Another contest, another batch of cool projects! Once again, the TR Community came through with some amazing ideas. We're very excited to announce the winners of this round's Trossen Robotics contest!
We run this contest to help promote and encourage innovation and ingenuity. People are allowed to submit a wide range of projects ranging from robotics, automation, art, RFID, DIY, mods, inventions, and anything else demonstrating some form of technological creativity.
The next contest has also been updated. First place will recieve $500, second place $250 and third place $100. It started on December 1st and ends on Feburary 28th 2008, so get your projects in!! Please check out our contest page for more information.
Enough talk, here are the winners from this round that we felt deserved recognition for their creations.
1st Prize ($200) - Otto by kdwyer
Otto is a humanoid/track hybrid droid with an incredible range of capabilities. Kdwyer's mission was to make an autonomous robot that could avoid obstacles, track motion, and interact with people through speech and gestures. Otto's brain follows a distributed architecture, employing 2 Oopic R's (the "upper" and "lower" brains). He boasts a boatload of sensors, such as IR rangefinders, Ultrasonic rangefinders, a digital compass, and a color video camera. We like this project a lot, mostly because it was built from the ground up using a pile of hardware from numerous different sources.
2nd Prize ($100) - Front Door RFID Security by fish123456
This guy hacked into his electronic deadbolt, adding a Phidget RFID reader so he could unlock his front door with an RFID key fob. This has been done a few times before, but we decided we needed to reward "fish123456" for going the extra mile, because in addition to RFID, he also created a web interface that he can access from his cell phone. This has a lot of potential. For instance, if somebody needs to get into your house when you’re not home, you can unlock it remotely for them. Or if your RFID chip is implanted in your hand, and that hand gets bitten off by a shark; you don't need to hunt down the shark and wave it in front of the door to open it!
3rd Prize ($50)- Halloween Hologram / Spirited Tree R/C Holiday Double Whammy by Rodger Cleye
If you don't know what is going on in the picture, you’re not alone. Rodger submitted the "Holographic Halloween Robot" in October, then repurposed the hardware and resubmitted it in November as the "Spirited Tree." Both were highly entertaining and totally ridiculous. The base is a modified electric wheelchair drive system. The hologram illusion was created with an LCD and an angled piece of plexiglass. The LCD can display video broadcast live from an IR camera or a DVD player. With Halloween receding into the past and Christmas looming on the horizon, Rodger replaced the hologram rig with a music playing light-up Christmas tree. Rodger is a newcomer to our forums, but if you've been reading Hack a Day and other DIY news outlets for a while, you've probably already seen his self-balancing electric unicycle and electric skateboard.
We also had three Honorable Mentions:
Skype Controlled Roboquad with Spy Capability by roschler
Wiimote controlled firefighting robot by tempalte
Distributed Autonomous Swarm of Maxelbots by uwdrl
We encourage others to blog about these creative projects and individuals to help promote the community of innovators out there. Dropping in a mention and link to our contest is always greatly appreciated
The Trossen Robotics Team