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


Rig something to prevent toddlers from reaching over table/counter lip

I'm trying to think of how to rig a simple form, maybe using an old refrigerator box, which would prevent a toddler from reaching over the lip of a table or counter. Does anyone have any ideas for this?

Posted by bluescrubby 4 years ago


Toddler Climbable Thingie

Hi! I'm looking for something my little boy could climb up and over. I'm not sure what to call it so I don't know what to search for, lol.  He's 15 months old and trying to climb up on chairs and tables and everything. I just want to make/buy him something safe to play with. Thanks!

Posted by Realedazed 6 years ago


Noggin!

Have any of you watched Noggin? It's the channel with all the little kid shows. My favorites are: -Oobi -Wonder Pets -Oswald -Maggie and the Ferocious Beast -Franklin -Little Bear Thats "about it" I really like moose e moose and zee too.

Posted by CLASSIFIEDINFORMATION 10 years ago


(newsletter) Toddler Guitar Hero, Homemade Pizza Recipes, Printer Shredder

Toddler Guitar Hero Controller Homemade Pizza Recipes Printer Shredder Dystopic Lamp Easy Compression Bookshelf Glass Beads from Broken Bottles Money Origami Collapsible Bed Frame Wristband Light Writer Ball Bearing Rollercoaster Handmade Rings Position Sensitive MIDI Drum Pad Birch and Aluminum Desk Waterproof Camera Case DIY Disc Golf Target

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


More Halloween Party Pictures!

Check out Arwen's pictures from the Halloween party!You may notice that we nabbed zieak's ideas for the doll serving dish (we used spinach dip) and a variant on his toddler toddy for our sangria and sherbet punch.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Simple Sewing Project

I'm trying to figure out how to make a hooded towel for an infant/toddler using a bath towel and a hand towel. I can't find anything online that gives instructions for putting one of these simple things together and I really don't want to spend $40 at a specialty shop to buy one ready made.

Posted by tlfiredragon 11 years ago


Zombie Makeup, Ten Best Costumes, Arduino Pong

Zombie Makeup Ten Best Costumes Arduino Pong Wizard Staff Hot Dog Burgers Become a Zombie Realistic Wound FX Iron Man Repulsor Beam Time-Lapse Smart Phone Enclosure Toddler Costumes Open Source LED Driver Giant Spider Decoration Giant Robot Costume Candy Corn Goblin Spooky Spirit Panel Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


3 year old explains Star Wars in 90 seconds

This is just too cute. The video is of a 3 year old little girl explaining Star Wars very entertainingly. She mentions "a garage sale, but with robots" and explains that "the shiny guy always worries". Oh, and she warns not to mess with Darth Vader - he'll get ya! As she says, it's an exciting movie.I must admit to having never seen any Star Wars (so I can't vouch for its accuracy) - but hey, after watching this video, I don't need to! :D

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago


Ibler ranks? (Idea for Instructables Update)

So, one day I was thinking during school. And, I came up with an idea. What if you had a rank on how active you are in Instructables? Like for example, I came up with rankings from 1 to 3 which should be up to 10 1: Infant - 0 Instructables, 20 comments 2: Toddler - 1 Instructable, 70 comments 3: Pre - k - 1 - 3 Instructables, 120 comments etc. I was wondering, what do you think of this idea?

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago


Laser Beam Security, Amuse a Toddler, Aesthetic Life...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 6, 2008 Welcome back! See who won the prizes for Tool Tips Month! Enter your sweet paper airplane design to win a shirt in the Toss It! paper airplane speed contest! Coming Soon... We'll be in Austin on March 7-11 for SXSW Interactive. We'll be making LED Floaties at the PopSci party on March 9th and be checking out many other events. See our full schedule to see where we'll be and say hello! The winners for the Anti-Yo Worldwide Video Yoyo Contest will be announced tomorrow morning. Check out these cool instructables! Digital Camera Spectroscope This sweet and simple mod allows a slide to be mounted to most cell phones, turning them into digital spectrometers. posted by dorejc on Mar 3, 2008 Automatically remove songs from your iPod This handy trick only takes a minute to set up and lets you choose which songs you want to remove from your iPod while you're out and about. posted by getgreg on Mar 2, 2008 How to Amuse Toddlers Use these tips from a childcare provider to keep your toddler occupied in over 20 ways. posted by SteveGerber on Mar 5, 2008 How to peen a rivet Learn to peen a rivet and get one step closer to making that perfect suit of armor you've been dreaming about. posted by armourkris on Mar 2, 2008 How to Live an Aesthetic Life by Wearing, Eating, Traveling By, and Listening to Specific Colors Match a color to every day of the week! A guide to working at Instructables. posted by ewilhelm on Mar 3, 2008 Apple Floppy Amp Get back to the future when you install a powerful amp into an old, 5.25" old, floppy disk drive. posted by jeffkobi on Mar 1, 2008 Protect Your Home with Laser Beams! Here is an easy to make and powerful laser alarm system that can protect your entire home, indoors or out! posted by Kipkay on Mar 2, 2008 Add Color Effects to a B&W; Photo Use the free GIMP software to make parts of a photo pop out in color while the rest is black & white. posted by summit on Feb 20, 2008 Drill Press Lathe Turn a drill press into a lathe and get an intro to woodturning before shelling out the cash for a lathe. posted by Tool Using Animal on Feb 26, 2008 Improved Paper Wallet, Vinyl Style Has your paper wallet fallen apart or gotten soggy? Then maybe it's time to upgrade to this vinyl version for more durability and stability. posted by Demokr on Feb 27, 2008 Companion Cube Tissue box Make your own useful companion cube. This one won't protect you from explosions, but it will help your sniffles! posted by theslaminj on Mar 3, 2008 Make an iPod Video Projector Project video and pictures on a screen using your iPod, a mirror, a lens, and some scrap cardboard! posted by tanntraad on Feb 28, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Javafix containers?

I'm reasonably certain that I didn't dream this up, but if I did I am sorry. No, not really because somebody should make a coffee brand called that. Anyway apparently there was back in the DDR a coffee brand called 'JavaFix'(spelling uncertain) Which is either a mistranslated or made up name  or it was actually called that in which case it's awesome and I have to know where to get a tin or two. (or at least a high resolution image.) Yes I did google it and no I didn't find any appropriate links. (Presumably Britney Spears owns the whole coffee industry with something weird called a "latte" or a 'frappuccino' I assume it is some type of hard drug made of amphetamines ground toddlers and the anguished cries of dying orphans...)

Posted by XylophonicMonkey 8 years ago


Little girl's bedroom with Hacked-Ikea bed

My two year old outgrew her "Princess Toddler bed" and it was time to move her to a regular bed. She has gone from Cradle, to interim playpen, to crib, to fire truck toddler bed (because it was the one with the highest sides we could find when she started jumping out of her crib at 10 months), then to princess bed.. Even though the rest of our house is decorated using modern decor, I really wanted to keep the "French" theme I did when I originally setup her nursery... Because this was her 6th bed, the thought of spending $899 and up for a bed in this category (and not even made out of wood) I got discouraged and decided to buy an inexpensive IKEA bed. When I arrived at IKEA and started looking through the options, again I decided to hold off and not buy anything. As I was leaving the store, I found various items on sale. One of the items was an unfinished bed, for $30!!!! The bed was low to the ground like we needed it. The unfinished wood was not something I wanted, but for $30 I could live with it. At home depot, I purchased decorative wood applique's for the headboard and the foot board ($12 for both). On my way to the cash register I discovered that home depot sells pre-fab unfinished table legs. These legs would make perfect posts for a bed!!! I glued the appliques, screwed and glued the legs in. Then I went online and ordered Milk Paint (non-toxic, no smell, natural paint) in cream and also in white... A few days later it arrived, and I was able to paint the entire bed in about 2 hours (with re-coats). I am very happy with the results. Her room is "a work in progress, her bed is done.

Posted by SniperEve 10 years ago


Quantitative Measure of Attempts to Influence Vote in Ohio

A good friend, who lives in Ohio, sent me this about various attempts to influence his voting in the democratic primary: So despite being towards the end of the calendar, Ohio is once again at the forefront of presidential election silliness. I submit for your consideration the number of attempts to influence our household vote via various means: calls by volunteers(a): obama 2, hillary 0 robocalls: obama 1, hillary 4 door-to-door visits by volunteers: obama 2, hillary 0 negative attack mailings sent by candidate: obama 1, hillary 3 unprompted invocations of candidate's name by one's toddler(b): obama 1, hillary 0 (a) Possibly but unlikely paid operatives (b) "Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama!" counts as only 1 invocation.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


New York Times - Whiteboard Innovation Challenge Winners

Earlier this year the New York Times held a Whiteboard Innovation Challenge which "invited readers to share an innovation that they have made in their daily lives", these innovation did not have to be physical prototypes, just ideas that would make the world a better place. The NYT commissioned all-star judges: Paola Antonelli (NY MoMA Curator), James Dyson (of Dyson Inc.), Ben Kaufman (Founder of Quirky) and Martha Stewart (Queenbee of homestead) to review the entries and each selected their own personal favourite. Hundreds of entries were submitted, only a few made it to the New York Times website. Of the four winners chosen for publication 3 of the winners were Instructables members: CEO of Instructables Eric Wilhelm's (ewilhelm) Toddler's Painting Station Editor of instructables Mike Warren's (mikeasaurus) Umbrella Light Prolific Instructables author Mark Langford's (kiteman) Beach Skates If you picked up the June 2012 Edition of the NYT Magazine the finalists are on the last page, along with a brief writeup from one of the judges on why that innovation was selected. See the scanned copy of the finalists below:

Posted by mikeasaurus 6 years ago


Walker/Rollator/KneeScooter type of DIY varieties for knee problem

Hi I am totally new here but have used the search so need your help. I have knee problems. But needs something other than a standard Walker/Rollator So I looked on youtube and google for kneescooters or rideons and Balance Bikes. The reason is that I need something to sit on. A KneeScooter is ideal for that kind of thing. Them are like a knew walker or knee rollator but one sit on them instead. So why don't I just buy the best of them and just love it :) Well them are on the wrong continent. I live in and are a native of Sweden which is Northern Europe in case you wonder. We don't know about such high tech over here. Sure we have same "assisted" Scooters like you have. Like sitting on a three or four wheel Motor Scooter but electric instead of Gasoline. Heavy things you can not take inside unless you buy the coolapsable that is rather neatly made. Anyway I don't really need motor assist I do have muscles so I can pedal a bike but bikes are not allowed inside the Mall and get stolen outside the Mall. Bikes are frown upon on the communal transport like Bus or Commuter Train and such. A Rollator or a Wheeled Walker is allowed everywhere so what I need is a KneeScooter that looks and behaves like a standard Wheeled Walker/Rollator but that one can sit on and ride like a Balance bike for kids. I can try to link to or upload drawings later how I have tried to envision what such would look like or function. So to conclude. It should appear to the Guards, Security Persons at the Mall like any standard Rollator. But then outside when them look away you touch a few buttons or something and it transforms into this handy BalanceBike but for grownups that allow me to push and kick myself striding or riding along but without pedals or motors. Dimensions maybe at most a yard = some 3 feet length and width maybe at most 2 feet and height adjustable for individual length of legs. So it should change between two positions or functions. Like a Rollator Wheeled Walker and then change to a Balance Bike or toddlers bike without pedals so it should be caster wheel as a Rollator but steerable front wheel as a Balance Bike.

Posted by kneeproblemguy 7 years ago


Halloween Kids

Halloween is coming! It may still be a little bit in the future, but a truly great costume requires some planning, especially if you're going to be making it for a kid. To help you out, we've compiled a list of Halloween Instructables that can be used for a kid's costume. Be sure to check them all out.Make something awesome, document it, and be sure to enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Pumpkin Carving Halloween Costumes Halloween Decorations Halloween Makeup Halloween Party Halloween Masks Toddler Flintstone Car by lemaster63 A total Instructables classic, this describes the process of making a Flintstones car to go with Pebbles and Bambam outifts. Make a pirate eye patch for your kids by hobbyman.se Every pirate outfit needs an eyepatch and with a small project like this the kids cen help make it as well! How to make a superhero cape! by jessyratfink Want to be a Marvel superhero or maybe your own invented superhero? Then you're probably going to need a cape so read this and start making one today! How to make a child skunk costume by Honus This skunk outfit was made to introduce an Instructablers' son to the spirit of Halloween. He must've loved it because he had another cool outfit the next year as well. Giant Toothbrush by caitlinsdad This huge toothbrush goes along with a dentist outfit, but you can use these ideas to make any other huge prop you want. Almost any costume is improved with a cool prop to hold. Kid's Obi Wan Costume by CementTruck Show off your young one's connection with The Force by creating a custom Jedi outfit. You probably won't even have to buy much new material. How to Make a Chicken Costume by bethaldridge Turn the kids into chicks for Halloween and then give them a ride in a cart for some cute overload. Make an awesome Harry Potter wand from a sheet of paper and glue gun glue by KaptinScarlet Another classic Instructable, you can easily make your own custom wand for a Harry Potter outfit. It's so simple you'll probably end up making a bunch. Expelliarmus! How to Make a Pucca Costume by kawaiicrafter A dead simple outfit with great results. Turn your kid into an animated character for a day! How to Make a Naruto Style Headband by laminterious Turn a soda can into a nice shiny headband. You can copy the Naruto design or make up your own.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 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


Mac-o-Lanterns, Caveman Costume, Cotton Candy Machine...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Nov. 1, 2007 Welcome back! Lots of news this week:Our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest ends this on Sunday night (11:59 pm PST). Win a trip to Maker Faire 2008 or many other fantastic prizes. Post your Instructable this weekend! Live near Boston? Check out the Show & Tell at MITERS tomorrow night, Nov. 2. The Howtoons book is now available in stores! Buy a copy or two for kids you know. Don't forget about the Mash-Up Contest or the Laser Cutter Contest - show us what you can make! Build Your Own Electric Guitar! With some woodworking skills and a love of music, you can make your own guitar just the way you want it.posted by gbuilder on Oct 31, 2007 Build an Amazing Tesla CD Turbine Watch your CDs spin at over 15,000 rpm using compressed air and some helpful advice from Mr. Tesla.posted by mrfixits on Oct 31, 2007 Mac-O-Lanterns Bring your old computers back from the dead and scare all the geeks in the neghborhood!posted by Fusebox on Oct 30, 2007 Win a free trip to Maker Faire 2008! Contest ends this Sunday! How to MAKE a Geico Caveman Costume De-evolutionize yourself with these handy mask-making instructions for $30!posted by BeerBellyJoe on Oct 29, 2007 Halo 3 Master Chief Halloween costume You can't just finish the fight in your daily threads. Follow these instructions to save the world in style, hero.posted by zogduke on Oct 28, 2007 Over $5,000 in prizes! Cotton Candy Machine Build your own machine to spin out yummy strands of hot sugar.posted by bangbang007 on Oct 28, 2007 How to get some revenge on the credit companies Show the credit card companies that their mass mailings aren't appreciated any more.posted by DangerArt on Oct 27, 2007 The Laser Cutter Contest is Back! Toddler Flintstone Car When the kids want to go out as Pebbles and Bambam the're absolutely going to need this car to complete the look.posted by lemaster63 on Oct 27, 2007 Articulated Wing Framework The perfect foundation for your bat, bird, angel or demon costume. Extend those wings and fly!posted by rachel on Oct 26, 2007 Gas Powered Shredder Shred those leaves for some quick composting with this modification of parts you probably already have in the garage. posted by robbtoberfest on Oct 26, 2007   The Halloween Costume Ball was a blast! Check out tons of photos of the costumes, food, and fun here and here.Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by lebowski 10 years ago


Balance Bike type of RideOn but for grown ups? NoPedals

You know all the kind of training bikes LikeABike and Strider RideOn so many different brands and varieties and naturally them are for the kids so young them have not learned to pedal and keep balance so these first "bikes" are for them to run along like on a "Hobby Horse" kind of thing that have the added safety of both feet on the ground when them need to gain balance again. Them sit and walk or run and seem to really enjoy it. Now suppose you are some 65 years older than these kids. You have the balance and can go by pedaled bike but them are not allowed to take on the Commuter Train or on the Bus that goes to the big Mall you want to visit and when you arrive no bike is allowed in so it get vandalized or stolen outside. But if you had a Walker or Rollator kind of mobility aid then that would be allowed. So what if one took a "Toddler" bike and made a grown up RideOne or BalanceBike for grown ups. No pedals on it. That would not get allowed either unless it has an electric motor and look like an expensive Mobility Scooter. So one need a Rollator that transforms into a RideOn. type of seated thing that can be used to move around on. I wish one could easily combine these two things but I fail to have enough innovation fantasy on how to accomplish this. So I test if kind people here get a clue or hang on how one could do such a thing. Transformer Bike/Rollator or what to name it. I have bought several Rollators and several KickBoard GoPed similar versions one are supposed to stand on or walk behind All of these are hurting the knee. So one need a seated thing. Sure it does exists already. The KneeScooter but that one have a seat that is too narrow so it hurts the butt. The customers complained so now one can buy an extra seat or saddle to it that is broader and less painful. But the KneeScooter does not look like a Rollator at all. It looks like a Scooter. A Rollator need Castering wheels in the front that seems a must. It can be a three wheel as long as the caster is the front wheel. Now if you sit on a four or three wheel thing and push of or kick off with feet on the ground then there is now way to steer the thing. so a transformer bike/rolator need to change from free wheeling caster to a steered caster to be safe. So that is the criteria and difference. In one position it looks like a real standard Rollator that you walk behind or in front off. Then after pushing the magig button it turns into the steerable seated balance bike kind of mobility RideOn for grown ups with knee problems. I have written about this in another post too so hope I am not breaching a hard hitting rule. Here I ask more what to name such a thing and how to make that thing so popular that the accumulated popularity makes the commercial companies aware of the need. If we can come up with a catchy name for such a thing then somebody maybe make one and test the market? On the other thread I ask for somebody to help me figure out how to DIY make one or to modify a standard Rollator so it can fill both functions. You would make me very happy if you come up with a catchy name for such a thing.

Posted by kneeproblemguy 7 years ago


How to Create Art: TIps

INTROThere don't seem to be any good instructables on how to draw (or create art), so I decided to make one. Here are some tips I've learned in art class.You may be disappointed with the lack of pictures, but remember; this is about YOUR art, not mine. So, happy art-ing!*This was supposed to be an Instructable, but the evil robot jerk thingy deleted it. So here it is, forum-format.*STEP ONE: DRAWING1. Stay LOOSE. Use your whole arm. A good way to warm up is to do gesture drawings; they're fun and they look cool. (Gesture drawings are drawings done with one line. The idea is to capture the movement of the object, and the inside, not just the edges; it's hard to explain.)2. Draw lots. Doodle. Write with funky letters. Honestly, practicing will improve your art tenfold.3. For still lives (drawing things that you can see), draw the object you see, not the object you think you see. For example, if you're drawing a teapot, don't draw what a teapot looks like (or what you think a teapot looks like), draw the teapot in front of you. Draw the bumps and the shadows, the drips down the spout, the angle, etc.4. DON'T SMUDGE. Don't. You can get the same affect with shading, and it looks WAY better. Trust me.5. Draw real things. Don't just draw things from your imagination, draw the things in front of you.STEP TWO: PHOTOGRAPHYLots of people make the mistake of thinking that if their drawing is (to them) craptastic, then their art is. It's no true. You don't have to draw to make art; go grab a camera and take some photos. You'll be amazed at the number of cool designs you can find in your house -- the way the blanket on your bed ripples, the pattern your computer cables make, etc. Take photos of everything: the sky, your room, your walls, your face, your friends, your plants, your cat, everything. And finally, take lots and lots of photos. This is where a digital camera comes in handy. I guarantee that if you take 150 photos (it's not hard -- 150 should take you an hour) at least 25 will be decent. 10 will be good. And at least one or two will be spectacular.So get out there and take some photos! MATERIALSDrawing:Pencils:- Use a good, sharp HB or 4B pencil. Analogue, not mechanical.- Get a good eraser; the best are the rectangular white ones- For pencil crayons, I suggest a well-known brand; Crayola or Laurentien are my two main choicesPaper:- Get good, thick paper. The worst thing you can do is draw something spectacular on a piece of lined paper, so I suggest you carry some blank pages with you, in a binder or sketchbook.Pens:- I suggest Crayola Sketch pens (the ones with the thick tips), or SharpiesPainting:- NO PUCK-PAINTS. Don't use anything that comes dry. If it isn't in a tube, tub, or bottle, don't use it. Liquids have better colour -- they don't look as faint.Brushes:- Shell out for the good ones. Get ones with wooden handles, and tips that look like real hair. No plastic, synthetic-tipped garbage.- Take care of them: wash all the paint off of them when you're finished, and dry them off. Place them brush-ends up, so that the bristles don't get squashed and look like Calvin's head. And finally, mess around with crayons a bit (go Crayola) most people think they're for toddlers, but they're fun, and you can do some really cool stuff with them.

Posted by threecheersfornick 11 years ago


DIY Halloween 2007 Winners Announced

Instructables, MAKE Magazine, and PopSci are happy to announce the winners of the DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! We saw some amazing entries this year. There were over 150 Instructables entered into the contest group and almost 1,000 photos submitted to the DIY Halloween Flickr pool. The competition was pretty intense and the judging was difficult, but we're very happy with all of the winners and once again wish we had more prizes to give out to all of the people that deserved them. A big thank you to everyone who entered and showed us that Halloween is truly the best holiday of the year.If you didn't have the chance to enter, don't worry! We'll be having another contest next year.Winners will be contacted via PM with prize-claiming instructions.Without further ado, let's check out the winners, category by category. Hack-o-LanternFirst Prize - Makita drill or Wusthof knives or EL wire kit + $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt + a MAKE warranty voider or MAKE bomb defuser leatherman tool + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition Life-size Skeleton Pumpkin Carving Second Prize - A $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + a limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a MAKE warranty voider or MAKE bomb defuser leatherman tool + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition Super Mario Bros. LED Mushroom Halloween Pumpkin! Animated Jack-O-Lantern Third Prize - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.Beware of the horrible pumpkin bots .... dry ice pumpkin for Halloween Laser PumpkinPhoto/Video - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a MAKE warranty voider or MAKE bomb defuser leatherman tool + and a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.My 178pound friend / bigskull Crime Scene Pumpkin CostumesFirst Prize - Makita drill or Wusthof knives or EL wire kit + $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt + DIY Laptop bag by Skooba + year one or year two of MAKE + a copy of MAKE's Halloween editionMystic Lord costume: horns, armor,silk painting + more (oh my) Second Prize - A $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + a limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + DIY Laptop bag by Skooba + year one or year two of MAKE + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition Six-armed Hindu goddess Kali Costume Toddler Flintstone car Third Prize - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.How to make a pair of Angel Wings The SOLO CUP Lobster! Halloween 2007 - "Who Ya Gonna Call?"Photo/Video - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + DIY Laptop bag by Skooba + year one or year two of MAKE + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.Toy soldiers Price is right family Decorations, Gadgets, and MoreFirst Prize - Makita drill or Wusthof knives or EL wire kit + $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt + MAKE controller kit + a copy of MAKE's Halloween editionHow to Build a Spooky Working Drawbridgewith Sounds and LightSecond Prize - A $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + a limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + MAKE controller kit + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition Tesla CD Turbine With Scary Steampunk Laser PumpkinCutter Attachment Mac-O-Lanterns Third Prize - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.Life Size Operation Game Halloween Animatronics Spooky Backwards Spinning Clock Made from Cassette Player MotorPhoto/Video - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a MAKE t-shirt + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.Huge Spider Corpse Tray FoodFirst Prize - Makita drill or Wusthof knives or EL wire kit + $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt + a year of Craft + a sushi wallet kit + a copy of MAKE's Halloween editionAnimated Halloween Cake Second Prize - A $50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus + a limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a year of Craft + a sushi wallet kit + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition Smoked Salmon Skull Blood Splattered Extra SatanicDeviled Eggs Third Prize - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.Frankenstein Finger Cookies Halloween Graveyard Cake Frog Spawn and Swamp Water TeaPhoto/Video - A limited-edition Instructables Halloween t-shirt and stickers + a year of Craft + a sushi wallet kit + and a copy of MAKE's Halloween edition.Thorax Kang Kodos Halloween cupcakes Grand Prize! A trip to next year's Maker Faire in San Mateo, including airfare, hotel, and event ticket + Makita drill or Wusthof knives or EL wire kit+$50 gift certificate from American Science & Surplus Realistic Werewolf Costume Judging was done by staff at Instructables, MAKE: Magazine, and popsci.com.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


World Maker Faire 2013 NYC

Sad pup eh? Me too. World Maker Faire 2013 in New York City. I am dissapoint. Only noteable for us is trying out the augmented reality system by Jeri Ellsworth. Instructables did not represent. Autodesk did not represent Instructables. @carlbass The assimilation is complete. #SADROBOT #NOSHIRT. We went to Maker Faire today, I took along Caitlin and her two school buddies.  I knew to input the GPS the coordinates of the offsite parking lot entrance where you get the shuttle bus to the actual Faire entrance. 10 clams at the door. Driving around the park is like GTA. They seemed to have the parking lot better organized with more people to direct cars to open spots and the efficient school bus lady who counted off groups of people to load the buses as soon as they pulled in. I suggest more speed bumps/potholes and sharper turns for the bus drivers to negotiate.  Entry was quick and simple with preprinted tickets - still that extra surcharge for getting them online though.  It was a pleasant surprise that there were some vendors giving out free food samples today.  An applesauce in a resealable space-food pouch and an iced tea drink. On the return trip, the shuttle bus driver begged you not to leave behind litter like those green applesauce pouches and kids.  Which by the way, all in good to set up recycling stations to throw out trash, but why not mark the one for trash, trash, soiled paper cups were thrown in the paper because the one I think for trash had a big list of other things and not trash.  Food vendors seem to have been spread out on the periphery of the grounds so they don't create that big logjam in the center to impede flow to the rest of the areas of the fairground. Prices were still at tourist levels considering the captive audience. Not too many posted prices and if you have to ask, you can't afford it.  They did have some vendor kids throughout hawking cold drinks.  The Beer Garden seemed to be the centerpiece of the Faire.  The play/activity area geared for the younger/toddler set seemed to be expanded and set more apart from the more advanced maker stuff.  We did the inside tour first since it was nice weather to spend the rest of the day outside.  There was the esoteric mix of individual projects. Art and game machines from mounds of electronic discards. Projects and kits looking to launch on kickstarter. And the always hidden in the back room e-textile projects. The upper floor gallery room is always the best because it contains the light up projects, usually from NYU ITP. Jeri Ellsworth had a prototype of her augmented reality glasses.  An interesting project was having cross polarized glasses to see the image on a matched LCD display which no one else can see without the special glasses. One project used the light output from the laptop display to "burn" the secret message image onto one of those glow-in-the dark phosphor sheets. I'm not sure if the pancake-bot made it to the Faire this year. The performance space was closed off. I guess they couldn't book Arc Attack which was there first two years of World Maker Faire. No real Burning Man kind of stuff or major steampunkery. Outside, 3-D printers galore, everyone has one, way too crowded. Hackerspaces showing off their stuff. Giant tent if you want to line up to learn to solder. Coke/Mentos show late in the afternoon. Giant mousetrap show and circus aerial acrobat training rig going on. Giant tent if you want to make a stomp rocket that they shoot off with a compressor.Giant line too. Didn't the Disney imagineers tell them a zigzag snaking line is better for crowd control and keep the customers happy? Didn't see any quadcopters in the air.  Maybe all flights grounded with the recent local fatal accident with an R/C helicopter.  Some kind of go-kart racetrack. Usual stalls of handmade jewelry, t-shirts, soaps, candles, someone had a more detailed ugly doll. Guy with his found object stringed instruments played them well.  Maker Shed shop was the usual. Dark and expensive.  No real discount there. But it brings us back to this.  After what seemed like miles of walking around back and forth. I had to ask information if Autodesk had a booth presence at Maker Faire.  They said yes, back by the 3-D printer village tent.  I think we missed them going through the tent and found them on the outside end. The plywood hut sponsored by Sketchup didn't seem like where the Instructables people were. I was looking for the orange Instructable banner.  Looking to see there were no Robot shirts around, I asked the Autodesk people there, any Instructables people around? No, confused, do you work for Instructables? No, they are not part of my group. Jessy and Camille are not here and will be back soon.  Well, okay, maybe they sent Jessyratfink out as part of her Autodesk peer-recognition award. that would be cool to meet her, Caitlin thought the same, they sent Jessyratfink to Maker Faire?  We wander around to check out the other stuff and come back. Still no sign of Robot shirts.  I ask again and I get sent to a guy who I think is named Jesse.  I think he just happens to be in the Consumer Group who says the other guy Andy is more familiar with Instructables.  They thought they had a box of some instructables stuff, who knows what happened to it.  He did thank us for wearing our Robot shirts though.  Gee, I was hoping there would be some Robot shirts for Caitlin and her friends, at least Robot stickers.  We came to Maker Faire this year as redemption for last year when that Autodesk henchman kicked the crate of shirts under the table when he saw us get close to the booth. Caitlin uses that as an example of "Not nice, Mr. Moustache-man." It disheartens me Instructables seems like some corporate step-child. I can feel the that vibe going on.   I don't think Robot carries brand recognition anymore. No one asked about our Robot shirts as we walked around.  Some hackerspace also uses a yellow robot as their logo. We may pass on Maker Faire next year if there is no need to see any real Instructables staff. Doesn't Randy need to go visit his mom or something?

Posted by caitlinsdad 4 years ago