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What were some of your earliest creations?

My first year in the college dorm, I hacked an alarm clock to turn on a light, and/ or radio in my bunk. Although there were existing light timers on the market, they were noisy, and inaccurate. My design had the option of switching on the light by the alarm, or with a toggle switch. It also had a low power neon bulb with which to check the time. It was all very easy to switch by touch. 

Looking back, there were some funny things about it. I knew nothing about wirenuts. All the connections were soldered, then insulated with silicon caulk. All the switches and connections were installed in a box which had  held my crayons in elementary school. Hah.

I still like physical buttons. I still have buttons on my cell which I can feel. I like that. I may have ta give that up soon to get a phone with the features I want. That whole braille operation thing, however, goes back to wanting to operate the thing in the dark, or while my eyes are on somethin else (like the road?)  All in all, I'd rather have a microwave with 2 intuitive dials than with fancy features which need 100 watts of lighting when I just want a midnite snack.

But I ramble. Back to the original question: What did you make when you were young(er)

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phidgetsinc

4 years ago

I was really into programming. I took a class in QBASIC and started making little video games, some quiz games, some worm-like games. But before that, my uncle gave me my own domain (when I was still in elementary school) and set me up with a server, so I was really into making websites from a young age. I remember spending my entire summers trying to make my website do cool things.

I also had a Maxitronix 300 in 1 electronics kit, which I used to make an alarm system for my room. I found the kit wasn't very reliable, but I got that one working, along with a few other simple projects.

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Kiteman

4 years ago

As a kid, I didn't make much, I tended to take stuff apart to see what was going on inside. Since I had a habit of attempting things beyond my skill, and of trying to run deconstructed devices, that earned me a few electrical shocks and burns.

The first things I actually made were papercrafts (family members got hand-made pop-up cards), and (years later) I would sometimes have to make equipment for lessons, but the first things I made seriously were kites (hence the username).

When I found instructables, I had moved on from "just kites" to "stuff", and that's pretty much where I've been ever since.

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Triclaw

4 years ago

the first thing I can remember making was a pen with a highlighter on the other site all the insides were together it worked till I let it sit pen side up and the ink ran into the highlighter. what a mess

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Toga_DanTriclaw

Reply 4 years ago

Sounds like a good idea that needed work.