Ok folks, I know it’s taken a while, but the results are finally in and we now have winners for the GoRobotics 10th anniversary giveaway! I’m super excited about this and very grateful to our prizes sponsors:
Apress, and No Starch Press.
Before listing the winners let me say a few words on the judging. Each project had at least two judges (and some had three) who evaluated the robots based on three criteria: Originality/Creativity (25%), Workmanship (25%), and Builder Experience (50%). Finally, each robot got up to a +/- 50% adjustment based on the judges discretion. Basically we tried to judge based on cool robots and account for how much experience the builder had. In the end, I think it worked out pretty well. I’d also like to give a big thanks to all the entrants! It was a lot of fun judging all the neat creations. You folks do some nice work!
To accommodate some winners I changed around the prizes a bit from the original post. So, without more delay, the winners:
3rd Place – HaloBOT by mcb1 – chosen at random
Mark says, “I built HaloBOT for my daughter. It was her design, which was based on an earlier version that used overseas sourced parts. It is based on Picaxe18 and can be programmed in either basic or flowchart, which suits her programming level.”
2nd Place – Mosquito Rover by MarkusB
Markus says, “[The Mosquito Rover] Navigates around via IR, produces oxyhydrogen, shoots off rubber plugs. The idea behind the mosqito rover was to combine robotics and chemistry — in this case electrochemistry — and that the robot makes it’s own explosives by solar power and propels a second small flying object with it.”
He also says, “I will donate the Arduino Kit to a Chinese student who can not afford to buy it under the condition to build a robot and post this robot on LMR.” Awesome!
The Mosquito Rover wins:
Oomlout Arduino Experimenters Kit (donated by Solarbotics), Practical Arduino and LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0: The Kings Treasure (donated byApress), and The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide (donated by No Starch Press) ($165 total!)
1 st Place Prize – LadyBugBot by isotope
Vadim ‘isotope’ says, “Regarding how the idea of building LadyBugBot came to me… It did as all brilliant ideas come, when I was opening my fridge to get another beer, I saw a tiny ladybug magnet… At that very moment, my Muse dropped a construction brick on my head, and I told myself I’m going to build a robotic fridge magnet! And I did it! )))”
Vadim has been interested in electronics since an early age, but didn’t start building robots till well after college when he stumbled across the website letsmakerobots.com. Now it’s his hobby of choice.
Grand Prize Winner – Walkin’ Sticks by ButchAlline
ButchAlline says, “This is a very simple crawler robot using three servos and a Basic Stamp 2. It can do most of the moves of the 16 servo hexapods at one tenth the price. Next step is to add radio control and maybe a camera.”
Butch is a 71 year old, retired mechanical engineer. He says, “I have always had an interest in electronics, got a ham license 40 years ago, and have flown RC planes for the last 25 years.” He got into robotics after buying a Basic Stamp II and workbook. He built “Walkin’ Sticks” after being shocked at the price of commercial hexapod robots.
Walkin’ Sticks wins:
Vex Dual Controller Starter Bundle with RobotC (donated by Vex Robotics) ($500 USD!)
Congratulations to you all! Below is the list of the top 15 by score. The results were very close! You’ll notice that our grand prize winner, Walkin’ Sticks, was actually 3rd place by score, but due to import/export restrictions, the Grand Prize can only go to a US resident.
|3||Walkin’ Sticks||Butch Alline|
|6||Sub-Zero Hyperdrive||Jacky Snipes|
|8||VEXetable Chopper||Ben Graham|
|12||TOBI – The Tool Bot||TheGrue|
|13||VEXplorer Robot||Alex Cormier|