Personal fingerprint recognition doorbell

Anybody fancy making a fingerprint-reading doorbell, that gives out different rings/does different things depending on who it is? Maybe even with an option to ignore anybody whose print is not registered for the days when one is too murderous to deal with the general public? From scratch(ish), would be a waste to destroy an expensive security system just for this (maybe).

Posted by Danielfish 8 years ago


Blog Buttons

I have had a blog for 3 years and have been on Instructables for just under 3 months. What I would like is an Instructables Blog Button, that I could put on my blog, so when a person who visits my blog, they can push the button and be taken to Instructables.com. My computer skills have barely grown to the point of knowing how to add a button to my blog. May someone should create an Instructable on how to create such a button. I would do it, if someone would teach me how! Thanks.

Posted by craftknowitall 6 years ago


Peer Recognition: jessyratfink

Congratulations Jessy! Autodesk takes the time to recognize those who have gone above and beyond their duties and done what they can to make everyone's job easier.  Jessy was recently chosen as one of those to be recognized! Check out her profile and the 269 projects she currently has! (also, she is at over 12 Million views now)

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago


Voice recognition

Does anyone else here use speech recognition? I just got my new vista, and discovered that there is a new speech recognition program. It's pretty good, I like it a lot. By the way, I came to instructables, started a new topic, and type this all with speech recognition.

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago


Help with JARVIS-like Smart Home

Hey guys, I am planning to do a project with Smart Home theme. I would like to create JARVIS-like application, which would be able to recognize my voice and then do appropriate action. Example: Temperature Sensor Me: "Jarvis, Show Temperature" Jarvis: -"Temperature displayed sir" I am planning to buy a very cheap Tablet, on which I would like to write an Android Application, which would create "jarvis" and other activities. For example, if I say "Show Temperature" the activity would pop up, where the temperature will be displayed. I will messure temperature with a Thermometer (DS1280 most probably). And I'd like to use a Bluetooth module to communicate Wireless with them. Temp. Sensor -------- > Arduino board ------------> Tablet All of the above are on different locations. I need help with this project, so if anyone could do an instructable on how to do this - would be really awesome! What do I need ? - Temp. Sensor - Bluetooth Module - Arduino Mega - Speech regonition software (BitVoicer probably) - anything else? Also, is the TFT display (http://www.geeetech.com/wiki/index.php/3.2TFT_LCD) good enough to replace the Tablet ?  Meaning, can I write such an Application to this display ? Thanks, David

Posted by DavidDaVinci 3 years ago


Automated License Plate Recognition - Good ? Bad ? Indifferent?

Is this a good thing? Does anyone see any possible bad in it (drawbacks, ways to abuse the system)? One place the videos can be found

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


Face recognition

I want a face recognition system which can recognise familiar faces and also give me the central co-ordinates of the face. Will anyone help me in this search?

Posted by fahadshihab 4 years ago


Leonardo - Warning System + Voice Recognition

I designed and built a warning system, using 3 sensors, that detect when an object is approaching. The system also has a toggle switch and a buzzer. When the toggle switch is in the OFF position: If there are no objects nearby the LED turns GREEN, if either sensor 1 or 3 detect an object the LED turns YELLOW and finally if the object is between sensors 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 the LED turns RED. When the toggle switch is in the ON position:  Same as OFF position + buzzer  beeping depending on color of LED. Now I would like to add voice recognition to my system. I purchased a JY-MCU Bluetooth Wireless Serial Port Module and was able to test it using a simple program that changed the color of my LED depending on the command I gave it using my phone. My problem now is that whenever I tried to add the voice recognition capability to my warning system its not working. The code I'm using makes sense but I'm new at this so I might be missing something. I'll be posting 3 codes: 1)Warning System 2)Test for Voice Recognition 3) Current non-working code.

Posted by c_MOS 3 years ago


Seeing apparatus for the blind

Here's a flowchart.  Ask questions. I do not intend to profit from this idea.  If you want to try, then please help people see.

Posted by lowen1 1 year ago


V3 elechouse voice recognition module

I'm having a problem about my V3 voice recognition module because when the time that I will train or save commands arduino did not recognize but the sample codes for v3 is working? I'm confused about it please help me guys ;(

Posted by Mary JaneC3 10 months ago


voice recognition module for arduino

Hey Guys,  has any of you experience with the voice recognitions module. I need help to program it!! I watched the tutorial but I could not program my module. There they said I had to write AA11 to start program the first group. In the tutorial the program write start, again,.... I did all the same, but it did not come start. Can me help someone??

Posted by Hansta98 3 years ago


MS Agent Voice Recognition ...not TTS

I can't seem to locate any code snippets for the MS Agent Voice Recognition control. I understand It's not really supposrted any longer but I recall the voice recognition was incredibly accurate; especially for its time. The text-to-speech wasn't much impressive, but I'd really like to see some code for the VR; just to jog my memory as to what needs to be done. I remember it being relatively simple to create your own database or data file of words [or hard code it]. I have VB6 loaded with everything ready to go [tts AND vr], just don't remember how to initiate the "listening" and interface with the input. I have the current MSNET IDE, but not sure if those old controls are compatible. If I have to switch over though, it's no biggie. Any help is appreciated. I have an excellent ible idea I'd like to see come to life.

Posted by Sovereignty 6 years ago


Recognition ! I will be published !

I have been published !   Well, the article will come out in the SPRING 2013  editiion of  "2600" magazine.   The aritcle will appear under the column:  Hacker Perspective.   BTW:  the picture is not what the new cover will look like....that is an older cover. The SPRING ediction of 2600 is out and in bookstores.  My article, should you choose to read material that will put you to sleep, is in the HACKER PERSPECTIVE section.   The magazine is Volume 30;  Issue nuber ONE.  (it comes out four times a year).  

Posted by Goodhart 5 years ago


An eye opener on PhotoFit

A recent "test" among subscribers to Weird Experiments were asked to identify 4 "photo fit" sketches of famous people.  NO ONE got them correct.  The blog is here for now....  

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago


Contest entry received but not shown

I entered an Instructable into the teacher contest and received an email confirming my entry, however the Instructable is not listed in my Recognition section of my profile or with the other contest entries. Thanks for looking into this.

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago


Thank you, Instructables!

Just a public thank you to the Robot and staff for the T-shirt. I don't know what I've done to deserve it, but I very much appreciate the recognition. What a great community this is! Best regards, Michael Kelsey

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


Geeetech voice recognition module how to import group 2??

Hi everyone i am using a geeetech voice recognition module for a project. i have read the manual and been able to train and import group 1. But when i train group 2 then try to import group 2, there is no response only group 1 is saved see AccessPort below. How to train group 1 and 2 and import both?????? i need 10 voice commands that is why i need those 2 groups. ================================================================= Common Mode START AGAIN START Different START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one Group1 finishi! START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one START AGAIN START Finish one Group2 finishi! Group1 Imported!

Posted by keshavcanaye 1 year ago


Maker Movement Gaining Recognition

Tim O'Reilly has some really nice things to say about Instructables and our community of people building things and doing it themselves over on the O'Reilly Radar post Maker Movement Gaining Recognition.In addition, what today is "do it yourself" is tomorrow's big business. The hacker building homebrew robots shows us something about the future of robotics. The crafter incorporating technology into traditional crafts shows us something about how computing is becoming pervasive. The folks playing with laser cutters and 3D printers are telling us something about the future of manufacturing. The folks hooking up sensors to tie physical buildings to their analogues in Second Life are telling us that the future may not be in virtual reality but a new kind of augmented reality.For a long time, Tim has had success identifying trends by looking to hackers to see what they're up to and how the problems they're solving will soon become mainstream. So, what problems are you working on right now? What's you're next Instructable that's poised to go mainstream?(The image is from our July Show and Tell.)

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Scholarship contest idea: tennis bot

Tennis-bot serves to collect the dozens of tennis balls scattered on the court during a lesson. Using shape recognition, the robot continuously collects balls from the court and returns them to a hopper device. The tennis instructor retrieves balls from the top half of the hopper manually; the bottom half serves as a docking, recharging, and storage area for the robot. The robot's actions allow for a more continuous and productive lesson. Balls on the court are sensed by shape and color recognition cameras on the bot and are then collected with velcro hook pads. To ensure only the tennis balls belonging to the bot's owner are collected, some sort of marking may be applied to the balls. A small storage area on top of the tennis-bot holds the balls temporarily until the robot returns to the main hopper and deposits them there. The bot may also incorporate a shooting device to return balls to players. During a lesson, most tennis balls are hit behind the instructor and end up between the base line and the fence. With a line recognition camera, tennis-bot will be able to limit its search to this area. To help the robot keep track of the its position and to aid more efficient ball retrieval, an internal map system will be used.

Posted by StepsoftheSun 11 years ago


HAL 9000 Open Source Community Project - Announcement and Invitation

Goal:  Build a HAL 9000 Series Computer Specification:  "2001: A Space Odyssey" Website:  www.hal9000project.org Instructable coming soon I watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" the other night and I decided it would be cool to build one.  I've never managed a project this big, and don't plan to start doing it now, so hopefully people will step up and assume various roles and responsibilities.  A project like this needs a program manager, deputy program manager, project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, programmers, graphic designers, web developers,etc.  I'll assume the role of chief engineer and chief software architect.  Also needed are an admin for the sourceforge project, and a webmaster for hal9000project.org.  I don't plan on having any special rules or regulations, I'm just throwing this out there to see what comes of it.  It could end up in a hairball of chaos, or it could evolve into a smooth running machine, although I suspect nobody will join in and it'll be just me with nobody watching. This is not a far fetched pipe dream.  The IBM Watson has already beaten the reigning champion on Jeopardy. I'll be defining all the individual subprojects such as the speech recognition function, lip reading function, speech synthesizer (it will have the exact voice used in the movie,) facial recognition function, voice recognition function, object recognition, various other artificial intelligence functions, neural network, physical mockup, physical prototype, software simulation, etc. There is a distinct possibility of getting government funding and along with commercial grants, therefore, some people could theoretically carve a full time job out of this.  That would work for me.

Posted by el_roboto_loco 7 years ago


2nd Scholarship proposal: Tool fetcher

I'd like to add another idea to my original entry for the scholarship contest. The idea is for a robot to assist car mechanics in fetching and returning their tools. With the low-profile of the irobot system, I think it would be ideal for this task. The robot could have a voice- recognition system that would listen for commands from the mechanic and fetch or return a tool for them. The system could have a mat (see illustration) which the robot could drive to and place the tools in their specific spot. If a voice-recognition system would be infeasible, then a key pad with a magnetic back could attach to the bottom of the car. I believe the robot could carry the tools via an electromagnet system. With this system, the mechanic could safely keep the underside of the car free from clutter.

Posted by W_world 11 years ago


Dangerously Fun

Just found an interesting website I thought I'd share:http://dangerouslyfun.com/They've got a fairly small set of projects but they look pretty well done. From the About page:"DangerouslyFun.com provides instructions for creating various physical devices, many of which are dangerous. This information is provided in recognition that dangerous things are sometimes really fun."Amen brother!

Posted by rachel 9 years ago


A comments button next to the collection button

I thought as there seems to be a need for recognition (don't we all need that?) perhaps we could have a comments button next to the collections button to make it easily accessible so that we can leave a comment on an instructable that we like.  It would have a tiny comment box and you wouldn't lose your place in the instructions.

Posted by bricabracwizard 4 years ago


MactotheFuture is on TV!!!

Instructables author mactothefuture was on Good Day Sacramento showing off her amazing Halloween costumes!  It's so cool to see talented authors getting recognition like this.  Check it out!  You can find tutorials the Rufio costume, her Super Mario shirt, and Super Mario Rhinestone cuff that she's wearing right here on instructables!

Posted by Danger is my middle name 3 years ago


banner competition for my website

Http://www.marcogrilli.com/thenerdling/ i have my website and want a good banner for it but im crap with photoshop so here is a competition whoever makes the best banner will win a pro account on my website and recognition in the footer or somewhere maybe your website in the dropdown thing under home in the menu the specs: 940X200 pixels needs to be nerdy i would like it to have electronicy stuff

Posted by The nerdling 5 years ago


Use Patches as Prizes for Member-Run Contests

Hi everyone in the K'Nex forum! You guys have been the leaders in running your own contests on Instructables, and I think that's awesome. Our new patch system was designed with you in mind. You can use it as a way to give out "official" recognition to the people who win your design challenges and competitions. Let us know how it's working, and have fun!

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Random Thread: Demystifying LasVegas

The mystery of the man known to us as LasVegas.. Always helpfull, knows almost everything (seriously!)..The one person worthy of a recognition in the instructable archive.. It is one of life's burning question..who is LasVegas.. Can he snap a man in two?? ( i seriously think he could)..Is he an escaped scientist from Area-51?? Does he gamble?? Is it true that he can talk to machines?? Share your thoughts..tributes.. BTW, LasVegas, if you are uncomfortable with this, i'll take it down.. Cheers..

Posted by gyromild 11 years ago


jessyratfink interviewed by Jezebel for the Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project

This one is little old, but it's still awesome, and I love it, when Instructables members get at least some of the recognition they deserve. Jezebel has quite a glowing interview with jessyratfink for the fame of her Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project! here at:Our "Barbie Electric Chair" Is A Bust; We Interview The Inventor.I love how the comments filled up with stories of the other ridiculous things people did to their Barbies.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


How do I vote for a particular 'ible for a contest ?

I have seen some incredible 'ibles and would like to vote for my favorites that have entered into one or more contests - BUT, I cannot locate HOW to place and record my vote !  Please help - I am positive it is something VERY easy, and yet somehow I missed it (THAT is easy, too ! hahaha)  Please help, as some of these authors REALLY deserve the recognition,not to mention the prestige and the PRIZES that come from winning one of Instructables.com 's contests !

Posted by SenKat 7 years ago


Nominating Instructables to be "Featured"

I just joined the instructables community a couple days ago. I'm not exactly new and knows how the featuring process workds. I've been poking around the site and there are some unfeatured instructables that I feel like were missed. I decided unfeatured instructables should have a chance to get recognition too! I created this forum topic for people to nominate instructables that they feel like should be featured. Anyone can suggest something. I might even create a group to "feature" some of these nominated ones. Suggest away! Update: Click here to join the group and support your favorite instructables.

Posted by SkysTheLimit 7 years ago


Verifying Age Using Face Recognition?

Magazine photos fool biometric age verifier in Japan. In their never ending quest to automate every aspect of human life Japan has recently installed cigarette vending machines that will scan your face to verify your age before giving you a smoke. Kids realizing that all the robot wants is some wrinkles have learned that all they need to do is hold up a magazine image of some geezer and then they can puff away. It makes me happy to see that no matter how "advanced" technology becomes, there's often an easy overlooked loophole. Let's hope that trend continues. _BGvia: boingboing.net

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


MEng Project: Vision-Led SLAM

Hi, I know Ive missed this competition but I am about to start a big project and wanted to share my ideas with some like-minded individuals who may have some suggestions. I am about to embark on a 4th year university project involving doing something clever with an iRobot Create. I am looking towards approaching the problem of location recognition in mobile robots by attaching a command module and a webcam to the robot and using computer vision (CV) methods to identify landmarks. I thought an interesting goal would be to get the robot to map a floor of my department building. After that it might attempt to classify distinct rooms. There is a white board on the wall of a corridor that the robot could potentially locate and possibly draw on with the use of a robotic arm. The ultimate goal of this project could then be to get the robot to draw a map of the floor on the white board (perhaps a bit excessive). I am aware this project would involve implementing SLAM, integrating the map data with feature information from CV-processed real-time images and developing some kind of recognition determination model (i.e. neural networks or something). After that I clueless. I have never even looked at a robot before, but Im really excited about finally having a go. I would really appreciate it if anyone has any thoughts or relevant experiences or warnings :) then please let me know! Also, any other ideas for what I could do with the iRobot, a camera and 6 months ;) Cheers, Tom PS Ive never seen this site before and it is awesome! I want to read everything :D

Posted by hungrytom 10 years ago


Upcoming Pizza Contest

That's right, Instructables is finally having a pizza contest.  But this is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill pizza contest, this contest is to benefit the Instructables Restaurant, and the winning entries will actually be served up during PICNIC in Amsterdam this September! We want your signature recipes for homemade crust, sauce, cheese and toppings.  Made your own wood-fired pizza oven?  Show us!  Discovered the perfect combination of ingredients?  Share!  Anything to do with pizza, we want to see it. Will there be great prizes in addition to fame and international recognition?  You know there will. So get ready, cause pizza party is 'bout to drop! Special thanks to target022 for taking my favorite picture of pizza so far that I can't resist using over and over!

Posted by scoochmaroo 8 years ago


Illuminated Figure Skating Costume

The animated lighting element in this figure skating costume by ShowOfLight reacts to music by using beat and pitch recognition technology and motion sensor to bring the animation in sync with the performer. While this sounds great, and looks impressive, the video demonstrates how this is one example of technology overshadowing art.  Though many of Marina Polakoff's other works integrate soft circuitry with subtlety and beauty, the line of costumes for the performing arts may be too distracting.  Consider the lovely ice skating routine in the video that must be performed in the dark.  Which were you watching - her salchow or her flashing bananas?  (seriously, there are animated bananas) Regardless of my opinion, I'm sure this is one performance the judges will never forget. via: talk2myshirt

Posted by scoochmaroo 8 years ago


Bug report: medal didn't switch from bronze to silver after 10+ featured

Based on the new "medal" system, I should now have a silver medal for having 10+ featured - I know I've seen this on other's profiles: https://www.instructables.com/community/May-2014-site-update-achievements-new-editor/ My 9th and 10th Instructables were just featured last week, so I'm not sure if there's some processing delay, or if this has to be done manually? Anyway, I demand immediate recognition in the form of fake internet medals! ...kidding, just thought I'd point this out in case it's supposed to be automated and there's a system-wide bug. If there's a delay or it has to be done manually by staff somehow, no big deal.

Posted by Ben Finio 4 years ago


Makers At The Movies: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Last night i went to the movies and saw Mission Impossible: Ghost protocol, and it was impressive in the amount of cool tech that we are going to see down the line. Apple was displayed the most with the iPhone and iPad. Here are some that impressed me the most: SPOILER ALERT Contact Lenses with Facial Recognition: A large part of this movie relies on contact lenses that are worn that act as cameras, copiers and can do real time facial recognition. (connected of course to your iPhone) This tech already exists and the issue here is scale. I see Augmented Reality contact lenses being a regular thing in the next 5 years, and with cloud computing only getting better, real time analysis of large amounts of data is becoming more and more plausible. Can I Make It? Score: Nah, this is more in the realm of darpa, but i wouldn't mind an iPhone app that i can pull up when people say hi to me and i don't remember who they are. Reversible Dress Coat: There is a scene when going from a Military outfit to a regular tourist, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) with the flip of hist wrist makes the pressed jacket he's wearing into a windbreaker. This was impressive and seems not hard to recreate. Can I Make It? Score: I plan on it, with a dress jacket and a windbreaker, yes i'll post and instructable. Sticky Gloves: These are featured in a climb hundreds of stories up and have a mark of DIY-ness. These gloves are not the most safe, but are pretty friggin cool. I wouldn't mind having a pair. Can I Make It? Score: Maybe, but given they didn't explain the tech, i have no idea what the concept is. If it was magnetic, it would be a bit more realistic, but these stuck to glass. Have you seen a good "maker" movie lately? Did I Miss anything from Mission Impossible that you like? Comment below!

Posted by frenzy 6 years ago


MEH! :D A Build Night at Montana Ethical Hackerspace!

Instructables is sponsoring a Monthly Build Night at Montana Ethical Hackers!  Stop by our Open Hack Night to make your own 3D circuit board with Bare Conductive paint provided by Instructables!  We'll have a bunch of fun stuff and Instructables is providing pizza as well! I wanted to embed images in this... but the forum here only allows them to be grouped at the end.  This has certainly made the merry month of May merrier! Big thanks go out to Instructables.com for the equipment and a decent shot at recognition.  It can be hard when your state is as sparsely populated as Montana. Meet us at the North entrance to the downtown walking mall! We're in the US Bank building on the 3rd Floor. May 30th @ 7 PM Check out the details of our event here: http://groupspaces.com/Meh/item/429872

Posted by saintmeh 5 years ago


Merry ... uh....

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practi[c|s]ed within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, col[o|ou]r, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

Posted by westfw 10 years ago


The "Truth" about Tesla?

These guys at www.lindsaybks.com/gallery/teslamyth/ttesla1.html say that Tesla didn't invent the Tesla Coil, radio, or AC power. Now, I'll admit that I didn't read all of the arguments completely. I did, however, read the Tesla Coil page in its entirety. One claim is that the Tesla Coil was predated by one Elihu Thomson's patent  "Method of and means for producing electric current" (number 500,630). This patent was filed in 1893 - while Tesla's earliest patent on the Tesla Coil, "System of Electric Lighting" (number 454,622) was filed in 1891. Nice try. They are definitely correct, however, in saying that many parts of Tesla's history has been overly-dramatized. For instance, there is a claim that Tesla's remote controlled boat used a primitive form of voice recognition to take spoken commands from his audience. Obviously, it didn't, and the patents show nothing of the like. Do the other claims on their website have any merit?

Posted by ElectricUmbrella 8 years ago


High Tech Microscopy on a Very Tight Budget

 Among microscopy amateurs there is a long established tradition of grinding lenses and making their own microscopes. ( Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, who is known as the "Father of Microbiology", was a linen-draper by trade with no formal scientific education, yet his skill at making microscopes and his observations won him international recognition.)  When it comes to non optical microscopy (electron and scanning probe) the idea of making your own microscope at home is more intimidating. Mostly because of the cost and difficulty of getting parts you'll need.  But it seems that this man, John D. Alexander from Gilbert, AZ, found a clever way to build a scanning tunneling microscope using cheap and commonly available parts.   Have a look at his site www.geocities.com/spm_stm/Project.html  Very interesting. If someone of you will try to build his own microscope, let us know.

Posted by Fabio M 8 years ago


connect chess board to pc?

Hi, i want to connect a normal - nicely looking wooden chess board - to my pc to play chess against the computer but instead of staring at the monitor, i rather want to look at my "analog" chess board, move on the board and let the computer "tell" me the next move (ie i don't have to sit next to the monitor when i play). i have been searching the web up and down and so far, havent found a single web page where somebody describes of how to do that; all i find is 500 dollar electronic chess boards .... since great chess programs exist for the pc, there is no need to write my own, i just want to read out the positions on the chess board - either through a web cam and some recognition software, or more hardware oriented with sensors on the board...... i really don't have a clue how to approach this problem in practice - any advice would be appreciated. regards, charline

Posted by charline 10 years ago


Chuck Messer of Tackle Design and The Open Prosthetics Project on Smash Lab

I finally got a chance to watch the sneak preview of Discovery's new Smash Lab* last night, and imagine my surprise to see someone I know hosting! Chuck Messer, one of the four Smash Lab hosts, is a partner at Tackle Design the people behind the The Open Prosthetics Project, which also has an Open Prosthetics group on Instructables. Tackle Design and my own Squid Labs shared many similarities, so Chuck and I would share stories about how we each ran the companies; he even managed to visit Squid Labs when we were still located in Emeryville (pre-control tower). It's great to see good people getting wider recognition, and I wish Chuck and Smash Lab success!disclosure - Discovery is an advertiser on Instructables, and has been advertising for Smash Lab. This is not part of their advertising.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


iPatch Project: 3 Month Memberships to Give Away!

Hey all – So, I’ve complained on more than one occasion about patches not being sent out for the 2011 newsletters and to some contest winners. I know, it’s silly, but since recognition of content that the community creates is an essential part of this site, I’d like to try to help out with that. Therefore, I wanted to propose a possible solution to you… Here’s what I am thinking: 1. Drop me a note if you have 25ish patches and a little time on your hands. Also send an e-mail address to which I can forward them. I promise not to try to sell you any enhancement products : ) Or If there is an archive of the 2011 newsletters on the site, please let me know! 2. I’ll assign you one newsletter. 3. You send patches to everyone featured in the newsletter. This may also be a fun way to revisit or discover existing Instructables and connect with other members! 4. Let me know when you’re done. 5. I’ll send you a 3-month membership code and mark those newsletters off the list! 6. If you receive a newsletter in which you were featured, let me know and I’ll send you a patch for that one! What do you think?

Posted by annahowardshaw 7 years ago


The Pixlr Halloweeks Photo Challenge: Because Halloween Deserves a Whole Month

The Instructables community loves Halloween. Big time. My hope is that you'll like this photo contest.... I was looking to create a contest for Halloween for the community of people who use Pixlr apps, and I thought why limit a contest celebrating Halloween to the week of Halloween. Why not turn the whole month of October into one big Halloween fest? Heck, they do it with Christmas so why not Halloween? We’ll be giving away a new prize every week in October, culminating in our grand prize of a Sony QX10 lens — plus 3 special creativity prizes to put your artwork on beautiful, big canvases courtesy of CanvasPop. All you have to do is share a photo that screams out Halloween on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, or Tumblr with the hashtag #halloweeks. You can follow our weekly prompts or just share anything you think embodies the spirit of Halloween — a haunted-looking house, a creatively carved pumpkin, a particularly awesome zombie costume from last year. Anything and everything “Halloween” will be considered for a prize. Interested? Visit halloweeks.com to see the current entries and find out more. Hit us up on Twitter for special recognition or encouragement. We’re dying to see what you create!

Posted by supereric 4 years ago


USMC Vertical Marathon - 24th April 2010 - UPDATED - we did it

This may be of interest to some of you that climb and walk or love being outdoors. I'm a member of the University of Surrey Mountaineering Club. On April 24th we are planning to have our second ever Vertical Marathon, a charity event during which between 30-50 of us we will attempt to climb just over 26 miles.... UP! The event will be held at the newly opened Surrey Sports Park climbing wall where we will each have to climb about 80 of the 10m routes. We are raising money for the Mountain Rescue Council (MRC). In 2007 we raised £3995. This year we're aiming to hit £5000. The MRC was chosen because of the Club’s regular trips to mountainous areas and the USMC's recognition of the vital role fulfilled by the Mountain Rescue teams. It is hoped that the Vertical Marathon 2010 and similar challenges will encourage newcomers to the sport, raise awareness for the Mountain Rescue Council involved and put a smile on people’s faces. The MRC do a LOT of great work with very little funds, and not just for climbers. If you'd like to sponsor us, our just giving page is here. If you'd like to read a little more about how the money would be spent first, here is the MRC's page on how donations are spent. Thanks. Wish me/us luck!

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago


What is the Right Visual Characteristic for a Personal Medical Device?

Hello, I am an Msc student at Cranfield University, doing my thesis on 'Design Evaluation in Open Communities'. Can u please help me, by reading the message below, and giving a reply? Thank you very much, your contibution would be much appreciated. Design Brief: A Project is being carried out to create a device that will be used by women in their home to take a sample of their own blood as a health marker. Below is a summary of the results of the research: Traget User group: Women between the ages of (50 - 69) Disease: Breast cancer Scenario of Use: Single-use device for use at home, as a basic indicator of the disease Requirements: the device should be able to: - Take a blood sample - Process sample - Analyse and give a result - Display instructions - Simple and easy to use - Device should have minimum operator dependent steps - Device should be small/hand-held The research identified the following words to describe characteristics that the device should communicate: - Authority: professional - Sophisticated: technical, scientific - Hygienic: clean, clinical, healthy, safe - Precision: accurate, specific - Home: private, personal, sanctuary - Familiar: identifiable, comfort zone, points recognition - Disposability: single-use, not precious For each of the charateistics (authority, precision, hygeine, etc.) listed above, can you please state which device conveys it the most and which one conveys that characteristic the least? Thank you

Posted by avatari MSc 8 years ago


Film maker needs help!

Hey guys, So I'm an experimental a 21 year old film maker. Basically I try to innovate with film and perception which is how I won the Sheridan College Media arts award for experimental film making last year (this is however why I'm expected to make something great this year). My latest notion is in spinning camera's. If a camera is spinning (attached to the end of a drill let say) you get a blur but  because I'm an animator I'm familiar with the persistence of vision. This is a frequent DIYS project (persistence of vision clocks) from what I can tell. I need to create a very simple 5 or 6 led light that, when a camera is spinning in front of it, will display what ever I wish (text, images, ect). So instead of the lights spinning the camera is. Obviously more LED's the more complicated it can be. Now... I don't know where to begin with my questions. Could I pay you to create user friendly software and hardware? Are you willing to help for recognition purposes? Can you only make software? Can you only make hardware? Where do I begin to inquire? I guess this project is for those who are interested in innovation more than anything... I really need a community of friends on this one :(

Posted by mrmadsci 6 years ago


Mobile Robo-Lamby for your Enjoyment and Pleasure

Sorry, I posted this as a response to the Contest announcement, but I guess I should have posted it as a new topic. This is my entry for the Scholarship contest.First of all, I think that this contest is a great idea, and I'm kind of thrilled that iRobot is encouraging enthusiast robotics like this.Anyway, my idea is this. I current have a (stationary) robot, which provides no other purpose than amusement. It is a stuffed animal with a servo to control its head, and motion sensors. It turns its head to "watch" people as they move around the room, creeping them out :)By utilizing an iRobot Create, I can make the robot mobile. Now, instead of sitting on the shelf where people know where it is, the robot can occasionally move around the room, finding a nice out of the way place by a wall or corner, and watch people moving around from there. :)I have some links to a previous version of my robot ("Lamby"), as well as some feature enhancements I started working on. If I were to make it mobile, I would have to use 802.11 instead of USB for connectivity back to a controlling PC (to support voice synthesis and recognition), or possibly bluetooth. The Roomba would get a full outfit in order to make it look more plush and less mechanical: http://www.myroombud.com/ . More details:http://www.2robots.com/2006/10/21/robosheep/http://www.2robots.com/2007/03/28/lamby-robot-upgrades-part-1-the-plan/

Posted by Robot Two 11 years ago


PixelWhimsy - software for toddlers and adults

Eric Jorgensen, a friend of mine, got some much deserved recognition for a software tool he's been working on that allows his kids to imitate their dad and play in front of a computer. From the New York Times article For Toddlers, Toy of Choice Is Tech Device:Eric Jorgensen, a programmer at Microsoft, has invented PixelWhimsy, a computer program that allows toddlers to sit at a regular computer and bang away on the keys to create sounds and colors and shapes, but without damaging the computer.Asmin Jalis, who also works at Microsoft and whose 2-year-old boy, Ibrahim, has been using PixelWhimsy, said his son liked it better than his toy computer. "We have a toy laptop for him, and he knows it's a fake," he said.From the PixelWhimsy website:PixelWhimsy is a software toy. It is essentially a painting program with hundreds of unusual features to discover. It's simple enough for a baby to use (just pound the keyboard), but complex enough that an adult can have hours of fun too. It's good for kids because it emphasizes learning, exploration, creation, and collaborative play. It's good for the computer because little children cannot accidentally exit the program and delete this year's taxes. It's good for adults because it's fun and interesting for them as well. So, if anyone has kids that just can't be stopped from banging on your laptop -- just like you do -- give PixelWhimsy a try.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Youtube Ideas

I wanted to ask for some advice and feedback on my youtube channel as well as some new movie ideas. First off my Youtube Channel is very special to me and i think with the right work and attitude i cant get to to go farther: my youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/Thelostrolo. Why the name Thelostrolo? well i created the channel when i was 11 (now nearly 15) and i thought i might as well keep the name! (I am working a big hunger games related project which will be uploaded to another channel) I am not sure if i should create a new channel. but that would mean starting from scratch and trying to get recognition again, but maybe you guys could help!? Anyway back to my idea: I had a phew ideas and of course ill need help as i cannot film on my own! The first idea is a simple idea called: 'The Confrontation" which is a simple action thriller type movie with gun movie effects and explosions! THe other on was: "Never look back"  a more serious film in which there is a kid who is bullied and one day is knocked out. He wakes up at home, but no-one was at home, so he decides to go out for a dog walk, he then comes across the bullies except they're afraid of him. etc etc and it ends with him finding out that he is not who he used to be! I could really do with some peoples feedback... not just because this took me a long time to type up! Also if you did check out my channel post your below and i might subscribe :D Thanks for the help Rowan Prosser- Rowans Movies - Thelostrolo RATE, COMMENT AND SUBCRIBE!

Posted by Rowans Movies 5 years ago