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Topic by thompsms 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


tank tracks ?

I want to know how to make  some heavey duty tracks  for an human controled tank. It need to be simple cheap and no weldind.

Question by copper tube 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


IR Tracking

Does anybody know of any program that uses a modified webcam that only sees ir lightso that it can do this ide use the program in the video but it requires a wii mote and blu tooth and if possible could it track multiple points

Topic by chrischavez 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


RFID Tracking?

Someone posted a question asking about RFID tracking and didnt get a good response. I also have not found a simple answer to my question on Google. So I figured I'd re-ask the question in hopes of a better solution. In short, friends and I go disc golfing pretty regularly and losing discs is always stressful (obviously we are not pro's so the occasional disc will go into the wood or tall grass etc). I thought wouldnt it be great to stick a tracking device on these discs to help find them. RFID's being small enough to just stick them on and not sacrifice too much in performance to the disc, i figured that would be the best way to go. Question here: Is there a practical way to track rfid tags? basically just a device capable of telling you when the signal is getting hotter or colder. Thanks, DJ

Topic by madzilla 8 years ago


cheap tracks for robaots

Does anybody know were to buy or how to make tracks for cheap

Topic by zach s 10 years ago


Hotwheels Track size?

For a future instructable, I need to know; What is the size of Hotwheels track. ie the inside wideh and the height of the side walls? Any help appreciated.

Topic by motleyjust 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Seam Tracking Sensor

Hi All, I'm Duy Dang- Vietnamese student in Ho Chi Minh city. I'm doing a robot welding project but i don't know where to buy a Seam Tracking Sensor (Arc Sensor). Can anyone help me?  Thank you very much.

Topic by Duydang 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Rover: Tracks or Tyres?

Hi guys, I'm building an adaptable rover system which should be designed to go over rocky/muddy terrain (just imagine the basic farm environment). As i am doing this for an A level project, can you help me decide whether tracks or normal wheels would be better? Thanks!

Topic by DELETED_ThunderVolt99 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Need tracking device...

I have a horrible problem with keeping cirtain objects of mine within my grasp. As such, I was wondering if there was anything I could put together or attain that may help me keep track of these things. I have no knowledge of these things, so forgive me if what ii'm asking for sounds far-fetched. I'm looking for something like a small thing little beacon that could be attached to something like a shoe or book that sends out a some form of radio waves on a constant frequency, that can be picked up by the receiver that essentially lets you know how close you are by the sound it makes, whether it be through beeps or noise level. I believe things like that are out there, but i'm wondering i';f I can do anything on a really really small level, like the size of a watch battery with a piece of adhiesive on the back. Any kind of help, even just to let me no that its not possible or whatever, would be great. Thanks in advance.

Topic by poken1151 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


8-track machine

Does anyone know how to fix one? Are there specfic points that they like to break at? I got one a while ago because my old one died (heatstroke... melted things pretty bad), and it turns out, the new one is dead, too. I'm just not sure how. I'd like to try and fix it myself, especially since many electronics repair guys nowadays haven't even seen one. Of course, if you've read some of my posts, you know electricity is right behind jumping 100 feet in the air on my list of talents. It doesn't really seem to eat tapes or pinch them, and if I plug something into the phono in, I can hear it play through the attached speakers okay. The problem happens when I need to use the built in AM/FM radio (mono and stereo options!) or play a tape, at which point horrendous static happens. I think I can hear a motor spinning (maybe) when it's supposed to be playing a tape, but no useful sound comes out. The program selector also seems to be malfunctioning, and is stuck on program 4. I've got too much money sunk in my 8-track collection to make it economical to buy it all again; I'd rather get a machine working and transfer formats. I suppose I should have tested this machine before I bought it, but even if it never works again, I'm two very nice speakers and 200 feet of speaker wire ahead, so it's worth it to me. Another idea: is it possible to build one using cassette tape heads? That would be an interesting project, if a little unweildy.

Topic by Rishnai 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


does anyone know how to track animals? Answered

Question by tom-mot 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago



Can anyone direct me to a site or simplify the steps in making a micro tracking device?

Its a big ask but i need help on making a very small tracking device. This is just an idea atm but something the width of a pencil, or even smaller than that ?

Question by AllaW1 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago



DIY radio tracking system?

I need to track my dog, and i would like to do it with a radio tracking system, but since im a DIY guy i dont care to buy it, (only to examin it if necessary ;)) and i would like it to have a needle indicator, is that possible? have used the last motnh searching the net for at tips and inspiration for the tracking system. Sebastian

Question by boiken 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Do RFIDs constantly track?

I'm wanting to buy some RFID tags for a project that I'm doing, and I'm wondering if passive RFID tags that are activated constantly track and  send their location to the RFID receiver.  This is absolutely critical to my project.If these don't, what can I use that does the desired function?  Thank you so much!

Question by Spoops 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


how can i devlop my line tracking mouse robot or reprogramming it?

Hi every bodyam new here and i like this site and peoplei have an line tracking mouse robotand i want to devlop itor reprogramming itcan someone learn me how to make it more funnysee some details here:http://www.aibits.com/news/en_US/2007/11/22/0009/line-tracking-robot-mouse-kitthank uAhmed

Question by iraqi 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does anyone know and easy automatic way to track and measure the xy movement of fruit flies on a video clip? Answered

I have some lo -res videos of fruit flies lying in a wind tunnel. Im wondering if there is an easy way to automatically track the movement of these flies frame to frame?  Possibly using free software such as imagej.

Question by wheelerjp50 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Looking for ways to build a motorized tripod

Hi all- I'm looking for a way to construct a tripod that can be set to rotate, tracking an object (basically would want it to be able to remain facing a certain object as it moves back and forth.  I basically need to have a camcorder that can be recording, and remained aimed at the subject without a cameraman).  Any ideas?

Topic by camarko 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Personal electronics theft prevention

My daughter is going into high school and has had her scientific calculator stolen for three years in a row at school. These are pricey, running from $30-$40 each. Besides that, all the other things in her pencil bag, like compasses, triangles, pens, mechanical pencils. Frankly, I'm sick of my daughter not being prepared for class and spending money for the reprobates to just steal it.  Is there any way to tag her calculator economically to track it down?

Topic by hugabugs 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Hidden camera and listening devices

Could someone please let me know if I’m looking on the wrong spots or if someone knows of a way of building or buying a good device for finding hidden cameras and or listening devices also please.

Question by Jjpseismic 5 days ago  |  last reply 3 days ago


More in Digital Stalking....

Britain's ubiquitous CCTV video surveillance network has nothing on Japan's Orwellian nightmare in the making. One of the country's top electronics firms, NEC, has just announced a new plasma display fitted with a tiny camera that can accurately identify a person's age and sex in order to target them with specific advertisements.... Here is the LINK to the original site I came across.

Topic by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Movable Solar Panel:- Sizing limits.

Hi folks looking to build a tracking solar panel for North and South directions. I have a few drawings made up but im stuck for the maths side of things as I have a size limit I need to stick to in. I need the panel to move by 15° towards north and towards south. So a 30° movement in total. What I have in mind if an arch where the panel will sit on which can be moved with a single piston placed on the South end of the panel. This is to contract and expand to move 15° up and 15° down. My size limit is the panel must not exceed 200mm or 20cm in real money when at its maximum positions. I have assumed a 2 meter long panel (or array of panels in a frame) So because of this im a bit unsure about how to tackle the maths side of things to work out the arch's profile to meet this criteria. Anyone got any words of wisdom? The 200mm limit is the max UK law allows me to play around with the panels maximum position.

Topic by apmaman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Track Season (Spring sports)

Spring sports are starting, I'm doing track, anyone else doing any spring sports?

Topic by TheCheese9921 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Keeping track of your ants...

This may well be the world's smallest tracking collar. From an article in Science News.

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What does "foreign receipt" mean in parcel tracking?

I'm expecting a package from lootcrate, the tracking number they provided me with says "foreign receipt" and doesn't show any activity since then. Edit: The parcel is coming from the US, and I live in Mexico

Question by AndreaM325 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


2D motion tracking help?

I'm trying to utilize 2D motion tracking as seen here. I want to track a 2D image or video onto a wall. So far, I have used Autodesk Matchmover to track a scene and add a 3D test sphere into the scene. However, I just want to import my own 2D image/video.  There are dozens of tutorials for Apple Motion and After Effects but I don't have those. I have access to: Windows 7 Voodoo Icarus Premier Elements Autodesk Matchmover I also have access to most Autodesk's newest software.  Any help from an experienced user would be greatly appreciated.

Question by JamesRPatrick 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Cheap Slot car track

I LOVE using slot cars. I HATE the price of them. Does anyone know where I can get some cheap slot car track. When I say cheap, I mean less than $60 for a good bit of track. I plan on slowly building up my main straight away(s) to be long so I can test speed. Any site or info would be nice. But' I'm also considering build the track myself. Meaning, I use a router and and a couple pencils and string to build it out of wood. I know it takes time but I'll have 2+ hours a day with nothing to do. Help? Anyone?

Topic by ry25920 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


May a CD/DVD I created on my PC tracked back?

Does a CD or DVD created on my PC/notebook contain any traces of me. Is it possible to find who created a CD/DVD

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I equip my bicycle with a tracking device? Answered

I'm about to start back to school and I want to be able to find my bike when it gets stolen. (I am operating under the assumption that it WILL get stolen.) I'd like to outfit the bike with some sort of tracking device, something that will be somewhat easy to hide and not cost me hundreds of dollars. I am a tech newbie but I have friends that can help me with anything complicated, so be specific if you have an idea and I'll do my best to figure it out. Thanks!

Question by KedaDibandion 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Equipment tracking using RFID

Hello there. I have this project where i intend to track down equipments entering and leaving the room. My first problem is im a newbie to Arduino and i don't have any clue on where to start.  I've already installed the software but i dont know what to do. Anyone who can help me? Or can anyone give me the code on how my Arduino will connect to my RFID reader? THANKS A LOT. By the way, im using Aceduino - an Arduino clone here in the Philippines.

Topic by Estela Alano 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Solar panel mounting and tracking.

I have a new video about equatorial mount for solar panels. If equatorial mount is turned slowly at the right constant speed, then the panels point at the sun all the time. I also have a diagram about something to get that constant slow speed. I have it done this way to avoid wind damage. I think if you did it this way and had a sump pump to pump the water back up every morning the thing could be  automatic, cheap  and very accurate. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Tagging tracks with artist name?

I'm struggling to assign the artists name to a file and I was wondering if anyone knew a fast and easy solution? I'm basically ripping cds to my computer and I can get the artist name up in itunes but not in the file ripped to my computer, is there a way to do so without individually renaming each file. I also want to include information like cover art, although this isn't essential. Any help much appreciated, THANKS!

Question by veggiepunk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can I track my car GPS position on home PC?

Hi, I got GPS fitted in the car. Is there any way I can trace my car position on my computer screen at home?. For example, while I'm driving on the road, Is there any way my family members can see my car position moving in real time on Google maps. If yes what sort of hardware or softwares required. I would appreciate any pointer or help. Thanks in advance. Kevin

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 months ago


Disco Track Ball Machine

This is a knex ball machine that I built. Click here for more pictures and video. This contraption used 6303 pieces.heres a parts count: RODS: 3249 green-519 white-401 blue-1395 yellow-553 red-223 grey-105 rigid grey-1 flexi-yellow-3 flexi-grey-49 CONNECTORS: 2570 dark grey-94 light grey-56 red-366 green-88 yellow-479 orange-284 white-157 blue-392 purple-654 PANELS: 12 triangle medium-2 large -5 square small-4 large-1 OTHER: 472 rc tubing-7 crossties-54 chain links-174 blue spacers-53 silver spacers-103 tan clips-17 blue clips-5 black Y clips-33 large black joints-3 ball joints-2 red gears-6 rc splicers-2 battery powered motors-1 wheels-3 tires-2 orange splicers-7  

Topic by Jag56 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can I build a gps tracking device small enough to fit into other electronics?

I just bought a house and I have heard some troublesome things about the nearby neighbors. I was wondering if it would be possible to build and wire in a gps tracking device into my electronics (TVs, Comp, Monitor, ect...). I have looked all over online no one makes one. I would like to wire it in direct from the power source inside the tv or what ever all have 110v-120v direct feed. I am good with wiring soldering ect just dont know much about gps and circuit boards but would be willing to give it a try or pay someone to do it for me. Thanks,      Jonathan

Question by j-rhod24 5 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Site suggestion - Build Tracking

I was thinking that it would be beneficial to be able to keep a list of other peoples Instructables that I have built.  Sometimes I forget what all I have made and like to look back over them.  Since I have built projects using existing Instructables I don't want to duplicate them by writing up my own of the same thing.  It would be neat if there was a "I've built this" button or check box on each instructable, maybe in the comments section or something.  Then not only could I look in my profile and see what I've made, but could look at an instructable and see who/or how many people have made it.  As an author it would be cool to see that someone has successfully built something I came up with.  Whatcha think?

Topic by jooknon 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


BLE Transmitter+Receiver child locator?

Hi, I'm not sure where to start, my understanding of the components and tech are minimal at best. I know what I want to achieve and I believe it is a possible project. I'm looking for any advice even if it exists outside of my current knowledge. Essentially the idea is similar to this "lost child locator" product-  http://tinyurl.com/pd8goy7 or these t-shirts- http://tinyurl.com/mkm5b8k What I'm struggling with is how to carry out the concept without involving a smart phone. I'm looking for a larger range than 15M, multiple devices to respond to one-another, and for the watch to act as both transmitter and receiver. A simple LED indication is sufficient, no sound or vibration are necessary. I think BLE is the proper signal to work with but I don't want to involve smart phones at all. Compactness is a major plus, but ultimately I would settle for a mint tin or puck sized device. Everything would need to run on a small battery as well. The practical application of this project is for times when you're in a large crowd and you are looking for your group. If you had a watch tuned to your group, you could more easily track each other down if you knew someone was close. 

Topic by minion-chan 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


real-time multiple objects movement tracking

Hi all. is it possible to tracking multiple objects movement in real-time with a webcam or hdcam or ircam? i don't need skeletal motion capture data, i just need 2D top view coordinates of objects in an area and tracking them till the event finish... is this possible and how? thanks

Topic by kenshin3d 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What does "foreign receipt" mean in parcel tracking?

I have been waiting for a package of lootcrate and this has not arrived. for about a month to been with the same status: "foreign receipt"P.S: I'm from chile, and the package its from USA

Question by Forcegame24 11 months ago


Sound location & motion tracking robot head

Hi guys I hope this is ok to ask about as I have followed Instructables for ages but not used the forum part before. I have a bit of experience of arduino projects and doing basic sketches for them but nothing as ambitious as this so am seeking a bit of advice if possible. I'd like to be able to have a droid/robot's head that can rotate to focus on the direction of a sound, then if it sees a person once looking in the direction it heard the sound, to then roughly track them (move its head) with a camera. I'm fine with motorisation and that side of things, but I'm not sure if this sort of fairly elaborate setup would be possible with an arduino or would need something more powerful like a rasp pi? I'd imagine that I would need an array of several mics as inputs around the bot in a 'circle', and code that can estimate the direction by means of the signal strength from the mics when it hears a noise.  I think this might be something I can manage to do, but then it'd need a suitable camera and a means of tracking and I've no idea how the tracking side of things would work with that. I'd be grateful for any pointers to get me going thanks.  It's not something I could do without help but hopefully doing it bit by bit and with some advice I'd be able to do this, as I would really love to make it work! Many thanks! Jim

Topic by Mr Joshua 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


More in Digital Stalking....

I know this is old news, but....pushads1.jpgBritain's ubiquitous CCTV video surveillance network has nothing on Japan's Orwellian nightmare in the making. One of the country's top electronics firms, NEC, has just announced a new plasma display fitted with a tiny camera that can accurately identify a person's age and sex in order to target them with specific advertisements.... Here is the LINK to the original site I came across.

Topic by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Is there a better way than gyros and compass? Answered

Hi All, First of all I'll describe the project I'm working on Then I'll Highlight my probelm 1) Description:     - Now There's a boat travelling on a river. There's a satellite Receiver on the boat so passengers can watch T.V. While Travelling. The river is not straight and there're situations where the boat needs to turn 180 degrees. What I was trying to do is to have a gyro or compass beside the Satellite Receiver and detect when the satellite is not pointing to the right direction (due to the boat going on cureves & turning 180 degrees) and undo that rotations so I can keep the Satellite receiver pointing to the right direction ('cause if not so then they'll lose signal and No T.V any more :() 2) The Probelm:    - I tried to use Gyro ArduImu V3 but the readings aren't helping much .. some times it's wrong and the yaw drifts a lot :(    - I tried to use compass but it's not tilt compensated .. meaning that if the compass is n't on horizontal position it'll get different readings! and when they pass below some high Power Electrical lines the compass Gets crazy :( I hope you got the description & the probelm. Is there anyway else to do it? Or if there's any recommendations I'll be grateful :) Thanks in advance anyways  kind Regards --- Ahmed

Question by tdk4 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Open source tracking solar concentrator is go.

Meant to update on this here a while back. For nearly two years now I've been developing the prototype for a solar energy device makeable from scrap and recycled materials, using very basic tools and skills. It's now working, details available here: http://solarflower.blogspot.com/ Facebook group here. This has been possible largely due to the awesome help and support I received through this site. Currently I'm back in New Zealand, preparing the first free workshop on the device's construction and use, taking place the three weekends after Easter at the Tui community, Golden Bay. Then back to Europe for the summer and tour this thing around. Animated tutorials will be available at www.solarflower.org as soon as I find a spare second to do them and finish the website. My God I'm busy.

Topic by SolarFlower_org 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Prize arrival time?

Hello, I am aware that the contest info says that it may take up to 12 weeks to receive a prize won in a contest and it has only been 8ish, but I was contacted by the instructable robot stating that my prize (3d printing contest) had shipped from the instructables headquarters on the 11th (just over 2 weeks ago) and the prize has not yet arrived. I'm not sure what the normal shipping time is, and I don't mind waiting. However, it would be nice to know that nothing is wrong and to know the progress of the package. I was told that there would be a tracking number for the package but never received one. Is there a tracking number? When should I be worried about a prize taking too long to arrive? Thanks,  Matt

Topic by matstermind 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


What does "foreign acceptance" mean when getting a package shipped USPS? Answered

I am having a package shipped from China through USPS. When I try to track it, it says "foreign acceptance". It shipped on the 12th, just trying to figure out when I'll get it. Thanks!Label/Receipt Number: RR50 1571 436C NStatus: Foreign AcceptanceYour item was accepted in CHINA PEOPLES REP on March 13, 2009 at 8:27 AM. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later.

Question by kreationism 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Gps Tracking Device Extended Battery

First ever post after years of lurking. Searched but couldn't quite get the right answer. I'm trying to extend the battery of my GPS Live tracker. Currently I get 3, sometimes 2 days before the battery gets so low I must recover it. I saw where advertisers are selling 10 day batteries for up to $600. Just too much for me. The first picture is a completed model being sold on the internet. So I ordered the battery, ($58) and the charger ($45). Tomorrow morning I'll go find some connectors that match the charger and that I can use as a connector on the GPS. I'm going to go through the hacked battery case. I'll rig the the wires to match the holes then fill the empty case with hot glue to hold it in place. This is my big question: There are 3 electric tabs on the GPS. I have + and -. Can I just ignore the center tab? I will then run the wires through a hole I'll drill in the Hacked battery case. To a connector-connecting to battery. Any issues? The battery has a Built-in IC chip. I am assuming that is an IC chip on the old battery removed. I appreciate any input. Thank you.

Topic by elrog69 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


8 Track Player External HDD?

Parts 1) broken lacie 500 gig eHDD or multibay sata - USB/firewire 2) old 8 track recorder I wanted to use the 8 track recorder as a eHDD enclosure. Does anyone know where I can buy just the sata - usb multibay / power boards? I basically need everything for a multibay enclosure except for the enclosure. I just don't know what they are called. THANKS!

Question by heartxcore803 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Pinewood Derby test track timer

I would like to have a timer for testing changes to pinewood derby cars.   Need to have a trigger a the top of the track and one at the finish line.  Could be stand alone with time display or output to a PC for capture of each run.   Better still would be a second set of trips to give a split time 1/2 way down the track. Since this will be used for testing, it only needs to measure time on one track.  Simple and cheap.

Topic by Steveobe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Looking for a good tracked arduino platform?

Hi, I want to get a good tracked platform for my arduino. I was looking at the dfrobotshop rover but decided that it was too pricey and slow for what I wanted. I was also looking at the tamiya and rover 5 platforms but decided that they all were too slow (but had a appealing prise range). Anyway what would be a good cheap track platform for arduino that had some speed? Thanks, David.

Question by David97 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago