Free Day is coming! (It’s not today!) 31 days away (January 7th, 2010) and we’re not sure what kind of a mess we’ve created. It’s going to be a heck of a day. What we do know is that everyone seems to think they know when the deal is going to expire. I think it will be over by 11AM. Others claim, without a doubt that $100,00 will be gone in 5 minutes (you’re so wrong!). Everyone has their guess. So why not start a side bet? A game inside of a game really…
The person who can guess when Free Day will end without going over (Price Is Right rules apply), will win a $200 SparkFun credit. Here’s the rules:
- Guess messages must be sent from an email address that is currently
registered with SparkFun. You must have a SparkFun customer account, but you don’t have to have placed an order, so anyone can submit a guess, just create an account.
- Guess emails must have the subject “Free Day Guess: HH:MM:SS” (no
quotes necessary), where the string of letters is a time (i.e. 09:13:51)
- Time guesses must be in 24hr format (“Free Day Guess: 03:15:00” is 3:15 AM!) and will be
considered in MST
- Time guesses MUST have seconds to be counted (“Free Day Guess: 9:15” alone is not
- Send as many guesses as you like - we will only count the last one you send
- Guessing is open now and closes at 11:59PM MST January 6th, 2010 (the day before Free Day)
- Price is Right rules (closest without going over)
- If there are multiple entries for the same winning second, we will randomly draw a name from the pool of winning entries
firstname.lastname@example.org is where you send the email with the subject “Free Day Guess: 11:02:45” for a guess of 11:02AM and 45 seconds.
We’re not checking that email box for any reason
so don’t send customer service requests there. There is no cost to participate, and we are not going to do anything
with your email addresses so don’t worry about receiving spam from us. We just like a good guessing game whenever possible.
We’ve made it on to Hack a Day for a couple projects over the weekend. Chris Rojas, Tim Holmberg, and Ryan Owens put on a hack robot session this weekend in the SparkFun lab/classroom. The truly amazing thing was how it started out as a robot competition
and turned into a Physical Computing/Robot Tracking/Visualization project. It’s hard to describe so watch some of the videos Tim and Rojas have put up:
Check out more about this Community Core Vision project using Processing and a bunch of tanks with IR on Chris' site
. Tim’s got some great videos and pictures
of the event as well!
And to coincide with that, Rojas has been working on his iPhone Tank control
We can’t wait to see they can build next!