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Microcontroller Contest Finals

Check out the finalists for the Microcontroller Contest!

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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.


More than just your standard marionette.

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!


Comments 22 comments

  • Since when did Grover develop Cerebal Palsy?

  • Darn, I should have used an Arduino instead of a PIC, eh?

  • Why do I feel like I’ve just been rick rolled?

  • This project uses a Micro Maestro for the brains!

    • Does that even qualify as a microcontroller?

      • Does the Maestro? No. in the same way the Arduino isn’t a microcontroller. But just like the AVR on the ‘Duino, the PIC on the Maestro is unquestionably a microcontroller ;)

        • … A PIC is not a uController… A PIC is a CPU, which in conjunction with a clock, memory, etc. becomes a uC.

          • I’m not sure what you think a PIC is, but they do have all those things onboard and are most definitely microcontrollers.

      • I think so. The Maestro servo controller has a scripting language that lets you write code for it.

  • I carry a grudge pretty well. Since I missed my Free Day benefits by a matter of seconds, I shall point out the following:
    Microcontoller != Microcontroller

  • Good luck to all!
    Honestly I didn’t even see the alarm clock box, and now I can’t believe i didn’t see it.. Poor me..

  • Grover probably could use to be anchored with a fishing sinker, though. If the guy just ran a line from his bum to the ground and put a little weight on it it would stop the shakes and makes his other movements more pronounced. Still, I gotta say that Grover’s Groovin' with the best of ‘em, certainly the most convincing person I’ve ever seen dancing to “Safety Dance"
    (although he’s no Sony QRIO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_0I4nr4u3A)
    (Shoot, this is gonna be a huge post now but i gotta say it… The Music Playing alarm clock guy, not even 5 seconds in, reminds me so much of Mark from SLC Punk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZAjHrL3iHA)