I have to create something for my engineering class, but i don't know what to build. It can be anything from a simple chair to something complicated. Any ideas? I'd prefer it to be something i'd actually want to use in the long run.
I worked with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on a conference table that had pedals under it to improve blood flow to theoretically stimulate brain activity. It sounds like yours is quite a bit more open ended, I would assume this isnt an engineering undergraduate senor year project...
What kind of hobbies do you have that you want to investigate further? In high school when I was given research projects and the like I picked subjects that I was actively curious and wanted to learn about anyways. It makes everything much more interesting when you are invested in your topic. Gathering from your presence on this message board you like video games, so maybe build a desk if you want to go small or learn a programming language and create some basic programs that moves some servos on a little robot thing for a more complicated thing.
Invent a new kind of bridge which spins horizontally rather than opening vertically. This would allow 2 paths for boats to use, which is sort of redundant since a drawbridge clears the whole river - but it would be way more awesome. Also, you could put a helipad on top of it.
You don't need to make it as big, obviously, just make it like 50-100 cm so in length. The way I see it, the components are a cistern to store the water, a pump to pump the water back up to the cistern (or not, you could just waste a bunch of water and hook it up to a hose), a pipe with a bunch of holes in it, some arduino magic, and a whole mess of solenoid valves. The tricky part is probably making sure everything is isolated properly. Programming the microcontrollers to making sure everything is synched properly probably isn't trivial, but should be... you know... doable. You could even make it hook up to a computer and make nice little UI where you can draw pictures for the water screen. It's probably challenging to build, but shouldn't be totally out of reach. And it looks stupid cool!
I'm looking for something i'd actually use guys lol not something pointless. Otherwise i'll bludgeon myself with whatever i make out of bordem making it.
You sure aren't giving us alot to work off of here. If you want serious input from this, some constraints or some information on your day to day life would make "Something I would actually use" actually descriptive.
Heres a list of some other things off the top of my head because I am bored while waiting for my laundry:
An electric car
A gas powered Segway
Motion sensing lawn gnomes with heads that turn to face motion.
A beer cannon
An efficient way to cook 10 lbs of bacon.
The list could go on... :)
@gkhan: If i had this, i would never leave my house again. I'll look into it.
@MrSlapHappy: Sorry, i myself am not really sure what exactly i'm looking to make. Think of this as a brainstorming thread, just throw ideas out there. And if there were ever an efficient way to cook 10 lbs of bacon, i would know of it by now and probably have died years ago from obesity.
@j0lter: You don't have to apologize, I was mostly just being a dick. I kind of am curious about this project now however. I got my degree about two years ago and have been working as a drafter+ for the last year and 1/2 or so, which basically means that I don't get to do much engineering. You mentioned building a chair as an example, are you interested in creating furniture, that would definitely be something useful in the future.