Not too long ago we made a post about the Instructables/SparkFun Microcontroller Contest. In the end, there were well over a hundred entries and some really amazing projects. The contest is currently in the judging stage, but right now is a great time to head over to the contest page and check out all the finalists - there is some really amazing stuff!
Yes - that is nothing more than a video of Grover dancing to "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats. Go ahead - watch it again. And again. Now, if a video of Grover simply dancing about doesn't strike your fancy (be honest!), maybe it will help to know that is a microcontroller-based marionette. Yes, Grover has gone autonomous. Using a microcontroller, some hobby servos, and some clever engineering, Grove dances around with the best of 'em.
Now, I certainly don't want to seem biased, but there are simply too many awesome finalists for me to post about all of them. Check out the Arduino-controlled Dog Treat Dispenser or the Music Playing Alarm Clock (hm, that box looks familiar). Honestly, just check out all the finalists - I have a feeling something there will inspire you or at least make you crack a smile. We'll announce the winner here in the coming weeks!