View profile: natetrue


Real name: Nate True
Self description:
Check out my blog at http://cre.ations.net/blog

A few more projects are hosted at my other site, http://devices.natetrue.com

Email: creationsnet (at) natetrue.com

I'm also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/natetrue

natetrue's creations

4-channel automatic stereo audio switcher

Created by natetrue 1 year ago

"It sounds like a product you should be able to buy for a few bucks from any decent home theater store. But when I looked, I couldn't find one. So naturally, I ended up making my own. When I sought to replace my old speakers with a pair of Sylvania MusicLites screw-in can light speakers, I was..."

Wooden iPhone 4 case

Created by natetrue 4 years ago

"Having recently gotten a huge box of wood veneer, and an iPhone 4, I decided I wanted to make a wooden case for it. At first I just wanted a wooden backing to go into the official iPhone 4 bumper case, so I put some wood on some sticker paper and shined it up all..."

Printable jacket cuff lights

Created by natetrue 4 years ago

"They're a new take on the http://cre.ations.net/creation/jacket-cuff-lights Jacket Cuff Lights that I published back in 2007. These are less likely to break, easier to install, and the casing is printed on a http://makerbot.com Makerbot! Cuff light..."

Ridiculously bright keychain rechargeable flashlight / flash drive

Created by natetrue 5 years ago

"Being a lover of http://cre.ations.net/creation/jacket-cuff-lights putting super-bright lights in things, I wanted to make a compact keychain flashlight that was rechargeable. Obviously USB is the standard for powering small devices now so a USB connector was an easy choice. I happened to have..."

Visual Cacophony: A collaborative watercolor painting

Created by natetrue 5 years ago

"Emma held an art night at her place with http://cre.ations.net/creator/jesse Jesse, http://cre.ations.net/creator/brenda Brenda, http://cre.ations.net/creator/natetrue Nate, http://blog.benblood.com/ Ben Blood, http://garagevoice.com/ Patrick Toney, and Melissa. We decided we wanted to do a large..."

Animal photos and video from the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida

Created by natetrue 5 years ago

"While visiting Florida, I had the opportunity to visit the Lowry Park Zoo. They've got a bunch of interesting animals there. I took some high-speed video too with my excellent Casio EX-F1..."

Magnetic self-assembly in slow motion

Created by natetrue 5 years ago

"90 1/8" small magnets arranged in a 9x10 matrix with a larger magnet brought close. Beautiful self-assembly occurs. Video shot at..."

Orange Sesame Tofu Recipe

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"A while ago I started playing with tofu and cooking it in various ways. I fell in love with this delicious Ginger Sesame sauce and tried preparing tofu in it. It was delicious, but the main ingredient in that sauce was high fructose corn syrup, and we know how unhealthy that is. So I set out to..."

Super slow motion videos

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"Using my new super-awesome Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 digital camera, Jesse, Brenda, and myself took a bunch of sweet high-speed videos. Without further..."

Dock 3.0: Quick app switching for jailbroken iPhone 2.0 phones

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"Back in the old iPhone 1.x firmwares, I made an app called http://cre.ations.net/creation/dock Dock that would allow you to switch between apps quickly, without needing to go back to the home screen. Then iPhone firmware 2.0 came out and turned everything on its head! I had to completely..."

Cheap and simple laptop cord management bag

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"Here's a quick solution to a problem I've had many a time. I need a lot of cables with me in my laptop bag when I travel, mostly to connect up portable hard drives and other miscellaneous gadgets. The problem I was having was that all the cables would tangle together, so I'd have to pick up..."

Binary/POV custom wristwatch

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"Kits and preassembled watches are available http://cre.ations.net/blog/post/stuff-you-can-buy-from-me here. Recently my good friend http://www.gearlive.com Andru Edwards and I got into a heated discussion about watches. My old Fossil Abacus PalmOS watch was getting pretty worn, and I was..."

"Cozy" faux-leather universal USB / iPhone charger

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"Even in this connected world, we're not always near a source of USB power to keep our gadgets topped off. Recently during a power outage I realized the need for a way to keep my iPhone charged without mains power to keep me going - so I started researching solutions. More recently, at the..."

Glowing Google Pens

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"Inspired by my friend Sparky's recent http://codeforfood.org/2007/12/30/you-know-you-have-become-an-adult-when/ LightStik purchase, I decided the idea would be simple to replicate with pens in a pen stand (and as a bonus, they would also be pens). So taking a 5-pack of Google pens that I got from..."

High-energy water droplets

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"So with the recent snow my apartment ceiling started leaking, necessitating the placement of many bowls and pots and towels to catch the..."

Hiking the falls on the north border of Oregon

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"On a crisp Sunday I went out with my family for a pleasant hike along the falls of northern Oregon. It was cold but fortunately my http://cre.ations.net/creation/artful-custom-digital-camera-skin-the-eye camera is easy to operate with gloves..."

Make My Day on iPhone

Created by natetrue 6 years ago

"This new iPhone app is an iPhone version of the live-action choose-your-own-adventure DVD Make My Day, which my production company (Hidden Frame Productions) produced in 2005. It features DVD-like menu navigation and live streaming via the Web (thanks to http://blip.tv Blip.tv for that). For..."

Tap Tap Revolution: the fast-tapping iPhone music game

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"Two days' work and my game is finally releasable. Download songs from my online collection (contact me to get your own music on there) and tap to the beat when the lights hit the bottom line. TTR has an online update feature (under "New Tracks") where new tracks will be added (by indie..."

Macro photography of grown MSG crystals

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"MSG (Monosodium glutamate) - sure it's a delicious and harmless food additive, but did you know it grows crystals too? I grew this elegant crystal wad over the course of a couple of weeks - the slower they grow the bigger they end up. This was a gem among a lot of tiny needles that had grown in..."

Dock: iPhone mod to enable quick app switching

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"Just a little app I whipped up these last couple of mornings. It runs on top of all of the apps (in the lower-right corner) and lets you switch apps quickly and easily. Dock 2.0 is completely redone. Now it lives in the bottom-right corner of your screen (disguised as a little sunburst) and..."

Vinyl overlay for tactile feel on iPhone NES emulator

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"So the http://iphone.natetrue.com/nesapp iPhone NES emulator is actually playable now, but it has always had one major flaw, inherent to its design. The touchscreen is a flat piece of glass. You can't feel your way around on this phone like you can with most phones (and all gaming..."

iBrickr: Easy iPhone ringtone / app management for Windows

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"Classically it has been hard for Windows users to modify their iPhones. Mac users get all the cool applications like iFuntastic and such. No more of that! iBrickr is the Windows application that makes it dead simple to modify your iPhone, add and manage custom ringtones, and install..."

WebVNC - Remote Desktop / VNC on your iPhone

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"The idea seems simple enough. I want to be able to use my PC from the comfort and safety of my iPhone. I got to thinking about it, and it seemed that modifying VNC was the best option. It already has the remote framebuffer thing down pat and I just had to write a web interface for it so the..."

Assembling your Time Fountain

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"I know you've all been waiting for it... finally, detailed instructions on how to build a Time Fountain! Remember, I'm selling these as fully assembled units ($200), kits ($100), or just preprogrammed PIC chips ($30). The pre-sale discount period is over, sorry if you missed it!..."

Spiral-clasp idea journal

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"The spiral-clasp idea journal is a simple creation that elicits a 'wow' from people seeing me casually taking it out and writing in it. Using brass rod, a few springs, and a screw/nut combo, four arms reach out and hold the corners of the book tightly. A fifth arm grabs the pen and opens the..."

Stingray City: Underwater video from the Cayman Islands

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"I recently went on a cruise to the Caribbean, and one of the stops was in Grand Cayman, largest of the Cayman Islands. I went on a stingray snorkeling tour, and with my handy-dandy http://cre.ations.net/creation/cheap-underwater-digital-camera-enclosure underwater camera enclosure, I captured some..."

Custom photo Rubik's Cube

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"The stickers on my Rubik's Cube had gotten shifted out of place and were of generally poor quality. So I decided to make a new surface for..."

Cheap underwater digital camera enclosure

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"NEW - See photos and video taken using this enclosure in http://cre.ations.net/creation/stingray-city this creation and http://cre.ations.net/blog/post/today-was-a-long-day this blog post I'm leaving for a cruise in a few days, and I wanted to be able to take high-quality pictures underwater. ..."

A sunny evening photowalk in Green Lake Park

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"It was a sunny evening and http://cre.ations.net/creator/brenda Brenda, http://cre.ations.net/creator/jesse Jesse, and I headed out for a short photo..."

Color-changing taplights

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"Reviving an old favorite, the http://wlcolor.natetrue.com wireless color-shifting abstract decoration, these are autonomous color-shifting modified taplights that have a number of different modes selected by turning the taplight on and off briefly. Check out this..."

The unfinished balltrack

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"After the success of my http://cre.ations.net/creation/the-balltrack first balltrack, I wanted to build on the concepts I'd tried out before. I started about four years ago, worked on it for two weeks, and it has remained static and unworked on..."

Water Flash Photography: The drainspout at Albertson's

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"I was heading to Albertson's to buy some garlic bread when I happened upon this downspout gushing water onto the street. I just couldn't resist snapping a few flash photos. I love freezing water in time like..."

Jacket cuff lights: Convenient Illumination

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"The next generation of cuff lights is here! Check out http://cre.ations.net/creation/printable-jacket-cuff-lights Printable Jacket Cuff Lights - now easier to make and install, plus they're much more reliable - no wires to break! We've all been there. Fumbling around in a dark parking lot,..."

The Goo Fountain

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"The idea is simple - I set out to create a fountain that showcases the elegance of moving thick, viscous goo! I would be remiss if I didn't start with a video: http://blip.tv/file/get/Natetrue-TheGooFountain153.flv You can also download this video in Standard Definition or in HD. The..."

Turning a broken digital camera into a Time Lapse camera

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"I must admit I loved my Konica Minolta DiMAGE x50 camera. When the screen broke on it I was very saddened - though I moved on to a customized Kodak V570, I figured the old camera might still be useful. For a couple of months my old camera sat on my desk, staring into my soul with its beady..."

The Linkback System - get a Free Linkback Display

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"After developing the "Who Links Here?" feature on cre.ations.net, I kept hearing from friends and webmasters what a cool feature it was, and whether they could have it on their site. I figure, why not? Here I've created a simple API that lets any website use what I dub the Linkback..."

A series of very close-up photographs

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"I love macro photography. It's something about seeing such fine detail that makes me enjoy the photos so much. Here are just a few excerpts from my vast photo archives. All taken by me - make use of the "Full" links next to the images to see them in full resolution. Consider them to be..."


Glowing veins with a head-mounted UV blacklight

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"When faced with a dilemma on what costume to wear last Halloween, I decided to spice up a monk costume. My friends always played with highlighter on our faces when under a blacklight, and it gave a great glowing face-paint effect, but I wanted to be able to roam freer than that, not having to be..."

Sphere reflection photos

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"I love the simple beauty of spheres - especially reflective ones. Gazing balls and Christmas ornaments alike, I just love looking into them. I wanted to take photos of the simplicity but without me in them. So I tried to use the flash to obscure..."

Assembling your face-mounted lucid dreaming mask

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"This guide contains step-by-step instructions on how to build a Face-Mounted Lucid Dreaming Mask. You can buy the mask as a fully assembled, working mask (via Paypal, $60), as a kit ($30), or the programmed PIC chip ($10) alone, or just scrounge up the parts from your miscellaneous parts bin! ..."

Face-mounted Lucid Dreaming Mask

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"For the uninitiated, lucid dreaming is a phenomenon whereby a person who is asleep and dreaming realizes that he (or she) is dreaming, and continues to control the dream, acting out fantasies or gaining special powers all within the dream. I find it a wonderful concept - every night you enter a..."

Body mod - Turn your pee blue!

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"We've all dreamed of it - who wouldn't want to have bright blue urine? Alright, I admit some people might be appalled at this strange activity, but many will find it interesting. No, you don't have to contract Syphilis to get blue urine. The method presented here is quite harmless. WARNING:..."

Artful custom digital camera skin: The Eye

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"When I got my Kodak V570 dual-lens digital camera, I found the front face to be far too plain. The purpose and look of the camera lends itself well to an 'eye' sort of design, so I hopped on over to eBay to get some full sheet labels which are just 8.5x11 inch sticky labels. ..."

The Time Fountain Owner's Manual

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"Congratulations on purchasing your new second-generation Time Fountain! Only five of these have ever (and will ever) be made, so you're one of the lucky ones! If you didn't get yours this time around, don't fret. You can buy a third-generation Time Fountain from the..."

A Tiny Wireless Motion Sensor

Created by natetrue 7 years ago

"NEW! - see me present the Wireless Motion Sensor in action on Gear Live's Bleeding Edge episode 006! Prologue You pause just before turning the corner into the dark hallway. You've evaded the guards thus far, but your adventure is not yet half over. Hearing a noise, you duck into the..."

The Time Fountain

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"Time fountains are now for sale! You can buy a fully assembled fountain ($200), a kit ($100), or the chip alone ($30). The pre-sale is over, sorry if you missed it! http://cre.ations.net/blog/post/stuff-you-can-buy-from-me#fountain Interested? Buy now! ... You can also buy the parts yourself and..."

The Balltrack

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"Constructed over a summer's week, The Balltrack is a continuously moving, motor-powered..."

cre.ations.net

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"Ever since I met my friend jesse, I've known the value of creativity as a benefit to individuals as well as to humanity as a whole. Jesse has been creating things for as long as I've known him, and I began to create things too, and publish them on the Internet at my website,..."

The "Walluminate"

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"I first got exposed to the glorious field of illuminating wallets when shooting Gear Live's The Bleeding Edge, a weekly video show. They had been sent the Walit, an electroluminescent glowing wallet, to review. I was excited at the idea - I had personally never thought of a glowing wallet and..."

3d Stereo Photography

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"This is one of my favorite go-to photography methods. When you feel a scene's depth can't be protrayed in two dimensions (or you're incapable of composing photos to that effect, like me), just take a photo with your camera, move about five inches to the right, and take another. Of course, this is..."

"Sticks and Stones"

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"An idea birthed by the minds of Bre Pettis and Jesse Ferguson, "Sticks and Stones" is a machine made entirely out of natural materials - sticks, stones, twine, trees, dirt, and so on. Built at the sacred Earth Sanctuary ( http://earthsanctuary.org ), Sticks and Stones is composed of about 20..."

Rock balancing at Snoqualmie Falls

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"A pastime I learned about from my friend jesse, rock balancing is in my opinion one of the best ways to spend a day next to a river. The technique is simple - find a rock that would look good balanced on another rock, and balance..."

Water droplets frozen in time

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"My friend Jesse needed some water pictures for a web design he was doing. He tried to just turn on the tap and take a picture of that, but I figured he might benefit from a little Nate action. Jesse had already set up a black towel behind the sink, so I just set my camera up for flash..."

Colored fog rings

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"No, it's not really colored fog. We used a projector to make these beautiful vibrant colors. It's really a sight to see, the fog gently moving and changing colors as it drifts through the light..."

Wiggly pictures

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"A while back, I had this Targus Handcam attachment to my Handspring Visor PDA. It has this weird method of taking pictures, where it scans from the bottom to the top, capturing as it goes. The process takes just a portion of a second, but it makes some really weird..."

PVC instrument (like Blue Man Group)

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"In imitation of the Blue Man Group, my friend Jesse and I set out a while ago to create a like instrument. From what I learned during the construction, I wrote the following..."

Wireless music player

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

""This page is about hacking a do-it-yourself wireless networked music player for less than half the cost of a retail model, and with (potentially) more features." Well, technically, it's this..."

Mobile wi-fi access point

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

""Wouldn't it be great if I could just plug my phone into one of those wireless routers, and have it automatically connect to the phone and serve its sweet, sweet Internet over a Wi-fi connection?" I developed this router in response to the issues I'd been having with connecting my phone via data..."

Old laptop picture frame

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"My sister loves looking at photos. I'd seen do-it-yourself picture frames on Slashdot before, and you can buy digital picture frames here and there, but it's really something else to design and perform this laptop-into-picture-frame mod yourself. So it was decided. I would build a digital picture..."

My throat infection

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"Does growing it count as a creation? I woke up one morning with this gross taste in my throat, and I looked in the mirror. This was what welcomed me..."

Jolly Rancher melted sculpture

Created by natetrue 8 years ago

"You know when you buy a big bag of assorted Jolly Ranchers, and you set them out in a bowl during a party or something, and at the end of the night all that's left is Cherry and Blue Raspberry? Of course they taste horrible, so what can you do with..."

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