Archive for October 10th, 2007

September Project Contest Winners

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Announcing September Winners !

We thought judging last month's entries was tough, but we had no idea what we were in for this month.  As usual, the Trossen Robotics staff scored projects from our "Project Showcase" forum on a scale of 0-5 for documentation, coolness, ingenuity, and creativity.  These were all very, very close.  Just remember: we loved all of your projects, and as far was I'm concerned, you're all winners.  Enough inane chatter; here are the results of September's "Submit Your Project And Win" contest!

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Runners-Up
This month, the runners-up are all family-related projects.  We weren’t intentionally going for a theme, but we’re happy with the way the chips fell.  Great job, guys!

Project: "Digital Slot Car Controller"

Creator:wrighthobbies
Average Score: 4.5
Prize: 10% Off discount on any order at Trossen Robotics!

Project: "Marble Maze"

Creator:mark625
Average Score: 4.2
Prize: 10% Off discount on any order at Trossen Robotics!

Project: "Anti-Boogieman Bug"

Creator:Droid Works
Average Score: 3.9
Prize: 10% Off discount on any order at Trossen Robotics!

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Third Place

Project: "Water Hobo"
Creator:tbh726
Average Score: 4.5
Prize: $50 Trossen Robotics Gift Certificate!

Tim doesn’t like the neighborhood hooligans cutting through his side yard.  Obviously the only practical solution was to make a night vision equipped, motion tracking, automated water cannon to soak them if they set foot on his property.  That’s right, show ‘em who’s boss!  Since we’re a bunch of crotchety old men who spend a lot of time on our front porches shaking our fists and yelling "Get the heck off my lawn," we couldn’t help but love this project.

 

Second Place

Project: "USB-Q"
Creator:elcray
Average Score: 4.51
Prize: $100 Trossen Robotics Gift Certificate!

If there’s one thing we like almost as much as playing with robots, it’s grillin up delicious meats.  "USB-Q" is a BBQ smoker automation system.  Anybody who’s ever spent a day operating one of these beasts will recognize how useful this project is, so practicality was a major factor here.  He wrote a cool VB.NET application for monitoring and controlling the temperature, and the system can be activated by a control box located by the grill.  A Phidget 8/8/8 board is used to read the inputs.  It also tracks the temperature over time, which is helpful for tweaking the PID algorithm for more accurate control.

 

First Place

Project: "White Lies"
Creator:iceclimb
Average Score: 4.65
Prize: $200 Trossen Robotics Gift Certificate!

"White Lies" is a piece of techno-art that responds to galvanic skin response (like a polygraph), so it behaves differently depending on who’s using it and can actually be affected by what’s going on in the user’s head at the time.  Kind of freaky huh?  It scored major points for creativity (I guess the judges were in an artsy mood this month).  We also liked the two videos, which did a great job of describing how the project came to be, what it’s purpose is, and how it works.  It involved some interesting construction and mechanical design, circuit design, microcontroller programming (Arduino), and it looks really cool!

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We want to thank everyone for their great submissions.  October’s contest is already rolling.  You can stay up to date on contest rules and regulations at theSubmit Your Project and Win contest page, and start posting your projects in our Project Showcase Forum.