Do you recall my recent blog about Atmel's AVR MCU Infographic? If so, you will remember that Atmel regarded the AVR as being their "Secret Maker Sauce." That graphic was created by my old chum Sylvie Barak. Well, Sylvie just sent me an email, as follows:
Do you fancy yourself to be mighty with your microcontroller abilities? Or perhaps you're great with a glue gun, awesome at Arduino, or super with a soldering iron? If so, Atmel reckons you may have what it takes to be a "master maker."
If you are maker material, you should submit a short (less than five-minute) video of your AVR-based inventions, because Atmel is promising a plethora of prizes, ranging from cold hard cash for the winner and four runners up ($1,000 and $500, respectively) to bags full of swag and Maker Faire tickets.
Of course, there are always the bragging rights, along with the promise of discounted kits for up to a year.
Entering is easy enough -- just film a short demo of your genius design, and try to ensure that your video answers the following questions:
- What did you make?
- How did you make it?
- Where did you make it?
- What parts and tools did you use?
- How does it work?
- What makes AVR the hero of your design?
- How would you make your masterpiece available to the masses?
Not feeling particularly creative? No worries -- you can always just lazily browse the designs of others and vote for your favorites. There are a couple of ingenious designs up on our website already, including a potentially marriage-saving smart toilet seat, which lifts and lowers as is appropriate.
Just to make sure we all really get the point, and leaving no stone unturned, Sylvie has created her very own YouTube Video as follows:
So, what do you think? If I were farther along with it, I might be tempted to enter my little Arduino-Based Robot (as we all know, of course, it's not the size of your robot, it's what you do with it that counts). On the other hand, I'm probably ineligible because of my being outrageously handsome and a trendsetter and a leader in fashion... or perhaps because I'm an editor for EE Times.
Interested? If so, click here to learn more and to register.