman tool prize! See who won this week!This is the last week to submit your best creation powered by AA, AAA, C, or D batteries for the SANYO eneloop Battery Powered Contest! The contest closes this Sunday! Homemade Holidays are here again! Decking the halls with some crafty creations? Enter them in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations Contest and win a sweet Dremel kit! Sending personalized cards to friends and loved ones? Enter them in the the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Card Contest and win some cool prizes! See who won a prize in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Treats Contest! We've worked out a special deal for the Instructables community to get the Telekinetic Pen Kit from the Maker Shed for 20% off until Dec. 19. After ordering, use this coupon code to get the discount: TELEPEN Telekinetic Pen! by Kipkay Chocolate Peppermint Bark by canida Wearable Toy Piano by mikamika LED Projector by PuffMag1cDrag0n Any project that uses tools is eligible! Closes for entries this weekend! Cheap Welding for Punks by TimAnderson Popup Christmas Card w/ Money Pocket by belsey Water Flow Sensor and Ambient Display by staceyk Make Amazing Fire Starters by sleepismything92 Peanut Butter / Chocolate Cookie Balls by Bloonie Nintendo Keyless Entry System by action_owl Framed Color Changing LED Art by obeyken Make Your Pregnant Partner Happy by schmeese Homemade Holidays Contests Share how you send the perfect message Show off your crafty creations and win a Dremel kit! Glass Etched Glasses by evey5268 DIY Squid Hat by goosezilla Make a City Storyteller's Backpack by faizzohri Make Borax Crystal Decorations by otterhopdotcom Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Use it Again! Contest Winners

Wow, there were some fantastic entries in the Use it Again! contest! Congratulations to everyone who entered- the quality and range of projects was quite astonishing.Have a pile of spring cleaning junk to repurpose? For inspiration just check out the winners below, then wander over to the PopSci group to see the other fantastic entries. We're planning to use some scrap bamboo to build trebuchet03's Pot Lid Organizer for the Instructables kitchen next week- what do you plan to make?Grand PrizeWinner will receive a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT 8.0-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, a brief profile in the How 2.0 section of Popular Science magazine, and a 1 year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Wireless home router with analogue utilisation meter by radiorentalFirst PrizeFive winners will each receive a laser-etched Leatherman Juice S2 multi-tool and a 1 year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Bookshelf of Encyclopedias by jessyratfinkHow to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former by sheekgeekRepurposed - Clock into Kinetic Wall Art by Tool Using AnimalTake Infrared Pictures With Your Digital Camera by sam noyounWallet made from a computer keyboard by zieakHonorable MentionTen winners will each receive Instructables stickers and a patch. UPDATE: Honorable Mention winners will also receive a year's subscription to PopSci!Build a Nintendo NES PC by hatsuliGreen Garbage Grabber, Trash Tongs, pick up tool by ToxictomLaterally driven speakers by J_HodgieMacpack by imanalchemistNaff Movie into DVD Spectra by DoWattReuse old printer ribbons by lennybScanner Parts Desk Lamp by jpitz31The Flying Scrooge: Ornithopter of Household Items by royalestelThumb Piano by BobsDogHouseVan de Graaff Generator made from junk by Sedgewick17Please give a big hand to our judges, who carefully read through over 80 projects before casting their votes. Thanks to randofo, jeffreyf, evy-wevy, trebuchet03, daenris, Maddhatter3, kiteman, technick29, Herrozerro, T3h_Muffinator, sam, ewilhelm, noahw, and John and Mike from PopSci.Winners, keep an eye on your inboxes- we'll contact you by personal message with instructions for claiming your prize.Original contest instructions are here.

Posted by canida 11 years ago


Homemade Holidays Winners Announced

Instructables and CRAFT Magazine are happy to announce the winners of the Homemade Holidays Contest!While most people are out there trying to buy the perfect item, many of you were working to make the perfect gift and we love you for it. The personal touch of a handmade gift shows your creativity, and how much you care.Once again we were delighted by the variety of Instructables that were submitted. The entries just keep getting better and better -- just one look at the winners here shows that! Even though there are first, second, and third prizes, all of these Instructables deserve a look. Be sure to leave comments and pictures so the authors know how much you appreciate their hard work! First Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win a CRAFT Boxed Gift Set, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Flat Zipper Bag and Wallet How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf Make DIY Vanilla Extract! Second Prize WinnersThe authors of these Instructables win a one-year subscription to CRAFT Magazine, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Crochet a Baby Penguin Amigurumi Fiber Optic and LED Minature Garden Light How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to make a unique tile picture for less than $3! Make a Custom Lift-the-Flap Book for a Toddler Third Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. Due to a tie, there are 11 winners instead of 10. (in alphabetical order) Bat-Mobile hanging toy Chinese Dragon Pull Toy Give a real "fallen star" Grow your own Magic Crystal Tree How to make Candles! How to make Pixel Cookies! LoveBox - The box of love make your own cookie cutters Metal Embossing Stylish Santa Hoodie Venezia Napkin Rings Slideshow/Video Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) french market bag Homemade Apple Jelly How to crochet a DS case My Shadow Knit Piano Scarf Jackobs Ladder Optical Illusion Toy The Pirate's Secret Scarf Portable CD Pouch PVC Cello Unisex Neckwarmer Wooden rings Thank you to all the judges: arwen, natalie, ewilhelm, randofo, canida, rachel, reno_dakota, noahw, fungus amungus , and nagutron.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Individually Addressable Speaker Array

Hey! I had an idea for an array of many small speakers, each capable of playing different sounds so I could dynamically re-arrange which speaker is playing what. This would be paired with some LEDs and some water to make (what I hope will be) a fantastic visual effect. But of course all this is a bit over my head, so I'd like some feedback on my idea! After a bit of research, here's how I think I'll do it: General Concept Essentially what I'm trying to do is make a waveform generator with lots and lots of separate channels. I would hook up my microcontroller to several, multi-channel Digital to Analog Converters (DACs). The microcontroller would feed these DACs signals to generate the wave forms that I want for each individual speaker. The waveforms that the DACs output would each go through an extremely simple amplifier. The amplified signal would go to my speakers. I've attached a diagram that should give you a better idea of what I'm doing. Specifics The microcontrollers I'm looking at are the ChipKIT series from Digilent because I have access to a bunch of these. I'm currently planning on using the uC32, but I actually have access to pretty much all their other boards. The uC32 runs at 80MHz. The DAC I'm looking at is the AD5628 from Analog Devices. That's used in Digilent's PmodDA4, which I also have access to. Alternatively I might just order a bunch. They have 8 analogue outputs, and the SPI communication can run at 50MHz clock speed. I'm planning to have eight of these (for 8^2 total outputs). I haven't figured out what amplifier I'm going to use yet. It'll need to be simple and cheap, as I'm expecting to have 8^2 of them, but I'd also like one that can operate over a large band of frequencies. I've also attached two pictures of the speakers I'm planning to use. I kinda randomly acquired a lot of these, so I'd rather not switch to a different speaker type. According to Wikipedia, the highest note on a piano keyboard is a little over 4kHz. If I split the sinusoidal wave into 16 segments, that means an update frequency of 76kHz. This is way below my max operating speed of 50MHz so I think I can get away with it. Questions What am I doing wrong? I'm hardly an expert on any of this, so I'm certain there's a much simpler way. Are there ICs that do what I want? Maybe something that takes in a digital signal and outputs waveforms? This would be similar to how a servo controller would output different PWM signals, only changing the frequency rather than the duty cycle. What sort of amplifiers should I be looking at? This is my first time on the forum so please let me know if I'm doing anything wrong (or could do anything better).

Posted by JayWeeks 3 years ago


Make HID (human interface design) beautiful

There are few ubiquitous household items as ugly in form and function as a computer keyboard. They're everywhere. They're an inefficient and archaic visual distraction, barely suited to stamp ink on dead trees, as they were originally designed to do. Computer components need to be elegant, form well married to specific functionality needs, if computers are to fade into the background of life and thus best support it -  and that is nigh impossible with the keyboard hanging out. I'm a hci software guy. I spent almost three years writing a library of code to enable a new generation of input devices… beautiful, simple  and efficient… closer to playing a musical instrument than typing on a typewriter. I need designs for a piece or two of hardware that shows off how beautiful and/or hidden a computer input device can be when you completely minimize its form… If you are an industrial designer or a mid level maker or even a just a for the fun of it 2d or 3d CAD nerd, allowing for the device functionality will be a trivial concern, with 90% of your attention paid to the form of the device… and that's what I'm looking for… a beautiful replacement for the horrible and outdated keyboard and mouse that shows off the features of the software and blends in to people's lives. The designs will be 5-key and 10-key. The electronics area to allow for will be pretty simple -  probably just an HID chip - as tiny as possible - with ports to wire to buttons, etc -  a power source, wireless connector (preferably low power bluetooth), and wires to connect the chip to everything it needs to connect to. While the designs can be created as completely conceptual, we would prefer to be able to physically prototype them using something like 3d printing, laser cutting or other maker accessible options and electronics components that would also be maker accessible. Preferably, the file format will be solidworks compatible. For now, this is an unpaid gig, with the compensation mainly being in the form of some really sweet portfolio designs, hope for a better HID tomorrow, and maybe a makey makey type gift for those times when nothing but a banana piano will do. We do have investor meetings lined up and will credit any prototype designs used to show off the software during those, as well. If we decide to sell the software in various configurations packaged with hardware variations, and everyone feels like a good time was had by all in this trial run, then we can talk about a production partnership. If that were to be a possibility, industrial design related experience or strong enough to heavily research it type interest - sourcing, packaging, etc. - would be a big bonus. (As a note, while the  HCI is all key input based now, there will later be support for things like 3d tracking options - So, the project could get even more exciting on the HID side.) __________________________________________________ If you are interested in learning more, please use the PM system provided through Instructables as first contact. Further contact info will be provided should the initial contacts merit it. Thanks!

Posted by parrleu 5 years ago